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British Airways daily London-KL direct flight to start May 2015

Pic. BA
Pic. BA

British Airways will resume daily London – Kuala Lumpur direct flight beginning May 27, 2015 according to Malaysia Airport Berhad in a statement, yesterday.

The airline first flying to Kuala Lumpur on Dec. 9 1933 and decided to terminate the service in 2001 saying it was economically not viable due to poor load factor.

British Airways’ area general manager for the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, Jamie Cassidy, said the airline was starting the new flights in response to strong customer demand for direct flights to Kuala Lumpur.

Badlisham
Badlisham Ghazali

“As Malaysia’s economy grows, it is becoming an even more important trading partner with the UK, and Britain has long been a favourite destination for Malaysians to shop, to experience historical sites and culture and to study,” he added.

The daily flight will operate with a four-cabin 219-seat B777-200ER aircraft from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s managing director, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, welcomed the return of British Airways to Malaysia.

“This announcement underlines the strength and vibrancy of the air travel market between the United Kingdom and Malaysia, and I believe that this new route of British Airways will bring about positive impact of great proportions to both countries from the economics, political, social and cultural standpoints,” he said.

Five things that put you in trouble while visiting Thailand

Thailand is heaven – whatever that mean. But be warned. Things are changing and are changing fast in Thailand after the military coup.

Richard Bennett, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director, said: “Three months since the coup, a picture emerges from our investigations of widespread and far-reaching human rights violations perpetrated by the military government.

“It has become part of the military government’s modus operandi to crack down on the smallest forms of dissent, such as wearing T-shirts that could ‘promote division’ or reading certain books and eating sandwiches in public in symbolic protest against military rule.”

The Amnesty report said that military authorities have imposed “sweeping restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, which has had a chilling effect on public debate and led to widespread self-censorship.”

Below are eight activities that have been reportedly banned by the NCPO (National Council for Peace and Order):
Wearing T-shirts that could ‘promote division’
Red and yellow t-shirts often associated with certain political movements – so don’t wear them in public.

Eating sandwiches in public could lead you in trouble.

Eating sandwiches in public
Amnesty said that “sandwiches became symbolic of peaceful resistance at one point, leading state-run newspapers to warn people against eating sandwiches, and a senior police chief to say they are keeping a close eye on sandwich eaters.”

Reading certain books and eating sandwiches in public could put you in trouble.

Reading certain books
Protestors have reportedly been arrested for reading George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and a screening of the film in Bangkok was cancelled in June by authorities

Posting anything deemed critical of the military online
“Hundreds of websites have been taken down or blocked,” Amnesty said, ““censorship panels” have been set up to monitor media, and people have been threatened with imprisonment for posting anything deemed critical of the military online.”

Gatherings of more than five people
“A ban on gatherings of more than five people has been in effect since martial law was imposed, in clear violation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly,” the report stated.

The hunger games salute become symbol of resistant in Thailand.
The hunger games salute become symbol of resistant in Thailand.

Raising a “Hunger Games” salute
A three-fingered sign used by protestors became an unofficial symbol of resistance after the coup and bore a strong resemblance to that used in the dystopian Hollywood blockbuster.

Being labelled “problematic”, or a political activist “When the military took over, they summoned several hundred people they deemed problematic, and ordered them to report to the authorities,” Amnesty reported.

Playing a non-approved computer game
Tropico 5, in which players set up their own military dictatorship in a fictional paradise, has been banned.

The physical changes of Tanjung Batu shoreline 2007 – 2014

Tanjung batu beach on August 2007.
Tanjung batu beach on August 2007.

So much have changed, physically along this particular shoreline nearly a decade later.

Nowadays, hectare of new land have been created on this spot by reclaiming the sea, for a property development project.

See images below to see what had changed over the years along this shoreline.

The shoreline of Tanjung Batu in October 8, 2007.
The Tanjung batu shoreline as seen in 2002. Google satellite image.
The Tanjung batu shoreline as seen in 2014. Google satellite image.

Water sports you know longer see in Bintulu

Wind surfing at Kellog beach, Bintulu. Photo: Edward Nicholl.
Wind surfing at Kellog beach, Bintulu. Photo: Edward Nicholl.

