Monthly Archives: May 2009

Dayaks urged to remain united to achieve progress


HAPPY GAWAI DAYAK: Dr Rundi (centre) leads the others in toasting during the Gawai Dayak celebration.

HAPPY GAWAI DAYAK: Dr Rundi (centre) leads the others in toasting during the Gawai Dayak celebration.

BINTULU: Dayaks in the state were Sunday urged to remain united and work together to achieve more progress and development.

Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi in giving this reminder said that being united would also enable them to face the many challenges brought about by modernisation.

He said this when officiating at the divisional Gawai Dayak celebration organised by the local branch of Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) at the civic centre.

He also told the community to continue to improve their livng standard by getting their children to achieve the highest level of education.

And with Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) set for implementation, job opportutnities would be plentiful.

Meanwhile, members’s children who did very well in public examination last year were given incentive awards.

Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis and Bintulu Development Authority general manager Mohidin Ishak were among those present at the dinner.

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SMK Assyakirin is debating champion


THE WINNER: Khaider (sixth left) and guests with the champion team of Wilson (second right) and (from third left) Wadi, Sylvester and Patrick.

THE WINNER: Khaider (sixth left) and guests with the champion team of Wilson (second right) and (from third left) Wadi, Sylvester and Patrick.

BINTULU: Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Assyakirin emerged champion in the divisional Inter-Secondary Schools’ Debate for the Chief Minister’s Cup at SMK Baru here yesterday.

They defeated SMK Tatau in the finals and would represent Bintulu in the state-level competition to be held in Kuching.

Debaters in the champion team were Wilson Ngaring Lim Bungau, Patrick Nari Blansai both From 4 students, Sylvester Effeny Nyalu, a Form 6 student and their substitute debater, Wadi Minggu, a Form 3 student.

Wilson, who was also best debater, said their vistory was a group effort.

He said for yesterday’s battle, they spent five days preparing and collecting materials with help from their teachers.

The materials were obtained from various resources like the internet and library.

They were the opposer in yesterday’s competition with the topic ‘The United Nations had failed to preserve the world peace’.

Asked on their prospects in the state-level competition, Wilson said they were looking forward to beat defending champion SMK Marudi.

“On the paper they look dominant and stronger but hard work is the key of success though the path will be tough,” Wilson said.

Asked if he would vie to be the best debater at state-level, he said he would try his best.

Five secondary schools took part in the competition yesterday namely SMK Kidurong, SMK Baru, SMK Bintulu, SMK Tatau and SMK Assyakirin.

Mohd Khaider Arebi, a representative of Bintulu Education Officer Fatimah Matair, handed over the prizes.

Also present were SMK Baru Parent-Teacher Association chairman Kadir Jaya and Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) representative Khalid Suud.

Yesterday’s competition was jointly organised by Bintulu Education Office and RTM in collaboration with SMK Baru as the host.

State exponents bag nine medals at nationals


GOOD SHOWING: Goh (right) with his exponents after the medal presentation.

GOOD SHOWING: Goh (right) with his exponents after the medal presentation.

BINTULU: The state taekwondo team won two gold, three silver and four bronze medals in the recent

Malysian National Championship in Kuala Lumpur.

Both gold medals came from Voon Jun Long of SMK Bintulu in the male individual pattern and individual lightweight free sparring.

In the girls’s section, Voon Shau Chen, also from SMK Bintulu, won two silver medals in the individual pattern and lightweight free sparring.

The third silver medal was won by Sheila Ngali from the same school in the junior individual pattern.

Sheila also contributed the bronze medal in the junior lightweight individual free sparring.

SMK Bintulu’s Khosea Rining and Voon Shau Yin and Eugene Ding Avit from SMK Kidurong won three bronze medals in the male heavyweight individual free sparring, the individual female open lightweight free sparring and the individual male open lightweight free sparring respectively.

Team coach Goh Nae Kwang said about 430 exponents, including those from Hong Kong and Macau took part.

“With a haul of two gold, three silvers and four bronze medals, our team has achieved its target, which is much better than last year’s tally of one gold, two silver and one bronze.

“We have improved an the team’s performance is satisfactory,” Goh said, adding that they had to work harder to do better in the next championship.

Ten exponents from Bintulu Borneo Taekwondo Centre were selected by Sarawak Global Taekwondo Association (ITF) and ITF Sarawak to represent the state in the championship.

Goh hoped his exponents would be selected for the national team to the World Taekwondo Championship and World Taekwondo (ITF_WTF) Festival in Seoul next year.