Friday, December 7, 2012
Bad news for frewuent traveller from Kota Kinabalu to Manila Phillippines via Clark.
Why? Because AirAsia on 6th December 2012, announced that weekly flights from Kota Kinabalu to Clark have been put to a stop effective February 1st, 2013.
Below is a media statement by Air Asia on the above matte, source : Air Asia Communications.
SEPANG, 6 DECEMBER 2012: Due to commercial reasons, AirAsia will be withdrawing its 7x weekly Kota Kinabalu – Clark route effective 1st February 2013.
Affected guests who hold bookings after these dates will be offered options to mitigate the inconvenience caused as a result of the route withdrawals. All affected guests will be contacted by AirAsia customer service personnel to inform them about the suspension as well as the options available to them.
Guests will be able to choose the three options below :
i) Move their flights to an earlier date to or from Kota Kinabalu or Clark without any extra charges and subject to availability, OR
ii) Be offered a credit shell for the value that they paid with a validity of 3 months, OR
iii) Full refund
The route suspension is for the Group to realign its business plan and strengthen its operations to focus on markets where it can build a leadership position in 2013.
Guests can also get in touch with AirAsia via social media by simply tweeting AirAsia at twitter.com/AskAirAsia for further enquiries about this route suspension.
All the best Air Asia. Have a nice day folks.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Jimmy Palikat sebenarnya pernah menerima anugerah seni daripada Najib di Kota Kinabalu, sebelum masuk UMNO.
Penyanyi paling popular di Sabah, Jimmy Palikat kini ahli UMNO.
Jimmy yang terkenal dengan lagu Tanak Kampung atau Anak Kampung dan bakal beraksi di final Juara Lagu 2012 terbitan TV3, menyerahkan borang menyertai UMNO kepada Presiden UMNO Datuk Seri Najib Razak sempena pehimpunan Agung UMNO 2012 di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra, PWTC.
Majlis itu turut disaksikan Timbalan Presiden UMNO Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan Ketua Menteri Sabah, Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Tanak Kampung kini ahli UMNO.
Dibawah ini adalah lagu popular Jimmy Palikat Anak Kampung yang akan beraksi di pentas final Anugerah Juara Lagu 2012 terbitan TV3. Ini aksi Jimmy Palikat dalam semifinal bersama One Nation Emcees.
All the best Jimmy Palikat...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Osama bin laden, the world's top terrorist, killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by the elite US Navy Seals Team 6 on May 1st, 2011.
The USS Carl Vinson
WASHINGTON as reported by the Associated Press (AP)— Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.
The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaida leader's death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department.
Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team that assaulted his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
One email stamped secret and sent on May 2 by a senior Navy officer briefly describes how bin Laden's body was washed, wrapped in a white sheet, and then placed in a weighted bag.
According to another message from the Vinson's public affairs officer, only a small group of the ship's leadership was informed of the burial.
"Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed," the May 2 email from Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette reads. "The deceased's body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased's body slid into the sea."
The email also included a cryptic reference to the intense secrecy surrounding the mission. "The paucity of documentary evidence in our possession is a reflection of the emphasis placed on operational security during the execution of this phase of the operation," Gaouette's message reads. Recipients of the email included Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. James Mattis, the top officer at U.S. Central Command. Mullen retired from the military in September 2011.
Earlier, Gaouette, then the deputy commander of the Navy's Fifth Fleet, and another officer used code words to discuss whether the helicopters carrying the SEALs and bin Laden's body had arrived on the Vinson.
"Any news on the package for us?" he asked Rear Adm. Samuel Perez, commander of the carrier strike group that included the Vinson.
"FEDEX delivered the package," Perez responded. "Both trucks are safely enroute home base."
Although the Obama administration has pledged to be the most transparent in American history, it is keeping a tight hold on materials related to the bin Laden raid. In a response to separate requests from the AP for information about the mission, the Defense Department said in March that it could not locate any photographs or video taken during the raid or showing bin Laden's body. It also said it could not find any images of bin Laden's body on the Vinson.
The Pentagon also said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden's body if he were killed.
The Defense Department also refused to confirm or deny the existence of helicopter maintenance logs and reports about the performance of military gear used in the raid. One of the stealth helicopters that carried the SEALs to Abbottabad crashed during the mission and its wreckage was left behind. People who lived near bin Laden's compound took photos of the disabled chopper.
The AP is appealing the Defense Department's decision. The CIA, which ran the bin Laden raid and has special legal authority to keep information from ever being made public, has not responded to AP's request for records about the mission.
Updated 20th November 2012
The glass panel at the Sime Darby Medical Centre (SDMC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with an image said to resemble the Virgin Mary has been removed and handed over to the Catholic church.
In a statement, Sime Darby Group said two glass panels from the North Tower of the hospital complex were removed Tuesday morning, 20th November 2012.
"SDMC has removed and handed over the two window panes. One of the panes has on it marks that some claim resemble artistic depictions of Mary, the Mother of Jesus," it said.
The glass panels were delivered to the Marian Church of Our Lady Lourdes in Klang.
The image had drawn huge crowds to the hospital since pictures of it went viral online.
A large group of people, mostly Catholics, gathered below the area at the new wing of the hospital since 10 November 2012, lighting candles, singing hymns and reciting prayers.
Traffic was heavy around the vicinity, with even tourist buses pulling up by the roadside. This happened daily since the image was posted online including Facebook.
Secretary Janet Tong, 45, described the apparition as “amazing”.
“It is so wonderful that our Mother has come to us in a hospital, where many of the sick are crying out for her help,” she said.
Several claimed the colour and position of the image also changed.
