1. 82 ACRES BURNING AWAY
SRI AMAN: Fifth day of fire operation has been taken place yesterday to put out fires at Kampung STC, Sri Aman where 82 out of 133 acres were still burning.
Operation commander Tiong Ling Hii said 37 firemen and 14 members of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) were involved in the operation where they were divided into three sectors, each headed by Sekan Gundah, Thomas Umpang and Fazly.
According to Tiong, five excavators were being deployed adding that two prime movers and two fire trucks were used to extract water from Sungai Kejatau with the assistance of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Sri Aman.
The operation in Jalan Kejatau-Lingga bush fires, he said was temporarily suspended due to the firefighters wanted to focus on the Kampung STC fires which were threatening housing areas.
2. SARAWAK CAN BE NATION’S FOOD BASKET
KUCHING: The state government is urged to play a role in helping to reduce the country’s massive food import bill.
Philip Wong, the director of Sarawak Institute for Public Affairs said, too much money is wasted on food imports while at the same time the country is too dependent on oil palms and rubber trees.
Warning that this scenario has placed Malaysia in a “very unhealthy situation”, he said Sarawak can play a critical role here with its massive landbank, arguing that the state’s vast traits of agricultural land can become the food basket of the nation.
Therefore he urged the government to parcel out the state lands and sell to those farmers that are willing and capable to utilize these lands for productive use.
3. MOONCAKE FESTIVAL POSTPONED
SIBU: Mooncake festival is postponed until further notice due to the “very unhealthy” haze condition in Sibu.
According to organising secretary of Mooncake Festival gathering, Thomas Tiang, the postponement is necessary as schools in the division have all been directed to close from yesterday and to carry out any activity during the time will be health risky.
Jointly organised by JKKK Jalan Diong Kik, SJKC Dung Sang and Shiuan Daw Methodist Church, the gathering’s patron is Kapitan Lau Kiu Seng.
Lau said the annual event normally attracted 500 to 700 residents along Deshon Road and Oya Road as well as pupils of Dung Sang and the members of Shiuan Daw Methodist Church.