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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Reef fish ‘being eaten to extinction’

Reef fish ‘being eaten to extinction’
KOTA KINABALU, Jan 21 – It is a slow night at the Port View Restaurant here, and still the place seems packed. Several banquet tables are crowded with a dozen people apiece. Each table seems as if it could collapse from the weight of plates.

Falling to the forks are steaming spring prawns, spotted lobster, coral trout and especially giant grouper, which minutes before had been listlessly swimming in one of the many murky tanks at the Port View, one of the most popular restaurants in this tourist town and capital of Sabah.

This fierce appetite for live reef fish across Southeast Asia – and increasingly in mainland China – is devastating populations in the Coral Triangle, a protected marine region home to the world’s richest ocean diversity, according to a recent report in the scientific journal Conservation Biology.

Spawning of reef fish in this area, which supports 75 per cent of all known coral species in the world, has declined 79 per cent over the past five to 20 years, depending on location, according to the report.

Overfishing in general, and particularly of spawning aggregations that occur when certain species of reef fish gather in one place in great numbers to reproduce, may be the culprit, says Yvonne Sadovy, a biologist at the University of Hong Kong who wrote the report along with scientists from Australia, Hong Kong, Palau and the United States.

She said the report’s conclusions were based on the first global database on the occurrence, history and management of spawning aggregations. It includes data from 29 countries or territories.

Some of the information is based on interviews with more than 300 commercial and subsistence fishers in Asia and the western Pacific between 2002 and 2006.

“The Coral Triangle has relatively few spawning aggregations reported in the communities we went to,” Sadovy said in an e-mail message. “We think that this might be due to the more heavily fished (overall) condition of reef fisheries in many parts of the Coral Triangle, where there is uncontrolled fishing and high demand for live groupers for the international live fish trade.”

About one-third of the species mentioned in the report are sold in Asian markets.

Since the 1980s, Hong Kong has been the centre of the live fish trade. That trade has greatly expanded in the last decade to an $810 million business, according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature, which monitors the market.

Rising wealth in mainland China may be a contributing factor to the increase in the trade. The report notes that the demand for exotic fish is high in Shanghai and Beijing. Destinations popular with Chinese tourists are seeing the demand, too.

While Kota Kinabalu – known here simply as KK – has long been a draw for Chinese vacationers, “eating tourism” is booming lately.

That is because live reef fish cost 60 per cent less here than in Hong Kong, said Angela Lim, the fund’s communications director here for the Live Reef Trade Initiative.

Even locals unaffiliated with the tourist trade are aware of the surge.

Across the street from the Port View, Malays at the famous Night Market speak with awe about the Chinese tourists who spend “a thousand ringgit a week just eating fish.”

Grouper is by far the most popular – and therefore endangered – of the reef fish, with 26 per cent of the world’s 161 species threatened or near threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature 2008 Red List, an annual tally of endangered species around the globe.

With life spans of up to 40 years, groupers can grow to 2m in the wild. After sexual maturity, female groupers can change into males to compensate for population imbalances, becoming ‘‘secondary males’’ in a process called protogyny.

But groupers take five years to mature, and most are taken out of the water long before. They are grown to market size in seaside tanks and then wind up on dinner plates before they can reproduce.

Geoffrey Muldoon, director of the fund’s live fish trade initiative, said the live trade contributed to ‘‘the removal of juvenile or undersize and sexually immature fish.’’

The fund works to manage the Coral Triangle with the six countries that share its seas – Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and East Timor.

It is no easy task in a region where “fish bombing” with dynamite or cyanide is routine, and where the enforcement of existing protected zones is often anaemic.

The organisation is aiding the creation of the region’s first commercial fishing trade organization to establish standards for sustainable practices. Initial talks between government and industry representatives are being planned.

Sadovy suggested that spawning aggregations be considered protected events rather than simply times when fish are easy to catch, as has been done with salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Other species have similar protections.

“Colonies of seabirds were once exploited heavily and are now protected,” said Sadovy, who is also director of the Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations, an international group.

“Special feeding or breeding places are now routinely protected on land for many species, because of the recognition that animals are vulnerable at this time or that their aggregated state is very important for their biology.”

She added, “From a very practical perspective, loss of the aggregations ultimately means loss of the associated fishery, so it makes good practical sense to change our attitude.” – IHT

Source : Malaysia Insider

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Source : 風水軒 Geomancy Hut

ZODIAC 2009

鼠 Rat Born in: 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008

Personality
The Rat is charming and humourous, honest and meticulous. Although they can give good advice, they cannot necessarily decide for themselves. May be power hungry, petty or greedy, Bright, sociable and highly ambitious. A true opportunist to reach the target. Passionate and good to her lover. Yet likes to gamble and spend lavishly. The charm of the Rat personality is as universally known and loved as the Walt Disney character, Mickey Mouse. He could be forthright and honest but in such a disarming manner that you find yourself at a disadvantage. Remarkably easy to get along with, hard working and thrifty, he will be generous only to those he is inordinately fond of, so if you get an expensive gift from him, you should certainly rate yourself high in his esteem. However, in spite of his penny-pinching ways, he will never be found wanting for admirers as he emits such fantastic appeal. The Rat likes: bargains, Negotiation, Winning, Trust and Gambling. The Rat dislike: Boredom, Timetable, Poverty, Loneliness and Reprimands. Compatible Animals: Dragon, Monkey, Ox
Your Luck In Year 2009

Overall Forecast

The earlier phase of the 2009 is relatively a favourable one for you, especially in relation to wealth matters. Even though illness and sexual stars are present, lucky stars shine collectively to aid those who are brave enough to make proper and committed changes. Thus, where one seize opportunity to develop oneself , this year will be one where you can invest in properties and gain reputation/fame. Manage your finance prudently. Guard against vile persons. Watch your health. Caution against dangers. Have more tolerance and be more affectionate with regard to love affairs.

Career

A favourable year for you to be entrepreneur, to invest, where things will have a good turnout. Be on guard against vile persons. Avoid gossip circle, do not be too trusty, and rationally discern the words of others. Those who born in the year 1948 and 1960 can have great achievements for this year. Whereas a person born in 1972 can grow exceptionally well due to romance and can also fail miserably due to romance too. The 3rd month is a good time to grab opportunities.

Love

You enjoy a sizzling and affectionate year. Sparks with the opposite gender appear readily, especially for those born in 1972. Seize opportunity when there is any. Married couples have to build up mutual trust and strong affections for each other. Moral discipline have to be upheld nevertheless.

