Peruntukan Besar Untuk Sabah Dan Sarawak Bukti Ketulusan PM


projek_persekutuan_di_MalaysiaMO, 23/2/2018, KOTA MARUDU  – Peningkatan besar peruntukan bagi projek pembangunan di Sabah menunjukkan ketulusan hati Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang memberi perhatian kepada penduduk di negeri ini dan Sarawak.

“Beliau (Najib) adalah perdana menteri yang paling prihatin,”kata Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili yang juga Anggota Parlimen Kota Marudu.

Beliau berkata peningkatan peruntukan bagi infrastruktur asas seperti jalan, air, kesihatan, perumahan luar bandar dan pendidikan adalah bukti keikhlasan pemimpin nombor satu negara dalam merapatkan jurang pembangunan antara Sabah, Sarawak dan Semenanjung Malaysia.

“Pelajar sekolah kami terus menikmati bantuan seperti pakaian seragam dan kasut percuma dan juga menerima bantuan pendidikan seperti KWAMP (Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pelajar Miskin), bantuan RM100 untuk pelajar serta Siswa 1Malaysia, untuk meringankan beban ibu bapa pada permulaan penggal baharu persekolahan,”kata beliau.

Ongkili berkata demikian selepas menyampaikan bantuan pendidikan RM100 kepada 697 pelajar tiga buah sekolah di sini iaitu Sekolah Kebangsaan Tigaman, Sekolah Kebangsaan Mangaris dan Sekolah Kebangsaan Tagaroh semalam.

Selain itu, beliau berkata Najib telah mengumumkan peruntukan yang tidak pernah diumumkan dahulu iaitu sebanyak RM1 bilion tahun ini bagi membangunkan dan menaik taraf sekolah di Sabah dan Sarawak.

“Di bawah fasa pertama program, 107 sekolah di luar bandar telah dipilih dan kira-kira setengah bilion telah diperuntukkan sama ada untuk membaiki dan membina semula sekolah-sekolah daif, pembinaan bilik darjah baharu serta menaik taraf sistem pembetungan,”kata beliau.

Beliau menggesa ibu bapa dan guru untuk bekerjasama dengan pihak sekolah demi memastikan pelajar mendapat bimbangan yang secukupnya untuk mencapai kecemerlangan dan berusaha ke arah kecemerlangan dalam pendidikan.

Selain itu, beliau berkata projek pembangunan lain termasuk pembinaan Lebuhraya Pan Borneo, yang sedang dilaksanakan bertujuan untuk merapatkan jurang antara Sabah, Sarawak dan Semenanjung Malaysia.

“Ini mencerminkan ketulusan perdana menteri dan komitmen penuh beliau untuk memastikan pembangunan di Sabah dan Sarawak seiring dengan di Semenanjung.



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5.9 tonnes of food aid airlifted to remote areas of Sarawak


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MO,15/2/2018, MIRI: Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in Miri airlifted another 5.9 tonnes of food aid on Thursday morning for remote villagers who continue to face land travelling woes due to bad road conditions caused by the recent floods. Some 2.8 tonnes were delivered by Bomba helicopter from the Miri base to Long Aton and another 3.1 tonnes were sent to Long Puah.

Miri Bomba chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the two sorties were carried out this morning. The floods have mostly subsided but some remote settlements still need food aid until they can source for their own supplies again.



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Sarawak perkenal perkhidmatan bas elektrik


14Jerip_Susil.transformedMO, 13/2/2018, KUCHING: Sarawak dijangka mula menggunakan perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam yang baru dan berteknologi tinggi dengan memperkenalkan bas elektrik atau eBas menjelang pertengahan tahun depan.

Menteri Muda Pengangkutan, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil berkata, sebagai permulaan, sebanyak 130 eBas dijangka digunakan untuk menghubungkan semua laluan ditetapkan.

“Namun ketika ini, saya tidak dapat memberikan maklumat lanjut mengenai laluan utama yang akan menggunakan perkhidmatan itu tetapi ia adalah menumpukan kepada laluan yang selalu mengalami kesesakan,” katanya ketika ditemui di Terminal Bas Kuching Sentral, di sini, hari ini.

Mengulas lanjut, Dr Jerip berkata, perjanjian perkhidmatan eBas di bawah program Transformasi Perkhidmatan Bas Henti-Henti (SBST) sudah ditandatangani antara Kerajaan Persekutuan dan Konsortium Bas Bandaraya Kuching (KBBK) Sdn Bhd sebagai operator rangkaian, pada 22 November lalu membabitkan operasi 130 bas konvensional diesel.

