Go for regular health screening

SIBU: The public has been advised to go for regular health screening so that they will know the status of their health.

Speaking at a Health Screening Awareness Campaign in conjunction with the World Diabetes Day 2019 Celebration yesterday, Sibu MP Oscar Ling said one could prevent illnesses like diabetes from getting worse if they were detected early.

The half-day campaign at the Central Market here was jointly organised by the Sibu Parliamentary Constituency Service Centre, Sibu Hospital, Sibu Division Health Department, Sibu Division Dentistry Department and Sarawak Midwives Association Sibu Branch.

About 500 people participated in the campaign which was aimed at educating the public on early prevention and detection of diabetes, and also to allows for early treatment of the disease.

According to Ling, a woman who came for the campaign was shocked to discover that she had diabetes.

“All the while this woman thought that she was healthy. She has been referred to Sibu Hospital for further action,” he added.

Ling said if diabetes was not detected early, it could result in patients having to amputate their limbs and the disease might also affect other organs.

He also advised the public to refrain from consuming too much sugar as doing so might cause them to have diabetes.

“Do not consume too much of white rice as research has shown that it is one of the major causes of diabetes,” he added.

On the campaign, he said it would be held again next year due to the encouraging response.

Good response from the public to the Sibu Health Screening Awareness Campaign.

“Pakatan Harapan is concern with the health of the people. It has instituted the Mysalam platform which also aimed to create awareness on the importance of one’s health,” he added.

The actual World Diabetes day is celebrated on November 4 every year. However, it was only organised here yesterday so as to encourage the participation of the public.

Activities organised during the campaign include: exhibition booth of information regarding diabetes mellitus and HIV, free blood sugar level checking, screening for pulmonary tuberculosis, dental examination, mental health screening and blood pressure monitoring with counseling sessions.

There was also a demonstration on preparation of diabetic food by dietitian during the event. Doctors, dental officers, pharmacists, dietitians and diabetes educators were there to provide counseling during the campaign.

Among those present was director of Sibu Hospital, Dr Ngian Hie Ung.

Man killed in collision with lorry

SIBU: A 38-year-old man was killed after his four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle collided head-on with a lorry in Kapit on Saturday.

The deceased was identified as Collin Minggu from Rumah Lapek Sungai Yong, Kapit.

According to the State Fire and Rescue Department, the accident happened at about 5.30pm along the Siew Gin intersection.

At the time of the incident, the victim was heading from Kapit bazaar towards Bleteh while the lorry was travelling in the opposite direction.

“The collision happened when the 4WD made a sudden turn towards the direction of the lorry.

“The lorry driver,46, upon noticing the incoming vehicle, immediately hit the brakes to avoid the collision, but to no avail,” the statement said.

Collin succumbed to his injuries while his passenger aged 22, sustained minor injuries.

The occupants of the lorry, aged between 29 and 51, managed to escape unharmed.

The case is being investigated under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act 1987.

The damaged 4WD after the collision.

Biggest Sibu Tower Run next year

SIBU: The 2020 Sibu Tower Run will be the biggest ever event organised by Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI) Alumni Association. It plans to accept 1,000 participants instead of 300 as in previous years. The event, hosted by Sibu Municipal Council, will take place at 6am on March 8 at Wisma Sanyan, currently the tallest building in the state with 28 floors.

Organising chairman Councillor Mohammed Abdullah Izkandar said that since Malaysia Towerruning Association was sanctioning it for the first time, the usual 5km run around the town square had been scrapped.

“Previously, the participants had to do a 5km run first before climbing the staircase of Wisma Sanyan which has a total of 627 steps. But now, they will immediately climb up the building,” explained Mohammed at a press conference here yesterday.

He continued that a medical team will be stationed on every floor of the building instead of a team on every three floors.

In addition to that, all participants will wear an individual timing chip to record their finishing time and determine who is among the top 30 for the four categories.

