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Datuk Roselan J. M.
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3rd BIMP-EAGA Socio-Cultural and Education Cluster Meeting
Please download the following attachments for those keen on getting more information:
1. 090917 – Invitation 3rd BE SCE Sept English
2. 3rd BIMP-EAGA SCE Cluster Meeting Pre-Registration Form
3. General Information 3rd BIMP EAGA SCE Meeting
4. 3rd BIMP-EAGA SCE Cluster Meeting Tentative Agenda
5. cluster meeting tentative
Good morning guys,
I just want to bore you with a little experience I had in Mangsee during the Raya Eidil Adha recently. WASSALAM
Mangsee islands: north & south
Municipality: Balabac within the Provincial jurisdiction of Palawan, Philippines.
Coordinates: 07*57’N. 117*01’E
Total area: 0.4 sqkm / 23 hactare
Population: 10,000 +/- 5%
Main occupation: fishing industry & mass production of salted fish
Religion: 99% Muslim
I have always been obsessed about visiting Mangsee. The recent Eidil Adha was the best excuse I got to visit and really explore this atoll island. Mr James Lim was appointed to be the organizing Chairman to raise as many cattle and goats he can possibly secure. The end result was 4 beautiful cows and 10 goats were delivered to Mangsee by boat. Local dignitaries from Kudat were also invited to Mangsee on 2nd Sept. The security chiefs from Lahad DATU were also in the list.
As usual, the leader of the people, Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez, was on the scene from Sept 1st and 2nd. He wasted no time towards ensuring security and comforts as well as the cooking arrangements for the visiting guests. He cannot afford to have the 2012 repeats of cholera outbreak where about 200 lost their lives.
As for me, I also arrived on Sept 1 together with the Governor and I spent much time talking to the people and getting to know them first hand unfiltered and unprovoked. I would like to classify this trip under the 5th pillar of the BIMPEAGA, i.e. The Social Cultural and Education (SCE) towards understanding fellow neighbors and what makes them tick.
The first thing I noticed abruptly was that the day was very long and the night could even be longer! How can this be? It was quite a moment before I found the answer. Without Internet or handphone, we can do one thing at a time and we progress in accordance with our own pace and haste. But with Internet and handphone, we can do 3 – 10 things at any given time and still complain there is not enough time. The given time is the same everywhere; it’s all about our own pace and sense of time. In Mangsee, nobody is in the hurry and time seems to wait for you.
Wherever I walked, the people were all the time smiling as if to make my stay welcomed. It was truly a sincere smile from the bottom of their hearts but never a stewardess smile!
I walked alone and I felt nor fear of any threat against me. I have this strange feeling that many would have liked to invite me into their homes, but I guessed, they have no coffee or tea to spare and boiling the water would take ages to ready. I also noticed not many houses have gas tanks or cookers. All cookings are by firewood and lighting the fire is another work of art.
As I walked the clean narrow sandy streets that led to everywhere near (because the island is so small), there was no coffee shop to be found and or stall to have a drink; because nobody could afford to have coffee outside. The little peso they have is best spent on basic food at home for the rest of the family to share. Coffee and tea is a luxury item they could ill-afford. So roti-Canai or mee goreng is totally non-existent too. But Maggie mee is plentiful and best served at home.
Talking about Maggie MEE, I clearly noticed that 95% of products sold on the shelves, would certainly come from Kudat. I gave a generous 5% for Philippine products because I noticed all the paints sold are of Philippines origin. But they are not selling well because nobody paint their wooden homes. Kudat is the nearest source for supplies and the pricing seems to synchronize with their propensity to pay. Now I realize that our old sleepy Kudat has a hidden secret; they are the biggest suppliers of everything to as far as Balabac and a little beyond to as far as El-Nido and Coron. And we are talking of almost a million population. This far, the hidden secret of Kudat is now in the open. Just like Sandakan, LAHAD DATU and Tawau.
I am glad at this point of writing, Kudat has never been an opportunistic suppliers and they will make the small percentages as long as both sides continue to trade. Kudat shall not risk the opportunity of making more for they have enjoyed this symbiotic relationship with the entire of Palawan since the dawn of civilization. We live and let live.
