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A world with no boundaries
|The development in Pulau Sebatik brought a
impact to Tawau as the island is divided between Malaysia and
Malaysian government has been developing Pulau Sebatik to spur the economy and uplift the living standard of residents on the island.
Sabah Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) plans in 2011 was to build eight shop houses to uplift the economic status of residents on the island.
The newly completed RM2.5mil jetty made easy for allows Pulau Sebatik residents taking their agriculture products to processing factories in Tawau.
‘Give us roads, schools, hospital’ : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/08/22/give-us-roads-schools-hospital/
Sebatik Assemblyman Abdul Muis Picho
|Clinic proposed for Pulau Sebatik
Published on: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Sebatik Assemblyman Abdul Muis Picho proposed the setting up of a clinic at Pulau Sebatik to cater to the island's more than 4,000 inhabitants. The island is shared with Indonesia.
He said a two-hectare site in Kg Bergosong Besar has been identified for the clinic, with beds, a permanent doctor and emergency ward.
"I visited the site with a Tawau Health Department officer and motion for the department to apply for the lot with the Land and Survey Department.
We hope this endeavor would succeed as we wish to see improved health facilities for the island's 4,500 inhabitants," he said.
Abdul Muis said he had raised the matter with Deputy Health Minister (Datuk Rosnah) during her visit to Tawau and was given to understand the Government needed a suitable site for the purpose.
On a separate development, Abdul Muis said youths at Kampung Bergosong Besar could now enjoy the new RM150,000 futsal court in their village. It was the third futsal court on the island.
Aerial View of Sebatik Island, Tawau, Sabah
Sebatik Island viewed from Tawau Town
|Sejahtera mini oil palm estate
Sejahtera mini oil palm estate (Mesej) project is a 300ha project for hardcore poor in Kampung Sungai Laba, Pulau Sebatik.
Basic infrastructure at the mini estate include roads and houses.
This is the first of 15 such projects earmarked for Sabah in efforts to eradicate poverty in Sabah.
Some oil palm trees in the Pulau Sebatik Mesej project had started to produce fruits in 2009. Besides earning dividend from the harvest, the participants could also get salaries if they chose to work in the mini estate.
Pulau Sebatik is an island known for being bisected by the Indonesia-Malaysia border.
This unknown Island to many Malaysian
has the potential to be another Tawau’s tourism destinations.
ACCOMMODATION IN PULAU SEBATIK
|Reference Source :
Rusli Ibrahim achieved his wish to swim across Gulf Cowie.
He landed at Batu-Batu at Sabindo
area, Tawau Town at
10.30am after swimming for five hours from Sungai Nyamuk, Indonesia.
He made his first attempt on Aug. 3, 2010 but failed by stinging jellyfish in the sea.
Rusli Ibrahim, 46, is an employee of the Information Department in Indonesia. This successful attempt made him the first swimmer to complete the journey from Sebatik Island's Mosquito River to Tawau Town 8 kilometers away.
His main barriers across the Gulf
Cowie is poisonous jellyfish that habitat at Cowie Bay sea water. It
was these poisonous jellyfish that failed him in the middle of the
sea August 2010 last year. This time the sea water was
calm, jelly fish did not show up. The Government of Malaysia through Tawau Municipal Council (MPT)
warmly welcomed the arrival of Ibrahim Rusli and his entourage. Ibrahim has his next goal : to climb Kilimanjaro mountain in
northeastern Tanzania, Africa. This mountain height is 4600 meters
from mountain foot. This is the highest peak in Africa, with the
height of 5895 meters above sea level.
This time the sea water was
calm, jelly fish did not show up.
The Government of Malaysia through Tawau Municipal Council (MPT) warmly welcomed the arrival of Ibrahim Rusli and his entourage.
Ibrahim has his next goal : to climb Kilimanjaro mountain in northeastern Tanzania, Africa. This mountain height is 4600 meters from mountain foot. This is the highest peak in Africa, with the height of 5895 meters above sea level.
Siapa Ibrahim Rusli?
The RM27 million Pulau Sebatik Rural Water Supply (BALB) project is expected to be operational by June 2011, benefiting about 5,000 residents there. The project, which started in October 2009, is expected to solve the clean water supply problem on the island.
|Original reference source : By Nashir Mansor
July 29, 2008 Gutsy Smallholder 'Strikes' Big With
20 years ago, a 22-year-old
young man went ahead with a bold venture to cleared 18 hectares of
his family-owned land for oil palm cultivation at Sebatik Island.
