Monthly Archives: August 2011

Rise in dengue cases cause of worry – Officer


BINTULU: Companies and factories operating here have been strictly reminded to ensure that their premises do not become aedes mosquito breeding grounds.

This reminder came from Bintulu Health Department officer Dr Abdul Rahim Abdullah who expressed his worry on the increase in dengue outbreaks around the industrial areas lately.

“This year alone, two cases of the epidemic had been recorded involving the industrial areas compared to

only one case in 2010,” he said when delivering a talk on dengue and its prevention measures at BDA auditorium at Wisma Bintulu yesterday.

The talk jointly organised by Bintulu Health Department and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) was attended by over 80 individuals comprising employers and representatives of the factories.

According to him 60 per cent of the 84 dengue cases reported this year, which is the highest in the state, involved workers at the industrial areas, which he said was a major concern as Bintulu was known for its heavy industry sector.

He said each and every person in the community, especially owners and employers of the factories and premises, should be more proactive by taking proper and immediate measures to control the breeding of aedes mosquitoes and spreading of the disease.

“We have conducted series of inspections and meeting with several factories’ management and we were told that some have their own health and safety committees,” he said.

He added that with the committee in place, they should comply with the Health Department’s call for people to spend at least 10 minutes a week to clean up their surroundings by enforcing it on their workers.

Dr Abdul Rahim disclosed that a total of 53 compounds amounting to RM5,210 had been issued from January to July this year, with some 48 compounds paid and the rest pending court order.

He said so far no deaths due to dengue were reported this year.

He also advised the public to keep their premises free of aedes mosquito breeding grounds, cautioning them that the department’s enforcement team would not be issuing warning letters anymore and that they would immediately be slapped with a compound of RM500 if found to harbour the mosquitoes.

Sg Asap’s tourism and aquaculture potential should be developed — Chin


BINTULU: The federal and state government must work together in providing enough economic activity for the people in Sg Asap, Belaga.

Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the area is not only a major source of electricity but has good potential in the tourism and aquaculture sector.

“I am sure the federal tourism ministry will cooperate with the state to attract enough tourists to the area,” he said when met yesterday.

According to him, even the prime minister himself is very concerned about the welfare of the Sg Asap residents along with the development of the Bakun hydroelectric dam.

In another development he said the seventh unit of eight turbines at the Bakun dam would be operational by October.

“Once it’s operational it will give Sarawak’s whole electricity grid enough reserve cushion to ensure what happened the other day will not occur,” he said.

Chin added the hydro project is very impressive and could refurbish the electricity need of Sarawak.

There are eight turbines that can operate a maximum of 300 megawatt with an installed capacity of 2,400 megawatt, with four units installed.

Unit eight is operational and can generate 181 megawatt of electricity, said Chin who was accompanied by Tenaga Nasional Berhad chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie and Hulu Rejang MP Datuk Billy Abit Joo.

They had earlier visited the dam and Sg Asap resettlement.

Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui

Sighting of Syawal moon on Aug 29


KUALA LUMPUR: The Office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal on Tuesday announced 30 locations for the sighting of the Syawal moon on Aug 29 to determine the date for Aidilfitri this year.

The Conference of Rulers have agreed that determining the Aidilfitri date would be based on “rukyah” (sighting of the new moon) and “hisab” (astronomical calculations), with the announcement to be made on Monday night over radio and television.

A statement from the Office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ seal said the locations for the sighting of the Syawal moon included Pontian Kecil (Johor)Kompleks Falak Al-Khawarizmi, Kampung Balik Batu in Tanjung Bidara (Melaka), Teluk Kemang in Port Dickson (Negeri Sembilan), Bukit Melawati, Pulau Angsa, Bukit Jugra and Balai Cerap Selangor (Selangor), Pantai Pasir Panjang in Manjong (Perak), Pusat Falak Sheikh Tahir in Pantai Aceh (Penang), and Kampung Pulau Sayak, Pemandangan Indah Langkawi and Alor Setar Tower (Kedah).

In Terengganu, the locations are Bukit Besar in Kuala Terengganu, Bukit Kemuning in Kemaman, Pulau Perhentian, and Balai Cerap KUSZA in Setiu.

The locations in Kelantan are Bukit Peraksi in Pasir Putih, Bukit Kampung Tembeling in Kuala Krai and the SEDC tower block in Kota Baharu, and in Pahang the locations are Bukit Tanjong Batu in Nenasi, Gunung Berincang in Cameron Highlands and Bukit Pelindong.

The other locations for the sighting are Kuala Sungai Baru in Perlis, Kuala Lumpur Tower in the federal capital, Putrajaya International Convention Centre in Putrajaya, Tanjong Lubang in Miri, Teluk Bandung in Kuching and Tanjung Batu in Bintulu (Sarawak), and Balai Cerap Al-Biruni in Tanjung Dumpil and Universiti Malaysia Sabah tower block (Sabah). – Bernama