Katanya, sejajar dengan dasar kerajaan negeri serta pelan yang memfokuskan kepada persekitaran dan penggunaan tenaga yang bersih bagi pengangkutan awam, kerajaan negeri memutuskan untuk menukar daripada penggunaan bas diesel kepada eBas.

“eBas yang mesra alam sekitar adalah teknologi baru dan maju yang akan diperkenalkan di Sarawak,” katanya.

Justeru katanya, bagi mendapatkan maklumat lengkap berkenaan teknologi terkini itu, satu kajian kebolehlaksanaan dan perbincangan akan dibuat dengan teliti oleh Kementerian Pembangunan Infrastruktur dan Pengangkutan Sarawak bersama agensi berkaitan.

“Kajian itu juga untuk memastikan keberkesanan dan kecekapan pelaksanaan keseluruhannya dalam jangka panjang,” katanya.



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Sarawak steps up war against rabies as almost all infected humans die


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MO,12/2/2018, SERIAN: Sarawak must intensify its war against the current rabies outbreak, as the fatality rate for the virus among infected humans is almost 100 per cent. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said 99.9 per cent of Sarawakians who developed the disease after being bitten by rabid dogs have died, as there is no treatment for the virus. Only preventive measures can help defeat the disease.

He added that based on international statistics, only 20 people around the world are known to have survived after being diagnosed with rabies. Subramaniam was speaking to reporters after visiting an 8-year-old rabies victim at Kampung Bayur here. The critically-ill boy returned home recently after spending five months being treated at the Sarawak General Hospital.

“Although this is a rare case (that the boy managed to survive), he can no longer breathe on his own due to damage caused by the virus. He depends on a life support machine,” he said. Subramaniam expressed his appreciation for the commitment shown by the state government, several agencies and non-governmental organisations which endeavoured to bring the bed-ridden boy home.

“I understand how much the parents want to be close to their child, and I believe the boy wanted to come home too. So, he’s now home and under the care of his loved ones,” he added. Meanwhile, Subramaniam urged the public to support and cooperate with the state government and other related agencies in their efforts to fight the ongoing rabies outbreak.

“We cannot allow the people of Sarawak to continue to be exposed to the risk (of being bitten by rabid animals). We need to continue this war. “There is no better option than getting all dogs (in the state) vaccinated, including pets and strays. With seven people (testing positive for rabies) and six of them dying, (this must be done), and some of them were bitten by their pet dogs,” Subramaniam said.

He called for the entire community to come together to tackle the issue. Although it is estimated that more than 50 per cent of the dog population in rabies-affected areas carry the virus, the state government is working on the assumption that all dogs are virus carriers. Subramaniam said some dogs are carrying the virus without showing any symptoms. Thus, the need for a mass vaccination campaign.

In addition, the Health Department will increase awareness through educational campaigns and seminars. “(Some) people think the awareness level is not high enough, (which is contributing) to the problem. We are willing and ready to do more (to address this issue),” Subramaniam added. Meanwhile, Local Government and Housing Minister Prof Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who was also present, called on hawkers not to feed stray animals.

“When there’s food, there are more strays (and) more puppies. It has become a challenge for us,” he said. Some pet lovers have criticised the government’s war against rabies, seeing it as an attack against dogs. Sim refuted this. “We really need people to be with us and cooperate with us. If the Veterinary Services Department thinks that there’s a need to put certain dogs to sleep, they have to do it,” he said.

Four children, aged between 4 and 7, were among those who succumbed to the virus since the outbreak was detected in June last year. The fifth rabies victim, a 52-year-old man from Kampung Remun, Serian, died on Jul 23 last year. Two weeks ago, a 59-year-old man, from Jalan Batu Kawa-Matang, became the outbreak’s sixth fatality.

–NSTP



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PRU14: Abang Johari gesa rakyat Sarawak sokong penuh BN


KUCHING, (Bernama) – Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg menggesa rakyat Sarawak memberi sokongan penuh kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14) untuk kesinambungan pembangunan di negeri ini.

Beliau berkata, kerjasama erat antara kepimpinan BN di peringkat Persekutuan dan negeri akan memudahkan projek pembangunan yang dirancang dilulus dan dilaksanakan.

Menurut Abang Johari, Najib bukan sahaja seorang perdana menteri yang paling kerap melakukan lawatan kerja ke Sarawak, tetapi juga seorang perdana menteri yang paling adil dan saksama dalam pengagihan pembangunan antara Semenanjung, Sabah dan Sarawak.

