| 17th August, 2009 NABAWAN: Empat sekeluarga nyaris rentung apabila rumah mereka terbakar pada kira-kira jam 3 pagi di Kg. Labang sepulut kira-kira 80 kilometer dari sini pada Jumaat lepas.
Mujurlah kepantasan bapa muda menyelamatkan dua anaknya masing-masing berumur tujuh dan lima tahun di samping isterinya yang sempat menyelamatkan diri.
Bapa kepada dua anak itu Naulin Sisiop 26, memberitahu, beliau menyedari kebakaran itu setelah api sudah merebak hampir bilik tidur mereka.
“Kerana memberi keutamaan kepada nyawa, saya hanya dapat membawa dua anak saya bersama isteri keluar dari rumah yang sudah separuh terbakar,” kata Naulin ketika ditemui di tempat kejadian.
Katanya, semua harta benda termasuk barang-barang kemas dan dokumen-dokumen penting tidak dapat diselamatkan.
Akibat kebakaran itu Naulin menganggarkan kerugian membabitkan kos rumah dan harta benda lebih kurang RM30,000.00 tidak termasuk anggaran padi sebanyak 20 karung yang turut musnah dalam kebakaran itu.
Naulin tidak menolak punca kebakaran itu dari bahagian dapur kayu api yang mereka gunakan berpanjangan sehingga tengah malam kerana memasak ubi kayu untuk dibuat tapai sebagai satu persiapan majlis tradisi ahli keluarga sebelum kebakaran itu berlaku.
Namun Naulin bersyukur kepada Tuhan kerana menyelamatkan mereka dalam kebakaran itu.
“Walaupun kami tinggal sehelai sepinggang dan kehilangan segala-galanya tetapi saya bersyukur kerana kebakaran yang berlaku pada waktu subuh itu tidak membabitkan kemalangan jiwa,” jelas Naulin yang kelihatan tenang.
Berikutan kebakaran itu Ketua Umno Bahagian Pensiangan, Datuk Abdul Ghani Datuk Yassin memberi sumbangan berbentuk barang-barang keperluan dapur dan barang makan serta wang tunai.
Sumbangan itu disampaikan oleh Timbalannya Ahuar Rasam yang meninjau kebakaran itu pada Sabtu.
Turut sama meninjau kebaran itu, Pegawai Kemajuan Masyarakat (CDO) kawasan Nabawan Barahim Andipoh dan beberapa AJK Umno Bahagian Pensiangan. Rumah papan yang musnah dan ranap sama sekali dalam kebakaran itu berukuran 30’X40’.
Kota Kinabalu: Today (Friday), the Anglican Church in Sabah will consecrate the Venerable Canon Melter Jiki Tais, 44, as an Anglican bishop.
He makes history as the world’s first Kadazandusun to be made an Anglican bishop. It is a historic occasion for the Anglican Communion worldwide and especially so for Sabah.
The consecration will take place at a special service at All Saints’ Cathedral here at 5pm.
Archdeacon Moses Chin of the Anglican Church of Sabah said the Venerable Canon Melter’s appointment is to assist the current Bishop of the Anglican Church of Sabah, Bishop Datuk Albert Vun.
Prior to his latest appointment, he was the Archdeacon of the Central Archdeaconry with supervisory responsibilities for churches in the “centre” portion of Sabah, from Pitas to Penangah.
“With his new appointment, he will be in an even better position to train younger lay leaders, church workers and clergy to catch the same ‘fiery spirit’ that had propelled him throughout the State – caring for the afflicted, upgrading livelihood standards, encouraging education and providing spiritual guidance to those who needed it.
“He desires to develop the kampung churches to ‘parish status’ so that they are self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating (all within the larger body of the Anglican Diocese of Sabah),” Archdeacon Chin said.
He described the Venerable Canon Melter as “a small man with a big heart”.
Recalling an anecdote related by one church member, he said there was an occasion where, for a few consecutive weekends, church members in Keningau spent their time in the State capital, leaving only a “handful of the faithful” in church on Sunday.