Wealth

Wealth luck is terrific. Joyous star is present to bring much joy, investment gains and wealth both from the proper income and lottery winnings. Opportunity may arise to purchase properties or to move house too. But you have to conserve for raining days. Avoid dark lanes. Secure your valuables well.

Health

Illness star is lucking by to cause you harm. Do not over consume alcohol and cigarettes. Caution on matters regarding blood pressure and the intestines. Take extra care when reaching for stuff stashed high or when on traffic. Hectic social networking tires you.

牛 Ox Born in: 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997

Personality

Intelligent and self-confident. Patient and methodical, helpful and hardworking. Although they might appear rigid and slow, a kind and active mind is beneath. A Natural born under works systematically, the Ox is responsible for family and believes in authority but is sometimes too stubborn and traditional.
The Ox or the Buffalo sign symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. A person born during this year will be dependable, calm and methodical. A patient and tireless worker, he sticks to routine and conventions. Although he is generally fair-minded and a good listener, it is difficult to make him change his views as he is stubborn and often has strong prejudices. Still, because of his steady and trustworthy character, the Ox person will be entrusted with positions of authority and responsibility. He will not fall short where duty calls. As a matter of fact, he should be careful not to get carried away. The Ox likes: Tradition, Appreciation, Organisation, Sobriety and Routine The Ox dislike: Gimmicks, Parties, Gossip, Laziness and Being Teased Compatible Animals: Rat, Snake, Rooster Your Luck In Year 2009

Overall Forecast

A year of offending Tai Sui. Thus, there are major upheavals. Be more vigilant and firm with regards to every undertaking. Be more discerning when making friends. You are constantly burdened by minor issues at hand. Evil star surfaces to cause you great loss of wealth, and bloodshed. You are at the pit of your luck. Fortunately, there is a lucky star present to help you to resolve some of the troubles.

Regardless of the problems, this appeared to be a relatively better year than the previous. If you firmly walk the path, creative and resolving stars will aid you in your career and work luck.

Career

Danger stars loom about causing you hard to breath. Fortunately, lucky stars are present to lend support. Gradually develop your fundamentals to progress further at a good pace, and all will be well. Do not place too much spending and more rational savings technique. Those born in 1937 can be in deep trouble if they invest wrongly. 1949 and 1961 persons should be careful in making acquaintances.

Love
Neutral romance luck level with no major breakthrough. Your shyness, introvert attitude and major mood swings will be detrimental to your relationship with family members, friends and colleagues. Have tolerance, and control your emotional charges. But there is still opportunity to meet your dream love too.

Wealth

If you can rationally analyse and make wise decisions in relation to investments, undertakings, there will be a good turnout for your wealth luck and there is properties gain too. Proper income luck is stable whereas lottery luck fluctuates greatly. Accumulate your wealth and do not act as guarantors. Discern carefully as to who are your true aid or to place trust upon.

Health

A year of exceptional need to be caution in every way. Cuts, injuries, and accidents happened easily than usual. You should pray to Tai Sui at the year start. DO not neglect pains to the heart and head. Take more rest and seek appropriate treatment at a timely basis.