Businessman Sheree Rao, 21, who went up inside to get a close look at the window, said the image was only visible from the outside.
“I touched the glass, thinking it could be paint or something else. But there was nothing,’’ he added.
Student Nicole Jo Pereira, 20, said she believed the image was a call for people to do good deeds.
Teacher Kenneth Fong, 27, said he was sure of an image on the window. “But whether it’s from God, I don’t know.”
Photographs of the image, believed to have appeared several days ago, have gone viral on Facebook.
Access to the window from inside the building has been restricted by the hospital.
Catholic newsletter The Herald editor Rev Father Lawrence Andrew said the Catholic Church would withhold official comment until the image had been tested and verified by theologians and church authorities.
Catholics believe that Mary, as mother of Jesus Christ, is the Mother of God.
Tarikh 28 Disember 2012 pastinya amat istimewa bagi penjaga gol kebangsaan, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, 23 tahun atau Apek yang akan menamatkan zaman bujangnya dengan gadis pilihan hatinya Nur Eilunie Natasha Nazri atau lebih dikenali sebagai Leuniey Natasha di kediaman Leuniey di Pasir Pekan, Tumpat, Kelantan.
Ramailah gadis di luar sana yang turut meminati Khairul Fahmi, pasti kecewa dengan perkembangan ini. Manakan tidak, Khairul Fahmi antara pemain bolasepak paling popular di Malaysia dan mempunyai perwatakan menarik yang menjadi kegilaan wanita.
Khairul Fahmi berkata walaupun beliau dan skuad kebangsaan kini dalam peringkat persediaan terakhir sebelum misi mempertahankan Piala AFF Suzuki bermula, pada Ahad ini, 25 November 2012, namum ia tidak akan menjejaskan fokusnya bersama skuad Harimau Malaya.
"Hari ini bila saya sudah umumkan tarikh perkahwinan, saya harap penyokong dan peminat akan memahami saya kerana fokus utama saya pada masa ini adalah bersama pasukan negara.
"Perkahwinan ini tidak akan jejaskan fokus saya bersama skuad kebangsaan kerana majlis akad nikah hanya akan berlangsung enam hari selepas Piala AFF Suzuki tamat ditambah persiapan perkahwinan saya banyak dibantu oleh keluarga saya dan keluarga Leuniey," katanya selepas sidang media bagi mengumumkan rasmi tarikh perkahwinannya di Kuala Lumpur pada Rabu 21 November 2012.
Perlawanan akhir Piala AFF Suzuki 2012 akan diadakan pada 22 Disember 2012 dimana Malaysia adalah juara bertahan.
Dalam majlis yang sama, Khairul Fahmi, turut memaklumkan beliau dan pasangannya memilih konsep 'English Garden Style' untuk majlis resepsi perkahwinannya di Hotel Royale Bintang, Damansara, Kuala Lumpur pada 13 Jan 2013 atau 13.01.13.
Majlis persandingan sebelah perempuan bakal diadakan di Hotel Renaissance, Kota Baharu, Kelantan pada 30 Disember berkonsepkan 'Melayu Kontemporari' manakala persandingan sebelah lelaki pula diadakan di kediaman rasmi Khairul Fahmi di Kampung Chenang, Kota Bharu pada 5 Jan 2013.
Ditanya mengenai tahap motivasi pemain skuad kebangsaan bagi menghadapi perlawanan pertama menentang Singapura Ahad ini, beliau berkata kesemua rakan pasukannya berada pada tahap keyakinan yang tinggi bagi memastikan kejuaraan Piala AFF Suzuki pada edisi 2010 mampu dipertahankan.
"Sejujurnya saya dan rakan-rakan yang lain berada pada tahap motivasi yang tinggi dan kami semua tidak sabar untuk menentang Singapura.
"Kalah, menang itu memang sudah pasti dalam setiap permainan tetapi bagi saya ia adalah satu tekanan yang positif untuk saya dan rakan-rakan pasukan bermain dengan baik terutamanya apabila Malaysia adalah tuan rumah," katanya.
Malaysia dan Thailand merupakan tuan rumah bersama bagi Piala AFF Suzuki 2012 yang akan bermula pada 24 November 2012 hingga 22 Disember 2012.
Tahniah Apek. All the best Harimau Malaysia.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The closure of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Thursday, 25th October 2012 at 6.26 pm lasted until 9.30 pm Friday 26th October 2012
Approximately 6,000 passengers were stranded at the KKIA and other destinations in Malaysia as well as international flights, involving almost 40 flights
Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha
Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman
This is the official statement of the incident by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, MAHB.
On 25 October 2012 at 5.40pm, during normal runway inspection, the staff doing the inspection found that the runway lights were dim and not up to the required brightness. At 6.10pm the air traffic controller confirmed that the lights were dim.
As such, due to safety reasons, immediate action was taken by MAHB to request that the runway be closed for further investigation of the runway lights. All airlines were immediately informed of this closure.
The engineers straight-away proceeded to inspect all the runway lighting cables and suspected that the dim lights could be due to electrical current leakage in the old cables which are in the process of being replaced by the contractor. This is part of the overall upgrading of the airport facilities including terminal, runway, taxiway and apron under the Redevelopment Project of KKIA undertaken by the government to provide capacity for growth in air travel.
Efforts were made to identify the points of leakage in the 12 km cables. This process of identifying and rectifying the leakages took time. At 6am on 26 October 2012, all rectification works had to stop to allow the runway to be used for daylight operations which do not require runway lighting.
In the meantime, the sub-contractor was requested to immediately complete the installation of the new cables and lightings. However they could only commence work after the closure of the runway for night operations after 6pm. No work is allowed to be done on the runway during operations due to safety reasons.