So I urge to those who have the power to curb this economic trade to think and rethink for the sake of our economies and sharing compassion with our close and needy neighbors for all these are within the ambits of our very own ‘FARDHU KIFAYAH’. Our Quranic teachings hold over-riding rights above our political manoevre and or other consideration.
All the houses are compact and closed to each other. But I can see that their houses and small compound are very clean and there is no foul smell. I can visibly notice that the houses are scantily furnished and sleeping mattresses are on the wooden floor instead of a bed. There is no brick house.
The women folks spent much time on either doing the washing or raking the sandy ground for fallen leaves and or frying fish in preparation for their daily meals. Their daily basic meal will comprise of boiled rice and fried fish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is no steamed fish or chillied fish or any other taste for that matter and above all, there is no vegetable to complement the meal. The only advantage they have is that they are eating daily freshly-catch fish.
Vegetables are not grown because they cannot withstand the hot sandy soil which could be more towards acidic. Any vegetable bought from Kudat is always consumed daily because the majority do not have refrigerator. Above all, they do not even have power-source to activate the fridge. Without any power, there can be no TV to watch and this will readily explain the presence of many children that almost took 50% of the entire population.
I have suggested to the resting fishermen I talked to, to go to Pulau Bangi and collect dark soil to make their own vegetable yard. Looking at their facial lines, I don’t think my suggestion is a good suggestion to them. For so long, they have been existing without vegetables, and it’s likely that they will remain this way. No matter what, any fresh vegetable they can get is most welcomed.
Much problem will emerge in 10 years from now when these children will mature into adulthood and will provoke new kinds of social problems. The manuals on family planning and kits are non existence and their preference has always been on having kids rather than on having to spend the pesos on pills; even though the pill is hardly 100 peso a month. This will simply show how very poor they are. My visit today will be a mild warning for more social ills in the coming futures. The amorous teenagers are also something to think about because if I am not mistaken, it goes with an assumed understanding that the Philippines seems to have more unwed mothers. I stand to be corrected on this assumption.
And being Muslims, this could to a certain degree, restrict the chances of being an unwed mother because I also noticed that the 6 mosques are very well patronized by the young and the old. This is definitely going to be a plus point. But I still wonder for how long can they withstand the outside influence.
This island is getting too small to house the entire population. Presently, we have 10,000 population on 23 hactares and which will work out at 174 people per acre. By natural census, more will tend to migrate towards the Palawan mainland or otherwise to Sabah. In fact Sabah would be wise to absorb them as migrant workers and with proper documentation, it could be a win-win solution for both sides.
Again, the Mangseen are just too poor to even own a passport especially the cost of going to the Mainland Palawan to obtain one. There is great possibility that other arrangements can be made to give them their FILIPINO ID and passport. Otherwise a certain traveling documents would suffice because we are giving them opportunities to earn elsewhere and they themselves can become an OFW with monthly remittance to home base.
Talking about remittances, there is no bank, no post office, no pawn shops to render the much needed assistance on savings and handling remittances. I just can’t imagine what would happen if their houses were on fire.
Sometimes in 2012 as I have been told, there was an outbreak of cholera and about 200 locals had lost their lives. There is an old dilapidated hospital building which I gather has no beds, no nurses or doctors and no medicines or medical apparatus. After 5 minutes of my walking through, I saw a family fervently fanning a lying girl hardly 4 or 5 years. Her eyes were weak. Both hands and legs were not moving and everybody surrounding her look sad and weepy. I cannot stand to observe this scene any longer and I fervently prayed in my heart for God to take care of this little girl. How I wished there is a clinic I could send this little girl.
I hope the Sabah Pharmaceutical Association can do something about dispatching a year’s supplies of medical provisions and positioning a medical practitioner once a month to help uplift the medical remedy if any.