Mohammed added that Asia’s No. 1 tower runner, Soh Wai Ching  would be the ambassador for the run for the second time. Soh, who is currently the world’s No. 2, will be conducting a trial run here next month.

Mohammed (third left) with Ting (fourth left) and other councillors showing the promotional poster for the 2020 Sibu Tower Run.

“We are using the run to raise funds for 23 poor students of MPI who need a total of RM70,000 for their studies,” he explained.

The run is divided into Men and Women’s Open, Men and Women’s Veteran. The champion of each category stands to receive RM800 and a trophy, second place wins RM400 and trophy, third place (RM300 and trophy), fourth and fifth place winners (RM100) and sixth to 10th place winners (RM50).

Early birds will enjoy a discount of RM10 as the normal participation fee is RM70. Late registration is priced at RM80.

The early bird registration ends November 30, normal registration December 1 to January 31 while late entry is from February 1 to 15.

To register, one has to download the JomRun form from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Among those present at the press conference was SMC chairman Councillor Clarence Ting.

Pasar Tamu, bin centre ready by early 2020

SIBU: A Pasar Tamu and a bin centre will be built for the people staying next to Lanang Bridge in Sungai Assan here. The centre is expected to be ready by early next year.

Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) deputy chairman Robert Lau Hui Yew said that the bin centre was necessary so that motorists have a proper place to discard their rubbish.

“We have received many complaints from the people that this place is always filled with rubbish. We also found out that most of the motorists who use this road are from Kuching and Sarikei,” he pointed out at a mass cleaning campaign here yesterday.

Lau stressed that with the bin centre, it would help keep the place clean and tidy as outsiders would have a place to throw their rubbish.

“The bin centre together with the Pasar Tamu will be built this month,” he said, adding that both projects would be ready for use by January next year.

On the rationale for the Pasar Tamu, he explained that it would house the many individual native traders along the stretch of road leading to the bridge.

“There are many individual stalls but they don’t have a proper system to operate their businesses,” he said.

Lau also gave some advice to parents with school-going children.

“There is a Chinese saying ‘If you plant a tree, in 10 years you will be able to see it bear fruits. But you will need 100 years for human being. This is because it is more difficult and more time is needed to nurture children to become a better person,” he said, urging parents to keep tab on their children’s education.

He explained that children need to read to widen their knowledge. “I can promise to give free books to them to read as only with education, can they grow up to become successful individuals.”

Lau (front row, third left) with the villagers before a mass cleaning campaign.

Support Warriors Day fund call

SIBU: The public are urged to show their gratitude to former navy personnel who sacrificed their lives for the sovereignty of the country by contributing to the Warriors Day fund.

Dudong assemblyman Datuk Tiong Thai King said ex-navy personnel had sacrificed their lives to protect the sovereignty of the country.

“Some of them have perished while defending the country while some become persons with disability as they have lost their limbs. Due to their sacrifices, there is peace, harmony and stability in the country,” he said at the 12th Delegates Conference of Malaysian Navy Veteran Association yesterday,

The association, together with the Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Association, is currently soliciting for public donation for the fund.

About 200 delegates from Sarawak, Kedah, Selangor, Penang, Pahang, Kelantan, Perlis, Melaka, Terengganu, Johore, and Labuan attended the one-day conference.

Tiong (centre) receives a souvenir from Ling as Imran looks on.

Tiong wanted the public to contribute to the fund which was for the welfare of the veterans, especially those suffering from the loss of their limbs. The fund is also to assist in their children’s education.

“I also hope the government will always be committed in supporting the veterans,” said Tiong who later contributed RM10,000 to the association.

The association’s national president Senator Mohd Imran Abdul Hamid also urged all elected representatives to support the Warriors Day fund.

Chairman for the state body, Thomas Ling urged all members to remain united.

“Avoid harping on political, racial and religious sentiments in the association. Whether you are from the state or national body, you must continue to be committed to serving in your respective association for the benefit of the members,” he added.