虎 Tiger Born in: 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998
Personality
Courageous, active, and self-assured, a natural leader, passionate and independent. Possibly restless especially if born at night. Rebellious and dynamic. A warrior and center of attention. Quick tempered but considerate. Affectionate but careless. A roaring success awaits the Tiger.
In the East, the Tiger symbolizes power, passion and daring. A rebellious, colorful and unpredictable character, he commands awe and respect from all quarters. This fearless and fiery fighter is revered as the sign that wards off the three main disasters of a household: fire, thieves and ghosts. The Tiger is a fortunate person to have around provided you are prepared for all the activity that comes along with his dynamic personality. The impulsiveness and vivacity of the Tiger person are contagious. His vigor and love of life are stimulating. He will arouse every sort of emotion in people except indifference. In short, the captivating tiger loves being the center of attention. The Tiger likes: Changes, New experiences, Flattery, Surprises, Quality and Parties. The Tiger dislikes: Boredom, Criticism, Ignorance, Responsibility, Laws and Slowness. Compatible Animals: Pig, Horse, Dog
Your Luck In Year 2009
Overall Forecast
There are favourable signs to be seen. Wealth and health luck is promising. All undertakings are going as anticipated. Those born in 1950 and 1974 have to deal with matters firmly and sincerely, so that noble help will reach you. There is also possible joyous news at home. Documents may contain deceiving plots out to cause you losses. Alcohol and lust during social networking will ruin you. Caution of muggers. Discern as to who are your real mentor and who are out to harm you. Multi facet investments are beneficial. Avoid speculative and risky activities. Take good care of your health and keep valuables out of sight.
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Career
Auspicious stars shine high. Starting a business or expanding one, will be successful. Discern properly as to who are true to you at work. Exhibit your forte and be responsible to your duties. Also, leverage on eminent aid and you will eventually excel among others. Control your temper and give way to others readily. Do not be a guarantor in any ways.
Love
Youth are easily acquainted with friends of the opposite gender, and subsequently fall deeply in love. This will affect the academic performance, so focus on your studies at hand, affection later. Couples are blissfully engage in their love affairs with hope of tying the knot soon. Those married should keep their hands in their pockets and steer clear of temptations.
Wealth
Proper income luck flows in continuously. Career progression is smooth, with a fruitful harvest. There is also hope lottery luck, but do not have a moment of greed. Save more, spend less, do not lend to others. Keep your valuables out of sight. Avoid adhering to investment tips. They are not sound and will cause losses. Health Health luck is smooth and steady. A steadily path of career progression carries with it hectic networking nights. Take your mind off the workload and nights of incessant networking. Control your drinking and smoking too. Keep an eye on your liver health and blood pressure related problems. Do adequate exercises and avoid visiting patients
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兔 Rabbit Born in: 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999
Personality
Peace loving, impeccable manners in the pursuit of a good life, intelligent in business with creative mind but sometimes moody and indifferent.
A person born in the year of the Rabbit possesses one of the most fortunate of the twelve animal signs. The Rabbit, or Hare as he is referred to in Chinese mythology, is the emblem of longevity and is said to derive his essence from the Moon. The rabbit symbolizes graciousness, good manners, sound counsel, kindness and sensitivity to beauty. His soft speech and graceful nimble ways embody all the desirable traits of a successful diplomat or seasoned politician. Likewise, a person born under this sign will lead a tranquil life, enjoying peace, quiet and congenial environment. He is reserved and artistic and possesses good judgment. His thoroughness will also make him a good scholar. He will shine in the fields of law, politics and government. The Rabbit likes: The arts, Comfort, Secrets, Riddles and Intrigue. The Rabbit dislike: Decisions, Violence, Criticism, Untidiness and Dirtiness. Compatible Animals: Goat, Dog, Pig Your Luck In Year 2009 Overall Forecast Luck this year fluctuates wildly. Visibly clear good luck hides some air of danger and misspells underneath. Perhaps a better option will be to store your energy for a better comeback. Use this time to plan and feel around for the right to strike. Fortunately, resolving stars are around to bring light amid the darkness of danger. Apparently not a good year to be aggressive in all aspects.
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Set your expectations lower for the year and enrich yourself further. Health issue will be of major setback to you, so take heed. Greed in investment matters will also fail you. Proper finance management will be helpful indeed. Career You are advised to be more conservative when it comes to your career path. Entrepreneurship will only lead to fruitless ventures. Working adults should guard against your colleague who might be a wolf in sheep skin. Nevertheless, keep to your own fences and all will be well. Those born in 1963 and 1975 will have lots of fresh opportunities to begin with. Love Mood and emotional discharges are very unstable. You feel left out, and lonely. Do attempt to correct your twisted perception of your partner and others around you. They do show care for you just that your temperamental behaviour causes them confusion and misinterpretation of your intentions. Trust, care and communication are keys to a fruitful relationship. Wealth Proper income is stable. Control your spending and crisis will not occur. Do not greed of ill-gotten wealth as you will face lawsuits and inevitably, causes you great pain and suffering. In addition, you will do yourself a favour by not borrowing or acting as guarantor. Leave lottery luck to affinity. Reduce amount of unnecessary investments especially risky ones. Health Caution of health and accidents. Fatigue and overdrive cause you to have unstable emotions and mental states. Be careful when you are driving or on a boat trip, especially water danger. Chronic ailments of the elderly may surface again. Partake healthier food.
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龙 Dragon Born in: 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000
Personality
Magical, shrewd, intuitive, artistic and very lucky. Alternately, can be stubborn, irritable and impulsive. Can also be rather worldly and hard to get close to. Full of vitality, self assured, bright and master of success. Somewhat proud and quick-tempered, the Dragon personality is always attractive.
The mighty and magnificent Dragon of mythical folklore never ceases to enchant or stir the imagination. The Dragon person is magnanimous and full of vitality and strength. To him life is a blaze of colors and he is constantly on the go. Egotistical, eccentric, dogmatic, whimsical or terribly demanding and unreasonable, he is still never without a band of admirers. Proud, aristocratic and very direct, the Dragon-born establishes his ideals early in life and demands the same high standards and perfection from others that he has for himself. The powerful Dragon is difficult to contest, at times even impossible. He tends to intimidate those who dare challenge him. An angry, spurned Dragon could be like the big bad wolf at your door. He'll huff and he'll puff until he blows your house down. In spite of his volcano of emotions, the Dragon cannot be said to be sentimental, sensitive or very romantic. He takes love and adulation for granted: they are his just due. But while he maybe stubborn, irrational and overbearing when irked, the Dragon can forgive you the moment he gets over his outbursts. And since things are supposed to work both ways, he expects your forgiveness for his errors, too. The Dragon likes: Festivals, Control, Wealth, Comfort, Concerts, Antique and Decadence. The Dragon dislikes: Boredom, Cold, Dullness, Hunger, Hypocrisy and Quietness. Compatible Animals: Rat, Monkey, Rooster
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Your Luck In Year 2009 Overall Forecast You are happily accompanied by many auspicious stars beside the little disturbance caused by some danger stars. Most undertakings are successful than normal. Eminent aid is the key factor to the smooth results in your career and or career change. Dragon are really suited to make good overseas. So long as you are mindful of your words and actions, you should be doing fine. Take good care of your eyes and also that of personal hygiene. Have adequate rest too. There are many joyous news this year. Couples are affectionate and blissful. There’s possible offspring luck. Career You undergo an extraordinary smooth sailing luck for the year. Extremely favourable to roll out any plans, be entrepreneur, or to change jobs. There are chances to make it big overseas. Besides the congregation of lucky stars, noble stars are strong in their aid. Do not be hasty; be modest and morally disciplined. Do not get tempted by lust or get into conflict. Love There are impediments in the romance luck all because of interference made by vile persons. Caution against deceitful words which can cause conflicts with someone you care. Maintain this relationship carefully with affection, trust and communication. There is offspring luck. Show more care to your pregnant spouse. Wealth Wealth luck is superb, which is beneficial to both income and windfall luck. But do not be greedy. Business dealings are smooth. But you have to be wary of sexual traps, as it may cause you loss of wealth and reputation. Preserve your wealth if possible such as purchasing properties. Health It is pretty alright with regards to your health. But hectic social networking sessions cause you to overload with alcohol and cigarettes. This is harmful to your health. Take good care of your digestive systems. Have preventive measures against the flu. Build up your constitution and take a wholesome diet.
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蛇 Snake Born in: 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001
Personality
Philosophical, wise, calm and understanding, though often fickle or self-indulgent. Elegant to the point of being ostentatious. Can behave selfishly if crossed. A Snake lady is also charming in personality and elegant in dress. She is receptive and a deep thinker and likes to judge by intuition. She is fortunate in wealth through her life.
Philosopher, theologian, political wizard, wily financier - the Snake person is the deepest thinker and enigma of the Chinese cycle. He is endowed with an inborn wisdom of his very own; a mystic in his own right. Graceful and soft-spoken, he loves good books, food, music, the theater; he will gravitate toward all the finer things in life. The most beautiful women and powerful men tend to be born under this sign. So if you are one of the Snake people, you are in good company. A person of this sign generally relies on his own judgment and does not communicate well with others. He can deeply religious or psychic, or on the other hand, totally hedonistic. Either way, he trusts his own vibrations rather than outside advice. More often than not...he will be right. The Snake likes: Mystery, Books, Extravagance, Warmth, Organising, Pets and Good Food The Snake dislike: Surprises, Cold, Lending Money, Crowds, Vulgarity, Noise and Discomfort. Compatible Animals: Monkey, Ox, Rooster