The success of BIMPEAGA is all about integration and how to overcome mental and psychological attitude towards each other. There has been much thought about suspicion and other mental disorientation and it now becomes our joint responsibilities to narrow these negative ill-feelings so that we can become an amalgamation of one great nation. Not all fishermen are terrorists. Our Naval surveillance will do humanity a great service if they are never harassed. They can ill-afford to buy their own freedom and imprisoning those careless border -crossers means killing their entire families for they can bear no justification to feed on their own.
Yet Mangsee can offer home stay program to those who are not fanatics on luxury living, for their houses are clean. When you visit Mangsee, please bring much vegetable and share your tinned food with the rest of the families. This opportunity is very ideal for those who just want to get away from the maddening crowds and helter-skelter of telephone calls, face books and WhatsApps. Do not be surprised that you will feel reprieved and relieved after 3 days of living under basic circumstances.
For those moneyed people, you can be the first to try and build a 4-6 rooms chalet facilities and see what happen over the years. The Bathing is by digging wells and where the hoisted water is so cool yet reviving. To be honest, I simply took a half-hour slow bathing just to enjoy the coiling water running slowly through my aching bodies.
The water is so soothing and not comparable to the cool yet freezing water elsewhere.
If I have my way, I would want to build an ice-making factory with cold-room and chiller facilities where payment can be made through exchange of the days catch: lobster, grouper, sunoh, giant squids, sea cucumber and abalones. Eventually, when stocks are being built up, the empty fishing trawlers with iced compartments can collect them for subsequent deliveries to Kota Kinabalu or elsewhere.
Datuk Roselan J Mohamed
BIMPEAGA Business Council..
One of the output of the private sector initiative outcome in Tambunan is a Creative industry collective that has produced a music video entitled “Tambunan Will show the way”.
The music video is pop-song featuring our top Tambunan artists that was shot in a few tourism attraction.
*TAMBUNAN WILL SHOW THE WAY*
*Official Music Video*
*Andrew A.Mudi* & *Arnold A.Mudi*
*Aye (NuBorn Music)*
Music Video Director
*Vinch Gu-Brian of ASV – Asia Static Vibe* www.asvremix.com
*DATUK DR.JEFFREY G. KITINGAN*
*Datuk Dr.Jeffrey G.Kitingan*, *Datin Cecelia Edwin*, *Datin Elin Saingkui*, *Nexus Karambunai Resort*, *Puan Lily Wong*, *Alfred Raphael*, *Parti Solidariti Tanah Air Ku*, *Tambunan District Council*, *Francis Landong*, *JM Poyee*, *Boy Raja Lawak*, *Adok*,
*AtamaKatama* – FB Fan Page & Instagram
*@A_T_A_M_A* – Twitter
*This is a made in Tambunan for Tambunan project under the auspicium of Tambunan Rural Creative-Industry Hub pilot project for the BIMP EAGA Social Culture Education, Sabah Chapter, in association with Tambunan Memimpin program for Rural Transformation.*
(C) (P) Atama Music Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission. Anti-piracy warning. Unauthorised copying is punishable under federal law.
The BIMP-EAGA Business Council welcomes the launch of Cebu Pacific Air direct Zamboanga-Sandakan flight starting October this year.
This new direct airlink connecting Mindanao and Sabah as focus areas of East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA), demontrates viability of enhancing closer and stronger socio-economic ties in the sub-region.
Concrete initiatives such as these definitely buoys up dynamism of the private sector in playing its role as EAGA’s engine of growth.
Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamed,
Chair of East ASEAN Business Council
Reafforestration was considered to bring greenery and generate eco friendly climate.
Within the context of Sabah, this is the best program to bring back the old glory of the timber industry and demonstrate how it can lift our GNI & GDP.
PROJECT NAME: MASS PLANTING OF PAULOWNIA
1 hectare = 600 trees
– one PAULOWNIA SEEDLING is rm100.00
– fertilizer for 1 seedling is approximately more or less rm30/tree
– clearance and land preparation for 1 hectare is approx rm2500/h and including
hole digging 60cm x 60cm x 60cm for each tree
– seedling: 600 trees x 20 ha x rm100 = RM 1,200,000.00
– fertilizer: 600 trees x 20 ha x rm30. = RM 360,000.00
– land clearing: rm2500 x 20 ha. = RM 50,000.00
TOTAL. = RM 1,600,000.00
From preparation of seedlings into small plants and ready for Trans-planting to the jungle clearing until harvesting time will take 5 years.
