Tag Archives: Sarawak
Sarawak, with at least 10 ideal sites for bird-watching and accessible to the public, is a birding paradise in the country. They are Bako National Park, Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Kubah National Park, Borneo Highlands, Buntal mudflats, Lambir Hills National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park, Niah National Park, Similajau National Park and Maludam National Park.
The state’s specialist birds include the Pygmy White-eye Oculocincta Squamifrons which are easily seen in Ba’Kelalan and Borneo Highlands than anywhere else. Gunung Mulu National Park, Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary and Talang-Satang National Park which are also rich in bird species are difficult to visit without permits.
A barcode is not required on the ballot paper to replace the existing serial number, said Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar. He said the secrecy of the vote was guaranteed with the usage of the serial number as the ballot paper would only be issued to a voter after his or her identity had been checked.
He clarified that the usage of the serial number was to ensure that the total number of ballot papers in a ballot box would be the same with the number detached from the ballot book which had running serial numbers. “Using serial numbers is easier because should there be a dispute, we can countercheck with the ballot book,” he told Bernama yesterday.
State Reform Party (STAR) Sabah chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan stands by his conviction that Sabah was cheated into becoming the 12th unitary state in Malaysia.
In response to the contention by Kota Belud member of parliament Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan who argued that Sabah was one of the states of Malaysia from the beginning, Jeffrey told a meeting of STAR’s Political Bureau here yesterday that there are more than sufficient evidences to show that originally, Sabah had no intention of becoming a unitary state of the new Federation.
“Even simple facts of local history will support this, such as the fact of the name of our Head of State was ‘Yang Di Pertua Negara’ in line with the promised made in Point 18 of the 20 Point Agreement,” he said.
“The intended form of the federation from the beginning, as signed by the United Kingdom, North Borneo, Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya, was for the four entities to remain as sovereign entities.”
Sarawakan Stephen and Danish Tine had a dream. Now the dream has been fulfilled. They have established an art gallery and a homestay called Jungle Blues Dream in the Ulung Palang longhouse in Bario, an amazing village in the Kelabit Highlands of northeast Sarawak, close to the Kalimantan border.
Longhouse in middle surrounded by rice fields.The Bario plateau is remote without road or river transportation, and it is very peaceful. Around 1000 people live there, mainly Kelabits and Penans.
The village is rather widespread as there are paddy fields in between the longhouses and surrounded by forests. Trekking into the woods brings on delightful discoveries and so does walking to remote villages.