Your Luck In Year 2009
Overall Forecast
You face an onslaught of danger stars. Even with the presence of lucky stars, you have to have faith and do more deeds. Never brave the frontline. Shun all mess and gossips. Treat others nicely but treat yourself with the utmost discipline. Develop your moral and spiritual self better. Do not involve in any investments.
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Students are able to think brightly and do well in their exams if they are diligent and modest to learn more from their tutors. Attempt to improve your relation with others to aid you in your career. Spend your money wisely.
Career
A tough and rugged path this year for you. Most endeavours sprout troubles and hindrances. Be strict to the matter at hand but magnanimous to people. Also do not try to take charge as it may not be within your means. There are lots of gossips in the business arena and work place. Think thrice when handling documents and signing contracts. Students are able to excel well. Female Snakes do control your temper.
Love
A frequent winner in the love arena. However, you will meet the romance setback this year. Married couples should communicate and show more care for each other. Doing so will create a very blissful and loving marriage. Couples should be sincere and wedding bells will be heard ringing. Singles should proactively seek for their true and claim victory fast.
Wealth
Wealth luck fluctuates greatly. Not a good time to invest heavily. Regular income is stable, so moderate spending is fine. Do not place any hope on lottery. Those born on the 4th Lunar month will encounter great harvest this year, so be ready to net in your successes.
Health
There is possible accidents and bloodshed, so handle sharp objects carefully. If you have any illness, seek treatment immediately. You are also advised to donate blood to reduce your bad luck. Elderly has to be careful of slippery grounds and heart ailments. Youngsters have to avoid dangerous game and activities.
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馬 Horse Born in: 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002
Personality
Cheerful, quick-witted and popular. With a happy outlook, independent, subjective and self-centered. She is also good at handling wealth.
A person born in this year is said to be cheerful, popular and quick- witted. He has raw sex appeal rather than straight good looks. Earthy and warmly appealing, he is very perceptive and talkative. His changeable nature may lead him to be hot-tempered, rash and headstrong at times. The unpredictable- able horse will fall in love easily and fall out of love just as easily. In most cases the Horse will leave home early. If not, his independent spirit will goad him to start working or to take up some career at an early age. An adventurer at heart, still he is noted for his keen mind and ability to manage money. Self-reliant, vivacious, energetic, impetuous and even brash, the Horse is a showy dresser, partial to bright colors and striking designs to the point of being gaudy on occasion. The horse loves exercise both physical and mental. You can spot him by his rapid but graceful body movements, his animated reflexes and fast way of speaking. He responds quickly and can make snap decisions. His mind works at remarkable speed and whatever he may lack in stability and perseverance, he will certainly make up for by being open-minded and flexible. Basically, he is a nonconformist. The Horse likes: Riddles, Eat in Restaurants, Compliments, Conversation, Challenges and Kindness. The Horse dislikes: Violence, Cold, Cheating, Noise, Bad Food and Lateness. Compatible Animals: Tiger, Goat, Dog
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Your Luck In Year 2009 Overall Forecast A good star appears. A definitely better year portrayed than the previous one. There are a mix of bad stars in the midst of the good ones. Thus, one should mull over matters thrice before making a move. Proceed gradually and never be hasty and impetuous. Be mindful of your health as well as that of your dearest ones. A year of smooth and bullish career and academic luck. There is improvement in relationship with business clients or colleagues. There is also investment gains and property luck. Cut down on smoking and alcohol. Immoral lust can lead you to your doom. Take heed. Career Even though lucky stars gather together, evil stars are lurking about too. Thus, there are impediments and vile persons causing troubles now and then. When undertaking projects, proceed with adequate planning and good pace. Fortunately, eminent aid is present in business deals and career paths. A good year of academic performance for students too. Never be haughty. Always be modest and humble. Fulfill your duty at work diligently. Love A very colourful year of romance. Many sparks occur during social networking sessions. However, attached couples have to caution against intrusion of third parties. Control your lust and treat all affection with a sense of morality and sensibility. Wealth There is improvement in wealth luck. You will not have any financial crisis if you can manage your finances prudently. Caution against loss of wealth due to sexual traps. Do not delegate finance matters to others. Check your accounts regularly and thoroughly.
Health
Too much focus on business networking session cause a toll on your health. Drink and smoke at lesser quantity. Control your sexual cravings too. Have adequate rest amid the busy schedule. Treat minor illness at the early stages. Have prevention against the common cold.
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羊 Goat Born in: 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003
Personality
Intelligent with a mind for business. She has artistic inclination who tend to be pessimistic. Good natured and generous but can be undisciplined and irresponsible. May have somewhat antisocial tendencies. The Sheep is also indecisive and too passive. Yet she has fantastic luck in her life.
This is the most feminine sign of the zodiac. A person of the Goat year is called the Good Samaritan of the cycle. He is righteous, sincere and easily taken in by sob stories. He is likely to be mild-mannered, even shy. At his best, he is artistic, fashionable and a creative worker. At his worst, he tends to be easily overcome by his emotions, pessimistic and withdrawn. The Goat is known for his gentle and compassionate ways. He can forgive easily and be understanding about others faults. He dislikes strict schedules and cannot take too much discipline or criticism. Fond of children and animals, he is close to nature and a general homebody. The Goat is apt to mother or even smother the objects of his affections. He is possessed by varying moods and finds it impossible to work under pressure. He also finds it difficult to be objective. The Goat likes: Pleasure, Culture, Harmony, Space, Literature, Quiet, Freedom and Wit The Goat dislikes: Noise, War, Paperwork, Beggar, Politics, Bills and Inelegance. Compatible Animals: Rabbit, Horse, Pig Your Luck In Year 2009 Overall Forecast A year where the Goat zodiac clashes with Tai Sui. A not so favorable luck for the year. Evil stars also appear to add pressure. A resolving star that is present is not a match for all these evil stars. You have to be on constant alert, and mull over issues thrice before coming to a decision. And caution against vile person plots and gossips. Take good care of your health and well being. DO not take loans or be guarantors for others.
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You have to be prepared for any sudden events this year. Handle all caution against accidents. Show care and concern to your lover. Career Every undertaking is against your wishes. A time to be on the defensive position. Make prudent decisions when on business or investment grounds. You are advised to treat your colleague, staff and clients with friendliness and kindness to go through this tough period. Never attempt any speculative and quick buck schemes this year. It is also not a good time to partner with others for business opportunities. Scrutinize your contracts well before signing. Handle documents with care. Love Love luck is full of untamed waves of fluctuations. Mood swings and emotional changes are too great. Coupled with vile persons causing sabotage, conflicts with your love ones are bound to occur. But you can resolve it by being more tolerant. Show respect and more affection to your dearest. Wealth
Your wealth luck hits the pit this year. Be prudent with regard to managing your wealth. You cannot afford to be negligent with clients. You may face possible loss of wealth to save your day or in the extreme case, gain extremely large amount of wealth. But you have to curb your gambling activities and do not act as guarantors for others.
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Because of the immense level of stress hovering over your shoulder, it is taking a toll on your health. Be cautions against cuts and injuries. Seek treatment immediately if ill. Have preventive measure with regards to your flu, eye or mind health. Avoid water activities when outdoors.
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猴 Monkey Born in: 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004
Personality
Lively, witty, inventive and intelligent, a fast learner with good memory. Good at problem solving but can be too clever and become lazy, opportunistic and manipulative. They also know social skills well but can be selfish and egoistic. Also unbeatable in terms of talent and wealth.
Of all the animals in the lunar cycle, the Monkey bears the closest resemblance to the Naked Ape himself, Man. It is therefore no wonder that it should be he who will inherit most of man's intelligence as well as his capacity for deceit. The Monkey is the sign of the inventor, the improvisor, and the motivator in the Chinese zodiac; a charlatan capable of drawing everyone to him with his intimate guile and charm. Being the quick-witted genius of the cycle, he is clever, flexible and innovative. The monkey can solve intricate problems with ease and will be a very fast learner. He can master anything under the sign and usually has the aptitude for being a good linguist. A person born in this year will be successful at whatever he chooses to do. No challenge will be too great for him. The Monkey likes: Risks, Cooking, Travel, Jokes, Intrigue, Flamboyance and Sunshine. The Monkey dislikes: Organisating, Illness, Convention, quietness, Responsibility and Failure. Compatible Animals: Snake, Rat, Dragon Your Luck In Year 2009 Overall Forecast Lucky stars gather and shine collectively to lit the sky brightly. Be mindful that you face impediment amid the good days, so be careful and never negligent in any aspects. There is hope for fruitful results in your endeavours. Working persons will enjoy good news at the second half of the year. Students are able to perform well academically. There are offspring luck this year. Good wealth luck brings in extra money.
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A year to aggressively charge and push forward. Do more good deeds and improve personal relations, which will be of great aid to your career and business. Take adequate rest and caution against minor illnesses. Career A fresh new start with lucky stars shinning as bright as the morning sun. A sad note is that danger stars lurk in the dark. Think thrice before acting. Do not act smart; do not be too trusty. Always be cautious against business traps and avoid being blinded by greed. Shun speculative activities. Make prayers and do more good deeds and accumulate more merits. And then all should be well. Love You feel exhilarated because of the many joyous news. Because most things are proceeding as planned, you feel happy and so romance luck flows smoothly as well. A good time to discuss marriage or start a blossoming romance. Couples are blissful and affectionate. Wealth Wealth star shines high. Proper income and windfall lucks flow in from good sources. There is investment and property gains too. Vile persons are lurking by. Have a discerning eye when interacting with others. Handle deceitful words with discretion. All finance matters should be managed personally. Reap lottery winnings early rather than greeding for more.