“Oleh itu, rakyat Sarawak perlu bertindak adil dan membalas budi pemimpin yang adil. Bagi rakyat Sarawak, PRU14 kita tidak ada pilihan, tetapi menyokong Datuk Seri Najib dan BN.

“Jika kita boleh bersatu dan bekerjasama sudah pasti beliau (Najib) akan terus membantu kita dalam pelaksanaan pelbagai program pembangunan untuk negeri Sarawak dan rakyatnya,” kata Abang Johari.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam ucapan alu-aluan pada majlis perasmian Perhimpunan Agung Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) di Pusat Konvensyen Borneo Kuching (BCCK) di sini, hari ini.

Abang Johari berkata, sebelum ini Najib amat mengambil berat keperluan pembangunan negeri ini apabila meluluskan beberapa projek infrastruktur seperti projek jambatan, jalan raya dan sekolah.

Beliau merakamkan terima kasih kepada perdana menteri kerana meluluskan peruntukan RM1 bilion untuk program membaik pulih sekolah-sekolah daif di negeri ini dan RM500 juta untuk infrastruktur meningkatkkan kelajuan capaian internet.

Dalam ucapan beliau, Abang Johari memohon supaya perdana menteri mempertimbang memberi peruntukan untuk melaksanakan projek LRT di negeri ini bagi menyediakan sistem pengangkutan awam yang lebih selesa untuk rakyat negeri Sarawak.

Kerajaan negeri Sarawak mempunyai rancangan untuk melaksanakan projek LRT dari Kuching, Kota Sentosa ke Serian sebelum diperluaskan ke kawasan lain.

Ketua Menteri turut meminta supaya perdana menteri membantu Sarawak memperkasakan sektor pertanian dan menambah Sarawak mempunyai perancangan untuk mentransformasikan sektor itu dengan penggunaan teknologi baharu.

Dalam pada itu, Abang Johari memberi jaminan Sarawak akan terus kekal berada dalam Malaysia, tetapi hanya mahu haknya seperti termaktub dalam Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 yang terhakis supaya dikembalikan.

Beliau berkata, Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) pada persidangannya telah melantik tiga Timbalan Ketua Menteri, iaitu Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan dan Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing ke dalam jawatankuasa tertinggi untuk berunding dengan kerajaan Persekutuan berkaitan pengembalian kuasa dan hak berkenaan kepada Sarawak.

Menyentuh perjuangan PBB sebagai parti tunjang BN Sarawak, Abang Johari berkata, perpaduan yang wujud dalam parti telah membolehkan PBB menyapu bersih kerusi yang ditandinginya pada pilihan raya negeri dan PRU yang lepas. – theRakyat



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Over 4,000 evacuated in Sarawak


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MO,9/2/2018, KUCHING: Some 4,600 people remained in evacuation centres while more than 60 schools were closed as floods inundated large areas of Sarawak following heavy rain over the past few days. The state Education Department reported that 53 schools were closed as of 4pm yesterday, involving a total of 5,011 students and 713 teachers. Eleven other schools were being used as temporary evacuation centres for flood victims.

In addition, 21 government clinics were also affected by the floods, seven of them being forced to close. As of 4pm yesterday, there were 4,686 people in 27 evacuation centres, down from 5,392 people at midnight on Wednesday. The central and northern parts of the state remained among the worst-hit areas, although the situation in southern Sarawak improved slightly. In Stapang, near Sibu, 17 people from Rumah Jimbun were evacuated from their flooded longhouse by the Fire and Rescue Department.

They were taken in two boats to SJK(C) Tong Ah in Stapang where more than 300 flood victims were sheltering. Four evacuation centres in Samarahan and Serian divisions were closed yesterday after floodwaters receded in the affected areas. Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said counselling teams would be placed at evacuation centres to help flood victims cope.

“The facilities are well managed with food and shelter provided, but I have often observed gloomy faces at the centres. “It can be traumatic, leaving one’s flooded home and belongings. “Counsellors are needed to provide emotional support and a listening ear to help the victims, especially the elderly,” she said after visiting the Serian community hall where 400 people were taking shelter.

Rohani said the para-counsellors trained by her ministry would also be sent to the centres. “We train 5,000 para-counsellors a year, and I am now mobilising them to assist us. We also have about 400 to 500 qualified counsellors whom we will send where neces­sary,” she said.

–TheStar



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Shahidan gives ‘five stars’ to Sarawak disaster management


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MO,8/2/2018, SIBU: Despite a lack of facilities, the management of floods in Sarawak was well implemented. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim who expressed his satisfaction with the management of floods in the state gave a five star rating to the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and the committees at divisions involved.

