August 2008 Archives

51st Malaysia Merdeka Day

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August, a month that marks the commemoration of Malaysia's Independence, celebrated in a joyous mood by all Malaysians.


Anyway, here is a brief about Malaysia's Independence....

An Independence Day is an annual celebration observing the anniversary of a nation's independent statehood, usually after ceasing to be a colony or part of another state. All countries honor their respective independence day, celebrating it as a national holiday. The independence of Malaysia is different from that of the independence of other countries. It was a peaceful independence attained by holding talks with the British. Thus on 31 August 1957, Malaysia got its independence from the United Kingdom.

merdeka.jpgThe first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj spearheaded the effort for independence, leading a delegation of ministers and political leaders of Malaya (now Malaysia) in negotiations with the British in London for Merdeka, or Independence. Just when it became clear that the Communist threat posed during the Malayan Emergency was getting out of hand, agreement was reached on February 8, 1956, for Malaya to gain independence from the British Empire. But for some reason it was decided that the official proclamation of independence would be made the next year, on August 31, 1957, at Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium), in Kuala Lumpur.

On this glorious day Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman proudly declared the independence day of Malaysia by shouting out "Merdeka" seven times at the Merdeka Stadium. Hari Merdeka meaning the Independence Day is the national day of Malaysia commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule. In a larger perspective this day is celebrates the formation of Malaysia. On August 31, 2008, Malaysia will celebrate its 51 years of independence.

Looking forward for Merdeka holidays:)


The rhino being coaxed into the crate for transport.

The Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) has successfully completed a two-week rescue operation of a single male from the critically endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni) species.... (Article is taken from New Sabah Times)

Continue reading Sumatran rhino is rescued



This event has made its reputation as "The World''s Toughest Mountain Race". A true challenge to the spirit of human endurance, this race involves running up and down Mt. Kinabalu (4095.2 m), where the total distance is 21km for all men, women and men categories. The average climber takes 2 days to climb the mountain but participants of the race can make it in less than 3 hours.




The winners under Men's Category

The Climbathon is part of the Buff® Sky Runners® World Series circuit for the sixth consecutive year and is one of the two races in the circuit held outside Europe. Buff® Sky Runner® World Series is regulated and coordinated by the European-based Federation for Sport at Altitude (FSA).

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My Homemade Bosou

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By Valencia

Bosou, dalam bahasa Malaysia bererti jeruk. Ia diperbuat daripada ikan basah, daging dan sayur-sayuran seperti 'polod' (kulit sejenis pokok palma) lalu dicampur dengan 'panggi' iaitu sejenis bahan pengawet untuk mengelakkannya daripada menjadi basi dan berbau busuk.

Bosou merupakan makanan kegemaran orang KadazanDusun sejak dahulu lagi. Ia biasanya dimakan secara berkumpulan seperti ahli keluarga.

Bosou yang terkenal ialah Bosou Ikan (dicampur dengan batang pisang atau 'polod').


  • Ikan Turongo

  • Nasi

  • Panggi

  • Sayur Polod atau batang pisang

  • Garam

Campurkan bahan-bahan tersebut sehingga rata. Kemudian, masukkan ke dalam bekas (tempayan kecil) dan tutup rapat supaya tidak di masuki angin. Biarkan selama 2 minggu.

Sesiapa yang ingin membuat tempahan bosou, sila hubungi 0138750743 (Valencia).


Fish Massage

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fishmassage.jpgLocated in Kampung Luanti, Ranau, 131 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu (2 hours and 40 minutes drive away); this fish massage 'spa' is managed by the Kampung Luanti JKK and lead by Mr. Jeffrin Majangki.

In the Local KadazanDusun dialect, 'tagal' means 'no fishing', and the main purpose of the 'tagal' is to preserve the environment as well as the ecosystem to benefit the future generation. 'Ikan Pelian' or Malaysian Masheer comes from the family of Cyprinidae. These fishes are specifically trained by the villagers to perform the healing massage activities.

The fish massage is deemed to have a curative effect on those who suffers from psoriasis. Come to Kampung Luanti for regular fish massages and you will enjoy smoother and suppler skin - just like a baby's bottom.

If the idea of fishes nibbling off your dead skin doesn't thrill you, try other activities such as jungle trekking and camping. Should you intend to stay longer, Kampung Luanti is also equipped with a homestay programme to make visitors feel at home every time.

(Source: Sabah Tourism)

Plastic Bubu

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A traditional bubu fish-trap

KINABATANGAN: Two more villages within the Lower Kinabatangan have adopted an environmentally friendly fishing method which directly helps to protect the forest within the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.

The method which employs the use of plastic wire mesh instead of using the bark of trees found within the protected forest has been winning over fishermen village by village since it was launched by the Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project (KOCP) in 2004.
(Article is taken from New Sabah Times)

Continue reading Environmentally friendly plastic 'bubu'

So, our locals have finally created a plastic bubu. Clever.

I haven't heard 'bubu' for such a long time. Bubu is a basket-like traditional fish-trap. It is made of bamboo, with rattan rings as frames and looks like a cone shape. It has a funnel entrance to allow the fish to go in one way. Bubu is commonly used in Malaysia and it is usually positioned in knee or thigh deep water near the river bank. just leave it there for a day or two ;) .

Malaysian Dance Festival - Sabah State Level
8-10 Augus 2008

This festival will be held at the Kota Kinabalu Community Hall at 8pm onwards from 8-10 August. Featuring performers from all over the state, they will present an array of traditional dances.

