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Pahang-Delights Babbler, Issue #018 – What’s new! August 8, 2007

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Issue #018 – August 8, 2007

Welcome to the 18th issue of Pahang-Delights Babbler.

Contents: -

  1. Nuclear Monitoring Facility at Rompin, Pahang
  2. Police Training Academy in Bentong, Pahang
  3. Festival Teater (Theater Festival)
  4. Save Lake Chini (Tasik Chini) Campaign
  5. Fraser's Hill International Bird Race
  6. Janda Baik
  7. Visit Malaysia Year Events in August 2007

1) Nuclear Monitoring Laboratory in Rompin

Asean's first nuclear monitoring laboratory, covering about 200 hectares, will be built in Bukit Ibam, Rompin, Pahang.

To be run by Malaysian scientists, and costing RM100mil, this laboratory is the first in a developing country and the 16th in the world after those located in Europe, Japan and Australia.

It is expected to be operational in three years' time, and will fill the need for a nuclear monitoring laboratory to cater for countries like Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, who would be developing their nuclear energy programs.

2) Police Training Centre in Bentong

Prime Minister, Dato Seri Abdullah Badawi, announced that two new police training centres will be set up, one in Langkawi, Kedah and the other in Bentong, Pahang, to improve the efficiency of the force.

He said the centres would be similar to the Royal Malaysian Police Academy at Jalan Semarak.

The facility in Bentong would be an entirely new complex to be built, while the centre in Langkawi would entail the police taking over an existing hotel.

These two centers would provide the necessary training for future officers of the expanding police force.

3) Pahang Theater Festival

The Festival Teater Pahang ended on 29th July 2007 at the Taman Budaya Complex. A captivating play "Andai", performed by the Pertubuhan Teater Anak Emas Raub, won the judges' hearts.

It won not only the overall champion's award and RM3,500, but also five of the six other category awards at stake.

Second was the play " Sangkar Madu" by Group Theater MAYC Pahang, and third was "Lorong 2/90" performed by Kelab Teater Prosenium Shahputra.

Pahang Exco Datuk Maznah Mazlan gave away the prizes.

The winner will represent Pahang at the national level competition.

4) Save Lake Chini Campaign

The annual Save Lake Chini Campaign held end of July 2007 was the third such campaign since its inception in August 2004.

It is held to create public awareness on the need for preservation of the lake's eco-systems, and to encourage and ensure proper and sustained development of the lake, while improving the living standards of the Orang Asli (indigenous) people living there.

Considering the attractions it created, the Orang Asli community living around Lake Chini has decided to make the annual Save Lake Chini Campaign as one of its festivals.

Baharin Sunta, Chairman of the Lake Chini Protection Society representing the Orang Asli community there, said that as they don't follow any religion, the joyous occasion felt during the annual Save Lake Chini Campaign when Orang Asli folks of all ages participated in the festivities, made them decide to make it as one of their community's festivals.

5) Update on Fraser's Hill International Bird Race

Well, the 20th Fraser's Hill International Bird Race held on 23 -24 June 2007, saw 75 teams from 5 countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, United Kingdom and Holland) competing in the exciting race to identify the most number of bird species.

After two days of excitement, the Branded Pittas team from England, having identifed 91 species, won in the Advanced Category.

The Broadbills team from the UK and Canada won the Novice Category, while the Sketches team won in the Students category.

Well, it was definitely fun and educational to those who took part, and of course they all look forward to participating in next year's competition. Oh, all birdies love fun and nature.

6) Web-page on Janda Baik

I received an email in my Contact Me form from Sandra, and I would to share it with my ezine readers. Sandra didn't leave her email for me to thank her, so I thought I'd just do it here.

Well, she wrote:

"Hi there...just wanted to tell you that your Pahang-Delights was such a delightful experience! and we feel like giving a suggestion like having you promoting a place called Janda Baik in Bentong, Pahang..We stayed in a marvelous resort called Seri pengantin resort..they have great accommodation, facilities and food are lovely! perhaps you could list them as well in your hotel listing so it can be shared among your readers..janda baik also is well-known for its outdoor adventure and refreshing waterfall of Ulu tampit....hope this might catch your attention! best regards!"

Well, thanks so much Sandra, for sharing your wonderful experience. I will definitely be doing a page on Janda Baik, sooner or later.

And to other readers contemplating Janda Baik, besides the mentioned Seri Pengantin Resort, you can also check out the following places for a relaxing laid-back style of living, away from the concrete jungles of the city:-

1. Pelancongan & Homestay Janda Baik (homestay experience)
2. D'Ark Resort

Get their addresses and contact numbers in this Pahang hotels and resorts directory page.

Well, have fun while you're in Janda Baik! Refresh your body at the Ulu Tampit waterfalls, and climb up the 1,493 m high Gunung Nuang, and don't forget to explore caves there if you're into spelunking. Enjoy.

7) Visit Malaysia Year Events in August 2007

So here we are, in the month of August, 2007 - the month at the end of which Malaysia achieved independence from Great Britain 50 years ago.

Well, besides the exciting events that had taken place last week, namely the Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge , a popular annual fishing event at Rompin, and the World Lion Dance Competition held at Genting Highlands ( both events having been held on 3 - 5 August 2007), there will be:

  1. the Kuantan Beach Run ("fun run" from Tanjung Lumpur to Balok, a distance of 19.5 km) to be held on the 19 August 2007.

  2. the World Youth Cup soccer (or football) starting on 8th August 2007 till the 19th August 2007.

    The Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan, one of the 4 stadiums for the preliminary rounds, will be the venue for the Group B games.

    Young players from Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Ps Eindhoven, FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus, Arsenal, FC Porto, Paris St Germaine, Flamengo, Ajax, Boca Juniors, and countries Qatar and host Malaysia, will show their skills and compete for this prestigious inaugural World Cup for Youths all over the world.

On the national scale festivities, there will be the launch of the start of National Day celebrations on August 17, 2007 (oh, on my birthday! yeah,yeah), the raising of the Jalur Gemilang (national flag) on midnight 30 August at Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, and of course the National Day Parade on the morning of 31 August, followed by the Afternoon Tea with His Majesty the King.

The National Day parade this time will be different from those of yesteryears as it will depict and showcase historical events.

It is expected that Heads of State from at least 16 countries will be joining in the celebrations.

So Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka, to all Malaysians on our 50 years of nationhood, and may we all live happily and prosperously together for another 50 generations!

P.S. - Don't forget the VMY 2007 event - the Dirt Bike Challenge - to be held on 2-3 September 2007 at Kuala Lipis.

Many famous local and international dirt bikers will be competing there.

7) The new Pahang-Delights webpages since the last e-zine?

Bah...lazy me. Sadly couldn't find the time to put in more web-pages this time around.

But do watch out for Content 2.0 soon to be incorporated in the website, so that you, my valued website visitors, can comment and share your delightful experiences in Pahang.

Well, the weather in the last month? Woh, it's been hot and rainy with intermittent thunderstorms. A sign of the coming east coast monsoon season, perhaps. But the world's weather's been erratic nowadays, so we can't really say.

Anyway it's the Grace of God, giving essential water to us, without which we cannot live.

Until next time, from me...

Terima kasih (thank you) and ... Selamat Datang (Welcome) to Pahang.

From : Mohd Yamin

P.S. If you wish to know how I did my website, take this quick magical video-tour of SBI and enjoy.

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