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  • Brunei, M’sia military joint exercise set for October +

    THE Malaysian Army and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) will continue to enhance military cooperation by participating in joint exercises. Task Force 450 Chief of Staff, Col Dr Ahmad Sham Baharin said the close ties enabled the integration of soldiers in exercises, especially during mortar fire training. “The purpose of this exercise is to train and equip the armed forces of both countries in the planning and joint fire trainings. “The exercise can also strengthen ties between the soldiers and between the officers,” he told reporters after a Mertak Bersatu and MALBRU Exercise Planning Conference (EPC) meeting at a Read More
  • Trio from SMK Bandaraya wins 2015 Young Inventor of Intellectual Property +

    KOTA KINABALU: Three SMK Bandaraya students made the school proud when they were announced winners of 2015 Young Inventor of Intellectual Property competition here. The trio, Waldo Michael, Elsie Marianne Wilfred, and Ainelly Ajuin outdial 19 fellow competing teams after their invention ‘Touch Sensor Switch’ (TSS) managed to impress the judges. Three Form 4 Agricultural Science students received medals, a trophy, certificates as well as cash prizes at the award giving ceremony held at a hotel here yesterday. The victory clearly made their mentor teacher, Nurul Hafiza Pauzi proud as the none of them including herself came from science stream. Read More
  • Sabah’s natural beauty earns it a spot as film location +

    KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has been chosen by a notable media company in Singapore as its latest filming location because of the natural beauty of the state. MediaCorp Pte Ltd starts shooting its latest production, entitled “Beyond Words”, a family drama of 30 episodes. About 30 per cent of the show will be featuring Sabah. Vice president for MediaCorp Chinese Drama Regional Productions (Studios), Yeo Saik Pin said among the locations for filming will be Mari Mari Cultural Village, Gaya Street Sunday Market, Jesselton Point, Kudat and Sutera Harbour Resort where one of the main characters will be playing the part Read More
  • Proactive steps needed to produce competent, highly-skilled workplace +

    KOTA KINABALU: The Human Resource Development Department (JPSM) needs to take proactive steps to produce a competent, highly-skilled workforce to meet the ever-changing demand and needs of the job market. “The JPSM has the responsibility to promote the development of quality human capital in the state for the next 5 to 10 years to fulfil the requirements of the industry,” said Minister of Human Resource Development and Information Technology, Datuk Siringan Gubat. Speaking at the JPSM’s 27th Anniversary celebration at Pacific Sutera Harbour here yesterday, he said the department should take the initiative of keeping track with the latest development Read More
  • Iskandar M'sia eyes more investments in 3rd phase +

    JOHOR BAHARU: It may be a slow-paced period for Iskandar Malaysia right now, but that is okay, given the momentum the economic region has been picking up over the past eight years. The property sector may be experiencing a slowdown, but other sectors are still moving at a constant momentum. Thanks to its sales success stories domestically and overseas, Iskandar Malaysia, which was described as “selling dreams” during its early inception, now has a lot to offer other than just dreams. “Over the past nine years, Iskandar Malaysia has been growing with consistency and quality; I think that is foremost Read More
  • Seat belts, helmets can reduce fatalities during accidents +

    KUALA LUMPUR,Wearing seat belts and helmets improves safety of users by 60% says the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros). Miros director-general Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon said using safety features effectively reduces fatalities and risks faced by motorists and passengers during unfortunate circumstances like accidents. “Serious injuries that can result in deaths are normally caused by failure of passengers to wear seats belts. Upon impact during accidents, passengers are thrown out or knock into hard objects while motorcyclists or pillion riders who do not wear proper helmets can suffer critical injuries or death,” he told Bernama here today. Read More
  • Rough and tough days for charity homes +

    KOTA KINABALU: Times are hard now for charity homes in Sabah as donations in cash and kind have dwindled. With the sluggish economy and the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) which inevitably causes the rise in cost of living, orphanages and care centres for the underprivileged and disabled are being hit hard. Most of the operators say public donations began dropping since November last year and such homes will always be the first to be hit in times of economic downturn. Even corporate companies have reduced their spending to do charity drives for the homes under their CSR Read More
  • Former Malaysian Ambassador Receives Award From Emperor Of Japan +