As a contingency, it was decided that portable lights from various airports including TUDM be shipped to Kota Kinabalu. These portable lights were scheduled to arrive on flights prior to sunset to enable night operations on 26 October 2012. However, the arrival was hampered by bad weather. The full compliment of portable lights only arrived at 8.00pm. As a result of this the airport had to be closed for night operations from 6pm to 10pm.
However, the sub-contractor for the installation of the new cables and runway lights managed to connect and light-up the runway lights to enable the runway to be operational by 9.30 pm. The portable lights were therefore not required to be used.
The runway was declared safe for operations at 9.30pm on 26 October 2012 and was opened for commercial night flight operations. With the installation of this new cables and runway lightings and with the provision of back-up runway circuit, the operations are now running smoothly.
The number of flights affected in terms of diversion, delay and cancellation is 51 flights for the two nights. A total of 6,000 passengers were affected.
MAHB would like to thank Department of Civil Aviation, TUDM, Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and other airlines for their support and cooperation during this critical period. Throughout the entire incident MAHB’s focus and priority was to minimize the disruption to the airlines and passengers, and everything possible was done to bring the runway to full operations as soon as possible.
Any inconvenience caused to airlines and passengers as a result of this is deeply regretted. MAHB would like to assure that with this new installation, operations are now running smoothly.
Meanwhile Malaysia's Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman were enraged.
Datuk Seri Musa Aman said :
This incident should not have happened. The problem should not have taken so long to fix. It has inconvenienced thousands of travellers and may possibly have affected Sabah's image as a tourist destination. The State Cabinet is expecting a full report from MAB and measures to be taken to ensure that this doesn't happen again in the future.
Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha's official press statement on the incident :
RUNWAY BLACKOUT IN KOTA KINABALU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KKIA) WILL BE INVESTIGATED
PUTRAJAYA 27 OCTOBER 2012- The reasons behind the blackout of the KKIA airport runway last Thursday will be thoroughly investigated according to Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha, Minister of Transport, Malaysia. Due the blackout many flights were postponed and cancelled, Kong was extremely upset with the whole situation that had caused a lot of uneasiness and anger among passengers who had planned their long weekend to celebrate Hari Raya Haji with their families and loved ones.
Kong firmly stated that no one would be spared based on the findings of the investigation with regards to this occurrence. Stern action will be taken on the careless party, whoever they maybe, individuals, local authorities or the airport operator. If there are elements of sabotage in the outcome of the investigation, then, a police report will be made and the case will then be handled by the police.
Kong reiterated that nobody will be protected in this occurrence, action will be taken on the party responsible for this situation. Her also urged the airport operator to ensure Emergency Response Plans (ERP) are in place so that occurrences like this do not repeat itself.
All the best SABAH.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Siva Ganeshanandan, APAC Director, Online Marketing Suite, Adobe presenting the ‘Marketer of the Year’ award to Kathleen Tan, AirAsia Group Head of Commercial.
Source : Air Asia Communications
SINGAPORE, 17 October 2012 – AirAsia’s Group Head of Commercial, Kathleen Tan, was named as Web in Travel’s (WIT) ‘Marketer of the Year’ award winner at the annual WITovation awards ceremony today, held in conjunction with the WIT 'Unplugged' Conference 2012 at the Sands Expo and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.
The ‘Marketer of the Year’ award--an editorial choice prize--was presented to Kathleen in recognition for her remarkable achievements in building the AirAsia brand and for possessing great vision and leadership.
WIT, a renowned Singapore-based content and community platform for the travel distribution, marketing and technology space, also acknowledged Kathleen for being innovative and courageous in marketing strategies. She is also regarded for her passion and commitment and in particular, her breakthrough in cutting through the social media clutter of China with Sina Weibo.
AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes said, “I am very proud to know that an AirAsia Allstar has been recognized for her great work in driving marketing and innovation. It is an ideal recognition, as Kathleen is undeniably an excellent marketer. When she first came to AirAsia, I immediately put her on a plane and sent her to China to generate a market there. It was the best decision I have made, as she pulled it off outstandingly and we are now one of the biggest players in the Chinese market.
“She has her own style, doing things with panache. She took risks to expand our business but I trust her instinct and judgement definitely. Our rapid expansion is largely due to her marketing prowess and immaculate leadership, and we are very proud of her. Congratulations Kathleen.”
Founder and Editor of Web In Travel, Yeoh Siew Hoon said “While other airlines were wondering what to do with social media, Kathleen blazed the trail. With 1.6 million Facebook fans and close to 500,000 million followers on Twitter, as well as presence on Instagram and the AirAsia blog, the brand has created its own media assets which it uses to communicate and engage with customers. She maintains an active personal presence herself, engaging with fans, sharing her own travel stories and experiences.
“But it is in China where she’s been a standout. In a market that’s different and complex, she’s become one of the most followed travel personalities on Weibo under the name of Chen Kai Ling. She personally posts and replies to messages, holds fan events in cities in China and has built up a fan base of 149,000. She uses the channel to advertise seat sales with high conversions. She was also one of the first to stick her neck out on mobile, believing this is the channel of the future.”
Kathleen said, “It such a pleasant surprise for me to win the ‘Marketer of the Year’ award from WIT. I would like to thank them for the kind recognition and I will continue to do my best to position AirAsia as the leader in the digital travel space. We are an innovative airline, and one of our ground-breaking approaches is adopting the use of social networking platforms in our business.
“For us, a conventional method like direct push marketing, which utilizes one way communication, presents many limitations. By using social networking platforms, we are able to reach out to millions of people and acquire their feedback, which is essential to improve our services and products, plus establishing our brand further.”
