1. REQUEST TO BUILD SMART CITY IN SARAWAK
Hong Kong-based UN World Global Village Limited (UNWGVL) is keen to build a smart city in Sarawak.
A delegation led by UNWGVL director Lu Jinping and office manager We Weimin, paid a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia yesterday.
During the meeting, Lu introduced UNWGVL and expressed its request for the state government to provide it with an area of at least 300 square kilometres for the construction of a Smart City.
He explained that the project was targeted at a coastal area such as Miri, Bintulu or Limbang and would utilize the talents of scientists from all over the world as well as experts in the science and technology field.
Lu said if the Sarawak state government would give its fullest support to the project, UNWGVL will provide a fund for the first year of construction.
He added the construction of Smart City would take 15 years to complete.
2. SFVA CALLS FOR END TO FOREIGN VESSEL ENCROACHMENTS
Sarawak Fishing Vessels Association (SFVA) yesterday called for the government’s intervention in stopping the mushrooming of illegal fishing activities involving foreign boats and crews off Miri waters.
SFVA vice president Ling Kah Wei in an interview yesterday claimed that he and a few other fishermen had encountered more than 20 foreign boats fishing as close as seven nautical miles off Suai, near Sibuti.
Ling believes that the foreign boats are from Vietnam, saying they have been terrorizing local fishermen and causing losses to them.
When asked whether SFVA had lodged complaints on the illegal foreign fishing boats, Ling said he had lodged several to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) but the problem had yet to be resolved.
Ling added that he had also lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the matter.
3. ‘SUICIDAL CALLS’ ON THE RISE
In the first five months of this year, a non-profit organization The Befrienders received up to 141 ‘suicidal calls’ compared to 83 calls from Aug-Dec 2018.
Dr. Mirunaaleni Selvaraju, 33, a medical doctor from the state Health Department and an active volunteer with Befrienders Kuching, said since the establishment of the organization here in January 2018, and the operation of a suicide prevention hotline in August the same year, the number of calls had increased.
She said most of the callers were females and the highest prevalence was among those aged between 21 and 30. She added, almost one third reported that they had suicidal thoughts and five percent were at active risk of suicide
With the increase of these calls for help, Dr. Mirunaaleni stressed what was important is for the volunteers to listen to their callers and detect if they have suicidal thoughts.