This family style plantation farming has not been easy on Sebatik Island that lacks basic amenities. In those days, the source of electricity was own generators and the mud roads were in bad shape that it was almost impassable even on bicycles. Affandi used to recalled the toughest in the early pioneer years when the Sebatik Island lacked basic infrastructure. At that time, the farmers had to entirely depend on the rain and wells for source of water. When there was no rain for a week, the farmers were forced to get their water supply from Tawau. Some workers gave up living on the island as they could not stand having to fetch water from the well everyday.
Today (2011) Affandi's hard work is pay off when his earnings from oil palm fruits reached RM100,000 a month.
His success does not stop there, as Affandi S. Mohd, now 42, has expanded his estate to 50 over hectares in his island.............................Read full story By Nashir Mansor July 29, 2008 Gutsy Smallholder 'Strikes' Big With Oil Palm http://www.bernama.com
RM1.5mil to build
roads on Sebatik
In 2004, the federal government has allocated RM1.56 million to build roads on Pulau Sebatik
Another RM12.6 million water supply project also completed that benefit 5,000 residents of the island.
DailyExpress: The federal government has allocated RM1.56 million to build roads on Pulau Sebatik here, said Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin Sunday.
Pulau Sebatik is located near the border with East Kalimantan. The majority of the people are farmers and fishermen. The Island is separated from Nunukan Island by narrow strait.
Proposed plans on the island, including the administrative centre at Sungai Bergosong in Sungai Tongkang, and the RM6 million police station project site there.
The water supply project in Wallace Bay, which is nearing completion and will be able to supply water to about 5,000 islanders in three villages.
Federal agencies in Sabah were allocated about RM16 billion to carry out development projects over five years from 2006 to 2010.
Sebatik Island is divided in to two parts. The southern part belongs to Indonesia, and the northern to the Malaysia. The inhabitants of this island are mostly fishermen and unskilled laborers. Some engage in trading along the border between Indonesia and Malaysia. The island is inhabited by almost 15,000 people, who live in two main villages, Sungai Nyamuk and Sungai Pancang. The distance between Sungai Pancang and Tawau can be covered within 15 minutes by motorboat.
Day Travelers to Tawau
A simpler entry procedure may be
implemented for day trippers to Tawau, Sabah from Indonesia,
especially nearby Nunukan and Tarakan islands, to help ease
congestion at the Tawau jetty.
State Government was also discussing with Suria Capital, which owns Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd, to upgrade the old jetty in Tawau for international arrivals, especially day travelers, while turning the present jetty into a domestic landing point.
KKIP Communication had also conducted a survey in 2005 on the possibility of setting up a system using the card reader machine it had set up at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to record particulars of non-Sabahan Malaysian citizens.
Tanjung Arang - the proposed new border town
Tanjung Arang is strategically located to do border trading and being the closest point to Indonesia's Nunukan Island in the south, which is visible from the proposed border town.
The setting up of the border town in Tanjung Arang, the economic development in Sebatik would be spurred.
Tanjung Arang to be developed by a government-linked company. The border town in Tanjung Arang has the potential to be developed into an economy-spinning centre just like Rantau Panjang and other border towns in the peninsula, especially to capitalize on the huge Bimp-Eaga market.
The proposed border town in Tanjung Arang in Sebatik on the Malaysia side would be realized soon as it would provide an alternative for day travelers to conduct trading. Facing Tanjung Arang is the new Nunukan port.
Tanjung Arang could be the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) centre here as well.
Federal agencies have been directed by Federal government to render their fullest co-operation to the implementation of all development plans of the proposed border town in Tanjung Arang, Sebatik Island.
Sabah State Federal Secretary, Amiruddin Abdullah, said the border town proposal by Sebatik Assemblyman, Datuk Dr Patawari Patawe, must be given attention as it has tremendous potential to develop the socio-economy not only of the people in the island but also those in the mainland.
Dr Patawari is also Chairman of Warisan Harta Sabah Sdn Bhd for
his proactive and far-sighted vision.
Proposed facilities for Sebatik Island
in Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP)
Among the proposed facilities were:
1) Health clinic
2) Community college
3) A fully-residential school
4) Water Treatment plant project
5) Proposed Wallace Bay resettlement scheme
6) Kampung Bergosong police station.
A bee-keeping project will be implemented in Pulau Sebatik, off the east coast of Sabah, for the benefit of the residents who are mostly poor.
Sebatik Assemblyman Datuk Dr Haji Patawari Haji Patawe said the honey-producing project would be carried out with the co-operation of the Koperasi Pembangunan Desa (KPD), a State Government agency.
The project will be implemented on contract with the beekeepers whereby the co-operative will provide them advice and purchase the honey they produce.