The diameter of tree during harvesting is between 40-50 cm diameter. The finished product of lumber will just be about 1 cbm and valued at rm800.00 or more per tree.
Total sales generated shall be: 600 trees x 20 ha x rm800/tree = rm9,600,000.00.
After harvesting 1 foot from base, the tree will continue to grow and this time will take 4 years to harvest and again, the sale generated from this trees is rm9,600,000.00.
We will continue to collect rm9,600,000 every 4 years. This cycle will continue for 11 times. At the beginning of the 50th year, our total sales shall be:
Rm. 9,600,000. First cycle of 5 years
Rm105,600,000. 2nd till 11th cycle for 44 years.
Rm115,200,000. Total sales for 49/50 years (just for 20 hactares)
The above information is an extraction from a planting consultant who is now planting paulownia in Narra, Palawan.
I strongly urge for YDP to take this bold step to test plant as prescribed above.
Thank you for sponsoring all my expenses to attend the BIMPEAGA meetings. More useful reports to come in the very near future.
Datuk Roselan J Mohamed
BIMP-EAGA Business Council.
Kindly be informed that Mr Nordin Bin Ening, Vice Chairman for BEMBC Lahad Datu is no longer associated with the BEMBC or BEBC.
For future correspondences with regards to the BIMP-EAGA Transport Cluster or any other matters related to BIMP-EAGA, kindly email to the BEBC Malaysia – Chairman.
YB Datuk Rozman Isli
Chairman, BIMP-EAGA Malaysia Business Council (BEMBC)
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Your kind attention is very much appreciated.
Thank you and with best regards
BEMBC – Sabah Chair
Our BIMP-EAGA BUSINESS COUNCIL has always been guided by the following sentiments:
Firstly, we must overhaul our mindset and start thinking as ONE GREAT NATION to overcome trust issues and eradicate selfishness. The single catalyst for this process will be FRIENDSHIP AMONG MEMBER NATIONS.
Strengthening cooperation and awareness in the BIMP-EAGA will only happen if members forgot their own orders and protective instincts and focus on the desire to serve their people well.
Within our own country, it is essential that we eradicate roadblocks to integration.
As long as we have feelings other than the above, all meetings and discussions brought forward would have been a nought or otherwise, unfulfilled satisfaction.
Your three questions has been very broad and never specific. I may find it a little difficult to comment. But nevertheless, I shall try my best. Let it be known that whatever I have answered or commented here are just my own feelings and may not necessarily tally with others.
The first and greatest achievement I noticed during and after the meetings are the friendly and smiling faces of all the participants and nobody looks antagonised or intimidating. In fact this is very essential and 50% of the battle has been won by smiling faces. Putting it simply, I view the BIMP-EAGA meeting as a backdoor channel towards more other official meeting in which over-riding negative perception can be overcome.
Secondly, the ease of networking brought about by the friendly ambiance has greatly enhanced
Regional contacts thus making all business proposals can be exchanged with much ease and no
Restrictive protocols to overcome.
Noticeable achievements as observed by the private sectors:
1. Philippine was able to produce high-yield hybrid rice seed which Malaysia was not willing to share.
2. Indonesia was successful in its seaweed production and followed by the Philippines whilst Malaysian production was dwindling because of unscrupulous middlemen.
3. Philippine acknowledge their Cavendish banana production is suffering from inclement weather and wished to share growing techniques with Malaysia who politely refused due to priority attention focussed on palm oil and also lack of arable land.
4. Malaysia has visibly executed successful planting experiment of figs in Palawan which is brought about by the positive attitude of the Governor there for the benefit of its people.
5. Indonesia has adopted FOOD SECURITY as its No:1 priority and looking forward to self-sufficient on rice and corn and now venturing on regional exports of rice and corn to Malaysia.
6. Malaysia has delayed its earlier proposal to embark on Napier Grass production due to land scarcity and can now look forward to start planting by end of this year after private land was found at great costs.
