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Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia's first submarine, the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, demonstrated its capability when it fired at a target located 40km away from a depth of 55m.

Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) chief Laksamana Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said the test firing of the Exocet SM39 Block 2 missile was part of contractual activities in the submarine's tropical operations.

He said 55m was a depth that posed difficulties for anti-submarine ships to adopt counter-measures. The missile hit its 40m-long target - a floating platform located 22 nautical miles (40km) away on the surface.

Laksamana Abdul Aziz said the test firing of the missile, at exactly 10.15am on Monday in the South China Sea, was proof that the RMN and the submarine were capable of launching an attack from below the sea surface.

Laksamana Abdul Aziz, who witnessed the test, said it was also aimed at confirming the effectiveness of the Exocet SM39 Blok 2 missile and the capabilities of the submarine's weapons system, better know as SUBTICSKD TAR, in tropical conditions.

He said the Exocet SM39 Blok 2, sourced from France in 2008, was a submarine-to-surface missile weighing 2,100kg, with a length of 6m and a diameter of 35cm.

Source: Bernama

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Kinsabina Group will face a tough challenge of going against Kuala Lumpur Dragons in the semi-final round of the National Basketball League, this weekend.

The Penampang-based team finished fourth in the league standing with 10 points after getting just one win from nine matches that were played in three state venues throughout the month-long competition.

Kuala Lumpur, who won seven of all its matches, finished in the top spot with 16 points and is expected to win easily against Sabah.

The two teams are set to clash in the opening fixture of the first semi-final round, which will be held at 8.15pm at the Maba Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on July 30.

They will play again at the same time and place in the second round, which is scheduled on the following day.

The other semi-final match will feature Sarawak Rainbow taking on Perak Farmcochem at 9.15pm on both days.

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Stephanie Liew Pei Sing of Sabah emerged as the first runner-up of the Astro Star Quest 2010 Finals at Stadium Putra Indoor, Bukit Jalil on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old Stephanie lost to the eventual champion Teo Yi Poi, 22, of Johor Bahru in the finals which was shown live on Astro Zhi Zun HD, the first Chinese HD channel in Malaysia.
It was also the first-ever local Chinese TV production broadcast in HD.
The second, third and fourth runners-up were Fyone Tan Huey Ying, 18, of Batu Pahat, Chang Yew Joe, 20, of Ipoh and Alvin Gan Wee Loon, 20, of Kuala Lumpur respectively.
Taking the Best Composer Award was Goey Ee Han, 19, of Kedah for Struggle, performed by ASQ 2009 Top 10 Justin Ooi.
The Best MV Director Award went to Shoo Jia Keng and directed MV by Fyone Tan.
Since its debut in 1997, the Astro Star Quest (formerly known as Astro Talent Quest) has become a prominent local Chinese singing reality show that fulfilled dreams of many young Malaysians to become successful singers. Prominent alumni include Nicholas Teo, Gary Cao, Eric Lim, Andrew Tan, Amy Wong, Gan Wan Chean and Choo Hou Ren.
The ASQ finals offered a total of RM365,000 including RM75,000 in cash and RM290,000 in prizes. Teo took home a Toyota Vios TRD Sportivo worth RM92,000 and other fabulous prizes.
Stephanie will join Teo and Fyone to represent Malaysia at the annual International Chinese New Talent Singing Competition in Hong Kong. They will compete against talented performers from around the globe to gain international fame.
Among the songs sang by Stephanie in the early rounds were When We're Together by Wang Ling, Love Castle by Genie Zhuo and Legend.

From The Borneo Post

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will operate more flights to Japan from Sabah, including a new destination from Kota Kinabalu to Haneda Airport, south of Tokyo, from Nov 15.


25 July, 2010

The KK Sharks RFC are the 2010 Labuan 10's Cup Champions. In a hard-fought final the Tanjung Aru-based rugby club overcame a strong University Technology Mara (Sabah Campus) side. While the conventional 15-a-side version of the sport is the most well known, rugby 10's (also known as ten-a-side rugby) is a variant of the game that is thriving in Malaysia.

