Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pertandingan Sukan Tradisi Sempena Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan

Hi everyone,

Harvest Festival or Tadau Kaamatan is just around the corner. There will be a lot of activities held during this one of the biggest event in Sabah. One of it will be Traditional Sports Competition or Pertandingan Sukan Tradisi which will be held at Hongkod KDCA Hall organised by Lembaga Sukan Negeri Sabah. Come and join the fun while learning the uniqueness of Kadazan Dusun Murut culture! : )

Below are the information which can be found in Lembaga Sukan Negeri Sabah's website:


Seperti pada tahun-tahun lepas, Sukan Tradisi adalah merupakan salah satu daripada acara yang diadakan sempena dengan Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri Sabah.  Dalam konteks ini, Lembaga Sukan Negeri Sabah diberikan tanggungjawab dan peranan sebagai Jawatankuasa Penganjur   untuk merangka dan seterusnya melaksanakan program yang   telah dirancang.

Borang-borang penyertaan boleh diperolehi di Pejabat Am, Ibu Pejabat Lembaga Sukan Negeri Sabah, Kompleks Sukan Kota Kinabalu pada masa pejabat atau menghubungi melalui talian telefon Urusetia Jawatankuasa Sukan Tradisi seperti di bawah untuk sebarang pertanyaan/maklumat:-  

         1. Puan Clare Jimoning  : 016 – 8386292 (H/P) / 088 – 240717 (Pejabat)

         2. Cik Carolyn Patrick : 019 – 8238366 (H/P) / 088 – 215730 (Pejabat)

atau melalui internet di alamat :        

Pendaftaran penyertaan juga boleh dibuat pada hari acara tersebut dijalankan iaitu sebelum acara pertandingan dimulakan.Untuk makluman, semua borang pendaftaran juga boleh diperolehi melalui Pejabat-Pejabat Daerah dan Pejabat-Pejabat PKR diseluruh Negeri Sabah. Borang yang telah lengkap diisi hendaklah dihantar terus kepada:-

Jawatankuasa Sukan Tradisi Pesta Kaamatan
Peringkat Negeri Sabah Tahun 2012
Lembaga Sukan Negeri Sabah,
Beg Berkunci 142,
Faks : 088 – 217830

atau e-mel ke alamat :


 a) Gusti Tangan (Mipulos)

 b) Melastik (Momolisitik)

 c) Menyumpit (Monopuk)

 d) Rampanau (Berjalan menggunakan Galah Berkaki)

 e) Terompak Gergasi

 f)  Angkat Padi (Mamagandal) - Lelaki sahaja

 g) Tumbuk Padi (Tumutu)

 h) Mobpiri Mangapui (Menyalakan Api)

 i)  Migazat Dukug (Tarik Tali)

 j)  Tobijurung  (Membujak ) - Lelaki sahaja

 k) Migogo - Lelaki sahaja

Terbuka kepada semua individu yang berumur 18 tahun ke atas pada 30 Mei 2012. Penyertaan adalah percuma. Walaubagaimanapun, sebarang kos perbelanjaan yang terlibat untuk menyertai acara ini adalah ditanggung oleh peserta itu sendiri.

Source: Lembaga Sukan Negeri Sabah

Interested in participating? You can find more info about their synopsis, registration form, rules & regulation by visiting their website.

Good Luck & Kotobian Tadau Tagazo do Kaamatan in advance!

P/S: Don't forget to look into the synopsis of those traditional sports. They provided a lot of info there. Good job LSNS!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Definitely A Cracking Good Crab

Let's learn about Horse-shoe Crab or Belangkas today! :)


Publication: NST
Date of publication: Mar 16, 2009
Byline / Author: By Evangeline Majawat

Definitely A Cracking Good Crab

MYSTERIOUS and unappreciated, horseshoe crabs are slowly revealing their secrets to a team of local scientists. EVANGELINE MAJAWAT discovers that their findings could just be the `eureka' moment the nation has been holding her breath for.

With its primitive armour-like shell and spiny tail, this misunderstood marine creature strikes fear in the hearts of many.

But one of nature's gentlest creatures, the horseshoe crab could just be the nation's key to breakthrough research into an exclusive multi-million biomedical industry currently dominated by one country.

For the past few years, horseshoe crabs or "belangkas" have been the subject of intense but low-profile research at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).

The eight-man team has been studying two out of three species of Asian horseshoe crabs found in our waters - Tachypleus gigas and Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda - in the hope of discovering a way to produce an endotoxin test kit.

If successful, Malaysia would be the second country in the world and the first in Asia to produce a test kit derived from the famous cyan-blue blood of horseshoe crabs.