Sabah teachers win Sibu Marathon

SIBU: Two teachers from Sabah yesterday stole the limelight at the Sibu Marathon 2019 by capturing the Men and Women’s Open 42KM.

Sapirin,39, from Kundasan, Sabah, who was competing in the marathon for the first time, captured the first position with a time of three hours. He ran faster by eight minutes to beat Chong Yen Boon to second place.

Tan Jit Ping came third with a time of 3 hours and 12 minutes.

Sapirin said he had been involved in long distance running since his school days.

“As I was busy with my teaching job, I did not have enough time to do much preparation. But I am fit as running has been my forte for the past 20 years,” he said, adding he would defend his title next year.

Meanwhile, Women’s Open 42KM winner, Mailin Sumping felt that the absence of foreign participants made the event less competitive.  The 2017 Sibu marathon saw runners from African countries grabbing most of the top positions.

“There is less challenge for us this time. I competed in the last marathon where the presence of African runners really pushed me to the limit to achieve the best result,” said Mailin, 41, a teacher of SMK Kota Belut.

The Sibu Marathon incidentally was where she twice broke her personal best time of three-hour and 56 minutes.  She ran four times a week to prepare for the marathon.

Winners of the Men and Women’s Open and Veteran categories received the same prize money.

The champion received RM2,000, second place winner RM1,500 and third place winner RM1,000.

A total of RM50,000 in prize money was given out for all categories which included fourth to 10th position winners.

68-year old Kim Hing Lee, who captured the Men’s Veteran 21KM, was happy to win it despite failing to break his personal best of one hour and 23 minutes. His time was one hour 24 minutes.

Kim from Miri, who retired 10 years ago as an electrician in Brunei, said, “I did not do serious training for this event but I was as usual running 5-8km daily to keep fit.”

Prizes were given away by Datin Seri Annie Wong, a director of the main sponsor, WTK Holdings. The event was organised by Sibu Municipal Council.

Sapirin receiving his Men’s Open 42KM prize from Wong.

Full result:

Men’s Open 42KM

  1. Sapirin Sumping       2. Chong Yen Boon       3. Tan Jit Ping

Women’s Open 42KM

  1. Mailin Salungin 2. Rebecca James Juat 3. Jennifer Yeo

Women’s Open 21KM

  1. Siaw Khim Tho  2. Su Lian Tiing     3. Christabel Lim

Men’s Veteran 42KM

  1. Mohd Rashid Rahim 2. Joon Kien Liew 3. Wong Chii Kai

Women’s Veteran 42KM

  1. Bee Hong Ewe 2. May Lai Siew Seng 3. Ping Huong Wong

Men’s Veteran 21KM

  1. Kim Hing Lee 2. Mohd Sharif Mohd Ekbar

Women’s Veteran 21KM

  1. Lee Leh Ha  2. Mee Eng Ling 3. Yieng Nyuk Hii
The top three Women’s Open 42KM winners (squatting from left) Rebecca, Mailin and Yeo showing their prize.

Racer breaks leg avoiding floating wood

KANOWIT: A 36-year-old power boat racer sustained a severe injury to his right leg during the Kanowit powerboat race here yesterday.

Kanowit OCPD Dep Supt Tega Bilong revealed that the victim was one of the 13 powerboat racers who were competing in the first leg of the 50hp category at 9.30am at the Rejang River fronting Kanowit town.

“After the powder gun was fired to start the race, all racers sped to the first buoy.

“The victim, Sarahan Juhan, was trying to avoid floating pieces of wood when his boat was rammed from behind by another boat.

“Following the collision, the victim’s right leg was broken and he was rushed to Kanowit Hospital for treatment,” he said.

The two boats were badly damaged and beyond repair.

The Sarawak Rivers Board had earlier certified that the river was safe for the race.

The victim being stretchered off by rescue personnel after the collision.

