Welcome to my homepage! If you share a keen interest in photography, travel and adventure, then I hope through this website and blog, I can share my life experiences with you. Being a keen outdoor adventurer, I love photography, mountain biking, camping, trekking and offroad expeditions. JOHN KONG
The dramatic conclusion of Malaysia’s 14th General Elections (GE14) is still fresh on every Malaysian’s mind as the country greeted the much prophesied victory over the then-ruling Barisan National party with euphoric jubilation. Sabah, long held as a sure win ticket for the Barisan National, has finally broken away from its ‘master, and is in the position to chart its own course into the future. Jannie Lasimbang has been a long-time advocate for human rights in Sabah and this change signals a new opportunity for the people of Sabah, especially the indigenous communities and women, to stand up and be heard. Winning her seat in GE14 has given Jannie the opportunity to realize her vision to bring human rights, and fair and equitable treatment to all Sabahans. She talks about the changes she wants to see, and make, in the new government and her aspirations for the younger generation to realize their own future in this new era of change.
In our travel section, we will take a quick trip down memory lane to revisit the early days of the Sabah Tourism Building it celebrates its 100th anniversary before making a beeline for one of the most overlooked destinations in Sabah that has recently started coming into its own as a full-fledged tourist hot spot. Semporna, once a transit point to the popular dive islands on the east coast, now has its streets lined with accommodation and restaurants to cater to the thousands of tourists flocking to this bustling town for its nature and heritage attractions. Also, on the horizon is Long Pasia, an isolated pocket of rainforest in south-west Sabah that is being revived as the next adventure-cultural tourism hot spot in Sabah.
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It has been a whirlwind of events and activities in the first half of 2018, many of them giving us hope and the resolve to make the rest of the year an even better half. Let us not wait for changes to happen but to actively BE the change we want to see. Enjoy this issue!
First and foremost, we wish to extend our congratulations to Yang Berhormat Jannie Lasimbang and Parti DAP Sabah for her victory in the recently concluded 14th General Elections. Borneo 360 ALIVE had the pleasure to meet YB Jannie Lasimbang, the newly appointed Sabah Assistant Minister for Law and Native Affairs to share her views.
YB Jannie Lasimbang, a well-known grassroots activist, is no stranger to politics and how it is often exploited to control dissent, stifle arguments and sweep dirt under the rug. As a founding member of the Pacos Trust, a group supporting Sabah’s indigenous people, and former Human Rights Commissioner of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner between 2010 and 2013, Jannie has championed the rights and causes of the state’s marginalised indigenous people for more than two decades.
It has been two years since the last visit to Taman Maga Nooh in Long Pasia to explore the trekking routes developed by the people of the village. Long Pasia is one of the most beautiful forested areas in the southwest of Sabah, steeped in local history, indigenous culture and wilderness that have all the trappings of an adventure tourism destination. A makeshift camping facility was built in Taman Maga Nooh some years ago but it has long fallen to disrepair with little to no funding to help put it right again.
The Sabah Land Rover Club has since stepped up to the plate and answered the plight of the people of Long Pasia by donating a fund to rebuild the old campsite facilities. On April 13, 2018, a group of 30 volunteers from the Sabah Land Rover Club which included tourism professionals, made a trip to Long Pasia to see the completed project and put some finishing touches to it.
We had the pleasure to re brand Sabah Air Aviation with a new concept with photography and video production recently. Sabah Air Aviation, which started operations in 1975, is one of the oldest general aviation companies in Malaysia. Sabah Air Aviation was set up as a Government Linked Company under the Sabah’s Ministry of Finance. Through their outstanding safety record, today Sabah Air Aviation is a certified air operator and a leading provider of un-scheduled rotary and fixed wing services in Malaysia.
Their MISSION is to provide quality, safe and efficient services with good corporate governance. Their VISION is to be the leading general aviation in the South East Asian region.
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