“Despite some shortcomings, the victims were well taken care of. I would rate them with five stars,” he told a press conference at Sibu Airport today. Shahidan arrived in Sibu yesterday evening with National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) director Datuk Abd Rashid Harun to observe the flood situation in Selangau last night. During the visit, he was told the relief centre at SJKC Tong Ah and the Selangau district office faced clean water supply disruption from Sibu.

“Today, the water supply will be restored but I have told the district office to buy water from the nearest places for flood victims and NADMA will reimburse them,” he said. According to him, a portion of the 4,000 partitions had arrived in Kuching and they would be distributed to Selangau apart from electric fans to keep flood victims comfortable.

For the long term, the number of boats will be increased to assist the evacuation of flood victims as there were only four boats available in Selangau now. – Bernama



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Rabies claims its sixth rabies victim in Sarawak


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MO,5/2/2018, KUCHING: Another victim has succumbed to rabies in Sarawak, bringing the death toll to six since July last year. It is learnt that the 59-year-old man from Jalan Batu Kawa-Matang died at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) on Sunday (Feb 4) evening. He was admitted to the hospital on Jan 25 and a lab test the next day confirmed that he had been infected with the virus.

The man was bitten by a dog on Nov 27 and had sought treatment at a private clinic. However, he was not referred to a Government hospital for follow-up treatment and vaccination.

He was admitted to a private hospital on Jan 24 after complaining of pain and weak limbs, and was referred to SGH the following day when he showed symptoms of hydrophobia, hallucination and aggression.

Five other victims, including four children, have died from rabies since last July. Another victim, a seven-year-old boy from Kampung Kuala in Serian, tested positive for the virus on Aug 8 last year. He was reportedly discharged from SGH on Jan 31 but remains in critical condition and requires ventilator support at home.

–TheStar



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Lebih 450 serbu Jom Makan Buah-Buahan Tempatan di Benteng Medan Niaga Satok – Sarawak


KUCHING 4 Feb. – Tidak sampai sejam, 150 biji durian habis pada program Jom Makan Buah-Buahan Tempatan dan Pertandingan Makan Buah anjuran Lembaga Pemasaran Pertanian Persekutuan (FAMA) di Benteng Medan Niaga Satok sebentar tadi.



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Dengan bayaran sebanyak RM5 seorang, orang ramai boleh menikmati keenakan pelbagai buah-buahan tempatan yang diperolehi daripada petani FAMA.

Menurut Ketua Unit Operasi FAMA Medan Niaga Satok, Angelina Bidol, sambutan diterima begitu menggalakkan dengan lebih 450 orang menyertai program yang diadakan bermula pukul 9 pagi hingga 11 pagi tadi.

“Program ini diadakan bagi mempromosikan buah-buah tempatan disamping membantu petani-petani FAMA dengan memborong hasil mereka.

“Kita bukan hanya menyediakan raja buah iaitu durian malah buahan lain seperto rambutan jenis anak sekolah sebanyak setengah tan, cempedak (100 biji), belimbing hutan (300 kilogram) dan asam embang,” katanya ketika ditemui Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini. – UTUSAN ONLINE



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Usaha Jabatan Veterinar Sarawak perluas pemberian vaksin cegah rabies dialu-alukan – Nasional


PULAU PINANG 4 Feb. – Kementerian Kesihatan mengalu-alukan usaha Jabatan Veterinar Sarawak memperluaskan pemberian vaksin terhadap anjing di negeri itu bagi mencegah penularan virus rabies atau penyakit anjing gila di negeri tersebut.

Menterinya, Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam berkata, dalam masa sama, beliau berharap satu zon bebas rabies diwujudkan khususnya di sempadan Kalimantan, Indonesia bagi memastikan semua anjing di kawasan itu menerima vaksin yang sepatutnya.

“Ini sangat mustahak kerana kita tahu daripada butiran semasa, peratusan anjing yang mempunyai rabies di situ sangat tinggi.

“Dahulu, program vaksinasi ini tidak dibuat secara menyeluruh di kawasan tersebut dan dengan adanya usaha berkenaan (memperluaskan pemberian vaksin kepada anjing), kita berharap pengawalan virus rabies akan bertambah baik,” katanya kepada pemberita di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu, Dr. Subramaniam turut mengesahkan wabak rabies kini kembali merebak di Sarawak walaupun penularannya masih terkawal setakat ini.

Mengikut laporan, seramai tujuh mangsa menjadi korban virus itu sejak pertengahan tahun lepas hingga awal tahun ini dengan 28 kawasan diisytiharkan mempunyai penularan kes aktif di Sarawak. – UTUSAN ONLINE



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