Saturday, May 31, 2014

Miri – the dynamic new capital city

A city with population of about 360,000, Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak; it is the dynamic oil town and has the potential to be Sarawak’s new capital city.

It’s fast becoming the ideal urban Centre should it continues along its path of balanced development which will overtake Kuching in every aspect in the near future.

"The way Miri city is developing, I think it will soon be the new capital of Sarawak!" said state Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem on Sunday May 18, 2014.

Miri created history by being the first non-capital city in the country to be accorded city status on May 20, 2005. It's a multi-racial city consisting of Iban, Chinese, Malay, Kedayan, Berawan, Lun Bawang, Melanau, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Penan and other indigenous groups. Many religions exist including tribal religions, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism. 
Located at Canada Hill as the top tourist attraction spot, the Grand Old Lady is the first oil well drilled by Shell in 1910 and was shut down in 1972 after a productive run with an estimated 660,000 barrels of oil drawn from the oil well. The sole right of mining oil in Miri by Sarawak Shell ended at 1954 when the onshore oil fields dried out.

Miri is the gateway to Mulu National Park, Niah National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park and Miri-sibuti coral reef National Park.

Tamu Muhibbah Market is a good place for marketing freshly local produce where all the local villages buy and sell here. The local produce including jungle produces, jungle ferns, wild animals, and fresh water prawns, fishes, spring chicken and handicrafts.

                                                                     Miri City


                                                                                    Miri View

                                                                     Miri Morning

Commercial Centre
                                                                           Beautiful View

                                                              Miri Resident Office

                                                              Miri Resident Office

                                                                   Commercial Centre

                       Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce

                                                                      Commercial Building


 Brooke Road

                                                                    Government Offices

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

GE14 lost with rejection of BN by Gen Y, warns Sabbaruddin Chik

Is it true that Barisan Nasional will lose Putrajaya in the coming 14th General election?

Barisan Nasional will lose Putrajaya in the 14th general election (GE14) if young voters remain unimpressed and its handling of issues such as corruption and transparency, warns former Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik.

He said the younger generation was no longer stupid, and Umno and BN were in for an unprecedented nightmare should Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his administration carry on without any meaningful reforms.

“In the next general election, I am worried that if we do nothing, we will face bigger problems... most of the Generation Y is not with us.”

The Election Commission (EC) said in 2013 that 70% of the estimated 4.2 million unregistered voters were between the ages of 21 and 40. Some 450,000 Malaysians turn 21 each year, the eligible voting age in the country.

Sabbaruddin did not rule out the possibility that BN would lose half the seats it managed to cling to in last year’s general election, which already saw the ruling coalition lose the popular vote in its worst polls showing in history.

“If there are no serious changes, we will lose half. Now, (we have lost the) two-thirds (majority),” said the veteran politician who served as the Umno secretary-general in 1996.

“Corruption, leakages and transparency must be emphasized,” he said, adding that these were the main factors behind the youths’ rejection of BN.

Young, first-time voters were vital in boosting the loose coalition of DAP, PKR and PAS’s presence in Parliament after the 2008 general election. The EC has registered 2.4 million new voters in 2013 or 30% of the electorate.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Kapit Town Square

Kapit town square is located right in front waterfront. It's a place for local people sitting around to increase social interaction.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Kapit retail attraction

Terasang Market in Kapit is the wet market place like no other in Sarawak that is always a busy place and retail attraction in a market economy.
It has almost everything we need as a central collecting point. This market is busy every morning, the local main place to get daily fresh goods like various kinds of local freshly plucked vegetables, fruits, household products, local cookies; wild caught freshwater fish and freshly killed wild animal meat and etc.

                                                                   Busy making sauce

                            Petty traders
                                                                   Local delight

                                                                                Local fruit

                                                                      Local delight

                                                                        Salted fish

                                                                             Salted fish

                                                                                Fresh fish


                                                                               Red banana

                                                                                        Fresh fruit

                                                                     Big pineapple

                                                                            Quail eggs

                                                                  Hottest Chilli

                                                                          Fresh water prawn

                                                                   Small market

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Cock Fighting in Sarawak

Sabung Manok is the traditional cock fighting in Sarawak. It's one of the popular activities which recognized as the culture for the Iban community. Unfortunately, I did not get an opportunity to see it during my last trip to Sarawak.

Often than not, cock fighting is popular as one of the ways for gambling. The owner makes a lot of efforts to train the cock in aggressive way as an investment. Like any other gambling, if the betting is for real money in large amount, he makes a lot of money when the cock wins.

The fighting cocks are wearing sharp razor blades fixed on their legs and the fight only end by the death of the weaker cock.

Although cock fighting is declared illegal as the fight is bloody, but it still existing as it has been recognized as the Iban culture for century on Gawai celebration.

                          Fighting cock
                                                                         Lock in the case

                           Tied up inside the begs