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MPKS chairman warns contractors: No appeal, no leniency for poor performance, public complaints

KUCHING, Feb 28: Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) has warned that it will not entertain any appeals from contractors undertaking grass cutting and drainage maintenance projects once they have been blacklisted for poor performance. MPKS chairman Dato Peter Minos emphasised that contractors should be well informed of the project’s requirements, including job scopes, designated areas for maintenance, work schedules, expected quality standards and other terms and conditions. “MPKS cannot tolerate any more instances of substandard or sloppy work leading to public complaints. We have had enough of that,” he warned in a statement today after a full briefing for contractors today. He outlined that contractors would receive three warnings for both minor three warnings and major complaints. “Failure to address these issues would result in contract termination, and negligent contractors will be blacklisted,” he said. Minos further stated that contractors exhibiting consistent good performance and no public complaints would be considered for contract renewal on a yearly basis. “Just do a good job and the council will ensure prompt payment in accordance with the agreement,” he said. — DayakDaily

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300 peserta sertai Samarahan Bike Challenge 2024

KOTA SAMARAHAN, 26 Feb: Seramai 300 orang peserta disasarkan menyertai acara ‘Samarahan Bike Challenge 2024’ Edisi Ke-8. Menurut laporan Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak (UKAS), acara bakal berlangsung pada 26 Mei depan di sepanjang Jalan Datuk Mohd Musa, Kota Samarahan. Perkara tersebut telah dimaklumkan oleh jawatankuasa induk acara berkenaan menerusi kunjungan hormat terhadap Menteri Belia, Sukan dan Pembangunan Usahawan Sarawak, Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah di pejabatnya, di sini, hari ini. Samarahan Bike Challenge 2024 terbuka kepada umum ini akan mempertandingkan lapan kategori. Kategorinya ialah Men Open (42km), Master A (30 hingga 39 tahun ke atas), Master B (40 hingga 49 tahun ke atas), Master C (50 tahun ke atas), SUKMA (16 hingga 21 tahun), Development (15 tahun ke bawah) dan Ladies (30 kilometer) termasuk aktiviti sampingan lain. — DayakDaily

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Masyarakat Iban Serian guna kaedah DBNA sukat tanah hak adat Bumiputera

Oleh Chris Bishop SERIAN, 25 Feb: Masyarakat Iban di kawasan Serian akan menggunakan kaedah ‘Dokumentasi Tanah NCR Modul DBNA’ untuk proses pengukuran Tanah Hak Adat (NCR) Bumiputera mereka. Timbalan Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas berkata, ia satu langkah yang tepat kerana kaedah yang diguna pakai oleh Persatuan Kebangsaan Dayak Bidayuh (DBNA) itu telah membawa kejayaan dalam proses pengukuran tanah masyarakat Bidayuh. “Kaedah ini juga telah diadaptasi dan berjaya dilaksanakan di kawasan Betong untuk mempercepatkan pengukuran lot individu,” katanya. Beliau berkata demikian di Majlis Serumpu Makai Lemai anjuran Ketua Masyarakat Iban Bahagian Serian di Dewan Masyarakat Serian malam tadi. Tambah Uggah, menerusi kaedah DBNA itu, para penduduk harus mengenal pasti sempadan lot tanah dan data tersebut diproses. Jelasnya, data yang telah siap diproses akan diberikan kepada pihak Jabatan Tanah dan Survei untuk meneruskan kerja-kerja ukur yang sebenar. Hadir sama Menteri Pendidikan, Inovasi Dan Pembangunan Bakat Dato Sri Roland Sagah dan Temenggung (Iban) Dato Harrison Lunsa. — DayakDaily

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Pet owner skips rabies vaccination, fined RM1k; MBKS mayor stresses vaccination mandatory for license renewal