The project would apply the bee-keeping concept adopted in three northern districts of Sabah, namely Kota Marudu, Kudat and Pitas, which had been involved in the activity for more then 10 years.
The bee project in Pulau Sebatik has proven to have raised the social status of the people involved in the activity in Kota Marudu, Kudat and Pitas. The income of the participants in the three districts is now around RM2,000 a month. An lucrative income.
In raising the social status of Pulau Sebatik residents, a salted fish project was implemented, along with the introduction of modern fishing technology.
Batu Jetty of Tawau
Jongkong boats is the main transport between Sebatik Island and Tawau Town. This 15 meters in length boat is capable of carrying five tones of goods and 10 passengers per trip. The fare is RM5 per passenger and a maximum of RM20 for goods.
The jongkong long boat ferry passengers and agricultural produce to Tawau from Pulau Sebatik across Cowie Bay. The journey takes 30 minutes and went through relevant checks by the marine police.
Tawau is the main centre for the marketing of agricultural produce, including fruits, cocoa, oil palm, coconuts and vegetables, from Pulau Sebatik. The Jongkong is the main mode of transportation for residents of Pulau Sebatik to ferry their agricultural produce to Tawau.
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UMS Sea Mammals Station at Sebatik Island
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) has a base station at Sebatik Island to facilitate studies on sea mammals in the surrounding waters.
Pulau Sebatik island is partly Malaysian and partly Indonesian. The few main villages in the island are Kampung Sungai Melayu, Kampung Sungai Tongkang, Kampung Sungai Pukul and Bergosong.
This Sea Mammals Study Station is under the supervision of the UMS Marine Biology Centre.
An inaugural scientific expedition to Sebatik Island jointly organized by UMS and Sabah Parks, in collaboration with the Sebatik Assemblyman's Office was carried out in February 2007. The expedition was due to the Sebatik Assemblyman, Datuk Dr Patawari Patawe's persistence in inviting UMS to the island with the prime intention of conducting detailed studies from various aspects to uplift the people's socio-economy standard there.
Sebatik Island is mostly uncharted in terms of many educational aspects, therefore, UMS decided to conduct the expedition similar to other coastal areas in Sabah.
Thriving with crocodiles
On that 2007 expedition, Prof Mohd Noh said initial findings on studies conducted at the mangrove swamp areas found it to be thriving with crocodiles besides sea mammals.
Earlier, Prof Mohd Noh, who brought the entire deans of UMS for the expedition where they stayed on the island for several nights, hoped the people in Sebatik would render full cooperation to any UMS research team in the future.
Apart from the proposed centre for sea mammals, he has also discussed with a Federal Deputy Minister on the possibility of establishing a healthcare study centre on the island, especially with the imbalance between Sebatik Malaysia that has an estimated 25,000 population, against 80,000 on the Sebatik Indonesian side.
"Selangkah Ke Menara Gading" (One Step Towards the Higher Learning Institution).
UMS is also playing its role to promote education among the rural folk by conducting programmes like the "Selangkah Ke Menara Gading" (One Step Towards the Higher Learning Institution). Invitation was extended to the parents, especially mothers and their children to visit the UMS under the programme where they would see for themselves the condition and rewards that lie ahead should their children succeed in their studies.
Greater development is expected under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP)
in Sebatik Malaysia
Sebatik Assemblyman - Datuk Dr Patawari Patawe
Sebatik Assemblyman, Datuk Dr Patawari Patawe, hopes that the proposed border town and Customs checkpoint at Tanjung Arang on the island would materialize during the 9MP period.
Dr Patawari who is also Chairman of State investment arm, Warisan Harta Sabah Sdn Bhd
The establishment of both are currently being studied by a special committee under the Local Government and Housing Ministry, he said.
Sebatik Malaysia is currently lagging behind even when compared to the Indonesian side of the island.
|Sabah's East coast to have better roads
04 November, 2004
Abdul Aziz said four areas would be given emphasis in Sarawak, namely the districts of Julau, Mukah, Asajaya and BaKelalan, while in Sabah the areas are Tawau, Pulau Sebatik, Pulau Bumbum and Telupid in the East Coast.
Sebatik folk to get clean water supply
15 August, 2004
Tawau: A RM12.45 million water project to be launched at Kampung Wallace Bay, Sebatik Island, off here, today (Sunday) heralds the end of the hardship faced by the community there.
Tax-free zone status for Sebatik
30 June, 2004
Tawau: Recommendations are being made to turn Sebatik Island, off the Tawau township, into a tax-free zone.