KENINGAU: Sabah plans to implement high-technology farming to boost the states padi production to 10 tonnes a hectare for each planting season to reduce rice imports.
Its Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail said Sabah had the technology to boost its yield from the current five to seven tonnes a hectare each season.
Efforts should be promptly made to use the modern farming techniques to improve the states capability to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, he said when opening the Sabah Agriculture Department officers annual conference here yesterday. Bernama
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional is keeping an open mind on an Election Commission's proposal for the state and general elections to be held simultaneously.
We need to see the pros and cons of holding both the state and parliamentary elections together though we have no problems with either situation, Sabah Barisan secretary Datuk Karim Bujang said.
Karim was responding to a proposal by commission secretary Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar that the Sabah polls be held simultaneously with the general election to save time, money and other resources.
MIRI: A helicopter flying a pregnant woman from Bintulu Hospital to the Miri General Hospital here had to make an emergency landing at Bakam beach following a technical alert on board the aircraft.
The aircraft, carrying a pilot, doctor, nurse and the woman, landed on a vacant plot on the beach, some 15km from the town centre here, at 2pm yesterday.
Miri Airport manager Simon Wong said those on board were safe and the emergency landing was due to technical problems.
IPOH: A youth and a man were killed while another youth was injured in an accident involving several motorcycles at the 249.3km of the North-South Expressway yesterday.
A police spokesman said Liew Chin Hong, 16, died at the Ipoh Hospital while Mohd Khir Anuar, 21, died at the Kuala Kangsar Hospital after the 1.25am accident.
Another youth, known only as Shahrul Rizal, 18, has been admitted to the Taiping Hospital with serious injuries, he said. Bernama