By Karen Bong KUCHING, Feb 24: A pet owner was fined RM1,000 by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) this week for failing to bring their dog for anti-rabies vaccination. Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng stated that DVS Sarawak has begun taking action, with one pet owner penalised for not complying with the anti-rabies vaccination order outlined in Section 40 of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance (VPHO) 1999. According to Section 40 of the Ordinance, all dog owners are required to ensure their dogs receive annual rabies vaccinations as mandated by the anti-rabies vaccination order. Failure to do so constitutes an offence punishable by a fine not exceeding RM2,500. “Additionally, dogs found without evidence of vaccination may be detained or removed. “So we want to remind pet owners that it is mandatory to bring their pets for vaccination if they love and care for them,” Wee said during his ShallWeeTalk Facebook live today. Furthermore, Wee announced a new regulation effective this year in which dog licensing must be renewed annually alongside the vaccination card. “Pets that have received vaccination will be issued a card, and failure to produce it will result in license denial. “These are among the measures we are taking for rabies control and prevention. Let us work together to end rabies effectively,” he urged. Wee also disclosed that three positive rabies cases were detected this week, with two involving stray dogs at Jalan Batu Kawah and Jalan Matang, while another case involved a pet dog at Kampung Semarakan in Lundu. He highlighted recent social media discussions where netizens expressed concerns about the increased number of strays due to pet owners letting their dogs roam freely in the streets or escape during the Chinese New Year celebrations due to firecrackers and fireworks. “Instead of making assumptions or excuses, it’s crucial for everyone to take this issue seriously and play their part in rabies control in Kuching and Sarawak overall. Avoid spreading misinformation. “As such, the Council will also focus on microchipping pets,” he emphasised. — DayakDaily

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AirAsia adds 1,000,000 promo seats due to increasing demand

KUCHING, Feb 23: As AirAsia enters its final stretch with just three days remaining for its highly anticipated FREE Seats campaign, the airline has added one million promo seats due to increasing demand from travellers all over the region. In a media release today, AirAsia said the campaign, which was launched earlier this week, has captivated wanderlust enthusiasts to embark on their journeys starting from just RM28 all-in one-way to domestic hotspots within Malaysia such as Penang, Johor Bahru, Miri or expand their horizons to exotic Asean locales like Krabi, Bali, Medan from RM83 all-in one-way, subject to terms and conditions. For those with a penchant for off-the-beaten-path adventures, AirAsia is offering starting fares as low as RM299 all-in one-way (inclusive of airport taxes, Mavcom fees, fuel surcharges and other applicable fees) to a diverse range of destinations across Asia and beyond such as Almaty, Hangzhou, Delhi, Sydney and more. Group chief executive officer of AirAsia Aviation Group, Bo Lingam, remarked that since the commencement of its first FREE Seats campaign this year, the response has been extraordinary in the first 72 hours of the sale, with top destinations including Penang, Krabi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and more. “This is a testament to the strong demand for tourism across Asean, and we are thrilled to be flying our guests to their dream destinations at a fraction of the cost. “With an additional one million promo seats up for grabs starting today, including for medium-haul flights to Melbourne, Taipei, Tokyo and more, we look forward to flying millions of guests in the coming months,” he said in the statement. With the clock ticking, travellers are encouraged to act fast and secure their seats for travel between Sept 1, 2024 and June 18, 2025. Bookings can be made through the airasia Superapp or airasia.com. In addition, AirAsia is extending its promotional offerings to ancillary services, including a 20 per cent discount on the Fast Pass and Xtra Carry-on baggage. Furthermore, BigPay cardholders in Malaysia can enjoy an extra RM10 off all AirAsia flights. AirAsia FREE Seats campaign has enabled travellers to experience the world affordably over the years. Under these promotional fares, the base fares of the flights are completely free of charge, and guests only need to pay for the airport tax and relevant fees. — DayakDaily

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31 left homeless after Rh Rebah Nanga Tutus in Sibu razed by fire

SIBU, Feb 18: Rh Rebah Nanga Tutus here was razed by fire this morning, leaving 31 people including 5 children homeless. According to a report by Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), they received a call regarding the incident at 8.52am and subsequently deployed a team of firefighters from Sungai Merah Fire Station to the scene. “The fire has razed the seven-door longhouse about 90 per cent. However, no casualties were reported. “The fire was brough under control three minutes since the first spray,” the report said. — DayakDaily

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Pewartaan taman negara cara kerajaan lindungi khazanah alam — Abdul Karim