    KUALA LUMPUR, - Former Malaysian ambassador to Japan, Tan Sri Marzuki Mohd Noor has been conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by Emperor Akihito of Japan. The conferment to Marzuki, who served as the Malaysian Ambassador to Japan from 1999 to 2006, was made by the Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Makio Miyagawa at his residence here, Thursday. Also present was Marzuki's wife, Puan Sri Nora Marzuki. Miyagawa said Marzuki's decoration was in recognition of his significant contribution in promoting bilateral relations and mutual understanding between Japan and Malaysia. "This is an extremely honorable decoration from Read More
  • Workers need to earn RM2,500 per month, says Tan +

    KOTA KINABALU: To make ends meet in the state capital, workers need to earn at least RM2,500 per month, a survey conducted by an independent body shows. Deputy Chief Minister cum Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah said the survey was compiled through questionnaires handed out by Sabah Today which interviewed working people in Kota Kinabalu. “The survey was done before the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented, and I need to do another one again after the GST takes effect,” said Raymond when unveiling the Sabah Industry Quarterly (SIQ) magazine for the April-June 2015 issue at Read More
  • 113,994 jobs generated from five key economic sectors in Sabah +

    KOTA KINABALU: There have been 113,994 jobs generated from five key economic sectors in Sabah this year. Deputy Chief Minister cum Industrial Development Minister, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah said Of the total, there are 29, 611 jobs in the agriculture sector followed by 25,589 jobs in tourism, another 23,471 in manufacturing/logistics, 23,122 in oil and gas and 12,201 in the palm oil industry. “All these sectors can generate a lot of jobs if we develop the industries and competencies of the workers,” said Raymond when unveiling the Sabah Industry Quarter (SIQ) magazine for the April-June 2015 issue at his Read More
  • Sabah Continues To Be Role Model In Tropical Biodiversity Management +

    KOTA KINABALU, -- The Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ITBC) and various state agencies are continuing to be a role model for developing countries in tropical biodiversity management with the launch of the Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) next month. ITBC director Prof. Dr Charles Santhanaraju Vairappan said the TCTP 2015, organised by the ITBC of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and state Natural Resource Office (NRO) from Aug 6 to 26, is part of the Malaysian government's vision to develop the country as a centre of excellence in conservation, research and utilisation of tropical biological diversity by 2020. "The programme's Read More
  • Singapore’s UOB, Temasek to offer $500 mn for Asia start-ups +

    SINGAPORE: Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB) said Tuesday it will partner with state-linked investment firm Temasek Holdings to provide up to $500 million in venture debt financing to start-ups in China, India and Southeast Asia. The partnership will lend to “high-growth, innovative start-up companies in sectors such as technology, consumer, healthcare and clean technology” over the next five years, UOB said in a statement. Venture debt is a type of financing for start-up firms which may not yet have the cash flow or assets to use as collateral for loans. It is an alternative to bank loans or raising capital Read More
  • MTDC Manages RM600 Million In Funds To Enhance Technology Adoption Among Companies +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysia Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), is managing funds totalling RM600 million, to help boost the adoption of technology among local companies. Chief Executive Officer Datuk Norhalim Yunus said as the nation geared towards achieving Vision 2020, it needed more high-technology companies employing knowledge workers who earned high income. He said MTDC had evolved and innovated from merely a venture capitalist to assist companies that required funds, invest, and assist technology companies across various stages of growth from start-up, expansion, and venture overseas. "Providing opportunities to companies to Read More
  • MTDC Manages RM600 Million In Funds To Enhance Technology Adoption Among Companies +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysia Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), is managing funds totalling RM600 million, to help boost the adoption of technology among local companies. Chief Executive Officer Datuk Norhalim Yunus said as the nation geared towards achieving Vision 2020, it needed more high-technology companies employing knowledge workers who earned high income. He said MTDC had evolved and innovated from merely a venture capitalist to assist companies that required funds, invest, and assist technology companies across various stages of growth from start-up, expansion, and venture overseas. "Providing opportunities to companies to Read More
  • PETRONITA takes 36 from SK Pinapak under its wing in preparation for UPSR +

    KOTA KINABALU: The Wives and Women Staff Association of Petronas (PETRONITA) has undertaken a community project to help 36 Year-6 students from SK Pinapak in Pitas prepare for UPSR. ‘Projek 36 Memburu 5A’ (36 Pursuing 5As) started in April 2015, aims to help these pupils’ scores in their UPSR examination this year by having extra classes on weekends, and providing basic necessities to them. PETRONITA Sabah vice chairperson, Julita Ontol said that SK Pinapak was selected for the project after the association made a visit to the school. “PETRONITA also contributed RM80,000 to the school to repair a dilapidated hostel Read More
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