7. Brunei has quietly embarked on its research & development food program and we all can look forward to their first share of success.
8. Kudat Malaysia has completed its Ferry Terminal well ahead of schedule and fervently prayed for Bulliluyan, Palawan to ready theirs before end of this year 2017.
9. Palawan has started completion of its North-South Highway program and to end up at Bulliluyan. This road and the ferry terminal will expose Bulliluyan ( a muslim dominated province) to the rest of the world and they will share the economic cake of developments. The Governor is truly integrating his people and does not want AS to set up base at Palawan.
10. The second time start of the Gen Santos-Bitung Link on 30.4.17 is an eye opener and we hope common sense will prevail, i.e.: freedom of choice and freedom to purchase.
11. Malaysia approval to allow wooden kumpits to ply between Sabah Malaysia and the Muslim Mindanao has been the best corrective decision because in our zeal to achieve higher income brackets, we still did not forget the agony and sufferings of the under-privileged few amongst us.
12. Malaysia has technically approved the RM300.0 million cross border road to link Kalabakan/Serudung to Simanggaris, Indonesia thus completing the TRANS BORNEO HIGHWAY that encircle the whole island.
13. Sabah & Palawan has finally started talking to link power cable between Kudat and Bulliluyan and if everything goes on well, the Palawan will have their power by 2019.
14. Sabah & and the BASULTA archipelago (Basilan, Sulu & Tawitawi) will commence their first talk in the not too distance future where Sabah can also provide power to outlying islands of Mindanao.
15. Whilst Kalimantan Barat is buying power from Sarawak Malaysia, talks are underway for Kalimantan Utara to supply power to Sabah Malaysia, just to balance off the trade difference if any. This we call it mutual respect for symbiotic relationship.
Malaysia has always practiced mutual respect for one another and have always has difficulty to say “NO”. Initially when we first tried on our Prosper thy Neighbour approach, we did it with care and feelings filled with sincerity. After all, the hands that giveth is always better than the hands that receive. That was the time when we also had our share of domestic difficulties. Now, over the passage of time, situation has reversed and we truly welcome legal Contributors to our economic wellbeing.
BIMP-EAGA is here to stay and we should be thankful for its very existence. Of course we cannot deny the slow pace for its developmental program, but the recent inclusion of the private sectors has greatly amplify its public image.
The planned agendas may not be interesting for the average businessmen who may want to listen to project announcement. Only the selected and privileged few can fully understood the course it is taking and benefit to prosper the projects it can successfully initiate along the way.
The completion of the Kudat-Bulliluyan submarine cable will complete the Asean Power grid.
The ferry link between Kudat-Bulliluyan will further integrate the people of our nation.
If Sabah and Kalimantan Utara can embarked to plant Cavendish banana jointly with Mindanao, then all the Certificate of Origin can truly show ‘BIMPEAGA’, a feat that the Government can facilitate truly by rendering lands for the planting instead of merely lip service or exhibiting rhetoric grandeur for the occasion.
Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamed.
Firstly, we must overhaul our mindset and start thinking as one great nation to overcome trust issues and eradicate selfishness. The single catalyst for this process will be friendship among member nations. Strengthening cooperation and awareness in the BIMP-EAGA will only happen if members forget about their own borders and protective instincts and focus on their desire to serve their people well. Within our own countries it is essential that we overcome roadblocks to integration.
“Relationships based on gold will be forgotten once gold is spent.
Relationships based on benefits (interest, advantage) will soon break away once there’s no more benefit to derive.
Relationships based on position (influence) will sway once position has fallen.
Relationships based on authority (power) will get abandoned once authority is lost.
Relationships based on feelings (favour, emotions, sentiments) will result in hurt once emotional ties are broken.
Only relationships coming from the heart can withstand the test of time. ”
No matter what kind of relationship you’re in, whether it is working in partnership or interpersonal relationship, we should cherish the karma that brought us together and the time we share. Keep good (kind) thoughts in mind, learn to be grateful, be sincere to others and build a relationship from your heart!
Associate with the wise and virtuous, you’ll reap good results.
