Archive for November, 2008

Ah, Lonely Planet Says Not Safe To Go To Eastern Sabah

Written by Jaxon S on Monday, November 3rd, 2008 in Borneo Tourism, Borneo Travel.

Lonely Planet, the world leading travel publisher, has posted an alert on its website, warning travellers not to go to the eastern part of Sabah, the Malaysian state on Borneo Island.

The alert says:

Travel Warning: Don’t Go to Eastern Sabah

The islands and coastal areas of Eastern Sabah are considered very dangerous for foreigners, who are at high risk of being kidnapped by terrorist groups.

Severity: High-level alert.

I don’t know since when the alert was posted but I don’t think the situation at the moment warrants a high-level alert. Probably a travel advisory would suffice. Definitely not a high-level alert. Sabah’s east coast is not the Gulf of Aden.

The situation in the east coast of Sabah now is not as dangerous as it was in 2000.

Following two hostage-taking incidents in resort islands in the state’s east coast in May and September 2000, security surveillance has been stepped up in the area.

Three US Pacific Commanders had visited the area since then and all had acknowledged that the security surveillance put up by the Malaysian government was sufficient to thwart any terrorist threats.

Members of Borneo’s Nomadic Tribe Rescue Missing Surveyors

Written by Jaxon S on Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 in Borneo Native.

A group of hunters and gatherers from the semi-nomadic Penan tribe of Borneo rescued two surveyors who went missing since five days ago deep in the jungle of the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

The two were part of about 50 surveyors who were drawing up land route between two Malaysian Borneo states, Sabah and Sarawak, for a 500km gas pipeline.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had confirmed that the RM3 billion (USD840 million) gas pipeline project by Petronas Carigali, a subsidiary of Petronas, Malaysia’s petroleum corporation, would go on.

[Penan tribe. A 1999 photo by AP]

The Penans, said The Star, who were out hunting and collecting jungle produce, found Ismail Salleh, 31, and Rano Sani, 26, at 3pm yesterday, as a plane and helicopter searched from the air and 15 rescue personnel combed the thick jungles of Baram.

“The Penans had taken them to a location where the search and rescue parties could meet them and take them out to the nearest accessible settlement.

“How the duo got lost is still a puzzle. We (police) will interview them soon, but the good news is that they are not hurt,” said Baram district police chief Deputy Supt Jonathan Jalin.

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