“Standing barely five feet tall, he proclaimed from his pastor’s heart: ‘Even if only one of you comes to church, I will still be here to conduct service for you. Word on this spread round throughout the following week. The next Sunday, the church was reportedly full!” Archdeacon Chin said.
Born on June 12, 1965 at Kg Nangoh (Beluran District), he is the fourth child in a Christian family of nine children. He had his elementary education at SRJK Holy Cross, Kuala Sapi, his lower secondary education at SMK Beluran and upper secondary education at SMK Sandakan. He was a keen footballer at school.
He obtained his Diploma in Theology from the Malaysia Evangelical College in Miri, Sarawak, and later his Bachelor of Theology from the Malaysia Bible Seminary in Klang.
In the early 1980s, as a youth worker, he served in Sandakan and Tawau, ministering to the villagers who had migrated there. Following his ordination as a priest in 1993, he moved to Keningau and Tenom where he spent 10 years of missionary work. During this period, he exhibited great love for his people and passion for his work. He initiated six new churches in the kampung areas and helped organise their community life. In 2002, he left for England for further studies Subsequently, he worked in Lahad Datu for a short period before his posting to Telupid where he now serves.
In his interview with Archdeacon Chin, the Bishop-designate said life in his village in the 1960s was simple yet fun and filled with many challenges.
“Our parents were too busy working as subsistence farmers so we were left to our own devices. But together with the Sunday School teachers, they taught us to fear God and to respect all mankind.
“They instilled in us important qualities for a leader to possess in Malaysia’s multi-cultural society,” he recalled.
The Venerable Canon Melter remembered how he left Sabah for the first time to study Theology in Miri.
“Looking back, I realised God had prepared me for it. My years at the asrama (boarding school) at Kuala Sapi and Sandakan toughened me for those years away from home.
“To make matters worse, the courses in Miri and later in Klang were all in English. I was told only days before leaving that the lectures were not to be in Malay but in English. I got the shock of my life! God has His humorous way of teaching me humility,” he quipped.
The Venerable Canon Melter is blessed with a wife, Angeline Wong Moi Yin, a radiographer by training, and four children, Melvin, 15, Myra, 10, Marvin, 8, and Melody, 7.
The Bishop-elect speaks fluently in Labuk Kadazan (his mother tongue), Bahasa Malaysia, English and a bit of Chinese.
The musically inclined Bishop-designate still finds time to play the guitar (bass, rhythm and lead), drums and keyboard. Of late, it was reported that the villagers in Telupid have been enjoying his saxophone too.
14th August, 2009
TAMBUNAN: Pupils of SK Kirokot have been making the best of what they have, or rather do not have – a school canteen.
Come recess time, they would have their packed-from-home meals on the floor, or more comfortably under some trees outside.
It was learnt that the school management had submitted an application for a canteen but until the funds are channeled the rural pupils will have to continue making the best of the basics.
SK Kirokot is located along the Tambunan-Ranau highway.
MUSA Aman disambut perwakilan UMNO semasa merasmikan Persidangan Perwakilan UMNO Bahagian Keningau dan Pensiangan di Keningau, semalam.
KENINGAU 13 Ogos – Penduduk Sabah diminta bersedia menghadapi fenomena El-Nino yang dijangka melanda negeri ini dalam masa terdekat.
Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Musa Aman berkata, tanda-tanda fenomena itu akan melanda semakin kelihatan dan ia dapat disaksikan apabila beberapa kawasan di negeri jiran, Sarawak mengalami kemarau dan kekurangan bekalan air.
‘‘Oleh itu saya ingin menasihati semua rakyat khususnya di kawasan luar bandar supaya berjimat cermat dalam penggunaan air dan mengelakkan pembakaran terbuka kerana ini akan memburukkan lagi keadaan.
“Saya juga telah mengarahkan semua jabatan dan agensi berkaitan supaya mengambil langkah-langkah awal, seperti menyediakan bekalan air yang mencukupi untuk menampung keperluan rakyat dalam menghadapi fenomena semula jadi itu”, katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian selepas merasmikan persidangan perwakilan UMNO Bahagian Keningau dan Pensiangan di Dewan Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Gunsanad 2, di sini semalam.