Realisation : Keep good thoughts with a kind heart, you’re sure to have a cloud with silver lining in your life !
If Allah is on your side, then who can be against you? No one!
If Allah was against you, then who can be on your side? No one!
And if you have earned the love ofAllah, then what did you lose? Nothing!
And if you lose the love of Allah, that what did you really gain? Nothing!
The consequences, benefits and exclusive privileges that you enjoy as a result of Allah’s love are countless!
To mention only few…….
If Allah loves you, He will place your love in the hearts of the people,
And if people love you, that’s a priceless gain!
To actually be loved by everyone around you!
When Allah love you, he grants you WISDOM!
And whoever is granted wisdom, then he’s certainly is given a lot of goodness.
A wiseman will manage and be happy with a small income!
But without wisdom, he could be miserable with an unlimited income
A wise man will be happy and content with an average wife.
But an unwise man could be miserable with a first-class wife!
A wise man can turn enemies into friends..
But an unwise man could turn his friends into enemies!
In short, one is granted priceless gains when he is granted wisdom from Allah.
And wisdom is granted by Allah to the believers as a reward for their faith and
righteousness and it’s only of the gains of Allah’s love; that he grants you Wisdom.
When Allah grants you wisdom, He bless you with “sakeena” (peace and tranquility).
Sakeena is a high status that gives the person CONTENTMENT, HAPPINESS,
OPTIMISM, STRENGTH, SELF CONFIDENCE, CORRECTNESS & THE RIGHT
This sakeena will give you happiness even if it’s all that you possess.
But if you lose it, you will be miserable even if you possess everything else.
Someone could be blessed with wealth, health, strength and intelligence,
But if he lacks wisdom, then he’s certainly most miserable.
It’s narrated that: “Allah grants health, intelligence, wealth and beauty to many,
But He only grants wisdom to his chosen believers!
Let us give some thoughts as to why some countries are rich and others are poor:
There are only 25 countries out of 196 that are rich!
The obvious question is WHY?
Poor countries have weak institutions that encourage corruption.
There is a direct correlation between poverty and corruption.
That is why they can’t collect enough taxes.
Taxes that are needed for continued developments,
Otherwise causing education, health, police and transport systems to fall apart.
Almost half the wealth of these poor countries goes into offshore accounts.
And the lost revenues total between USD10 to USD20 billion a year.
Because of clan-based thinking, jobs go to people who don’t deserve them.
Where close relatives are rewarded and the truly capable candidates suffer.
All these traps countries into a vicious cycle of poverty that they can’t escape.
Into The Heart Of Borneo
The Trans Borneo 2017 is a road adventure covering all 3 countries in Borneo Island which are Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak), Brunei Darussalam, and Indonesia (Kalimantan).
With the theme of “Into The Heart Of Borneo”, it starts from Sabah, Malaysia, crossing into Kalimantan Utara and Kalimantan Timur before moving westwards across one of the last frontiers in Borneo, from Malinau to Ba’kelalan in Sarawak. The route cuts through the very heart of Borneo. It is one of the last great 4X4 adventures in Borneo!!!
The Trans Borneo 2017 event starts in Kota Kinabalu on the 13th August 2017 and finishes at Brunei Darussalam on the 27th August 2017. The event includes 8 days of hotel and resort accommodation and 7 days camping by the road side or in the jungle.
This event is a collaboration between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam supported by the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines – East Asia Growth Area) business council, the Malaysian Government, the province of Kalimantan Utara and Kalimantan Timur and Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam.
Brief History of Trans Borneo
The Trans Borneo is the mother of all 4X4 events in Borneo. It started in 1988 when a group of former ex-Camel Trophy participants led by Yamin Vong, Dr. Zaini, Taib Khamis and the ACKL (Adventure Club Kuala Lumpur) members, decided to do a similar type of event in East Malaysia.
The first event started in Kuching and took participants on the roads less travelled towards Kota Kinabalu. The rugged clothes, bandana on their heads, participants with mud-boots, and mud-filled vehicles captured the public’s imagination and sparked off massive interest in off-roading in Sabah and Sarawak. In 1989, the event started in Kota Kinabalu heading towards Kuching.
