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KOTA MARUDU, 8 December -- Children of two schools in northern Sabah can look forward to a brighter future with the building of two rural hostels to provide better learning facilities for them.

The hostels in SK Pantai in Pitas and SK Tanjung Batu in Kota Marudu, costing RM350,000 and RM300,000 respectively, are sponsored by the Al-Bukhary Foundation.

Kota Marudu member of parliament Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili had approached the foundation earlier this year to undertake a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project by providing hostels for four primary schools in northern Sabah.

“We are grateful to the Al-Bukhary Foundation which had kindly agreed to build us four hostels of which we have identified SK Pantai in Pitas and SK Tanjung Batu, SK Timbang Batu and SK Tagibang in Kota Marudu.

“This was also made possible because the man behind the foundation, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, himself is a simple and humble man who believed that you will be further enriched if you enrich others too,”Dr Maximus said.

SK Pantai hostel was launched on Saturday and SK Tanjung Batu hostel on Sunday by Dr Maximus.

The fun-filled launching ceremonies were attended by Al- Bukhary Foundation adviser Dato’Abdul Aziz Shahar, MMC Corporation Bhd group managing director Dato’Sri Che Khalid Mohammad Nor and Malakoff Corp Bhd chief executive officer Dato’Sri Syed Faisal Albar, along with excited students and teachers.

The hostels are equipped with mattresses, bunk beds, cupboards and a study area.

SK Pantai headmaster Joseph Lumandan expressed the school’s gratitude for the hostel which can accommodate 52 boys and girls.

“The hostel will be able to meet the needs of the students living far from school as distance had posed a hindrance for them to attend classes. This is reflected in the school’s attendance and UPSR results, a problem that is common in rural schools,”he said.

Meanwhile, SK Tanjung Batu headmaster Ali Hassan Ismail said the students in his school come from five distant villages with the furthest being 11km away or a two-hour walk to school.

“Absenteeism is seasonal in our school. During rainy days, many pupils will not turn up, especially those who live far and walk to school. Hence, having this hostel will certainly help overcome their predicament.

“The school’s passing rate for UPSR was 23.3% in 2012 and it improved to 44.82% with one pupil scoring 5As. As the pupils can now live in the vicinity of the school and focus better on their study, we have set a goal of achieving at least 60% passing rate with four students obtaining 5As for the UPSR examination next year,” he said.

Dr Maximus added that he had chosen SK Pantai in Pitas for one of the four hostels even though it is not in his parliamentary constituency as he wanted to help provide better education opportunities for the children in Pitas.

“We have a close relationship with the communities in Pitas, which is just next door to Kota Marudu. This is also part of our efforts to develop northern Sabah, in this case, through education as education is key to the development of an individual and his community,”he said.

While hostels are not provided in government primary schools of less than 500 pupils, the need for the hostels is great in rural Sabah, DrMaximus said, adding that close cooperation with the private sector and NGOs was thus pivotal in getting funds to build the facility.

“It is our community’s loss if the children cannot get education due to lack of facilities and impediments like distance from school. Hence, we do our best to provide the necessary infrastructure to encourage the children to pursue education,”he added.

At the two events, the foundation also presented 200 school bags, uniforms and school shoes for students in the two schools.

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KL still studying proposal to build power plant in Sandakan

KOTA KINABALU, 6 December -- The Federal Government is still finalising the proposal to build a 380-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in Sandakan, says Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He said this was part of the Government's efforts to ensure the energy reserve margin in Sabah was increased to 25 per cent by 2020 compared with between eight and 10 per cent at present.

"This is not only to ensure the level of power service is raised but also that there is sufficient power in Sabah, as well as, sustainable quality and good power for the future," he said after officiating the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda)'s Open Day here.

Ongkili said the plan was necessary to provide enough electricity supply for the entire east coast, especially in Lahad Datu and Tawau. He stressed the need to have the power plant to prevent a 40 per cent shortfall in electricity supply in the east coast of Sabah next year.

Earlier in his speech, he said Seda had approved 4,628 applications for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme with a capacity to generate 932.2 megawatt (MW) of renewable energy up to last November.

He added the renewable energy comprised 303.8 MW of biomass, small hydropower (264.8MW), solar photovoltaics (210MW) and biogas (111.7MW).

Ongkili said five renewable energy projects with a 43.4MW capacity were now operating in Sabah.

Of the total, energy generated from biomass amounted to 36.9MW and 6.5MW from hydropower. "For next year, Seda will grant a solar photovoltaics quota of 3MW for Sabah," he said.    

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RM500,000 Govt aid for Marudu kindergarten

KOTA MARUDU, 2 December -- The Government extends financial assistance for the development of schools including privately-run national type schools as it recognises their role in education in the country, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.


