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Good or bad - plenty of fish at village shore

Posted: 24 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

KOTA KINABALU: Thousands of fish splashed onto the shores of Kampung Tabisan in Sabah's eastern Lahad Datu district, sparking talk among the residents whether it was an omen of things to come.

The villagers rushed to scoop up the fish, locally known as Tamban. They were, however, divided whether it was a good or bad sign.

Suzila Abdullah, who runs a sundry shop in the village, said the phenomenon had been happening in the past three years.

"But it is different this time because the number of fish is exceptionally high. In the past, most would have been scooped up by the end of the day but today there is still a lot more left," she said when contacted yesterday.

Suzila said she believed that strong currents and waves caused the fish to come to shore during the current season but it only lasted about two or three days.

The villagers cooked the fish while some took it to Lahad Datu and other districts to sell them.

The Tamban fish is popular among the villagers.

Getting ready for the big do at Esplanade

Posted: 24 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

GEORGE TOWN: It's all systems go for the national-level Christmas open house at Esplanade today.

A check at the site showed that the stage has been configured in a way that the audience can get "close" to the performers.

Workers were busy putting some final touch-up to the setting while giant Christmas trees, snowmen and other decorative items have also been put up.

The performers, too, were seen rehearsing in order to put up a class act in front of a strong crowd that includes Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The public can also sample at least 20 local delights such as rojak, satay and apom at the open house which is scheduled to start from 10am to 6.30pm.

Istana Budaya assistant director (production) Hanida Mohamed Yusof said more than 200 performers had been roped in for the event.

"The musicians, dancers, singers and others are practising hard for the event.

"It will be two hours of non-stop fun-filled performances starting from 3pm," she said.

About 20,000 people are expected to turn up for the extravaganza today.

The Penang government is assisting the Tourism Ministry on the logistics, such as the venue, traffic and transport.

Light Street will be closed from 10am to 6.30pm during the celebration while free shuttle bus services would be available from 9am to 7pm today.

A host of activities has been lined up including cultural performances and exhibitions.

Focus on better Net services

Posted: 24 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

KEMAMAN: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry wants to improve the quality of telecommunication services by providing better infrastructure to cater to the rapid changes in wireless broadband services in the country.

Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the focus would not only be on the coverage but quality and speed of such services provided by telecommunication providers, in line with the increased demand for wireless broadband.

This is essential in providing faster Internet services to keep up with the rapid advancement in telecommunications, he added.

"Malaysia not only wants to achieve 100% penetration rate for Internet services but also targets to improve the quality of the services, especially in rural areas.

"In the past we only used telephones for conversation but now we use telephones to send and receive text messages, videos and pictures. It can also be used to send information related to health, weather and others.

"So we need more advanced services," he told reporters after handing out incentives to poultry farmers under the Azam Tani programme here yesterday.

He said the country needed to be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to cater for a surge in requirement for technology which had not only reached the 2G, 3G and 4G level but 5G now.

On the rapid development in digital TV broadcast services, Ahmad Shabery said infrastructure development projects for such needs would start by mid-2014. He said the digital systems would be tested first in the east coast states.

"The rationale in introducing the digital broadcast system in states like Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang is to provide an opportunity for places with less density to experience digital broadcast services before expanding to places with high density," he said.

Ahmad Shabery said the infrastructure development for such services would incur a cost of about RM1bil and is expected to be completed by 2017 before the Govern-ment decides to end analogue TV broadcast services by 2020. — Bernama

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