Saturday, October 9, 2010



I am copying the whole article from The Star newspaper just to share with all of you out there. Even though it was described as shocking but I am quite sure that the outside world will interpret it as a disaster waiting to happen. There are lots of bad press about Sarawak outside Malaysia. Whether it is about illegal loggings, totalitarian leaders, corruptions, exploitations and many more.

Maybe many of us done believe it but I was also in shock when I read one of the article about Sarawak in the National Geographic Magazine some where last year that was portrayed as very bad and of course embarrassing. I hope this can be a good call for all those concern about this state that we all know is rich with all the resources but remain somehow a bit lacking behind comparing with the peninsula state.

Obviously, something must be wrong somewhere. This is total disaster. We are talking about 50KM of logging debris not 50 meters and we are talking about the big and wide Sarawak river.

Come on..Please do something

SIBU: Logs and debris, stretching for 50km on the Rajang river, reached Sibu town at about 10am yesterday leaving many people shocked by the scale of what is turning out to be an environmental disaster. “This is unprecedented and beyond imagination,” Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said after assessing the situation at the Express Passenger Boat Terminal in the morning.

According to a statement from the Natural Resources and Environment Board, the source of these logs and debris were from the Baleh River and its tributaries above Kapit. Several days of heavy rain earlier this week in Putai and Nu ngun in upper Baleh had caused a massive landslide which brought down the logs and debris into the rivers. The high water level and swift current in Baleh River and its tributaries also washed the logs and debris along their banks.

Passage hindered: An express passenger boat trying to weave its way through the logs in the Rajang river as it leaves Sibu.

Wong said it was a serious natural disaster which had caught both the public and government off guard. “We haven’t started to calculate the amount of losses and the damage caused,” he said, adding that once the logs and debris had made their way out of Sibu, the authorities would start to check the foundation of the urin and Lanang bridges. It was estimated by a sawmill manager that the volume of the logs and debris would be more than 300,000m3. The situation was worse around noon when the whole area at the confluence of the Rajang and Igan rivers was completely logjammed. Most of the logs and debris flowed down the Rajang while some of them flowed to the Igan.

The map explains the events leading up to the logjam.

The Malay villages which were built on stilts on the right bank of the Igan were fortunate to escape calamity as the logs and debris flowed near the opposite bank. Meanwhile, Land Development Minister Datuk Seri James Masing blamed unscrupulous timber companies for the disaster. He travelled up the river to Kapit yesterday and was disturbed by what he saw. “There is still a lot of debris, making travel unsafe. There are also dead fish in the river. It’s an ecological disaster,” Masing, the Baleh assemblyman, told The Star.

He said that this was the third time in three years – the first was in 2008 at Sungai Gat and the second in Sungai Tunoh last year – that such an incident had happened and he feared that it would have far-reaching implications on the state, particularly on the timber industry. He said the state government had laid down rules for logging but what was happening clearly showed that the rules were not being followed.

“I have gone around the world telling people that we are doing logging correctly. Now this happens. What will people think of us? We must take action against these unscrupulous timber companies.” He said the authorities concerned must take their job more seriously and enforce the laws stringently

Friday, October 8, 2010



My first entry for the month and I would like to start it with one of a very interesting experience that I encountered recently. May be not that significant for many but for me it is very near to the heart and should be a concern to all too. As my daily activities goes, counselling, negotiating, teaching and many other thing is just part and parcel as a professional like me. As a Muslim, everything that I tell my client must be something that as accurate as possible and I am trying as best as I can not to make any empty promises or false hope.

As a Muslim too, Insya Allah is a must when you try to relay your messages and I, will always try to say it whenever I see my Muslim client. InsyaAllah is a word that should be use with the highest regards to the God and I dare not using it if I just trying to play around and not being serious. Not to say that I am good but it is just a way of respect to the word.

When I use the words recently to one of my client, I was a speechless when the client ask me back "InsyaAllah? are you sure or not? Because this involves thousand of our money for a flight ticket". I was speechless because I certainly know what is the reason why the client ask me back in that way even though the client is a Muslim. I know that in our daily live many of us not using this words seriously. Most of us use the words just to buy time or as a polite way to say 'no' or 'never'. I am sure that many of us out there will be a bit sceptical when someone give an answer of 'InsyaAllah'.

Not that we don't believe the words but it is because we are using it wrongly for a long time. InsyaAllah is not use a word of commitment. It is not use to say that we are 100% depend to Allah. It is not use to say that everything is with Allah's permission. At the end of the day the soul of the words become empty and for many, meaningless.

In this secular world, we should start to use this word as it is supposed to mean. This is our prayer and a way to remind us that everything in our life is under Allah's permission whether it will happen or not. It is a way to bring us to the reality that we have God and stop our over reliance of human ability that is definitely Allah's. Instill the spirit of every single thing in our life is depend on Allah and why not we start with the proper usage of the word INSYAALLAH:)