AirAsia is always on the move in adopting innovative methods to boost its marketing capabilities via social media and enhance guests’ experience by presenting smart solutions platform. The airline is always ready to invest more in technology in order to adapt to the needs of their guests and for the benefit of efficient cost management.
Described as one of Asia’s top 10 most influential women leaders and brand advocate in travel industry, Kathleen started her illustrious career with AirAsia as Senior Vice President for Greater China. Barely a year, Kathleen was roped in to assume position as Regional Head of Commercial for AirAsia Group.
Under her dynamic and creative leadership, Kathleen has been pivotal in building AirAsia, an Asian brand to one that has become a global and powerful brand in the aviation industry, winning many global brand and digital marketing accolades.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Superstar gusti dunia, WWE, CM Punk kelihatan menumbuk seorang peminat yang disangkanya telah menolaknya sebanyak 2 kali sebelum itu, namun CM Punk tersilap orang, peminat itu bukannya menolak Punk, dia sekadar tersentuh kepala CM Punk.
Akibat penangan CM Punk, peminat itu pecah cermin matanya akibat ditumbuk 2 kali oleh Punk.
Nasib baik CM Punk tidak mengenakan teknik penamatnya, GTS atau Go To Sleep ke atas peminat itu, kalau tak gerenti masuk ICU Hospital hehehe.
All the best CM Punk, WWE dan dunia gusti.
On Monday night, 8th October 2012 in Sacramento, California, WWE wrestler CM Punk apparently went off-script during a sequence with WWE chairman Vince McMahon and backhanded a fan in the stands. The initial assumption is that it was staged — even a heart attack, is initially suspect — but a WWE statement released Tuesday afternoon, 9th October 2012 to Yahoo! Sports makes it clear this was not part of the show:
"During last night's Raw televised event, WWE Superstar CM Punk exited the ring into the stands as part of the show. WWE security was unfortunately not in the appropriate place at the time. Given CM Punk's persona as a 'bad guy,' fans were naturally heckling him, but unfortunately a few fans began shoving him and one struck in him in the kidney and on the back. WWE regrets that proper security measures were not in place, and CM Punk apologizes for reacting in the heat of the moment. Other than this isolated incident, WWE always provides proper security to ensure the safety of our fans and our performers."
Amateur video of the event shows that Punk just flat-out lost his temper with fans badgering him. And, as is so often the case in these audience brawls, Punk apparently went after the wrong guy.
Laura Cole, a Sacramento CBS reporter, sought out the fan whom Punk decked. According to Cole's Twitter feed, the fan "says he never hit Punk," and that "his face is a little warm. … He also says Punk broke his glasses." Cole further noted that the fan was filing paperwork with local law enforcement.
So what went wrong here? As you can see in the above video, Punk was almost completely swarmed by fans in the stands. Still, he's got to figure that at a wrestling match, people might just be a little hyped up. So, yes, while a lack of WWE security might have played a role, fundamentally it's on Punk to keep in control.
All the best CM Punk.
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Air Asia, Tan Sri Tony Fernandez pernah menari ketika saya mendengangkan lagu CCR ini di Kota Kinabalu pada 2009
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan Air Asia, Tan Sri Tony Fernandez, pernah bangun dari kerusinya dan menari ketika saya mendengangkan lagu ini pada 1 majlis malam di Le Meridien Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, 3 tahun lalu pada 2009. hehehe
Makna dan ertinya, saya ni pandai juga menyanyi hehehe...
DATUK SERI LAJIM UKIN sebagai pemimpin politik veteran Sabah, mengejutkan dunia politik negara apabila beliau bertindak keluar parti pada Julai 2012, ketika rakyat negara ini ternanti-nanti tarikh Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13).
Beliau adalah Ahli Parlimen Beaufort dan pernah memegang jawatan Timbalan Ketua Menteri Sabah serta pemimpin agung masyarakat Bisaya di Sabah dengan jolokan Janang Gayuh.
Dengan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) tidak berhenti-henti berkempen di Negeri Bawah Bayu ini, ramai penganalisis melihat pembangkang mampu membuat kejutan di negeri ini sekali gus mencerahkan peluang PR merampas Putrajaya.
Persoalannya sekarang, adakah Lajim mampu memberi daya tujah tambahan kepada usaha PR? Ikuti wawancara khas Sinar Harian, MOHAMMAD FAIRUZ JUMAIN dan jurugambar, SAFWAN MANSOR menyingkap tindakan Lajim.
Kenapa Datuk memilih keluar Umno dan Barisan Nasional (BN) sekarang?
Saya keluar kerana Umno terutamanya di Sabah bukan lagi seperti Umno dahulu. Umno Sabah sudah dikuasai oleh Pengerusi Perhubungan Umno Negeri sendiri, Datuk Seri Musa Aman. Apa sahaja yang beliau lakukan adalah monopoli dan tiada orang lain boleh menegur. Selain itu, tiada dasar konkrit Umno di Sabah untuk mengatasi masalah yang dihadapi rakyat termasuklah di kawasan saya.
Jadi Datuk keluar dari Umno kerana masalah dengan Ketua Menteri?
Dalam parti, saya hormatinya sebagai Ketua Perhubungan Umno Negeri, tetapi dalam soal peribadi, mungkin beliau mengambil hati dengan saya kerana saya terlalu lantang dalam menyuarakan masalah rakyat dan soal perpaduan dalam parti.