In 1996, North Borneo Explorer (NBE) organized the first ever circumnavigation of the island of Borneo island including Kalimantan with Silverstone as the main sponsor. In 1997, they again circumnavigated the anti-clockwise starting and ending in Brunei Darussalam. This series of Trans Borneo lasted through until 2001.
After a hiatus and in collaboration with P.T. Java Advenutra, Indonesia, it was revived in 2014 and continues in this upcoming Trans Borneo 2017.
The Trans Borneo led directly to the formation of the KFWDC (Kinabalu Four Wheel Drive Club). KFWDC, Borneo’s first 4X4 Club or organization that organized the Borneo Safari which is the longest running 4X4 event (26 years) in Asia. It is still run annually by the KFWDC’s successor, the SFWDA (Sabah Four Wheel Drive Association).
Trans Borneo 2017 Co-Organizer
- North Borneo Explorer Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Lot 1002A, 10th Floor, Phase 1,
Wisma Merdeka, Jalan Tun Razak,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +6088-254187 Fax: +6088-250223
- T. Java Adventura, Indonesia
Jalan Kemang Utara No.33
(Pavilliun bawah)Jakarta 12730, Indonesia
Tel: +62217197517 Fax: +62217197517
North Borneo Explorer Sdn Bhd (NBE)
NBE was registered in September 1994 to act as promoters, organizers and managers of all kinds of adventure events and competitions.
NBE under Anuar Ghani, a founder of the first Borneo 4X4 Club, the KFWDC and a founder of the Borneo Safari in 1991, made its name by organizing the first circumnavigation of the island of Borneo in 1996 & 1997. NBE has unrivalled and unmatched record in organizing 4X4 activities and motorsports. NBE activities have promoted tourism in Sabah, Sarawak, and Kalimantan and the events have received extensive coverage from the local mass media and foreign journalist participating in the events. Altogether, NBE has organized more than 30 events over the years including Land Rover adventures, British Blind, Hong Kong 4X4 Adventures and events for Continental Tyres, Ford, Perodua, Mitsubishi, and others. Anuar Ghani also organized the reception in Sabah of the Pajero Sports Family event in December 2016 – January 2017.
P.T. Java Adventura
P.T. Java Adventura was incorporated in April 2003 with ideas after consultations with professionals in the Tourism industry and Business and Management Consultants. P.T. Java Adventura is headed by Harry Sanusi and his son, Reza Hariputra. They have organized many events including the Independence Roadventure 1 covering JAVA-BALI and BORNEO Island and Independence Roadventure 2 from Jakarta to Brunei Darussalam . They have also conducted driving clinics and courses for Chevrolet General Motors Indonesia, Isuzu D-Max, VW Touareg, Mitsubishi Triton, Pajero Sports, and the L200. They have also conducted various 4X4 teaching clinics around Indonesia.
P.T. Java Adventura’s biggest undertaking was as ground handler for the PETRONAS ADVENTURE TEAM (PAT) Trans Nusantara event in 2005, a 58 days road adventure covering the Indonesian Archipelago starting in Bintulu, Sarawak and ending in Bandar Aceh, traversing over Komodo Island and Bali along the way.
Objectives of the event
- To promote BIMP-EAGA and cooperation between the BIMP-EAGA countries.
- To promote travel and tourism within the 3 countries’ regions in Borneo.
- To encourage, promote and open travel within Borneo Island specifically with the idea to the setting up of CIQ points between Sabah and Kalimantan Utara.
- To enjoy outdoor adventure.
- To challenge men and machine against the great outdoors.
