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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.
BINTULU: The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry will help honey bee farm operators strengthen and promote the industry, said deputy minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong yesterday.
He said as a relatively new industry it needed special assistance and guidance, especially from his ministry, to ensure the honey produced was of high quality and meet customers’ expectations.
“From my observations, the honey bee farming industry has the potential to be developed. However, basic knowledge on its operational needs must be further improved, especially among workers, to ensure high quality production,” he told reporters covering his working visit to Summer Pasific Sdn Bhd honey bee farm owned by the KTS Group of Companies at Samarakan near here yesterday.
Chua said honey bee farming started in the state in 2006, but it had shown an impressive record in terms of productivity.
At the moment, what his ministry could do was to help address the main problems faced by the operations, especially in the handling aspects, and in terms of local and overseas promotions.
Thus, he urged all the operators to submit their problems to the ministry so that follow up actions could be done to assist them.
“It should be noted that in honey bee farming, knowledge management and handling expertise is very important because it will help in reducing the maintenance cost while reaping maximum profits.”
Chua said he was impressed with Summer Pasific’s courage in venturing into honey bee farming industry which had thus far yielded 800 tonnes of honey bee annually.
Describing Summer Pasific as a pioneer in the industry in the state, he hoped the company would always refer to the ministry and other related agencies, such as the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi), to enable everyone to extend their assistance.
The general manager (project coordinator) of KTS Resources, Desmond Cheng Hua Tang, said the honey bee farming enterprise operated from a 125,000-hectares site and had experienced remarkable harvests thus far.
“Bigger production is expected in the near future with the construction of more honey bee houses.”
Cheng added that the honey produced from Summer Pasific farm were of superior quality but sold at a relatively cheap price.
“This is one of our social responsibilities to the community, especially in Bintulu, where they can get honey at affordable prices.”
He said their products were also exported to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States.
Special officer to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Freya Lim Khai Shin, and Summer Pasific manager Yong Chong Pui were among those present.
BINTULU: The ‘1Malaysia ICT Centre’ brand will be further promoted in line with the 1Malaysia aim of providing better infrastructural facilities for the rural populace.
Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim said the target for Sarawak was 701 Wireless Villages (KTW), and thus far some 280 KTW had been built. In Sabah, 294 KTW had been built, and a further 341 KTW still under construction. They are scheduled to be completed by year-end or in Jan 2013.
“At the national level we have built 2,325 KTW, with 2,072 projects still under construction,” Rais said at the closing of an ICT literacy workshop and the opening of a 1Malaysia ICT Centre at Kampung Penan Muslim in Mile 10 Bintulu-Miri Road here yesterday. He said a holistic approach was being undertaken by the government to cover every area so there would be no “development dropout”, especially in rural areas, under the 10th Malaysia Plan.
Rais hoped the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would play a significant role in reaching out to the rural people and the urban poor.
Earlier, Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing called on Telekom Malaysia to expand their reach in remote areas of the state.
Tiong also asked for more 1Malaysia netbooks to be distributed to the people here. So far, a total of 9,200 units of netbooks had been distributed in Bintulu.
“Before we can give more netbooks, first we must ensure that the facility is there. More KTW must be built in Bintulu,” said Rais, adding that there were 31 KTW in Bintulu thus far.
He said at the national level, more than one million 1Malaysia netbooks had been allocated, and an additional 500,000 would be provided soon due to high demand.
“Some 700,000 have been distributed, including 176,000 in Sarawak and 167,000 in Sabah,” said Rais.
Also present at the function were Deputy Minister of Information Communication and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang, Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Communications) Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom and Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip.