Friday, October 31, 2008

Bario Highlands: Kelabits want access

Kelabits want access
By Stephen Then
Friday October 31, 2008

MIRI: The minority Kelabit community in the Bario highlands of northern Sarawak will ensure that the building of a 300km mountain-logging road will not destroy the terrain’s ecosystem, said the Kelabit National Association.

Part of the Bario highlands, located near the Sarawak-Kalimantan border, had been alienated for selective logging, said association president Gerawat Gala.

He said the logging project had the blessings of his community members who lived all over the highlands.

They had given approval to timber giant Samling Corporation to manage this long, winding logging road from the summit of Bario to Miri, said Gala.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Borneo Highlands Resort Bird Watching

Bird watchers enthralled by exotic species at mini bird race event
By Sharon Ling
Photos by Rapee Kawi
Tuesday October 28, 2008

BIRD lovers flocked to the Borneo Highlands Resort near here recently to take part in an inaugural bird watching competition.

Dubbed the “Mini Bird Race”, the event was organised by the resort and the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) to promote bird watching and bird conservation in Sarawak.

Look at that: Participants at the bird watching event at Borneo Highland Resort.
Look at that: Participants at the bird watching event at Borneo Highland Resort.

Sixteen teams of two people each participated in the race, which took place on the jungle and mountain trails around the resort.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The best thing of Smokehouse Hotel and Restaurant

The best thing
By Clara Chooi
Saturday October 25, 2008

You can get a taste of ye olde England in Cameron Highland’s colonial-styled Smokehouse Hotel.

IT is not often that I am rendered speechless, least of all by a tourist destination in my own country, but the words failed me when I stepped into the Smokehouse Hotel.

I wondered if I had just stepped back in time.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Genting Highlands Safari Discotheque

Genting Highlands - City of Entertainment
Friday October 24, 2008

KL-ites looking for a change from the usual KL party scene can opt for a short trip up to Genting - City Of Entertainment as the hilltop resort is revived with the Hip Hop and R&B sounds of one of KL’s hottest, DJ Augie! Best known in the party circuit for integrating the energy of hip-hop and reggaetton, interweaved with the soulful depth of R&B. He will be spinning his brand of music at Genting Hotel’s Safari Discothèque together with resident deejay - DJ Komodo, nightly. Safari Discotheque is open from 9pm - 3am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. On Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays the discotheque closes at 4am. Admission on weekdays are RM25 (House Guest) / RM30 (Walk-In Guest. Ladies get in free. Admission on Saturday are RM30 (House Guest) / RM35 (Walk-In Guest) with free entry for ladies until midnight. For inquiries, contact the resort’s general line at 603 6101 1118 or visit --- The Star

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

British RAF Douglas Dakota KM630 crashed 1950

Police trying to trace kin of trio killed in 1950 crash
By Ian McIntyre and C.A. Zulkifle
Wednesday October 22, 2008

GUA MUSANG: Police are seeking the help of Malaysians to trace the next-of-kin of three citizens who perished when a British Royal Air Force (RAF) Douglas Dakota KM630 crashed in 1950.

The military aircraft, which crashed in the Kuala Betis-Cameron Highlands area, was on a mission to identify communist hideouts.

The information obtained by the police museum division has been sketchy and incomplete, hampering efforts to trace the surviving relatives of the three Malaysians, killed alongside eight British air force and army officers.

The three were Royal Federation of Malaya police constable Mohamad Abdul Lalil @ Jalil, service number 9364; an unnamed orang asli; and a civilian Yaakup Mamat, who was an officer with the Kelantan government.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Malaysian travel style

Malaysian travel style
Saturday October 18, 2008

Online accommodation website discovers that Malaysian travellers are sociable and adventurous.

Malaysian travellers don’t like to skimp on accommodation, love pampering and want to explore new places when they travel, according’s survey of more than 200 respondents.

According to Malaysian manager, Rani Vaithlingim, “Malaysians are keen travellers and increasingly book their accommodation through, so we wanted to find out exactly what they look for when they travel.

“It was great to see how adventurous and easy-going most respondents are and encouraging to note their pride in Malaysia and keenness to explore their own country,” she added.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Big search for military aircraft downed in 1950

Big search for military aircraft downed in 1950
Thursday October 16, 2008

KOTA BARU: History will be made in Gua Musang several weeks from now when a joint search and recovery effort is launched to retrieve the bodies of the crew and wreckage of a downed military aircraft, which crashed near the Kuala Betis-Cameron Highlands in 1950.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) Douglas Dakota KM630 aircraft had crashed at the height of the communist insurgency and records from the British and Malaysian military, indicate that there were 12 crew members on board.

The 12 comprised three RAF pilots, six British army officers, one Royal Malaysian police constable, one orang asli and a Kelantan Development Corporation civilian officer.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Rubbish all over highlands during holidays

Rubbish all over highlands during holidays
Wednesday October 8, 2008

OVER the recent Hari Raya festive season, Cameron Highlands, which is among the favourite holiday destinations, was swarmed with tourists.

We welcome tourists as directly or indirectly, the majority of the people here are involved in the tourist business.

Tourists bring in the money but at the same time they bring us a lot of headache too. One of their very bad habits is throwing rubbish everywhere.

You can see rubbish by the road side, gardens and staircases. Some even leave their bags of rubbish along the corridors of apartments. You can even see them throw rubbish out of their car windows while driving around.

The other irritating thing is creating havoc at the apartments such as making loud noises till very late into the night and having a BBQ along the corridors and having the smoke enter into neighbouring units.

I would like to appeal to all visitors to please help keep Cameron Highlands clean by not throwing rubbish around.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Globetrotter Wildlife Guidebook Malaysia

Guide to our natural gems
Saturday October 4, 2008
By Leong Siok Hui

The latest guidebook to hit our bookshelves showcases Malaysia’s stunning wildlife reserves and natural heritage.

Taman Negara and Kinabalu Park aside, most Malaysians and foreign tourists have never set foot on some of Malaysia’s most astounding natural treasures, like Sabah’s Maliau Basin, Perak’s Royal Belum State Park, and Sarawak’s Batang Ai National Park.

Nine out of 10 people I’ve spoken to have never even heard of the smaller but equally intriguing parks like Sarawak’s Lambir Hills National Park or Sabah’s Tabin Wildlife Reserve. But thanks to Wildlife Guide Malaysia, we now have a good overview of what the country has to offer in terms of natural heritage.

Detailed description: The latest guidebook to hit our bookshelves, Wildlife Guide Malaysia features 19 national parks scattered around the country, highlights their unique attractions and spectacular flora and fauna.
Detailed description: The latest guidebook to hit our bookshelves, Wildlife Guide Malaysia features 19 national parks scattered around the country, highlights their unique attractions and spectacular flora and fauna.