Menara Tun Mustapha (or Yayasan Sabah Building) Base Jumping
9-10 August 2008

In conjunction with the Menara KL International Jump on the 9 - 10 August 2008 will be an explorace call the FUNtastic Explorace organized by the Menara KL. The event will be held at Menara Tun Mustapha on the 9th of August. Entry forms are available at Sri Pelancongan Sabah, Sinsuran Complex or Sabah Tourism Board, Gaya Street.
Participants are presented with the opportunities to explore and gather knowledge on Menara Tun Mustafa and its facilities. The major sponsor of this program is PruBSN. This explorace involves teams of 1 adult and 2 children that are required to complete the tasks assigned to them while exploring the Yayasan Sabah grounds. At the beginning of the explorace, each team will be given a PruBSN FUNtastic Explorace Passport. They will then be required to collect stamps which bear the logo of PruBSN upon the completion of each task. Cultural elements will also be included in the fun tasks assigned.

Kudat Festival
10 August 2008

Malaysians are invited to participate in the Kudat Festival 2008, which will be held at Dewan Tun Mustapha and the town padang in Kudat Aug 10.
A variety of programmes and activities have been drawn up for the festival, which is organised by Warisan Amir Entertainment together with the Persatuan Talassemia Kudat, Pemadam and Pewasa Kudat and Safa Zon Utara. The main objective of the event was to raise funds for Persatuan Talassemia Kudat as well as replenishing the Kudat District Hospital's Blood Bank.

Sepilok Nature Half Marathon
10 August 2008

Runners from near and wide are invited to the Inaugural Sepilok Nature Half Marathon which will be flagged off from the Sandakan Sports Complex at 5.30pm on August 10th.
Registration will take place on the 9th August from 8am-pm at the MPS Square.

Sandakan Memorial Day
15 August 2008

To commemorate those who died and suffered the terrible atrocities, relatives and friends in Australia have initiated August 15 as the Sandakan Memorial Day. The memorial service is held annually at the Sandakan Memorial Park which was once the site of the POW Camp.
The Park includes a small museum, serves as a memorial to the thousands of Australian and British who lost their lives during the Japanese occupation. You can also see the rusting remains of an excavator, a generator and a boiler lie in their original positions, near steps leading up to a small Commemorative Pavilion.

22nd Sabah International Climbathon
23-24 Aug

Deemed as "the World's Toughest Mountain Race", the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is the ultimate challenge to take for those game enough to test their endurance by running up and down Mount Kinabalu for a total distance of 21 kilometers.

Sabah Tourism Board and its wholly-owned subsidiary - Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd as the organizer for the Mt.Kinabalu International Climbathon; through the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU), initiated to have Malaysia as the member country in the World Mountain Running Association. Malaysia is the first Asian member country to be in the WMRA. Climbathon received a major boost when Malaysia won its bid to host the World Mountain Running Trophy in 1999 at Kinabalu Park--which is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site.

Borneo International Cat Show 2008
23-24 Aug

The Inaugural Borneo International Cat Show will be held at the Sabah Trade Center, Likas from the 23-24 August from 10am-6pm. The judges from Australia and USA will team up to judge the best cats from around Borneo. The competition categories are: Championship Class, Premiership Class, Kitten Class and Household Class.

KFC 15th Merdeka Day Regatta
29-31 Aug

The Organisers, Kinabalu Yacht Club (KYC) and Sabah Sailing Association has the pleasure in inviting sailors from various recognised sailing clubs / associations to participate in the Merdeka Day Regatta 2008 from the 29th - 31st August 2008. This is a National Ranking Regatta and non-discardable for Sabah State Ranking. The Regatta is sponsored by KFC, the Marathon and Keel Boat races are sponsored by Sutera Harbour Marine, Golf & Country Club.

The venue shall be the Kinabalu Yacht Club and the races shall be conducted at the sea in front of Kinabalu Yacht Club and Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club.

Ambang Merdeka
30 August 2008

The countdown to Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) begins today and at exactly 12 midnight, the Malaysian flag is proudly hoisted, accompanied by the National Anthem.

Merdeka Celebration
31 August 2008

On 31 August 1957, the federation of Malaya States gained its independence from the British. Hence, this day is known as 'Hari Merdeka' or 'Independence Day'. Every state will have a march-past simultaneously with the National level held in Kuala Lumpur.

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North Borneo Railway

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train.jpgConstruction of the then North Borneo Railway began in 1896 under the command of civil engineer Arthur J. West. It was originally intended primarily for the transport of tobacco from the interior to the coast for export. The first line built was a 32km track from Bukau River, north to Beaufort, and south to the port of Weston. This was then extended with a further 48km route in 1903 to Tenom, the works for which was completed in 1905. The line was extended again in 1906 with a further 16km from Tenom to Melalap.

At the same time as this work, was work on another line from Beaufort to Jesselton) (now known as Kota Kinabalu) which was completed in 1903, running mostly near or beside the coast. With the completion of these works the network routes covered some 193km. However the network was almost entirely destroyed during the Second World War.
train02.jpgIn 1949 then North Borneo Railway embarked on an ambitious programme to rehabilitate the network and improve service, and once again in 1960. However in 1963 the decision was taken to close the Weston branch line, and in 1970 the Melalap extension from Tenom was also closed to traffic. The high costs of operation of the lesser used routes and the competition from the many new built roads made their situation increasingly untenable. In 1974 the main part of the line was also cut from Kota Kinabalu back to Tanjung Aru.

The line has been closed during 2007 for maintenance and repair. Papar to Beaufort is expected to be open end of 2007 and Papar to Tanjung Aru in May 2008. There are no updates from the Sabah National Railway, but the Leisure Train Company, 'North Borneo Railway' does mention this on their website.

(Article is taken from Wikipedia:Sabah State Railway)

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