Saya sering berkata dalam parti jangan ada cantas-mencantas, letak calon sendiri untuk jatuhkan Ketua Bahagian Umno sendiri. Sebagai contoh saya sendiri, Pada tahun 2008, Ketua Wanita Umno Beaufort, Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun melawan saya, sedangkan pada waktu itu Musa sebagai Ketua Perhubungan dan Ketua Menteri. Jika beliau rasa bertanggungjawab yang tinggi, sepatutnya beliau boleh menasihatkan Ketua Wanita itu supaya tidak bertanding.
Saya berkata begini kerana pertama, beliau sudah menang menjadi Ketua Wanita. Keduanya, tiada kedengaran rakyat di kawasan Beaufort yang mahu saya turun dari menjadi wakil rakyat. Selain itu, tiada keadilan kepada pemimpin-pemimpin tertentu. Ada pemimpin yang dapat lebih, ada pemimpin yang tidak dapat apa-apa. Umno sepatutnya adalah milik semua orang.
Apakah tiada sebab-sebab lain? Seperti pembangunan, contohnya.
Masalah utama adalah masih ramai lagi rakyat tidak mendapat bekalan elektrik dan air sejak 49 tahun pembentukan Malaysia.
Rakyat masih meronta-ronta mahu mendapatkan bekalan air bersih. Malah ada kawasan sudah dipasang paip namun airnya masih tiada.
Perkara ini sudah disuarakan saya sejak menjadi Adun lagi. Ketika saya menjadi Timbalan Ketua Menteri pun saya sudah bawa isu ini ke hadapan. Namun masalah air tetap berlaku
Saya juga melihat tahap pembangunan di Sabah masih tidak menyeluruh, tidak sekata kerana masih banyak lagi kawasan masih belum menerima pembangunan, tidak seperti di kawasan negeri lain. Sepatutnya pembangunan dibawa ke kawasan ini.
Apakah penyelesaian yang Datuk cuba bawa?
Antara penyelesaian yang saya cuba bawa adalah projek tambatan banjir di kawasan saya. Beaufort adalah daerah yang terkenal sejak setengah abad dahulu kerana setiap tahun mesti tiga empat kali banjir. Perkara ini sudah pun dibangkitkan tetapi sehingga hari ini tiada langkah yang diambil oleh kerajaan negeri atau pusat.
Saya juga pernah bangkitkan isu banjir ini kepada kerajaan pusat. Akhirnya saya diberitahu usul tersebut sedang dipertimbangkan. Hingga hari ini tiada apa-apa lagi jawapan. Jadi, apabila begitu, sedangkan saya menjadi wakil rakyat, maka saya tahu rakyat di kawasan saya akan melihat saya tidak berkemampuan untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini.
Walaupun saya sebelum ini sebahagian dari kerajaan, namun saya masih perlukan surat menyurat yang rasmi sama ada kepada kerajaan negeri atau persekutuan agar projek-projek ini dapat direalisasikan.
Jadi adakah faktor tiada bekalan asas ini mendorong Ahli Parlimen atau Adun lain keluar parti?
Saya tidak boleh bercakap bagi pihak mereka, tetapi saya ada bertemu dengan pemimpin-pemimpin ini. Ramai dari pemimpin Sabah hanya menunggu masa. Sama ada mereka akan menyertai mana-mana parti, itu terpulang kepada mereka.
Saya mahu pemimpin Sabah sedar apa yang sedang berlaku sekarang. Mengenai kepimpinan Ketua Menteri yang suka cantas-mencantas. Ramai pemimpin Umno sejak dari 2008 sudah dicantas oleh beliau termasuklah bekas Timbalan Speaker Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Yusoff Yaakob sedangkan beliau termasuk dalam winnable candidate hanya kerana tidak sehaluan dengannya.
Begitu juga dengan Speaker Dun Sabah, Datuk Seri Salleh Said, dulu menteri, dibuang oleh Musa. Sedikit contoh ini membuktikan bahawa kepimpinan Sabah adalah kepimpinan one man show. Beliau sering bertindak secara sendirian.
Selain itu, contoh cantas mencantas, Ketua Pemuda Umno Negeri, Azman Ruslan, beliau tiada apa-apa masalah, hanya dilantik sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah sebuah anak syarikat di bawah Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah, Datuk Seri Shafie Afdal. Shafie ini pun tidak sehaluan dengan Musa. Hanya kerana tidak sehaluan, Azman menjadi mangsa.
Azman adalah pemimpin yang cukup berwibawa, dengan kelayakan sebagai seorang peguam syariah, beliau amat sesuai menjadi pemimpin namun tetap juga dicantas. Kenapa ia berlaku?
Kerana ada konflik antara Musa dan Shafie maka akhirnya Ketua Pemuda Negeri menjadi mangsa. Sepatutnya perkara seperti ini tidak berlaku.
Begitu juga yang berlaku kepada saya, saya dibuang pada tahun 2004 sebagai Timbalan Ketua Menteri. Saya menang tanpa bertanding. Hanya kerana calon BN kalah di Dun Kuala Penyu. Pada ketika itu saya hanyalah Ketua Bahagian dan saya dituduh mensabotaj calon BN itu.
Kekalahan calon BN di Dun Kuala Penyu itu besar, dengan majoriti lebih dua ribu. Kalau benar saya sabotaj, tidak mungkin saya dapat membawa lebih dua ribu pengundi tidak mengundi calon BN. Saya menjadi mangsa.
Sejak dahulu lagi, memang ramai yang mahu menukarkan saya. Malah menjelang PRU13, ada berkata saya tidak akan menjadi calon lagi. Saya tidak tahu apa silap saya. Memang saya tidak nafikan ada juga yang tidak menyokong saya, tapi saya berani katakan di kawasan Beaufort, majoriti masih memilih saya menjadi calon.
Adakah Datuk sebelum ini memang mahu keluar dari Umno kerana krisis yang sama atau yang berlainan?
