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Friday, July 19, 2019


Current affairs in Sabah and Sarawak.

Sabah govt to take charge of Sipadan Island

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal says the prime minister has agreed in principle for the National Security Council to hand over management of the island to the state government.

Consider women for Sabah’s proposed new state seats, says Upko

Upko Wanita chief Juliana Jali says the party has a number of qualified women leaders who are unable to contest in elections because of limited seats.

PPBM in Sarawak ‘will give voice to the indigenous’

Sarawak is a wealthy state, but we do not see this wealth being shared with the people, says Sarawak PPBM chief.

Plug water leaks and scrap Papar Dam, says Sabah senator

Penampang PPBM chief John Ambrose says the state government should consider stopping pipe leaks which contribute to 60% loss of water.

Shafie wants maximum punishment for fish bomb users

The Sabah chief minister tells authorities to investigate how the bomb makers get their contents.

Proposed RM1 bil ‘contra payment’ already discussed, says Sarawak CM

Abang Johari Openg says the arrangement has been agreed in principle by the federal and state governments.

Ex-CM queries if illegal squatters have political backing

SAPP president Yong Teck Lee says politicians should be careful in lending their signatures in support of land applications.

Sabah Umno queries mushrooming of houses in Sepanggar

Is it because the Sepanggar MP has promised to make it a 'zero squatter' area, asks Sabah Umno deputy liaison chief Yakub Khan.

Sabah cops hunting for fishermen behind fish bombing that caused 3...

They say fish bombing occurs in open sea and when patrol boats are not around.

Stop fish bombing before more lives are lost, says minister

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi says measures must be taken to ensure the safety of tourists following the death of two tourists and a diver.

Talk of secession may lead to serious consequences, says Sarawak CM

Abang Johari Openg agrees with the prime minister that whatever is said or done should not affect sovereignty or jeopardise public order.

Sarawak DAP accused of playing dirty against SUPP

It's 'petty report' to the registrar of societies is an attempt to get rid of a political rival, says SUPP Youth chief.

2 tourists, scuba diver killed by fish bombs in Semporna

They were diving off Pulau Kalapuan when the incident happened at 5.50pm Friday.

40 will still be age limit for youth in Sarawak, says...

Abang Johari Openg says Sarawak will not go along with the federal government's plan to lower the youth age limit to 30.

Tabling of 13 new state seats for Sabah is timely, says...

Upko Youth chief Felix Joseph Saang also hopes that after the new state seats were passed, the government will also consider adding parliamentary seats for Sabah and Sarawak.

Sabah may have own age limit for youth bodies if leaders...

This comes after Parliament yesterday passed the Youth Societies and Youth Development Amendment Bill 2019, lowering the age limit of 'youths' from 40 to 30.

No law to say Sarawakians cannot talk about secession, says party

Parti Bumi Kenyalang says there is no provision under the constitution, the Malaysia Agreement 1963 or the Inter-Governmental Committee Report that touches on the right of Sabah and Sarawak to secede.

No new evidence to reopen cases involving ‘big fish’, says Sarawak...

This comes two days after state MACC director Razim Mohd Noor said some high-profile individuals were being investigated.

Don’t replace tourism tax with departure levy, says Sarawak minister

Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says at least the tourism tax sees 50% of revenue collection given to individual states.

Lepa lepa identity letters are illegal, says assistant minister

Jannie Lasimbang declares that no native court or village chief is empowered to issue such documents to stateless sea gypsies.

Sabah Umno Youth slams non-Malaysians on Khazanah’s board

Its chief, Abdul Aziz Julkarnain, asks how non-Malaysians can understand the aspirations of Bumiputeras, whom Khazanah was set up to help.

Sabah gets RM1.1 bil in federal funds for rural development

Federal Rural Development Minister Rina Harun says the majority of her ministry’s projects in Sabah involve road construction.

Unimas to develop rapid rabies test kit

Sarawak wants to speed up human rabies tests as, at present, doctors have to send samples to the Institute for Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur for laboratory confirmation of the disease.

Sabah land department evicts squatters occupying titled land

The squatters had claimed to have approval from the head of state to clear the land.