Oleh Chris Bishop KUCHING, 14 Feb: Mewartakan sesebuah kawasan sebagai taman negara merupakan cara kerajaan melindungi khazanah yang ada. Menteri Pelancongan, Industri Kreatif dan Seni Persembahan Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata, tuduhan mengatakan bahawa kerajaan tidak mengambil langkah untuk melindungi adalah tidak benar. “Sebab kita mewartakan sesebuah kawasan adalah untuk menjaga khazanah-khazanah Negeri yang merupakan ikonik kawasan tersebut. “Kita tidak mahu khazanah ini diganggu agar ia dapat dilihat oleh pelancong dan generasi seterusnya,” katanya pada sidang media di Kuching hari ini. Abdul Karim berkata demikian sebagai menjawab tuduhan ahli Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) Micheal Kong. Ini berikutan kejadian batu tunggul ikonik di Taman Negara Bako yang dikenali sebagai ‘Cobra Head Sea Stack’ yang runtuh pada Isnin (12 Feb). Kong yang juga penasihat khas kepada MP Stampin Chong Chieng Jen berkata, kerajaan Negeri dan pusat tidak mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya bagi melindungi khazanah tarikan pelancong. Dalam pada itu, Abdul Karim memaklumkan bahawa kejadian tersebut adalah disebabkan fenomena alam. Katanya, fenomena alam seperti gelombang besar mengakibatkan batu tunggul tersebut semakin kecil sehingga ia runtuh. “Kenyataan Micheal bahawa kita tidak jaga adalah tidak benar—ini lebih kepada tujuan politik. “Kita tidak dapat melawan ketentuan tuhan,” ujar Abdul Karim. Sementara itu, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) dalam satu kenyataan yang dimuat naik di akaun Facebook semalam memaklumkan kejadian itu dilaporkan pertama kali oleh seorang pemandu taman negara terbabit pada 4 petang Isnin. Menurut SFC, kejadian ombak besar baru-baru ini adalah kemuncak yang menyebabkan kejadian runtuhan, susulan daripada hakisan yang berlaku sejak berjuta tahun lalu di pantai Sarawak. Tunggul laut ini merupakan satu daripada khazanah geologi negara, yang terbentuk daripada batu pasir melalui proses hakisan selama berjuta tahun lalu. — DayakDaily

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Rabies: One dog caught, another still on the loose following nine bite cases at Jalan Chawan-Jalan Wan Alwi

By Shikin Louis KUCHING, Feb 14: One suspected rabid dog involved in nine bite cases near Jalan Chawan-Jalan Wan Alwi here since Monday (Feb 12) has been caught yesterday afternoon (Feb 13). Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said his team has send the blood sample to the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) to conduct a rabies test. “There is another dog on the loose and we are still searching for it. “This morning, we have been around the whole area (to locate the suspected dog),” he told reporters during a lion dance performance at India Street here today. He also disclosed that MBKS will enhance vaccination programmes from twice per year to four. “At the moment, we are trying to look at the location that we are going to do (the vaccinations) and then we will also assist in doing the neutering for the dogs and cats. “We are working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Sarawak Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SSPCA). “We are trying to do our best but the city council can only do that much. The public itself need to give us full support and cooperation so that it can work much better,” he added. Also present were Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) Mayor Hilmy Othman and MBKS deputy mayor Dato Zaiedi Suhaili. — DayakDaily

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Stormy weather forecast in Miri, notice valid until 5pm (Feb 12)

KUCHING, Feb 12: Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued a thunderstorm warning for Miri. Anticipated weather conditions include thunderstorms, heavy rain, and strong winds affecting Beluru, Miri and Marudi. The warning, issued at 2.30pm today, remains in effect until 5pm. A warning is issued when there are signs of a thunderstorm with a rain intensity greater than 20 mm/hour that is approaching or expected to last for more than an hour. A thunderstorm warning is a short-term warning that is valid for a maximum of six hours per release. — DayakDaily

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Premier: Year of Dragon will bring prosperity, sustainability to Sarawak’s economy

KUCHING, Feb 10: Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is positive that the Year of Dragon will bring prosperity and sustainability to Sarawak’s economy. Abang Johari also hoped Sarawakian would remain united to ensure the State’s stability. “With a united community, we can focus our attention to more sustainable development for Sarawak,” he told reporters when attending the Sarawak-level Chinese New Year Open House 2024 at Borneo Convention Center Kuching (BCCK) today. He added that the strength of harmonious ties among various racial backgrounds in Sarawak would benefit the urban population and those in the rural areas. — DayakDaily

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