Pada saya, apabila saya menyertai Umno, saya harap Umno berkemampuan untuk melakukan perkara yang lebih baik dari kerajaan yang dahulu. Jadi saya sanggup berkorban dengan keluar dari Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) dengan berfikir Umno mampu selesaikan masalah rakyat.
Masalah-masalah utama pada ketika itu adalah pendatang tanpa izin, masalah pembangunan, ekonomi dan mencari cara mengeluarkan rakyat dari kemiskinan tegar, itu yang saya harapkan.
Tetapi selepas 18 tahun BN mengambil alih dan sistem penggiliran Ketua Menteri diperkenalkan oleh bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Sistem ini cukup rosak dan teruk sehingga ekonomi Sabah pada ketika itu jatuh merudum.
Datuk menyebut bahawa Datuk adalah calon winnable candidate, adakah Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak ada berkata sesuatu semasa Datuk mahu letak jawatan?
Perdana Menteri minta saya bersabar, tetapi saya ada alasan yang baik diberikan kepada Perdana Menteri. Saya berjumpa dengan Perdana Menteri pada 20 Disember 2011, saya letak jatawan pada 29 Julai 2012. Maknanya saya sudah bersabar untuk lapan bulan.
Maknanya laporan yang saya hantarkan kepadanya langsung tidak mendapat apa-apa tindakan. Saya juga amat malu sebagai seorang Ahli Majlis Tertinggi Umno dan salah seorang dipertanggungjawabkan memantau keadaan di Sabah. Laporan yang saya hantar langsung tidak diterima walaupun saya memberikan fakta. Jadi untuk apa saya tunggu lagi?
Bila agaknya masa pemimpin Sabah yang lain dijangka keluar dari BN?
Kemungkinan besar selepas Parlimen dibubarkan dan pemimpin ini tidak dicalonkan, kerana sebahagian besar dari pemimpin ini adalah winnable candidate.
Sekiranya ada perubahan yang dibuat Umno, adakah Datuk akan kembali semula kepada parti itu?
Bagi saya sukar bagi Najib untuk mengubah Umno buat masa ini, jika beliau cuba untuk mengubah Umno, saya yakin keadaan akan menjadi lebih kecoh. Dalam keadaan PRU13 hampir sekarang, tidak akan ada perubahan besar berlaku.
Mungkin selepas PRU13 nanti barulah ada perubahan. Bagi saya, jika saya gagal dalam perjuangan saya, sekurang-kurangnya saya memberi landasan kepada rakyat untuk berfikir sama ada mereka mahu 20 peratus atau lima peratus royalti minyak? Mahu wilayah autonomi atau tidak.
Selepas PRU13, faktor yang memungkinkan Datuk kembali kepada Umno?
Dalam politik apa-apa pun boleh terjadi, saya tidak mahu meramal awal dari sekarang. Jika ekonomi negara, kita boleh ramal tetapi politik... tidak.
Bagaimana Datuk melihat politik sekarang dan masa depan politik Umno dan BN pada PRU13?
Bagi saya, untuk PRU13, agak sukar bagi BN untuk menang di Semenanjung, mereka cuma mengharapkan calon-calon di Sabah dan Sarawak boleh menang. Jika PR boleh dapat 20 Parlimen di Sabah dan 20 Parlimen di Sarawak, maka BN akan tumbang pada PRU13.
Bagaimana reaksi rakyat Sabah mengenai NGO Pakatan Perikatan Sabah yang ditubuhkan Datuk?
Setakat ini reaksi yang saya dapat cukup baik. Di luar jangkaan saya.
Apakah kelebihan PR di mata Datuk?
Dalam PR, mereka ada dasar yang boleh menyelesaikan masalah rakyat, sebagai contoh mengenai royalti minyak 20 peratus. Katakan setiap tahun Sabah akan memperoleh RM6 bilion dari hasil minyak keseluruhan RM30 bilion di Sabah.
Untuk bajet negeri, RM4 bilion digunakan, maknanya dari hasil minyak sahaja Sabah ada lebihan bajet sebanyak RM2 bilion. Hasil ini tidak masuk dengan hasil negeri lain sebanyak RM4 bilion.
Maka hasil negeri dan royalti minyak ada RM10 bilion.
Dari lebihan ini, maka gaji boleh ditingkatkan dan boleh memajukan infrastruktur seluruh negeri Sabah. Selain itu, air percuma juga boleh diberikan dan pelbagai insentif lain. Dengan bajet ini, bagi saya tiga tahun sahaja, maka macam-macam perubahan yang boleh saya buat.
Adakah Datuk akan bertanding di kawasan Dun atau Parlimen?
Itu belum tentu lagi, Mungkin saya boleh bertanding di kedua-dua peringkat. Tetapi, apa yang penting, saya tidak boleh tamak kerana orang yang tamak selalu rugi.
Bagi saya yang sudah berpengalaman lebih 20 tahun dalam Kabinet Sabah, Insya-ALLAH saya boleh lakukan perubahan di negeri ini.
Adakah Datuk pernah berasa kesal kerana keluar dari Umno dan BN?
Tidak, kerana saya membuat keputusan ini sebab semangat rakyat yang berkobar-kobar. Dahulu semasa saya dalam kerajaan, ketika saya mengadakan lawatan ke kawasan-kawasan, mereka yang turun hanyalah individu yang berjawatan sahaja.
Tetapi pada hari ini, apabila saya datang semula ke kawasan-kawasan itu, sokongan rakyat adalah lebih dari apa yang saya jangkakan. Dorongan ini yang membuatkan saya lebih kuat untuk berjuang.