Saturday's event was the 9th edition of this annual tournament, which is one of the biggest tournaments in the East Malaysian rugby calendar, and it took place in Labuan at the LDA padang, located near to the Financial Park.

The KK Sharks faced stiff competition from the beginning being drawn in the same group as the Sabah Eagles, one of Malaysia's strongest teams.

However, they emerged from the "group of death" in first place and earned the right to go into the Cup stage full of confidence. The first Cup semi-final pitted defending champions UiTM Sabah against the SEAHAWKS (Royal Malaysian Airforce) from West Malaysia. UiTM emerged victorious. In the second Cup semi-final saw Tawau Rugby Club take on the KK Sharks. It was a scrappy game but the Sharks were too strong for Tawau. The well-organised KK Sharks defence pressurised the Tawau team and led to an interception try for KK Sharks captain Azrul Apo. Another late try by the Shark's captain sealed the win.

In the final UiTM and the KK Sharks - quite evenly matched teams - went head-to-head in an intense battle. In the first half the Sharks struck first and took a 12 -0 lead with tries by Philip Simon and Zoolhisharm Zulkarnain. In the second half the UiTM Sabah team pulled back with a converted try to make it 12 - 7 which setup a grandstand finish. However the KK Sharks held on to capture their first ever Labuan 10's trophy.

The next big event on the local rugby calendar is the SRU President's Cup, a 15-a-side rugby competition to decide who will be the 2010 Sabah Champions.


Event : 'GILBERT' SRU President's Cup
Date : Dates have been differed until further notice
Venue : TBC

Event : Agung's Cup
Date : Dates have been differed until further notice
Venue : TBC

Event : SRU Charity Dinner
Date : 7th August, 2010 (Saturday)
Venue : TBC

Event : Jonah Jones 7s
Date : 25th & 26th September, 2010
Venue : Royal Selangor Club, Selangor D.E

Event : BARAM Trophy
Date : November, 2010
Venue : Miri
Organiser : Miri Rugby Union

Event : Miri 7s
Date : October, 2010
Venue : Miri, Sarawak

Event : Borneo 7s
Date : 30th & 31st October, 2010
Venue : Likas Sports Complex, KK

Event : Cobra 10s
Date : 14th & 15th November, 2010
Venue : Padang Utara, PJ.

Event : KK Sharks Tour
Date 11th to 15th November, 2010
Plan ~ Friendly match btwn KK Sharks n Cobra Stingers
Date ~ 12th November, 2010 (Friday)
Time ~ 5.00pm
Veue ~ Padang Utara, PJ
~ attending the Cobra 10s tournament.

Kota Kinabalu:

After Mandy Nandu, another Sabahan beauty Appey Rowenna Januin, 19, was crowned as the new Miss Malaysia Earth 2010 held at the Royal Golf Club Ipoh, Perak on July 18.
Appey, who was also state Unduk Ngadau 2009, will represent Malaysia in the Miss Earth 2010 pageant in Nha Trang Vietnam in October.
"I did not expect to win this beauty pageant because all the contestants were beautiful and well trained.
"I am happy winning the title and thanks to Mandy Nandu who taught me many things, beginning at state level until this stage, said Appey, who spoke in fluent English, Malay and Kadazan.
According to Appey when contacted by The Borneo Post through the phone yesterday, she learned many things, especially during the adventure activities while staying at the resorts in Taiping.
"The resorts are surrounded by green nature, a secondary forest and waterfalls. We got the chance to study nature.
"During the pageant week we also did tree planting, painted a railway station, visited a charcoal factory, a water factory and visited an orphanage home," said Appey who is currently studying at the Asian Tourism Institute (ATI) College.

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Kota Kinabalu: A Taiwanese man drowned while snorkeling in the waters off Manukan Island, near here yesterday.Marine Operations Force officer ASP Mohd Aris Jambul, when contacted, said Hsieh Ming Sung, 33, was among 24 tourists who arrived at the island around 10.50am.
"While they were snorkeling, one of his friends saw his lifeless body floating about 110 metres from the beach," Mohd Aris said.
"They immediately informed the island guards who plucked the victim from the water and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him while rushing him to Sutera Harbour here," he said.
The victim was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival, he said, adding that an autopsy revealed the cause of death was drowning.

