Monthly Archives: January 2009

Muslims urged to enhance understanding of religion

CONGRATULATIONS: Daud (right) presents the darul Falah challenged trophy to the representative of surau Al-Mustaqim RPR Kidurong that emerged overall champion of the Quran recital competition while (from left) Suhaili, Bohari, Zarni and Khalifah look on.

BINTULU: Muslims here are urged to improve their understanding of their religion by reciting and practising of the Quran. Assistant Minister in the Chief Minsiter’s Department (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said the Quran was the only reference for Muslims to live the life of tru Muslims. “The Quran is not only meant to be recited but its passages must be understood and practised. “Most of us can recite the Quran well, even the pronunciation, but one thing missing is that many do not know the meaning of passages read,” he said when officiating at the closing and prize-giving ceremony of a Quran recital and Nasyid competition at a Penan Muslim village at Mile 10, Jalan Bintulu-Miri recently. Daud also reminded Muslims that knowing the true meaning of the Quran and Islam was not confined to religious elders and the experts. “It is the responsibility of all Muslims to upgrade themselves on their religion and the Quran,” he said. Daud also reminded the committee members of Masjid Darul Falah to come up with more activities that could attract youths in particular to be close to the mosque. He said the mosque was not just a place of worship but a place where Muslims could hold activities to strengthen their faith.


31,000 rural folks to get RM RM22.6 million fuel subsidy

BINTULU: Some 31,000 rural folk in Sarawak with outboard engines will be given a RM22.6 million fuel subsidy by the federal government.

Announcing this on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tans Sri Alfred Jabu, said the disbursement of the subsidy would be based on the lists recorded by the Resident Offices in the state.

He said the disbursement of the fuel subsidy would be done one-off to three categories of outboard engine owners.

Owners of 10 horsepower engines and below will be eligible to receive RM350 per unit of engine while owners of outboard engine of between 10 to 20 horsepower will receive RM500 per unit engine.

Those with 20 horsepower outboard engines and above will receive RM750 per unit of engine.

“Those who have been left out can approach the Resident or District Officer in their respective areas for registration.

“However, the outboard engine must be authenticated to be in working condition,” said Jabu.

He told reporters this during working visits to Bintulu yesterday, he inspected the road erosion in Tatau, landslides and floods in sebauh and Ulu Sebauh.

Meanwhile, Jabu also gave away fertilisers to hill padi farmers in Ulu Sebauh. Each bag of fertilisers weighed 25 kg and cost RM168.

Damaged roads will be repaired, DCM assures

BINTULU: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang (right) said as of Jan 24 a total of 98 damaged roads state-wide were reported.

These damages included potholes, cave-ins and uneven road surfaces, he said.

Out of 98, 18 cases were reported in Bintulu and 20 cases in Betong, the highest number to be reported, he said.

To a question he said he was happy that his constituency had reported the damages of roads earlier, thus made it easier for th ministry to monitor and the act to repair the damages.

“It is estimated that around RM1 to RM3 million is needed to repair damaged state and federal roads. The cost can be more,” said Jabu to reporters at a press conference in Bintulu Airport yesterday.

According to Jabu the damaged roads were now being repaired.