Adakah Datuk yakin BN Sabah akan tumbang pada PRU13?
Saya yakin untuk Dun, pembangkang akan menguasai sekurang-kurangnya 35 kerusi dan sekali gus BN Sabah tumbang.
Jika PR memperoleh Sabah, adakah Datuk calon Ketua Menteri?
Belum tahu lagi. Bagi saya apa pun peranan saya tiada masalah. Bagi saya jawatan tidak penting. Apa yang paling penting adalah rakyat.
Bagi saya, saya tiada masalah dengan kepimpinan tertinggi Umno, saya cuma bermasalah dengan dasar parti. Perkara ini yang tidak boleh diterjemahkan oleh Perdana Menteri.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
As one of the newest properties on the Scottish hotel scene, Tune Haymarket Edinburgh will be making a definite noise with the December opening of its latest property. To celebrate the opening, Tune Hotel is offering guests the chance to stay at the hotel for just £5 (approximately RM25) per night.
1,000 £5 rooms will be released for stay dates between January and April 2013. Promotional rooms will only be available by booking online at www.tunehotels.com.
Perfectly positioned directly opposite Haymarket station, Tune Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh, will have 179 en-suite bedrooms. The hotel will offer double, twin and accessible bedrooms. As a limited service hotel, consumers can expect space efficient modern rooms focused on offering high-quality basics - five-star beds, power showers, air conditioned rooms, central locations, a clean environment, and 24 hour security - with guests only paying extra for the additional facilities and services they use.
Tune Hotels now has 26 hotels available for bookings located in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, KLIA-LCCT Airport, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Damansara, Bintulu, Kota Bharu and Kulim in Malaysia; Kuta and Legian in Bali and Jakarta in Indonesia; Westminister, Liverpool Street, Paddington and Kings Cross in London and Tune Hotel Haymarket, Edinburgh in the United Kingdom; Angeles City, Cebu City, Ermita and Makati in Manila in the Philippines; Hatyai, Pattaya and Asoke, Bangkok in Thailand.
Tune Hotels is part of Tune Group, a lifestyle business conglomerate co-founded by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, who are the Group CEO and Deputy Group CEO respectively of Asia’s largest low cost carrier AirAsia.
Source : Air Asia Communications
Source : Air Asia Communciations, 4th October 2012
AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes was named GQ India’s ‘International Businessman of the Year’ at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012 held in Mumbai, India, recently.
Tony, highly recognized for his influential actions for directly shaping the way the aviation industry has evolved, joined the ranks of other distinguished men who have won GQ Men of the Year awards previously such as John Travolta, Rahul Dravid, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Anil Kapoor, among others.
Tony, excited to receive the award, said, “When I was told that I was to receive an award from GQ India, I knew right away it was not because of my fashion sense. It was an honour for me to receive this award and I would like to thank GQ India for the prestigious recognition. It was also great to meet up with the dazzling GQ India team, whose effort in recognizing talents and hard work is commendable as it motivates people to be the best. This year’s award winners comprised of amazing individuals, and I was pleased to see Rahul Dravid awarded the GQ Legend award. A great sportsman, brilliant achievement and a true legend!”
Across the world, GQ Men of the Year are considered extremely prestigious and conferred to some of the most stylish personalities and significant achievers. International winners include the likes of Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Clinton, Michael Caine and Gordon Ramsay. Last year, GQ India’s winners included Shahrukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar, A.R. Rahman, Imran Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Frieda Pinto among others.
Editor of GQ India, Che Kurrien said, "By running a successful airline, Formula 1 team and English Premiership football club, Tony has shown the power of dreaming big. I can't think of anyone more fitting for GQ's International Businessman Award."
The International Businessman of the Year award from GQ India is Tony’s fifth personal accolade received this year. In July, he was named as one of Malaysia’s outstanding CEOs by The Edge Billion Ringgit Club (BRC), for taking AirAsia to the extra mile in the aviation industry.
In June 2012, he was honoured with the ‘Best CEO for IR – Mid Cap’ award by the Malaysian Investor Relations Association Berhad (MIRA), two months after receiving the ‘Best CEO for Malaysia’ award by Corporate Governance Asia, at the 2nd Asian Excellence Recognition Awards in April 2012.
Earlier this year in February, 2012 he was bestowed with the Individual Achievement of the Year award at the 1st Malaysia Achievement Awards 2012, organised by the Malaysia Achievement Organisation (MACA).
All the best Tony and Air Asia, Malaysia is proud of you.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Xia Xue or Wendy Cheng is my favourite blogger.
I truly love her but sadly she married her beau - the handsome American - Michael Sayre aka Mike in December 2009.
And by August 2012, Xia Xue is pregnant.
She announces that happy occassion on her blog posting.
Happy mom to be Xia Xue.
A picture of Jill Meagher taken from her Facebook account, sdaly her beautiful life was abruptly cut short at the age of 29.
This crime, shock Australian and sent shock wave around the world.
A 41-year-old man Adrian Ernest Bayley, has been charged in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today charged with the rape and murder of ABC employee Jill Meagher.
Police investigating the disappearance of Ms Meagher found her body at the side of a road at Gisborne South, about 50km north-west of Melbourne.
Adrian Ernest Bayley, from Coburg, made a brief appearance in an out-of-sessions court hearing at 2:30am (AEST) and was remanded in custody to appear again later on Friday, 28th September 2012.
His arrest follows an investigation that began nearly a week ago, when Ms Meagher failed to return home after a night out with work mates in Brunswick.
ABC reporter James Bennett attended Bayley's bail hearing:
Bayley stared straight ahead as the bail justice explained to him that the allegations of rape and murder he was now facing meant she could not grant him bail.