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There is a lot of minor illness sprouting out here and then. Have a proper diet and take preventive measures against intestinal, digestive and head related problems. The young and the elderly are susceptible to flu and falls respectively. Avoid attending wakes.
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雞 Rooster Born in: 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005
Personality
Dramatic but a reputable person who works systematically Hardworking, resourceful, talented and confident. Vivacious and popular socially, but may have a tendency to brag insensitively. Outspoken and loves to attract attention. Always take good care of their family and can handle money well.
The Rooster, or Chicken as he is called, is the Don Quixote of the Chinese cycle. The dauntless hero who must look to the earth to survive, he is the most misunderstood and eccentric of all the signs. outwardly, he is the epitome of self-assurance and aggression, but at heart he could be conservative and old-fashioned. The Rooster-born, especially the men, will be attractive, even dashingly handsome. The princely fowl is radiant and proud of his fine feathers and has an impressive carriage. You don't find any roosters slouching; they strut about with dignity. Even the shyest member of the Rooster family will cut a neat, trim figure and maintain a special bearing wherever he goes. There are two distinct type of Roosters. The rapid-firing, extremely talkative ones and the deadly solemn observer types with the X-ray vision. both are equally hard to deal with. The Rooster has many outstanding qualities to crow about. He is sharp, neat, precise, organized, decisive, upright, alert, and most direct. He can also be critical to the point of brutality. Don't ever ask him his frank, candid opinion--you may never recover from his comments. He loves to argue and debate, showing how knowledgeable and smart he is, some- times with little regard of the feelings of others. But when his feathers are ruffled in return, he is insufferable. He isn't cut out to be a diplomat. Situations regarding tact, delicacy and discretion will cramp his style. His way is to go about trying to convert everyone to his way of thinking with a missionary zeal. He shines when he is the center of attraction. Tremendously imposing as a personality, he could well pursue any career that exposes him to the public eye. The Rooster likes: Hard works, Fresh Air, Neat but Casual, Challenges, Nature and Control. The Rooster dislikes: Laziness, Weakness, Technology, Illness, Practical Jokes and politics. Compatible Animals: Dragon, Snake, Ox
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Your Luck In Year 2009 Overall Forecast Wealth vault opens widely, which provides you with great wealth luck. Nonetheless, be wary of potential lawsuits and conflicts. You feel energetic and ready to seize opportunities to strike hard. Perform to your best so that you can gain your superior’s good evaluation and trust. Those doing business can hope for predictable results and can push forward for expansions. Students with diligence can also excel among others. Take note of home safety. Do not speed. Purchase properties if possible. Career An auspicious situation coupled with streaks of danger. Have caution amid the good fortune. There is ideal progress for your career and work luck. Business deals and relation with others are sweet; a good harvest of reputation and money. Working persons enjoy abundant flow of productive creative juices, leading to great performance and promotion chances or overseas assignments. Female born in 1945 should not miss the boat. Love Roosters are very faithful when it comes to romance. But there is no breakthrough in romance luck this year because of severe mood and emotional disturbance. Thus, be more tolerant and affectionate to your companion. Pave a path of common goal and future. Married couples could go for a rejuvenating vacation. Wealth A terrific wealth and colourful year. But it is accompanied by streaks of danger too. Thus, it is clear that ill-gotten wealth has to be avoided. Caution against deceit by vile persons as well as any causes of potential lawsuits. Guard your great flow of regular income and windfall luck from thieves and robbers. Invest wisely.
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狗 Dog Born in: 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006
Personality
Honest , faithful and possessing deep loyalty and responsibility. Can be magnanimous and prosperous, yet also guarded and defensive, never really relaxed despite outer calm. She has a glib tongue, practical and realistic. The Dog is also trustworthy and generous to people and has a deep sense of justice.
This maybe the most likable sign of all in the Chinese cycle. A person born in the year of the Dog is honest, intelligent and straightforward. He has a deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice and fair play. A dog native is usually animated and attractive and will exude sex appeal. Generally amiable and unpretentious, he will know how to get along with others as he is not too demanding. The egalitarian dog likes to meet others halfway, is always willing to listen to reason and can be counted on to do his share. For a friend, you must know that whenever you are in trouble, all you have to do is dial D-O-G. For no matter how much he or she complains, scolds, feign indifference, the Dog person cannot ignore a real call for help. At times, the dog protects the interests of others more avidly than his own. The Dog often sticks to his object of affection no matter how unworthy the person is. You don't find a dog leaving home just because he discovers that his master has the proverbial feet of clay. He makes allowances for such frailties and will probably stick it out thick or thin. The Dog likes: Routine, Challenges, Friends, Presents, Travel, Food, Play and Nature The Dog dislikes: Mistreatment, Fakes, Discomfort, Rudeness, Dishonesty, Hunger and Anger Compatible Animals: Tiger, Rabbit, Horse Your Luck In Year 2009 Overall Forecast
Many lucky stars favour you this year. Nonetheless there also appear dark forces at work to undermine your successes. Thus, walk your path with caution, mindfulness and wisdom. Keep to your business and avoid all sorts
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of gossiping. Never dabble with extra-marital affairs. Be on constant preparation for the uncertain,as it will be a tremendous challenge for you. Face it with a positive mindset. A favourable year to acquire properties or to move house. Tame internal conflicts in anticipation of challenges due to clinching of business deals. Improve your relations with others. Beware of sexual and business plots against you. Career A very smooth and favourable year for career and work progress. Increase in business volume, coupled with your creativity and ingenuity, results in speedy advancement in career. Be mindful of your words and where teasing should be done with awareness of how the others will feel. Else you will be ostracized. Maintain a good relation with your superior. Love A very favourable affinity with the opposite gender can sparks romance. Singles should get to know each other better once they found a target. Couples blissfully enjoy each other’s company yet there are vile persons interfering. Avoid one night stand, as they will cause you much sorrow and trouble. Wealth Wealth star shines high and the vault opens with welcoming hand. There is investment gains and good wealth inflow. Grab the chance to purchase properties or to start a business. Be vigilant with regard to your finances and do not be greedy with gambling luck. Caution against robbers and thieves by keeping valuables out of sight. Secure your home well.
Health
Reduce intake of alcohol. A neutral health constitution requires adequate exercise. Caution against danger cause by lust; exercise your discretion. Take note of blood pressure and rheumatism problems. Keep yourself warm and do not climb high.
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豬 Pig born in: 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007
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A pig is not as smart as a dog in understanding human thought. It likes sleeping and eating and becomes fat. Thus it usually features laziness and clumsiness. On the positive side, it behaves itself, has no calculation to harm others, and can bring affluence to people. Consequently, pigs were once regarded as wealth. People born in the Year of the Pig are honest and frank. They have a calm appearance and strong heart, but they lack patience and independence. As they do not like to talk in a roundabout way, they are thought to be unsociable. Luckily, they are tolerant and optimistic, so not until they become your friends can their virtue, advantages and fidelity to friendship be found. The Pigs likes: Praise, Health, Diets, Teams, Bath, Comfort, Home, Children and Pets. The Pigs Dislikes: Tiredness, Arguments, Paying Bills, Work, Hunger, Excess, Crime and Concrete. Compatible Animals: Tiger, Goat, Rabbit Your Luck In Year 2009 Overall Forecast Even with the many evil stars present, there still lies rays of luck visible. Lucky stars able to lend you a hand. Thus, pig is advised to make good relations with others. Students have good academic performance. Career adults face impediments at work. Thorough and comprehensive plans should be prepared in anticipation for this challenging Ox year. Do not invest too much this year. Never make any hasty moves or decisions. You are burdened by the hectic work schedules, so take adequate rest. Spend wisely and have tolerance with your spouse. Chronic ailments may sprout again, take heed. Avoid attending wakes.
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Career Career and work luck is considered alright aside from frequent obstacles in the path. Just stride with pace and avoid attempts of huge investments. Be more conservative in your expenses and plans for this year. Keep to the side of the law; do not do anything unlawful. This is also not a good year to change jobs. Love You felt exhausted and down, especially with regards to your relationship with your love ones and family members. There are constant conflicts and frustrations. Do your best to untie the knot of worries and problems. Being more tolerant, forgiving and understanding will be helpful. Then you will all be blissful. Wealth Wealth star is dim, so there may be serious loss of wealth. Watch closely on your expenses. Save early for the raining days to come. You are not to place any high hopes for any form of gambling this year, and keep to the side of the law. Speculative investments are not worst. Regular income luck is still stable. Health Mindless chores burden you, coupled with increase workload, you are almost burnout. Take more time off and open up to others. Take note of personal safety when outdoor. Drive with care and focus. Take note of rheumatoid, digestive system problem and that of the common cold. Exercise more to prevent getting ill.
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Sabah Sabah