From The Borneo Post

Miss Malaysia Tourism 2010


Kota Kinabalu: Julylen Liew Ei Ling from Sabah was crowned the winner of Miss Malaysia Tourism Queen International 2010 in Penang on Sunday.
"I never expected to win but I am very grateful to be able to win this title," said the 20-year-old full-time model with Foxy Production.


"It hasn't been easy at all because all the candidates were very beautiful too. It's every girl's dream to be a beauty queen and I am very fortunate to have this opportunity," added Julylen.
"When the emcee announced my name, I really didn't know what was going on. I was shocked and didn't know how to react but I could hear Cassandra, Stella and my uncle scream in disbelief!"
The national finals was organized by Velvet Production at Berjaya Penang Hotel.
Julylen, also known as Gzell, was the second runner-up in the Sabah Model Search 2010 organized by Foxy Production a few months back. She was well groomed and guided by Cassandra Patrick and Stella Matilda in preparing her for bigger events and competition such as this.

Continue reading Miss Malaysia Tourism 2010


Fifth SIFF will be taking place from 18th to 27th July 2010 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (arrival on the 18th & 19th and departure back on the 27th). Fifth SIFF is set to be different from all of the previous SIFFs. Other than the performance of the various international participants, we will also present the folkdances of the various ethnics of Sabah during the festival ! Fifth SIFF is not only a folkdance festival but it is also a venue for cultural exchange.

For more informations Sabah Cultural Board

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Malaysia World Eco-Tourism Leader?


Malaysia is a hot-bed for the world's rarest iconic natural attractions.

The country has attractive locations with big potential for development as eco-tourism icons, according to a development planning expert.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia centre for innovative planning & development director Prof Amran Hamzah said Malaysia's natural attractions would lure tourist arrivals to the country.

Tourists will be spellbound by the unique flora and fauna, clean beaches, exotic marine life, oldest rainforest and the world's biggest caves.

Currently, Amran said Sabah and Sarawak were Malaysia's largest contributors to the eco-tourism industry as compared with West Malaysia, as they had some of the world's rarest iconic attractions.

For example, the Mulu National Park in Sarawak, and Mount Kinabalu and Sipadan Island in Sabah were deemed among the world's top five locations for scuba diving activities.


"Tourists will come to Sabah and Sarawak because they know they can find the orang utan in Sepilok or Kinabatangan where there is a unique range of eco-tourism attractions.

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Belgian investments in Sarawak


Kuching: Belgium plans to expand its investments in Malaysia to include Sarawak within the next 10 to 20 years, announced Begium Embassy's Trade Commissioner for Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei, Philippe Delcourt yesterday.4419.jpg

There are presently some 70 Belgian companies operating in Peninsular Malaysia, and the European country is now 'opening our ears' to Sarawak.

"We are opening our ears to know exactly what we can do for more Belgian companies to operate in Malaysia within the next 10 to 20 years, with Sarawak as one of the targets.

"As Sarawak focuses on renewable energy, some Belgian companies may be looking forward to working with local companies here," he told journalists after making a courtesy call on Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang here yesterday.

Stating that his country was sincere in establishing business ties with the state, Delcourt revealed that the Belgian Minister of Trade would be visiting Malaysia sometime next year.

"We will bring more political leaders to Malaysia to discuss more trade relations and investments. Belgium is one of the top 15 trading partners in the world," he said.
Delcourt said he believed Malaysia would eventually emerge as a hub for the Asean region because it is a stable country in central South East Asia.

Continue reading Belgian Investments in Sarawak


Most motorists were simply bemused at the sight, taking photos of the geological menace - but the fact the road collapsed in the middle of the night caused trouble for others.
At least one truck overturned on the side of the road as it approached the crevice.
And the warning tape strung across the road doesn't really seem rugged enough to hold back determined drivers - although, by last night, no one had been reported injured.