Asked if he wanted the charges read to him, Bayley meekly replied: "No, that's fine."
When she asked him if he understood the charges that he was facing, he answered "yes" in a barely audible whisper.
Police held a late-night media briefing following Bayley's arrest.
It appears that CCTV vision made public on Wednesday, 26th September played a major role in the arrest.
In the vision Ms Meagher can be seen talking to a man wearing a blue hooded jumper as she walked along Sydney Road in the early hours of Saturday morning, 19th September 2012.
Police also said the extensive social media campaign to find Ms Meagher had helped in the investigation.
Ms Meagher's uncle, Michael McKeon, has released a statement on behalf of her family in Ireland.
"We are devastated. We are heartbroken," he said.
"She was the first grandchild my mother had, and her aunties, uncles and cousins are powerless to describe their loss.
"There are no words to describe how we feel at what has happened."
ABC managing director Mark Scott says the police announcement is devastating news for Ms Meagher's family, her friends and her many colleagues at the ABC.
He says she was an important member of the Victorian radio team and a vibrant presence at 774 Melbourne.
"She was widely known, universally respected and much loved, with a great career ahead of her," Mr Scott said.
"Our thoughts are with Jill's husband, Tom, her family and her friends.
"I know that ABC staff everywhere will want to send their love and support to Jill's colleagues who have endured such a terrible week only to face the reality of her loss."
ABC Victoria's local content manager, Cath Hurley, says Local Radio Victoria is deeply saddened by the tragic news.
"Our thoughts go out to Jill's family and friends, so devastated by the passing of this wonderful young woman," Hurley said.
"She was witty, intelligent and great company. Her friends and workmates at the ABC will miss her greatly."
774 ABC presenter Jon Faine paid tribute to his friend and colleague at the start of his show, saying her legacy is important.
"Jill's death must not come to define us. That is not what it is like to live in the Melbourne we know," he said.
"This is an exceptionally rare event. Its randomness is part of what is so incomprehensible about it."
Police have been piecing together the last-known whereabouts of Ms Meagher since Friday night, when she declined an offer from a colleague for a lift home and said she would instead make the five-minute walk by herself.
CCTV footage shows Ms Meagher walking towards the apartment she shared with her husband Tom at 1:41am.
Six other people can also be seen in the footage, including the man in the blue hoodie.
Earlier on Thursday, another man seen in the CCTV footage, Dan Gregson, came forward after recognising himself in the vision.
He told police he did not remember seeing Ms Meagher.
On Monday a passer-by found Ms Meagher's handbag in an alley off Hope Street, not far from where she was last seen.
But on Tuesday police said the bag had not been seen during an earlier police search and they were investigating whether the bag was planted by someone involved in her disappearance.
Later that day forensic police conducted several searches of Ms Meagher's apartment and took a number of items away in sealed brown paper bags.
Tom Meagher made several appeals over the weekend for information on his wife's whereabouts and said he was going through "hell".
Family and friends had also created a Facebook page in the hope of finding Ms Meagher.
She was an Irish national who had been living in Australia for the past three years.
THE man charged with the rape and murder of ABC Radio employee Jill Meagher is a father of four who once worked as a pastry chef and has a history of using prostitutes.
The monster called Adrian Ernest Bayley
Adrian Ernest Bayley, who was known as Adrian Edwards before he legally changed his name 12 years ago, had been living in a granny flat in a quiet, tree-lined street of Coburg in Melbourne's north before his arrest on Thursday.
As neighbours yesterday expressed their shock at discovering the man they had seen but had rarely, if ever, spoken to had been charged over Ms Meagher's abduction and death, details began to emerge about Mr Bayley's life.
The 41-year-old had an emotionally and physically abusive childhood, and a violent and fractured relationship with his father for many years.
He did an apprenticeship as a pastry chef and has found work in that role over the years.
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Mr Bayley married at the age of 18 when his partner fell pregnant and the couple had two children before separating in 1995.
Mr Bayley then began a new relationship which also produced two children.
Within a few years, he began to visit the prostitutes in Melbourne's red-light district of St Kilda.
Mr Bayley had been living in Coburg for only a few months, after moving from the outer western suburb of Wyndham Vale.
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Lesson : Don't mess with the Americans
Imagine being on an aircraft that accelerates from zero to 165 knots in two seconds when taking off.
A group of local leaders and journalists from Sabah, East Malaysia, had this rare experience on- board a C21 utility aircraft that took them to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, 926km from here over the weekend.
The landings and takeoffs, which saw acceleration peaking at 4Gs, were enough to jolt and blow one's senses.
Weighing 97,000 tonnes, the USS John C. Stennis is one of the largest aircraft carriers in the world. It is more than 333m long and 20 stories tall.
Crewed by more than 5,500 personnel, it is capable of handling 90 aircraft, including the C21. The USS John C. Stennis is nuclear-powered and its mission is to conduct sustained air operations.
While onboard, the visitors, including state Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said and First Division Army Commander Major General Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokthar, witnessed flight operations, which included catapult launches and arrested landings or "traps".
Commanding officer Captain Ronald Reis said an aircraft landed on deck at full throttle. There were four arresting wires to stop a landing aircraft. This happened when the aircraft's tailhook caught one of the arresting wires.
He said a catapult was used to launch an aircraft at full power during takeoff.
Aircraft operating from the USS John C. Stennis included F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, F/A-18C Hornet, E-2C Hawkeye and the EA-6B Prowler.
The visit was arranged by the United States Embassy as a prelude to the aircraft carrier's three-day port call in Kota Kinabalu, beginning Sunday, 30th September 2012.
Don't mess with the Americans..