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Landslip close to apartment raises safety fears among residents



KOTA KINABALU: A landslip on a hillslope adjacent to Country Heights Apartment, caused by heavy rains over the last three weeks, is raising safety concerns among residents.

They want the authorities to check on the structural safety of the three apartment blocks situated close to the hillslope, which had progressively given way over the last two years.

A resident who only wanted to be identified as Florence said that the authorities must investigate if the blocks were still safe and whether they could continue living in the apartments.

"These landslides are getting worse every time it rains and on Tuesday (Sept 21) we are seeing more earth movement and water runoff," she said.

Earth from the landslides had already breached the perimeter of t

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Waterspout spotted as downpours continue in Sabah



KOTA KINABALU: A waterspout was seen near Kampung Kopimipinan in Papar on Monday (Sept 20) as downpours continue to lash parts of Sabah barely a week since a freak storm caused massive damage in areas around.

A video of the waterspout was shared on the Facebook page of local radio station Kupi Kupi FM and was originally shared by Facebook user Ayprel Bony Roman.

Geologist Prof Dr Felix Tongkul said such watersprouts were quite normal and seldom caused danger to anyone.

“Instead, from what we are experiencing now, with continuous rains, it is floods and landslides that we should be more worried about,” he said.

Meanwhile, residents in the worst hit areas of Sugud and its surrounding villages in Penampang are seeing a rise in the river water

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Floods hit Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Tuaran after downpour



KOTA KINABALU (Bernama): Heavy rains on Tuesday (Sept 21) morning have caused floods in several areas in the districts of Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Tuaran today.

A Sabah State Disaster Management Secretariat spokesman said that the agencies currently involved are monitoring the flood 'hotspot' areas and early preparations have been made to face flood hazards in the state.

"Sungai Moyog was found to be at a dangerous level, and both directions of Jalan Datuk Panglima Banting in Penampang are affected, the public is advised to always be careful in this flood situation. No victims have been evacuated and no relief centre has been opened so far," he said.

Meanwhile, a check by Bernama found that several areas were hit by floods in Kota Kinabalu; amon

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Sabah cops arrest man over vaccination fee scam



KOTA KINABALU: A 61-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of duping people into paying a "fee" of RM20 per person to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Semporna district police chief Supt Farhan Lee Abdullah said on Monday (Sept 20) that the suspect was being investigated for cheating at least 16 people for vaccination services that the government is providing to the people for free.

He said the suspect was arrested at the children's park in Semporna town at 2.35pm on Saturday (Sept 18) by policemen from the district police Crime Prevention and Community Safety division.

"We believe the suspect was cheating people in connection with the government's Covid-19 vaccination programme.

"The suspect took RM20 as payment from each recipie

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Hundreds of villagers affected by exceptionally strong storm in Sabah



KOTA KINABALU: “I feel so lost and hopeless looking at this pile of mud which used to be my home,” lamented 65-year-old Asin Yumpoh after his house in Kampung Sugud here was damaged by floods.He said the Sept 15 storm was exceptionally strong.

“It took just five minutes for the whole lower floor of the house to be flooded,” he said when met yesterday.

Asin’s three vehicles were washed away while items such as furniture, electrical appliances, kitchen utensils and wood stocks he had bought for some home projects were all gone.

“I have never experienced a flood like this in the 60 years I have been living here,” he said in his native Kadazan language.

Asin said the two-storey village home that was destroyed used to house three fa

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Sabah govt announces 30% capacity attendance at non-Muslim religious houses for fully vaccinated



KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government on Sunday (Sept 19) announced further relaxation for fully vaccinated individuals, in particularly, attendance at non-Muslim religious houses.

Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the attendance permitted is at 30% capacity of the non-Muslim religious houses, and only for those who completed their vaccination.

"The management committee of these religious houses must ensure attendees are only those who have been fully inoculated.

"The congregations are also not allowed to share praying paraphernalia with each other, and must bring their own," he said, adding that protocols like physical distancing are still in place.

Marriage blessings are also allowed in these institutions with the same 3

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Section of Penampang-Tambunan road collapses due to continuous rain



KOTA KINABALU: A large section of the Penampang-Tambunan road has collapsed due to the continuous rains.

State Fire and Rescue Department officials said that the collapsed area is near the Masakob waterfall.

The road is not passable, and road users are urged to use alternative routes.

No casualties were reported so far.

Tambunan Fire Station personnel are on standby to handle any emergencies.


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Improving post-Covid-19 efforts should be debated at state assembly sitting, says Sabah Bersatu info chief



KOTA KINABALU: The state assembly sitting next week should be used to debate on improving post-Covid-19 efforts in Sabah, says state Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia information chief Khairul Firdaus Akhbar Khan.

In a statement here on Sunday (Sept 19), he said economic issues must be deliberated on as many have been impacted during the pandemic.

"The current situation seemed to be 'no light at the end of the tunnel'.

"A special economic stimulus package for Sabah must be carried out to ensure economic recovery," he added.

Job opportunities and reskilling of the youths must be looked into by respective government agencies, said Khairul.

He noted the state administration faced a different set of challenges due to the pandemic, where sci

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Remains of former Kunak rep buried at noon at Putatan cemetery



KOTA KINABALU: Former Kunak assemblyman Datuk Nilwan Kabang, who passed away just before dawn on Sunday (Sept 19), was buried around noon.

The 71-year-old, who had recovered from Covid-19, but was receiving treatment for lung infection, was remembered by his children as a strict and caring father, who put religion first among other values.

It was earlier reported that the Sabah Umno assistant information chief had succumbed to Covid-19, but his eldest daughter Nurina explained that her father had recovered from the virus.

Nurina, 41, said that doctors had told them that her father had recovered from Covid-19, but was battling a lung infection.

"He was doing quite well, but his condition worsened sometime after midnight," she said when met at

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Covid-19: 20 deaths in Sarawak, seven districts recorded three-digit cases



SIBU: Sarawak recorded 2,707 new Covid-19 cases with 20 deaths on Sunday (Sept 19).

The state disaster management committee in a statement said Sibu had the most number of deaths with four, followed by Serian (three), Lubok Antu, Sri Aman and Miri (two each) while one case was recorded in Kuching, Bau, Selangau, Kanowit, Bintulu, Beluru, and Matu respectively.

The fatalities were patients aged between 52 and 97, comprising 12 men and eight women.

All of them had comorbidities which included high blood pressure, gout, diabetes, kidney and heart failure and stroke.

"Of the 2,707 new cases, 2,700 of them or 99.74 were Category One and Two cases while the remaining seven (0.26%) were Category Three, Four and Five cases," the committee said.

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