More importantly, this test kit would be an alternative to the invaluable endotoxin test "Limulus Amebocyte Lysate" (LAL), which is produced only in the United States.

The prototype is expected to be ready by the end of this year, with the end product completed by 2010.

"We're on the brink of a great breakthrough. If we do produce this kit, then we won't have to pay so much any more (for LAL)," UMT Institute of Tropical Aquaculture senior researcher Dr Zaleha Kassim told the New Straits Times.

The LAL is the standard test used by laboratories and hospitals worldwide to detect harmful bacteria and endotoxins in all pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

"We would cut cost for local labs and hospitals. And Malaysia could potentially make a lot of money if this test kit gets into the market," Zaleha said.

Fellow UMT Biological Science Department senior researcher Dr Noraznawati Ismail believes that the local test kit would cost only half the price of the imported ones.

"It generally costs more than RM1,000 for just a minute amount of LAL. We could produce local kits which would be sold for half that sum."

In December last year, UMT received a RM1.9 million research grant from the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti).

UMT was given two years to study and develop a scientific protocol for the extraction of the blood compounds and production of the endotoxin test kit.

The kit would be called either "Tachypleus Amebocyte Lysate" (TAL) or "Carcinoscorpius Amebocyte Lysate" (CAL), after the genus of the two types of horseshoe crabs.

"We're in the midst of refurbishing the existing lab in UMT so we can concentrate on studying these animals," Noraznawati said.

The team is eager to extend the research to Sabah waters where the biggest of the Asian horseshoe species, the Tachypleus tridentatus, thrives.

Zaleha said a separate team of researchers were in the midst of conducting a stock assessment study with Mosti and the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.

She said they hoped to start work in Sabah in the middle of this year.

"We're on the verge of discovering something very important," she said proudly.


Pollution, greedy fishermen a threat to horseshoe crab

ONCE considered useless, the humble "belangkas" is thrust into the limelight as more people discover the beneficial properties of its blood.

But the attention is not always welcomed because with it, comes unsustainable demand and irresponsible fishing.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu Institute of Tropical Aquaculture senior researcher Dr Zaleha Kassim said the price of a horseshoe crab had skyrocketed from a mere 50 sen to a gut-punching RM5.

This, she said, had given rise to fly-by-night companies and greedy fishermen who were all in for the quick buck.

Zaleha has had to change her mobile phone number after being bombarded with calls from parties demanding she buy their catch.

"I can't stand these people who demand that the university buy from them. When we refuse, they'll blame us. We only need a small amount. These people call us and force us to buy up to hundreds of horseshoe crabs," she said.

Most of the time, these horseshoe crabs are found to be in poor condition.

"Then, there are those who call us for advice on how to rear horseshoe crabs. They cannot be cultivated.

"Most of them die in captivity within two to three months of being caught," she said.

She also explained that it takes up to nine years for a horseshoe crab to mature sexually and be able to mate.

"There is no quick get-rich-scheme with these horseshoe crabs."

Zaleha said the UMT research team would not only draw up the scientific protocol for their blood extraction but also for the conservation of these "beautiful and gentle creatures".

"Not much is known about horseshoe crabs. They're not a protected species but don't be fooled into thinking that they are abundant in our waters.

"It is very important that we protect them from unsustainable fishing. This would ensure our supply if the research is successful," she said.

There are also threats from habitat destruction and pollution.

"As mangrove forests disappear and beaches and the sea are polluted, the number of these animals will dwindle," she said.

Horseshoe crabs are also important for migratory birds.

"Horseshoe crabs are food source for migratory birds which flock to the country every year. If we protect the crabs, then the birds come with the bird watchers in tow. Now, isn't that eco-tourism?"

Zaleha also dismissed talk that consuming horseshoe crab meat has traditional medicinal benefits.

"It is not scientifically proven," she pointed out.


© Copyright 2009 The New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad. All rights reserved.

Credits to: New Straits Times (NST)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Borneo International Marathon 2012

On 6th May 2012, together with my 2 colleagues, Nelsey and Laura, we participated in Borneo International Marathon 2012. For the first time in my life, I jogged non-stop for 5KM! I had never jogged that far before. However, for the remaining 5KM, Laura and I continued to jog and also brisk-walking.

Steffy, Nelsey & Laura. Both of them showing off their finisher medals. 
That's me showing off my bib number :D
Yes I made it! 10KM in 1 hour 22 minutes. Without training.
Nelsey completed her 10KM in 1 hour 19 minutes, while Laura in 1 hour 22 minutes, just 2 seconds earlier than me.

The picture below shows the official result from BIM 2012.

I got no. 213 out of 775 10KM Women's Open participants
For sure, I am going to join BIM again next year. Maybe Half-Marathon? 21KM here we come!

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