Past event coverage
- Leisure News, April 21st 1996 – Silverstone Trans-Borneo 1996 : Mud, Sweat & Gears
- Book Mystical Borneo : Through the eyes of the historic Silverstone Trans-Borneo Expedition
- Book Borneo Off-Road Adventure : The Perodua Trans Borneo Kembara Expedition 1998
- Sabah Tourism Magazine – Trans Borneo Expedition 2014 : A Collaboration of Nations – to develop Borneo as a premier overland destination
- Daily Express, Sabah Times, & See Hua Daily News – Pajero Sports Family – Touring Tiga Negara 2016 : Borneo Escape
- Trans Borneo 1996 – video 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaWJXtQrKel&t=42s)
- Trans Borneo 1996 – video 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29tw3lrD3Pg)
- Recce for Trans Borneo 2017 by Harry Sanusi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQlWu2kd47Y)
Press and Media Coverage (up to 10-15 journalists)
- 4-person TV crew
- TV crew is hired by event and will edit footage for RTB, RTI, and RTM respectively.
- Coffee table book on the event (to be decided)
Sabah & Sarawak – Daily Express, New Sabah Times, See Hua Daily News, Borneo Post
National – New Strait Times, Car Biz Today
Magazines – Borneo Tuner, S4M Magazine
Indonesia – JIP : No Road No Problem magazine
Brunei – National Brunei Newspaper, 4X4 magazines, etc
China, Japan, Europe
How to participate
Sponsorship subject to sponsors requirements, negotiations and agreement between sponsors and event organizers.
Cheques and payments payable to :
Name: North Borneo Explorer Sdn Bhd
Acc No.: 010077505375
Swift Code: MBBEMYKL
Day 1 – Sunday (13/08)
- Destination: Kota Kinabalu – Poring
- Remarks: Kokol, Kinabalu Park, Kundasang War Memorial, Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, Poring Hot Springs.
- Accommodation: Camping
- Distance: 124km – sealed; ETA: 1600 pm
Day 2 – Monday (14/08)
- Destination: Poring – Sepilok (206km); Sepilok – Sukau (111km)
- Remarks: Sepilok Orang Utan, Borneon Sun Bear, Rainforest Discovery, Sandakan Town, Sukau
- Accommodation: Camping or Sukau Rainforest Lodge
- Distance: 317km – sealed; ETA:1630pm
Day 3 – Tuesday (15/08)
- Destination: Sukau – Balung
- Remarks: Proboscis Monkey
- Accommodation: Balung River Eco Resort
- Distance: 252km – sealed; ETA:1100am
Day 4 – Wednesday (16/08)
- Destination: Balung – Simanggaris
- Remarks: Border Crossing
- Accommodation: Camping
- Distance: Drive as far in into Kaltara as possible
Day 5 – Thursday (17/08)
- Destination: Simanggaris – Malinau (190km), Malinau – Tanjung Selor (116km)
- Remarks: Independence Day Celebration
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Distance: 276km – gravel; ETA: 1700pm
Day 6 – Friday (18/08)
- Destination: Tanjung Selor – Tanjung Batu; Tanjung Batu – Derawan Island
- Accommodation: Resort
- Distance: 160km – sealed; ETA: 1500pm
Day 7 – Saturday (19/08)
- Destination: Derawan Island
- Remarks: Rest Day; Visit Sandalaki, Maratua
- Accommodation: Resort
- Distance: sea
Day 8 – Sunday (20/08)
- Destination: Tanjung Batu – Tanjung Selor (203km)- Malinau
- Remarks: Long drive to Malinau; Stock up for hardcore
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Distance: 270 – sealed; ETA 1700pm
Day 9 – 12 (Monday to Thursday) (21-24/08)
- Destination: Malinau – Ba’kelalan
- Remarks: Border Crossing / Off-road sector
- Accommodation: Camping (4 nights); No star, Under the stars
- Distance: 200km (off road)
Day 13, Friday, 25/08
- Destination: Ba’kelalan
- Remarks: CSR Project (non-religious)
- Accommodation: Homestay
Day 14, Saturday, 26/08
- Destination: Ba’kelalan – Merarap Hot Springs
- Remarks: Hot Springs
- Accommodation: Resort
- Distance: 81km – gravel
Day 15, Sunday, 27/08
- Merarap Hot Springs – Lawas (56 km) – Bandar Seri Bengawan
- Remarks: Border Crossing / closing dinner
- Accommodation: 5 Star Hotel
- Distance: 194km; 138 – sealed; 56 km – gravel
* This itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the organizers.
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