1.TYT’s 83rd Birthday Celebration Goes To Plan
MIRI: In Miri, the celebration of Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud’s 83rd Birthday Celebration went smoothly and glorious as planned, receiving an approximately 1,000 spectators.
The arrival of the Governor of Sarawak this morning was honourably welcomed by the Royal Salute from the Guard of Honour, followed by the singing of Sarawak State anthem; Ibu Pertiwiku and 17 rounds of artillery fire and cross-honors from helicopter units.
Tun Taib then inspected the contingent teams participating in the parade, where a total of 83 contingents from government and private agencies participated in it.
Among the highlights of the celebration which captured the attention of spectators was the
gimmick performance of 800 Human Graphic forming the year 1936 and the number 83, which is synonymous with the TYT’s 83rd birthday celebration.
2.Sabah Receives Larger Allocation Than Sarawak. Why?
KUCHING: Moving on to Budget 2020. It has been cleared that the budget has seen Sabah being given much larger allocation compared to Sarawak, which is the largest state in Malaysia.
Such announcement was questioned by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Parliamentary Whip Chief Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, describing the budget as sounding beautiful on the surface that it continues to differentiate Sarawak and Sabah.
This is evident in the special gift rate received by Sarawak which is only RM64 million compared to the rate received by Sabah which is RM106.8 million.
Stressing that federal government has disrespected the spirit of MA63, Fadhillah predicted that the vision to bridge the development gap between Sarawak, Sabah and the Peninsula would not be possible in the near future especially in terms of infrastructure.
3.Sarawak-Brunei travel made easy
MIRI: On another matter, travelling between Sarawak and Brunei is now hassle-free with the launch of the Vehicle Monitoring System (VMS).
Tourism, Arts and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting expressed his delight with the system, saying it would help ease traffic movement, as well as entering and exiting Sarawak.
He was also optimistic that the system would help boost tourist arrivals to Sarawak, especially from Brunei.
The VMS had been on a trial run since June 25 at the Sungai Tujoh ICQS which centred its focus on non-Malaysians and Malaysians holding permanent resident status of any country where vehicle owners are required to have their vehicle’s Quick Response (QR) code