Sabah! Sabah!
Headline Opinion 2008-12-14 00:01
This week, I'd like to take you all on a tour to Sabah, the Land Below the Wind.

Like Indonesia, Sabah's political and economic influence is on the rise. We all know how MPs returned from there 'saved' Barisan Nasional and hence, Umno in the next election. The fact that the state's playmakers could well be the kingmakers in the on-going struggle for power in Malaysia at large makes our sketchy knowledge of the place glaring.

It doesn't take a genius to realize how different Sabah is, compared to the other states in the Federation of Malaysia which it is a part of. The blasé attitudes of West Malaysians are noticeably absent here. As with most smaller and more isolated communities, friendship is taken very seriously.

In Sabah, people remember and honour kindnesses. People also make time for one another and life is celebrated. There is no doubt in my mind that Sabahans appreciate those who make the effort to understand the state's distinctive socio-cultural mix because Sabah isn't - nor will it ever be - a carbon copy of the peninsular.

"Indeed, the Pakatan is equally peninsular-centric, but it has so far proven itself more flexible in these matters than BN."
Many Sabahans are very unhappy about the cavalier way their identities as Kadazandusun, Rungus or Murut are dealt with. They dislike being defined merely as 'Others' despite being Bumiputras. Such off-handedness can be deeply insulting.

