Monthly Archives: September 2012

International standard bowling centre in Bintulu beckons

NEW ATTRACTION: The centre will also have pool tables and some other relaxing recreational games.

BINTULU: As Bintulu Commerce Square at Parkcity Commercial Centre rises from the ground, it will house the 30,000 sq ft of one of the most modern, hip and up to date bowling centres in East Malaysia.

Being MegaLanes’ second centre in Sarawak, after MegaLanes East in Miri, the directors together with their passionate staff are investing more than RM4.5 million for the development of the centre to ensure it will be one of its kind and a new pride for the people of Bintulu and the state.

It is definitely something well achievable for the vastly experienced MegaLanes team as proven by their many other centres throughout Malaysia such as MegaLanes Kuantan and the ultimate arena for bowling in the country, MegaLanes Sunway Pyramid.

“The centre will be designed with fun energetic themes and can be transformed into a cosmic bowling themed centre with just a click of a button to cater for mysterious glow-in-the-dark moonlight bowling,” said Sarawak Land (Kemena Park) Sdn Bhd director Troy Yaw Chee Weng.

He added with availability of glow-in-the-dark bowling balls now in the market, patrons will experience a hyper-space adrenaline rush, climax to galactic highs and leave bowlers with a tingling addiction to come back for more.

Well stocked bowling pro-shop will also be located in the centre with new released bowling balls, equipment and accessories. Certified IBPSIA (International Bowling Pro-shop and Instructors Association) will be available to fit, map and drill your ball to performance specification standards.

Yaw said the centre will also have pool tables and other relaxing recreational games.

“To quench your thirst and fulfil your tongue desires, just pop by at the centre’s snack bar. Menus fit for kings will be made available as you fill your tummy at the dining area and feel like a pharaoh being served by friendly customer oriented personnel,” he added.

According to him, family events such as birthdays and anniversaries, corporate functions like inter-department or in-house department one day bowling events can also be organised in the centre. “Equipped with public address systems together with well-trained service assistants, whatever occasion you choose to hold in the centre will be a huge memorable success,” he added.

Tenpin bowling dates back as far as 3200 B.C. when primitive bowling pins and balls were found by archaeologists in an Egyptian boy’s grave.

More than 5200 years overdue, the wait is coming to an end for Bintulu as tenpin bowling will arrive at her shores.





Get minimum wages info from the horse’s mouth

BINTULU: No one in Malaysia can claim that he or she is an expert on the Minimum Wages Order 2012, said state Labour Department director August Buma.

He opined it was impossible for anyone to be an expert on this legislation as it was enacted only recently.

August said this in response to an enquiry from a participant during a briefing session in Sibu recently.

The participant wondered why explanations given by the department did not sync with those by a consultant he had come across recently.

“I am not discouraging you to join seminars which may be conducted by a consultant engaged by your company for various reasons, but the best advice will come from the Labour Department.

“We are the one who will enforce the Minimum Wages Order 2012, and we are the one that you should come to see to seek further clarifications,” August said during a briefing on the implementation of the Minimum Wages Order 2012 here yesterday.

He advised all employers to be careful when inviting consultants or lawyers to brief them on the policy which will be come into effect in two stages – Jan 1, 2013, and July 1, 2013.

August said among the objectives of the policy were to ensure the basic needs of workers and their families were met, and to ensure sufficient social protection for workers.

“It is also aimed at encouraging the industry to move up the value chain by investing in higher technology and increase productivity by reducing dependence on unskilled foreign labour.”

Minimum Wages, he said, represented the lowest hourly, daily or monthly wage that employers should pay employees or workers.

For Sarawak, Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan, the minimum wage is RM800 (monthly rate) and RM3.85 (hourly rate), while for Peninsular Malaysia it is RM900 monthly and RM4.33 hourly.

Minimum wages cover employees whose wages do not exceed RM2,500 a month; manual workers irrespective of their wages; and any other employees as defined under the Labour Ordinance (Sarawak Cap. 76).

It excludes domestic servants, such as cooks, house-servant, butler, child’s nurse, valet, footman, gardener, washerwoman, watchman, groom and driver or cleaner of any vehicle licensed for private use, as well as apprentice.

Also present at the briefing, held at Bintulu Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, were the Chamber’s president Datuk Sia Hiong Ngie, Sarawak Labour Department senior assistant director Dzulzalani Eden and its branch office senior assistant director Tujuh Bochal.




Dept: Employers, employees need to understand Minimum Wages Order

BINTULU: It is vital that employers and their employees understand the Minimum Wages Order 2012, stipulating a minimum monthly wage of RM800 in Sarawak, for it to be implemented smoothly.

State Labour Department director August Buma said under certain circumstances, companies, especially their human resource departments, need to negotiate for the restructuring of wages under Section 10B of the Labour Ordinance (Sarawak Cap 76) with their employees before the order comes into force.

“Meanwhile for employees, they need to keep an open-mind to ensure minimum wages can be implemented and everybody would enjoy the wage restructuring,” he said when met by reporters at the sidelines of the minimum wage implementation briefing at a hotel here yesterday.

However, he said, if both parties came to a deadlock during their negotiation, the Labour Department would be ready to assist them in giving the best advice and options.

On the restructuring process, he said it was done only once before the order came into force and not a continuous process after the date of enforcement.

August reiterated that employers and employees should be open-minded and receptive as well as work together to resolve any problems that might arise.

Bintulu is the fourth and last destination for the three-day roadshow which started simultaneously on Sept 20 in Kuching and Miri, before moving to Sibu on Sept 21.

“Although the roadshow ended here, if some employers need specifics on their own industries, we can go and give them a briefing and help them on how to come out with the restructuring because we want to ensure it is a success,” said August.

He pointed out that the briefing would be an on-going process covering all quarters — from big to small and medium scale industries.

When asked on the response from employers in the state during the roadshows, he said he was slightly impressed with their support and cooperation and hoped to get more constructive feedback from them.

“The response for the briefing was overwhelming. In Kuching, we limited it to 250 but ended up with around 270 people and there are still requests from employers’ association to organise a separate briefing for their members.

“In Miri, we allocated 215 seats but ended up with more than that, and in Sibu more than 200 participants turned up for the briefing,” he added.

Asked on the main issues highlighted by employers during the roadshows, August said they were on the wage restructuring and groups who were entitled for the minimum wage.

“Basically, they do not know whether everybody would earn RM800.

“If I employ him, for example, in construction sector, he is daily rated, let’s say he is paid RM25 per day now and turns up for 10 days — do I have to pay RM800 — this question was asked everywhere.

“Minimum wage of RM800 is for a monthly rated employee who works according to his contract of employment. If he works half a month, how can he be entitled to RM800?” he said.