Caught with pants down

Man bashed up for having affair with married woman

SIBU: A 21-year-old shop assistant was assaulted by a group of men for allegedly having an affair with a woman whom he thought was single.

The victim and the woman were caught by the woman’s husband at 10.56pm on Thursday in a hotel room at Jalan Foochow here.

Two men who came with the woman’s husband assaulted the victim who sustained injuries on his body, face and chest.

The victim got acquainted with the 20-year-old woman who is a supermarket cashier on social media three months ago. He claimed he was not aware that the woman was married.

Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit confirmed the case when contacted and said both the victim and woman had been brought in for questioning.

“The victim claimed that RM2,400 which was in a bag was snatched by the group of men in his hotel room,” he added.

Stanley said the victim did not report the matter to the police as he was scared of being further assaulted by the men.

The case is being investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code for voluntary causing hurt.

Sibu High Court orders Council to let hawkers return

SIBU: The Sibu High Court has quashed an April decision by Kanowit District Council to terminate the trading licences of hawkers at the council’s multipurpose market.

The court yesterday also made a decision to allow the hawkers to return and continue to trade at the venue.

The secretary of the council had on April 24 this year stopped all hawkers from trading at the venue, notifying them to vacate the premises within three days.

The council had warned that all licences issued had been revoked and terminated, and hawkers who chose to continue trading there would be blacklisted.

It further threatened the confiscation of goods and equipment, and that it would not be responsible for losses incurred.

It was revealed that the Kanowit District Council had entered into an agreement with a company called Nam Leong Sdn Bhd to lease the market to the latter to operate a supermarket there.

The hawkers were forcibly evicted and they had since approached Kanowit PKR chief George Chen for legal assistance.

Five hawkers namely Nisi Gasing, Tan Jing Hong, Lu Kwong, Hu Suk Tin and Fatimah Abdullah subsequently filed for an application for Judicial Review at the High Court of Sibu on May 17.

The five were representing more than 100 other hawkers trading in and within the vicinity of the market.

Leave for Judicial Review was granted by Judicial Commissioner Lim Hock Leng on June 24.

In his decision yesterday morning, Lim ruled that the tenure of the licenses issued by the Kanowit District Council was to run from Jan, 1 2019 to Dec 31, 2019, that the explicit statement and issuance of the licenses gave rise to a legitimate expectation on the part of the licensees to continue trading until at least Dec 31.

The court granted an order to quash the decision of the respondent vide its letter dated April 24, and an order permitting the applicants and other licensed traders to return and continue to trade at the premises until Dec 31, or such period as stated in their licenses.

The five plaintiffs were represented by Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, Jeffery Mok and Chai Pei Chen.

The secretary of the Kanowit District Council was represented by state legal officer Lonie Pinda.

Some of the hawkers celebrating the court’s decision.

Woman’s leap of dignity

SIBU: A woman injured her hands and legs when she jumped from the first floor of her rented room in a building at Jalan Tan Sri in an attempt to escape from a man who had raped her.

In the 8am incident yesterday, the 25-year-old woman who is a hotel worker, was raped by a man who was once her neighbour.

After the rape, she struggled free and jumped down from the building.

A team of civil defence force personnel, upon being informed by the police, brought an ambulance to the place at 8.11am and gave first-aid treatment to the woman before taking her to hospital.

The woman’s clothes were torn and there were injury marks on her face, believed to have been inflicted during the rape.

Sibu OCPD, Assistant Commissioner Stanley Jonathan Ringgit confirmed the case when contacted.

He said a 22-year old unemployed man had been arrested three hours later at another place in connection with the alleged rape.

“He was arrested at 11.15am when he tried to jump down from the second floor of a hotel at Jalan Pahlawan to evade the police,” he said.

Stanley said the suspect was wanted by Kuching police in connection with another crime.

The rape case is being investigated under Section 376 of the Penal Code.