He said the national-type schools were acknowledged by the Government for their contribution to nation building and as an institution that produces quality education.

"The key to Malaysia's success is education. The key to our children's success is education, more so in the rural areas where education is pivotal in elevating the economic status of the family as well as the community," he said at a fund-raising dinner, recently.

The funds will go towards construction costs of a new three-storey building with 21 classrooms for Tadika Khoi Ming in Kota Marudu.

He said that it was due to this recognition that he managed to obtain a special allocation of RM500,000 from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for the Kota Marudu Chinese Chamber of Commerce's efforts to raise money for the kindergarten.

Ongkili, who is also Kota Marudu MP, presented the contribution to Chairman of the fundraising committee, Lu Kim Yen.

Lu, who is also Kota Marudu Chinese Chamber of Commerce Chairman, revealed that he contributed RM25,000 towards the fund.

Building, construction and civil engineering company Ekovest Berhad donated RM100,000 towards the cause while Y&Y Muhibbah Enterprise Co gave RM70,000. Some 60 individuals and organisations also contributed to the total sum of RM780,000 collected to-date.

"The Government, namely the Deputy Prime Minister, was convinced the kindergarten deserved assistance.

"The school not only has Chinese pupils but 70 per cent of the children are Bumiputera. Tadika Khoi Ming is an institution that promotes racial integration," Ongkili said.

The Government assistance complemented the support shown by the private sector and individuals who contributed to the building fund.

"The support by the community is commendable and reflects the importance and value the community places on education. This is laudable so we need all efforts to provide more education opportunities for our children," he said.

Also present was Sabah Publishing House (SPH) Sdn Bhd Managing Director Datuk Clement Yeh as sponsor of the Overseas Chinese Daily News Children Singing Competition held in conjunction with the charity dinner.

Other sponsors present included Ekovest Bhd Managing Director Datuk Lim Keng Cheng and Y&Y Muhibbah Enterprise Co. representative Lim Si Yap.

Ongkili thanked the private sector for their generosity, including Sabah Publishing House for supporting the fundraising event through the children singing competition that received overwhelming response with 50 children taking part.

On his latest initiative to improve the education facilities, this year Ongkili has managed to obtain sponsorship from Yayasan AlBukhary to build four rural hostels, namely in SK Pantai in Pitas and SK Tanjung Batu, SK Timbang Batu and SK Tagibang in the Kota Marudu constituency.

"We have also initiated an 'Excellent A Student Project' whereby UPSR pupils outside the district office rating area in Kota Marudu will receive RM100 for each A grade they score.

"This is in keeping with our belief that education is key to one's success in life," he said.

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Upgrade State PWD - IEM Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, 1 December -- Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Sabah Branch has shot down the suggestion that the federal Public Works Department (PWD) be expanded to Sabah.

Speaking at IEM Sabah branch’s anniversary dinner on Saturday night, its chairman, Ir Tan Koh Yon, said that there was a newspaper report claiming that some of the state government departments, including the Sabah PWD, did not have enough officers and technically qualified staff to cope with developments in the state and thus the proposal to establish the federal PWD here was made.

“IEM Sabah is not supportive of the idea to expand the federal PWD to Sabah. In fact we would strongly suggest that the State Government expand and upgrade the state civil service, especially its PWD, to cope with developments in Sabah so as to maintain its authority, rights and control of all public works and infrastructural development in the state.

“By doing so, it will benefit people in Sabah and create more jobs for graduates with technical and engineering skills. IEM Sabah being the biggest engineering profession association, is committed to assist the State Government,” he said.

Present at the dinner was Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Maximus Ongkili

Tan also repeated IEM Sabah’s call on the state government to appoint non-government practising engineers as board members in the Central Board.

The presence of practising engineers from non-government background in the Central Board and local authorities can facilitate in expediting the Development Plan approval process, especially in the technical engineering practices because engineers can provide unbiased and sound professional advice as well as technical views to the government, he pointed out.

He disclosed that being a learned and leading professional institution, IEM Sabah branch has been very active in promoting the engineering profession as well as championing in the innovation, practice and application of green sustainable technology in the construction industry.

Tan disclosed that earlier this year IEM had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kota Kinabalu City Hall for better collaboration and close working relationship with the local authorities.

In this respect, he pointed out IEM Sabah has contributed much input and played a very active and important role in the proposed new DBKK Hill State Development Guidelines which is very timely, especially as there are more and more new developments coming up at the hilly areas in the state capital.

“Likewise together with other professional bodies namely PAM, ACEM and RISM, IEM Sabah has jointly come up with the idea of the submission of Conceptual Engineering Plans to facilitate the speedy approval of development and also the implementation of the Certificate of Completion and Compliance Sabah for single ownership building with no sub-division.

