1. MA63 STEERING COMMITTEE: AGENDA STILL UNKNOWN
KUCHING: The agenda for the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Steering Committee meeting scheduled this Monday (Nov 18) is not known yet.
Stating this, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali nonetheless hoped that the meeting would discuss matters relating to the state sales tax on petroleum products, which Petronas was due to pay.
Previously on Sept 5, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said that the MA63 taskforce had submitted a final report to the prime minister, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and all Steering Committee members for review on Aug 31.
However, Abang Zohari refrained from commenting, saying there were still many more meetings to come.
2. NO HURRY TO REVISIT BARAM DAM YET
KUCHING: The Sarawak government has no plans to revisit the Baram hydroelectric dam yet, but has other alternatives in place to ensure sufficient power supply.
Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said there are better ways to get sufficient power supply through existing dams, cascading dams, and having floating solar systems.
“As the late Tok Nan (former chief minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) said, it is moratorium. We hold it (Baram dam) unless there is really a need for us to go into it.
“But we cannot look at development at a static manner. Unless there is a demand, then we will work out what is best for us to do and indulge in,”
Responding to another question whether there is a need to build more dams as Sarawak is going to supply more power to Sabah and Indonesia, Dr Rundi said there is no need to reopen the Baram dam or relook to having more hydro dams, as power supply is still sufficient at the moment.
He added, the Bakun hydro dam and the new Baleh dam will be able to generate the energy that is required for domestic usage and for export.
3. PUPPET PARADE IN KUCHING EARNS SPOT IN THE MALAYSIA BOOK OF RECORDS
KUCHING: A total of 630 puppeteers turned up in a single puppet parade in front of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) building earlier today earned a spot in The Malaysia Book of Records for ‘Most Number of Puppeteers in a Puppet Parade’.
World Puppet Carnival Asian Continental Director and parade organizer Gerald Goh said this was something that has never been done before and expressed his thanks to everyone who contributed to the creation of the new record.
The parade today has attracted around 2,000 participants, with 630 registered with puppets.
The puppeteers who participated were given certificates by The Malaysia Book of Records to acknowledge their role in creating the record.