Wind surfing. Yup people do wind surfing in Bintulu decades ago, at time when our beaches were spanning miles long.

This rare photo of an evident of wind surfing activities was taken by former British expatriate Edward Nicholl at a beach believed to be Kellogg beach.

Bet many people don’t know, particularly those born after the 1990s have no memories of this beach.

It has been made part of Tanjung Kidurong protected zones, thus no longer accessible to public activities.

Promenade Hotel & Resorts almost ready to open before year end

Promenade Hotel, Bintulu
Promenade Hotel, Bintulu

The newest hotel in town Promenade Hotel located at the newest business district in Bintulu – Bintulu Sentral – is shaping up pretty quickly.

Here are latest photos of the hotel taken today, which shows workers fitting the hotel logo.

Promenade Hotel Bintulu will be a 3-star hotel (same class as New World Suites) with 188 rooms, suites and slated for opening before end 2014.

Workers fitting the Promenade Hotel logo.
Promenade Hotel, Bintulu Sentral.
Promenade Hotel, Bintulu Sentral.
Promenade Hotel located at Bintulu Sentral.

Police Intensifying Search For Missing Briton In Tioman Island

Gareth David Huntley photo made available by Help Us Find Gareth David Huntley Facebook group.
Gareth David Huntley photo made available by Help Us Find Gareth David Huntley Facebook group.

Police are intensifying the search for British tourist Gareth David Huntley, 34, missing since May 27 in Pulau Tioman, and have hence, refuted claims that police were not serious in handling the case.

Pahang police chief, Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said police, led by Rompin district police chief DSP Johari Jahaya, were serious in the search-and-rescue (SAR) operation for the Briton since he was reported missing.

On May 27, Huntley, who was staying at the Penyu Juara Chalet in Kampung Juara, Pulau Tioman, had gone to the Lubuk Teja waterfall area on the island alone around noon.
Continue reading Police Intensifying Search For Missing Briton In Tioman Island

A trip to Belaga town by road from Bintulu

Belaga road
The Mejawah-Belaga road.

Over a year ago the only access road to Belaga town, the remotest town in Kapit Division was via a gravel road build by timber concessionaires from Bintulu.

The trip to Belaga would take about 4-5 hours depending on the weather. When it rains the road not only become muddy but also dangerously slippery while on dry days you’re be travelling on road covers by thick cloud of soil and sand dust.

The town finally has a slightly better road since last year after the completion of a 19-KM long Mejawah-Belaga road built by Royal Malaysian Army.

The Mejawah-Belaga road provides vital link to this once isolated town to Bintulu and the rest of Sarawak.

It also cut short the trip to Belaga to about 3-4 hours.

So what is so interesting about Belaga? – It used be haven (before Bakun dam was built) for those – mostly foreigners who wants to be cut-off from the rest of the world and feel really isolated but surrounded by nature and gorgeous, beautiful, friendly peoples collectively known as ‘Orang Ulu’.

Belaga also famous for it tasty durian. Continue reading A trip to Belaga town by road from Bintulu

AirAsia offering ‘handsome rewards’ to return missing buntings at KLIA2

AirAsia missing buntings

AirAsia reported 18 of its buntings advertising various destinations including India and China were found missing on Monday night from KLIA2.

The buntings were last seen at AirAsia KLIA2 check in counters.

According to the post retweeted by Steven Disckson that reads: “Our buntings are so attractive that they hv gone missing 🙁 Have you seen them? Last seen at #klia2 check-in counters”

When contacted by The Star, the airline confirmed that the theft took place and denied the incident as a joke or an advertising move. Continue reading AirAsia offering ‘handsome rewards’ to return missing buntings at KLIA2

Bintulu blooming sakura-like flower

Bintulu is blooming with this sakura-like flower of poui tree

Bintulu is blooming with a with our very own sakura-like tree flowers.

The tropics Poui tree or scientifically known as Tabebuia Serratifolia is one of the most beautiful flowering trees that can be seen along Bintulu main roads – Tanjung Batu, Tun Ahmad Zaidi, Bintulu-Miri-Sibu highway.

More pics at our Bintulu blog