“These proposals will be submitted to the Mayor and put forward to City Hall for their favorable consideration, approval and implementation soon,” he said.

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Sabah youth must be aware of secession dangers, says Ongkili

KOTA MARUDU, 30 November -- Young people must not be easily misled by certain groups which want to take Sabah and Sarawak out of Malaysia because the consequences of such an attempt would be catastrophic.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said Sabah and Sarawak youth must be well-informed and understood what it would mean to the two states if they were to secede from the Federation.

He said the younger generation must also equip themselves with knowledge on the history of the country’s formation so that they would not be easily duped by the action of certain irresponsible people who were trying to dismantle the country.

"The repercussions could be serious not only in terms of our ability to sustain ourselves as a nation, but also the threats we will face from outside, which may stake claims on us.

"In fact, the formation of Malaysia was not without protests from our neighbouring countries which even launched a military offensive against us to prevent the Malaysian Federation from becoming a reality," he added.

Ongkili, who is also Kota Marudu member of parliament, said this after opening the 12th Kota Marudu Member of Parliament Trophy football tournament in Kota Marudu today.

As Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president, he also called on the youths to appreciate the aspirations and struggles of Malaysia's founding members, especially leaders of Sabah and Sarawak who wanted to unite Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to protect the people’s interest and for a better future.

"Let us not be easily swayed by elements that are using the sentiments of the people for political gains, and who are not thinking of the future, interest and safety of Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak," he said.

Ongkili also reminded the youths that secessionist-thinking was also dangerous as it could be tantamount to sedition.

"We may not always be satisfied with what is happening, but our duty is to be rational and improve things as a nation through discourse, and not through actions that could be detrimental to us all," he said.

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Government To Issue Only Birth Record With Different Features To Stateless Children

KOTA KINABALU, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government will only issue birth records with different features from the birth certificate to stateless children born in the country, especially in Sabah.

The prime minister said the matter was discussed in the cabinet meeting, which agreed on the issuance of birth records with different colours from the birth certificates of Malaysians.

"The government will not issue birth certificates to children without citizenship status because it can bring about assumptions that they will obtain automatic citizenship," he said when officiating at the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) 29th Delegates Conference at Likas Sports Complex here today.

Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said the people of Sabah must be clear that any certificate or record would not automatically qualify them to get automatic citizenship status.

Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who is also state BN chairman, PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Sabah BN secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Prior to this, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was reported to have said Putrajaya would cooperate with the National Registration Department and the Education Ministry to provide birth certificates for pre-school purposes to stateless children in Sabah based on humanitarian grounds.

Ahmad Zahid said the problems relating to the status of children without citizenship could be addressed at the tabling of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report investigating on the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

Najib was commenting on Pairin's policy speech that touched on concerns pertaining to the announcement by the Home Ministry to issue birth certificates with 'citizenship' status or 'permanent resident' to stateless children.

On the RCI report that would be announced early next month, he said, RCI was a symbol of BN consensus and his agreement to the realisation of the commission's establishment.

"I believe Tan Sri Pairin, the Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, who is leading the committee will examine the recommendations and conduct research and proposals to implement the recommendations in the report," he said.

On land issue, Najib who also also Finance Minister, said the federal and state governments clearly practised a policy that approved communal land grants to those entitled to receive them, including providing additional allocations.

Earlier, Pairin said the rational and process to be used in the issuance of birth certificates to these children were unclear and not discussed in a transparent manner with the state government besides creating feelings of unsatisfaction and confusion among the people.

He was confident prime minister viewed the matter seriously and would find the best solution for the sake of national sovereignty.

PBS even proposed that the issuance of birth certificates to the children of illegal immigrants should be suspended until the RCI report was out and its recommendations implemented.

On the RCI, Pairin hoped the government was daring to accept the RCI's recommendations and vigorously implement recommendations made.

"We want to implement effective strategies, including enforcement and Malaysian legal application that is more firm and tough as we need to discard the perception among illegal immigrants (Pati) that they do not have the right to intrude into Sabah as they like," he said.

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Ongkili Explains Power Disruption Causes In Sabah

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- The thin electricity reserve margin rate during peak hours and electricity theft are the main causes of frequent power disruptions in Sabah.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said load shedding had to be done at certain times due to the unstable electricity supply and distribution network.

"The ministry also found that power generation components contributed largely to the electricity disruption in Sabah.

"The generation capacity reduction and unscheduled cuts that power stations, be they independent power plants or Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) were forced to do, also contribute to the disruption," he said.

He was responding to Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan) at the Dewan Rakyat here Wednesday.

Ongkili said the construction of the Kimanis power plant consisting of three generator units and the Cash Horse power plant were among the measures taken to increase power supply in the state.