Fenomena El-Nino dijangka berlarutan sehingga September ataupun Oktober dan ia menyebabkan cuaca kering serta berkurangnya jumlah taburan hujan sehingga 50 peratus.
Kesan fenomena El Nino mula dirasai di Sarawak apabila dianggarkan kira-kira 18,000 penduduk khasnya di kawasan pesisir pantai terjejas dan menghadapi masalah kemarau sejak hampir sebulan lalu.
Selain menyebabkan masalah bekalan air dan kebakaran, fenomena El-Nino turut memberi kesan kepada kesihatan manusia seperti mudah dijangkiti batuk, selesema, demam dan penyakit berkaitan cuaca panas.
Sementara itu, Musa sekali lagi mengingatkan semua wakil rakyat supaya segera mengemukakan senarai projek pembangunan di kawasan masing-masing sebelum 15 Ogos ini, seperti dikehendaki oleh oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan.
Beliau berkata, ini amat penting bagi memastikan nasib rakyat khususnya di luar bandar mendapat pembelaan sewajarnya menerusi pelaksanaan pelbagai projek pembangunan seperti yang diharapkan.
Keningau: A 51-year-old school van driver was killed in a collision involving three school vans at Km3, Jalan Keningau-Nabawan, near Kg Ansip, here, on Monday.
Sabni Dali died on the spot due to serious bodily injuries, including several broken ribs, in the 5.55pm mishap.
Five people inside the victim’s van were also slightly injured while only one person was injured in the remaining vans but their identities have yet to be ascertained.
District Police Chief, DSP Zahari Mohamed, said the victim lost control of his van and slammed it into the rear of the van that had stopped at a traffic intersection. The second van then crashed into the last van making a turn.
Kota Kinabalu: The developer of the Kemabong Socio-Economic Shophouse has denied that its project is a white elephant or that it has been abandoned. It said this in response to our report on July 19, 2009 entitled “Kemabong White Elephant”.
Perkasa Realty Sdn Bhd clarified in a statement that they had applied for the occupation certificate from the Tenom District Council upon the project’s completion in or around June 2004.
However, due to a misplacement of the file by the Council, some eight months later, the developer was requested to re-submit the related applications and which it did in March 2005.
To facilitate the application, a joint inspection was conducted by all parties concerned on July 22, 2007.
Despite the inspection, a related body, namely the Water Works Department was, however, unable to recommend to the authority concerned for the issuance of the requisite certificate to the developer because of the non-payment of certain charges due to the Department.
However, the glitch was not due to the developer’s fault at all because the Department concerned initially billed the developer wrongly, which was subsequently revised by them and accordingly paid by the developer on Nov 27, 2007.
Unfortunately, the developer was informed that the Water Department did not receive the payment despite acknowledgement of receipt from the developer.
Be that as it may, on Sept. 4, 2008, the developer made payment of the revised bill afresh to the Department concerned and finally on Dec 24, 2008, the Tenom District Council issued the OC to the developer.
To date, one of the purchasers had already taken delivery of one of the shophouses, while the remaining purchasers had been advised to do the needful.
At all material times, the developer had been engaging security services to maintain the shophouses meaning it has never been abandoned. We regret the inconvenience caused to the developer concerned.
| 11th August, 2009 KENINGAU: In just the first 10 days of August this year, there have been 30 outbreaks of fire in the district due to fire spreading started by man.
Superintendent of the Interior Fire and Rescue Services Department Mausi Sitim said 70 per cent of cases in Keningau were such types.
“The fire could have been intentionally started or from open burning,” he said when met after inspecting several spots of bush fires here.
Mausi said several cases of the forest and bush fires started from indiscriminately discarded cigarette butts that had not been properly put out.
He warned the culprits that the department would take stern action against them with fines of up to RM5,000, maximum jail of three years or both.
The firefighters have so far rescued RM2,130,000.00 worth of public property from 58 cases of fire within the first six months this year.
The amount of losses recorded was RM1,698,650.00 for the same period.
He therefore strongly advised the public to refrain from open burning and reminded farmers to get the advice of the Fire and Rescue Services Department before starting a fire to clear their farmland.