June tends to be the wettest time for this part of the country, with the southwest monsoon dumping nearly a fifth of the annual rainfall during the month.
But since no one has yet come up with a definitive explanation as to the appearance of the hole, officials continue to look into it.

Source: Metro UK

Sandakan: Alvin Landy Illod carved a new record when he successfully pulled a 12,010 kg bus during the Orang Kuat Sabah Roadshow in Sandakan over the weekend.

Hundreds of people, including Sekong assemblyman Datuk Mejar Samsudin Yahya, watched the 40-seater tourist bus with 12 persons on board being pulled 36 metres.

Alvin, who has just turned 24, said he felt an enormous pressure before the start of the event with the big crowd waiting to watch him.
"The big crowd heightened my anxiousness," he said, adding that during the attempt, he lost focus momentarily and had to break off his first stab.

"The pressure to succeed was tremendous as the crowd expected to see the bus move and not to mention the VIP who was waiting for me at the end of the track," he said.
"I felt relief washing over me as I neared the end; the crowd was supportive and their cheers helped," he said.

Alvin was among a group of "Orang Kuat Sabah" who toured Sandakan to promote the 2011 Orang Kuat Sabah competition. The others were Orang Kuat Sabah 2010 champion James Wee, Chin Ket Shin, Mr Sabah contender Mark Allan Mogindol and Mohamad Faizal.

Roger Frederick, the Orang Kuat Sabah competition director, said the Orang Kuat would be visiting other districts soon to promote next year's competition.
He said the Orang Kuat Sabah will also be conducting a Pre-Orang Kuat Sabah Competition in the coming month.
"I met up with the National Malaysia Day organising committee on Monday and they are quite receptive to the idea of holding an Orang Kuat competition during the Malaysia Day celebration," he said.

Roger hoped to feature three events in the upcoming challenge, namely Truck Pull, Grip Endurance and Car Dead Lift.

Continue reading Strong man pulls tourist bus for 36 metres

Kota Kinabalu: Healthcare in Sabah is a sick joke! Take the district hospital in Kota Belud, for instance. Patients sleep on the concrete floor, the wards are hot and poorly ventilated and the atmosphere is chaotic.

This was the sight that met Kota Kinabalu MP and Sabah DAP chairman Dr Hiew King Cheu when he paid a visit to the government's main healthcare centre in the district.

Wards that were designed for four beds and were supposed to be air-conditioned had 12 patients sweltering in the heat.

Hiew and other Sabah DAP leaders who paid a surprise visit to the hospital on Sunday were shocked to see patients being treated on the floor.

He said he could not believe what he was seeing.

He questioned the Health Ministry over its judgement in assigning a 29-year-old doctor to take charge of the hospital.

"How can the ministry appoint such a young doctor with limited experience in administrative work to run a big hospital like this?" he asked.

He said he had brought the issue to the attention of the Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai during the debate on the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) in Parliament recently.

He added that he was dissatisfied with the answer given by Liow who merely said the young doctor is qualified to do his job.

He said the situation at the hospital clearly showed that either the doctor cannot cope or that the government is ignoring its duty to provide healthcare in Sabah.

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'Madonna' to perform in Kuching


Kuching: The Borneo Funk Fest (BFF) that starts tomorrow Friday 2 will feature a Madonna lookalike specially brought in from the United Kingdom.

Lisa Antoinette is the UK's number one Madonna Tribute impersonator and winner of the 'Best Female Pop Star Lookalike'.

She is renowned for her uncanny resemblance to The Material Girl herself and is constantly in demand in both the media and corporate entertainment industries.


She has performed in many countries, even appeared in the film 'South Kensington' which starred Rupert Everett.

For her performance in Kuching, she is expected to sing several hits from the Queen of
Pop such as Material Girl, La Isla Bonita, Vogue, Like A Virgin and many others.

More details on this event and tribute will be released in The Borneo Post soon. The BFF is to be held here on July 2 and 3.

Source: The Borneo Post

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