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Pengurusan Air Selangor Takes Over Puncak Niaga, Syabas

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 11 (Bernama) -- Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd has become the new owner of Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) after a deal was inked over their acquisition Tuesday.

The deal was signed by Pengurusan Air Selangor and Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd, which owned 100 per cent equity in Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd and 70 per cent in Syabas.

The signing of the share sale and purchase agreement marked the start of the implementation of the master agreement signed on Sept 12 by the federal and Selangor governments, Pengurusan Aset Air Bhd, and Pengurusan Air Selangor.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said the acquisition would pave the ways for the next steps to be taken to finalise the restructuring of the water supply industry in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

"With the signing of the agreement, Pengurusan Air Selangor will begin to take over most of the water supply services in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur to fulfil the Selangor government's aspirations to manage the state's water services," he said after witnessing the signing of the agreement.

Pengurusan Air Selangor was represented by its Chief Executive Suhaimi Kamaruzaman while Puncak Niaga by its non-independent non-executive director and Syabas CEO Datuk Ruslan Hassan.

Ongkili said Konsortium Abass (Abass), which is 90.83 per cent owned by Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor and the remainder by Operasi Murni (M) Sdn Bhd, has four months to complete the equity sales transaction to Pengurusan Air Selangor.

"On the other hand, the equity transaction of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor (Splash) is expected to be completed within 10 months," he said.

Ongkili said the acquisition of Puncak Niaga, Syabas and Abass would involve RM7.8 billion out of the RM9.65 billion offered by the Selangor government to acquire the four water concessionaires in Selangor, namely Syabas, Puncak Niaga, Abbas and Splash.

"The federal government is very pleased over the development of one of the measures to ensure the sustainability of water supply services in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya," he said.

On water tariff revision following the acquisition, Ongkili said it was up to the Selangor government to determine.

Pengurusan Air Selangor is a special purpose vehicle created by the Selangor government to acquire all water concession companies in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.


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SEDA Receives Over 4,000 Applications For FIT Schemes

SANDAKAN, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Energy, Green Energy and Water, through Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), has approved 4,626 applications for Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes with tTcapacity to generate 917.20 megawatt (MW) of renewable energy up to last October.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, said the renewable energy comprised 303.79 MW of biomass, solar photovoltaics (PV) (251.88MW), small hydropower (249.84MW) and biogas (111.69MW).

"Within the same period, 2,417 projects have started commercial operations with capacity of 242.60 MW of renewal energy. The renewal energy comprises biomass (64.8MW biomass) small hydropower (15.70MW); solar PV for non-individuals (126.04MW); solar PV for individuals (24.33MW) and biogas (11.73MW)," he said at the opening of Syarikat Cash Horse (M) Sdn Bhd's biogas and biomass plant here Monday.

Syarikat Cash Horse is a subsidiary of Cepatwawasan Group Bhd.

Ongkili said Syarikat Cash Horse's plant aimed to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel.

Earlier, Cepatwawasan chairman, Datuk Seri Mah King Thian, said construction of the RM30 million plant started in 2010 and was completed in August 2013.

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Three potential areas identified including one along the Straits of Malacca

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 21 (The Star) : At least three sites in the country have been identified as potentially viable for ocean renewable energy.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said two were the waters between Labuan and Kuala Penyu, as well as Banggi and Kudat.

The third was somewhere along the Straits of Malacca.

“These areas are the most suitable for the development and implementation of ocean renewable energy because of their sea and wind conditions,” he said.

Dr Ongkili was speaking after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Green Power Solutions (GPS) Sdn Bhd and Current to Current (C2C) International.

The concept involves kinetic energy in the waves and tides, as well as ocean salinity and temperature differences.

It is hoped that this energy can be harnessed to generate electricity for power plants, transportation and industries.

“But there is still much to analyse and discuss with consultants before a decision is made,” Dr Ongkili said, adding that the initiative is part of the Government’s efforts to improve the supply of electricity in the country, particularly in Sabah.

“It is also in line with the Government’s aim to create sustainable energy in view of global challenges such as pollution, rising prices of goods and depleting resources,” he said.

He said the Government was aiming for 5.5% of total electricity supply to come from renewable energy sources next year.

The nation uses less than 3% of renewable energy now.

Dr Ongkili said that in this respect, a task force has been set up to better manage funding for power generation-related initiatives in Sabah.

“The Cabinet has also approved an allocation of RM2.25bil for the development of biogas, biomass, the upgrading of substations and the improvement of power supply for five years in Sabah,” he said.

The MoU between GPS, an expert in water-related renewable energy projects in Sabah, and C2C, a Massachusetts company in the United States, will open doors to the possibilities of green energy via the ocean for the first time in Malaysia.

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