Also, it would be an equally big mistake to lump all the Muslim Bumiputera communities of Sabah into one group. Umno's pretensions to represent them all as 'Malays' notwithstanding, there are important local variations- namely the Bajau, Orang Laut and Suluks that are being rather carelessly homogenized.

The blame for this, one imagines, lies solely at the door of Umno's federal leadership. Umno's top leaders have repeatedly failed to grasp the nuances of Sabah.

They tend to assume that Sabahans (especially Muslim Sabahans) are fervent believers in Umno's cause as well as its brand of racially-charged politics. On the surface of things, Sabah does seem to be a BN/Umno stronghold.

Earlier this year, the state had been booming: crude palm oil prices were well above the RM3000 per tonne level, tourism arrivals look set to break the 2.4 million mark and federal money was pouring in courtesy of the latest heavily-hyped development corridor.

Moreover Sabah's east coast towns such as Tawau, Lahad Datu and Sandakan were experiencing a long-awaited boom reminiscent of the Timber heydays of the 60's and 70's. The "Umno model" of governance appeared entrenched as well, with Chief Minister Musa Aman firmly in office.

But of course, the scenario has changed dramatically. The price of crude palm oil has collapsed and businessmen here are fearful of the global economic crisis reaching our shores- the Government's assurances notwithstanding. The unwillingness to acknowledge the differences that exist between the peninsular and the north Borneo state means that Sabahan aspirations remain sidelined.

Sabah has never had many certainties in the Federation- and what we West Malaysian's take for 'lalang politics' is actually a desperate, 24/7 struggle on the part of Sabahans to get the best deal for their state. The way they have been treated means that loyalty can be hard to sustain and if things start going wrong economically, the reversal in fortunes could be swift.

Anwar Ibrahim and his Pakatan Rakyat have been pushing hard to turn Sabah over to their column. While they have had some success, the Opposition is still far away from a coherent Sabah strategy. Indeed, the Pakatan is equally peninsular-centric, but it has so far proven itself more flexible in these matters than BN.

Both Musa Aman and his party leaders in Kuala Lumpur will therefore be hard-pressed to keep Sabah on-side. The pressure will fall on the Chief Minister's shoulders to continue delivering growth. This in turn will depend on his effectiveness in lobbying for his state in the face of requests from elsewhere in the Federation.

While the Prime Minister of the day will probably have to accede to Sabah's demands, it would perhaps also be wise for Kota Kinabalu to start developing a strategic geo-political and economic plan that places Sabah at the heart of the Nusantara. The state can act as a gateway between the rich and large consumer markets of North Asia and the provinces of Eastern Indonesia.

Sabah, therefore, will be 2009's 'battleground' state. Umno needs, if it hopes to maintain its successes there, to backtrack on its extremist stance and win the hearts and minds of all the state's peoples. Failure to do so will mean that Sabah will no longer be able- or willing- to 'save' it like it has in the past.


Source : (By KARIM RASLAN/ MySinchew)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sabah (North Borneo) Where You Can See In Pictures Only.

KK in the 1960s


KG Air Jesselton 1950s



These pictures are compilation from various sources available in the public domain.

These are scenery of Sabah in the years gone by, only pictures could describe the nostalgic feeling when looking at the pictures.

For the Sabahan, these pictures will be the only link to Sabah(North Borneo) past.




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History - Sabah (North Borneo) Part 1


North Borneo was an independent state and British protectorate under the sovereign British North Borneo Company from 1882-1946, and subsequently a crown colony of the United Kingdom from 1946-1963. It is located on the northeastern end of the island of Borneo. It is now the state of Sabah, East Malaysia.

History

State of North Borneo

In 1865, the United States Consul to Brunei, Charles Lee Moses, obtained a 10-year lease for the territory of North Borneo from the Sultan of Brunei. However, the post-Civil War United States wanted nothing to do with Asian colonies, so Moses sold his rights to the Hong Kong-based American Trading Company of Borneo owned by Joseph William Torrey, Thomas Bradley Harris, Tat Cheong and possibly other Chinese merchants. Torrey began a settlement at the Kimanis River mouth, which he named Ellena. Attempts to find financial backing for the settlement were futile, and disease, death and desertion by the immigrant labourers led to the abandonment of the settlement towards the end of 1866.



With the imminent termination of the lease at hand in January 1875, Torrey managed to sell his rights to the Consul of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Hong Kong, Baron Von Overbeck. Von Overbeck managed to get a 10-year renewal of the lease from the Temenggong of Brunei, and a similar treaty from the Sultan of Sulu on January 22, 1878. To finance his plans for North Borneo, Overbeck found financial backing from the Dent brothers (Alfred and Edward). However, he was unable to interest his government in the territory. After efforts to sell the territory to Italy for use as a penal colony, Von Overbeck withdrew in 1880, leaving Alfred Dent in control. Dent was supported by Sir Rutherford Alcock, and Admiral Sir Harry Keppel.




In July 1881, Alfred Dent and his brother formed the British North Borneo Provisional Association Ltd and obtained an official Royal Charter November 1 the same year. In May 1882, the British North Borneo Chartered Company replaced the Provisional Association. Sir Rutherford Alcock became the first President, and Alfred Dent became Managing Director. In spite of some diplomatic protests by the Dutch, Spanish and Sarawak governments, the British North Borneo Company proceeded to organize settlement and administration of the territory. The company subsequently acquired further sovereign and territorial rights from the sultan of Brunei, expanding the territory under control to the Putatan river (May 1884), the Padas district (November 1884), the Kawang river (February 1885), the Mantanani islands (April 1885), and additional minor Padas territories (March 1898).




The Company established a foundation for economic growth in North Borneo by restoring peace to a land where piracy and tribal feuds had grown rampant. It abolished slavery and set up transport, health and education services for the people. Chinese immigrants were wooed to boost the small population of less than 100,000. Through the combined effort of the locals and immigrants, towns, farms, a timber industry, tobacco and rubber plantations began to thrive.

In 1888, North Borneo became a protectorate of Great Britain , but its administration remained entirely in the hands of the British North Borneo Company, with the crown reserving only control of foreign relations.

From 1890-1905 the British government placed the colony of Labuan under the administration of North Borneo.

The Company's rule in North Borneo had great impact on the development of the region. Although was generally peaceful, the local population occasionally resented the imposition of taxes and the loss of land to European plantations. The most serious resistance was the Mat Salleh (Mahomet Saleh) War from 1894-1900, and the Rundum Uprising by the Murut in 1915.

