1. SARAWAK ENERGY, MINISTRY FOCUS ON RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
KUCHING: Sarawak Energy is working with the Utilities Ministry on accelerating the electrification of rural parts of the state.
Chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi said, the group’s major initiatives this year are to provide reliable, renewable and affordable electricity to the most remote communities in Sarawak.
Abdul Hamed who is pleased with the major achievements said the state domestic coverage is currently at 97 percent and they are targeting for 99 percent set for 2020, and full electrification by 2025.
In realizing its ambition of becoming a regional powerhouse, Abdul Hamed said Sarawak Energy was steadily progressing on the Borneo Grid initiative as part of the vision to have an Asian grid.
2. BETTER TO TEACH PRIMARY SCHOOL SCIENCE, MATHS IN MOTHER TONGUE
SIBU: Teaching Science and Mathematics using the mother tongue in primary schools will enable pupils to better absorb the subjects,
In stating his opinion, Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau Lee Ming referred to the quote made by the United Nations that school children will absorb knowledge easier if it is taught in the language most familiar to them.
He said the government should look into how to teach students effectively in the English language rather than using English to teach Maths and Science as part of the efforts to improve the English standard.
Providing an example for national schools which use Bahasa Melayu as a medium of instruction, Lau reiterated that the students will be able to absorb the knowledge better if the subjects are taught in their mother tongue.
3. 40 PCT OF SAMPLES TESTED ‘RABIES-POSITIVE’
KUCHING: Rabies remains a major problem in the state, as eight out of 20 samples received were tested positive for rabies by the State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory collected from Kuching, Bau, and Serian divisions.
According to Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) director Dr Adrian Susin Ambud, all positive cases were detected within a 10-kilometre radius of the designated rabies infected area where most of the animals found to be rabies positive were never vaccinated against the disease.
Therefore, DVSS urged the public to vaccinate all their dogs against rabies in order to protect their pets and family members.
Dr Adrian said DVSS would continue to conduct rabies eradication programme including mass vaccinations, awareness campaigns, surveillance and monitoring of the disease situation in Sarawak.