The Chartered Company's system of administration was based on standard British colonial administration structures, with the land divided into Residencies, and sub-divided into Districts. Initially, there were only two Residencies: East Coast and West Coast, with Residents based at Sandakan and Jesselton respectively. Each Residency was divided into Provinces, later known as Districts, which were run by District Officers. By 1922, there were five Residencies to accommodate new areas that were opened up for development. These were the West Coast, Kudat, Tawau, Interior and East Coast Residencies. These Residencies were in turn divided into 17 Districts.

Under this system, British held top posts, while native chiefs managed the people at grassroots level. This was not a conscious attempt by the British to instil indirect rule but a convenient arrangement for the District Officers who were unfamiliar with local customs and politics.

The British North Borneo Company effectively ruled until January 1, 1942. Japanese forces occupied Sabah from 1942-1945. The North Borneo Armed Constabulary with only 650 men hardly provided any resistance to slow down the Japanese invasion. During Japanese military occupation, the Europeans were interned, public services ceased to exist, and there were widespread poverty, disease and malnutrition.

In June 1945 the Australian 9th Division landed in Brunei and liberated much of North Borneo before the end of the war. North Borneo was placed under British Military Administration until restoration of civil government on July 15, 1946.

The British North Borneo Company did not have the financial resources to reconstruct North Borneo after the destruction of World War II. The major towns had been razed to the ground by allied bombing, and the infrastructure of North Borneo was in total devastation. The British North Borneo Company decided to sell its interests to the British government. The territory was placed under control of the colonial office, and became a British crown colony on July 15, 1946 together with islands of Labuan. The destruction of the former capital Sandakan was so complete that Jesselton was chosen as the new post-war capital. The colonial system of administration was in most ways similar rule during the Company era, retaining the same Residency and District structure; however, as a result of this change in status, North Borneo had access to British government funds for reconstruction.


A Governor and Commander-in-Chief was appointed to administer the colony of North Borneo with the assistance of an Advisory Council consisting of three ex-officio members: a Chief Secretary, the Attorney-General, and the Financial Secretary, together with other members both official and unofficial whom the Governor chose to appoint. In 1950, the Advisory Council was replaced by the Executive and Legislative Councils.

The Executive Council functioned as a Cabinet and was headed by the Chief Secretary. In addition to the Attorney General and the Financial Secretary, it consisted of two officials and four nominated members. The Governor presided at the Executive Council meetings and he alone was entitled to submit questions to the Council.

The Legislative Council consisted of the Governor as President, the usual three ex-officio members, nine official members and ten nominated members.

The high-ranking administrative posts continued to be held by the British, and in fact, it was only in 1957 that the first non-European filled an administrative officer's post.

British North Borneo was granted self-government on August 31, 1963. A little over two weeks later, on 16 September 1963, the state united with Malaya, Sarawak and Singapore, forming the Federation of Malaysia.

Source from the public domain of Answer.com (Wikipedia-North Borneo) and the pictures are from various sources


This to keep the 2nd and the subsequent generation of Sabah informed of the History Of Sabah

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Operation Talkak - Must Read

Operation Talkak was carried out between 1990 and 1991 to crack down on opposition leaders in Sabah, Malaysia, and their alleged plans to secede the state from Malaysia. Seven men were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA). All seven men were leaders or prominent members the Kadazan Cultural Association (KCA), Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Sabah Foundation, and opposition party Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), and were placed under two-year detention orders.

Events leading up to Operation Talkak

February 1990
Jeffrey Kitingan, 42, director of IDS, younger brother of Chief Minister of Sabah Pairin Kitingan, is charged in a high court with seven counts of corruption. The corruption charges are in regards to the export of timber. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad denies that the Kitingan case is politically motivated.


July 1990
PBS calls for a 50-50 redistribution of revenue from Sabah's resources, particularly from crude oil. At the time, the distribution is 95-5, with 95% going to the federal government and 5% to Sabah. Sabah produces a fifth of Malaysia's total crude oil output.


October 1990
Four days before the general elections, PBS withdraws from Barisan Nasional (BN), and joins opposition party Semangat 46. According to Bernard Dompok, the relationship between PBS and BN had always been an uneasy one, since PBS came to power during the Sabah state elections in 1985.


Chronology of Events

May 1990
Damit Undikai, 54, PBS member and former Special Branch officer, is arrested by Special Branch police forces on May 18, for allegedly heading plans to secede Sabah from the Malaysian federation.

Albinus Yudah, 41, chief of security at Borneo Rest House, member of PBS and KCA, and former police constable, is arrested on May 25.

Benedict Topin, 37, PBS member, Executive Secretary of KCA, is arrested on May 25. The Malaysian police claims to have been monitoring him since 1987.


July 1990
Abdul Rahman Ahmad, 51, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sabah, is arrested on July 7.


January 1991
Maximus Ongkili, senior researcher and deputy chief director of IDS, nephew of Jeffrey Kitingan and Chief Minister of Sabah Pairin Kitingan, electoral press consultant to Pairin Kitingan during the 1990 Sabah state and national elections, is arrested on January 3.

Vincent Chung, manager of administration and personnel, Sabah Foundation, is arrested on January 19.

Pairin Kitingan, Chief Minister of Sabah, Huguan Siou (Supreme Chief) of the KCA, president of PBS, is pressed with corruption charges. Almost a year earlier, his brother Jeffrey Kitingan was pressed with similar charges.


March 1991
Maximus Ongkili is released unconditionally on March 2.


May 1991
Jeffrey Kitingan is arrested on May 13.

Source : from the public domain of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




Well the rest is now history, In just a short period of 45 years in Malaysia, Sabah from the richest state in the Federation of Malaysia with huge natural rouces like timber, Palm Oil, Fossil Oil is now the poorest state in Malaysia.


Average incomes are now among the lowest in Malaysia, and with a considerably higher cost of living than in West Malaysia. In 2000 Sabah had an unemployment rate of 5.6 per cent, the highest of any Malaysian state and almost twice the national average of 3.1 per cent. The state has the highest poverty level in the country at 16 per cent, more than three times the national average

Source : From the public domain of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


All 45 years Sabah was under the UMNOed BN Government except for a brief period.

Question, how can The UMNOed BN sucked Sabah dry until Sabah became the POOREST STATE IN THE FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Beautiful Sabah 5




These pictures are compilation from various sources. Beautiful serene scenery, where else but only in Sabah. Come visit the The Land Below The Wind.














Beautiful Sabah 4











These pictures are compilation from various sources.

These are just small sample of what your children and all future generation will never get see live. Only will be seen in my blog if Sabahan continue the indiscriminate clearing of our rainforest....