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378 kg of gold worth RM65 million extracted from Tawau gold mine - CM

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- A total of 378.08 kilogrammes of gold with a RM65,069,122.61 million market value have been extracted from the Bukit Mantri gold mine in Tawau up to July 24, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said.

He said with the state government fixing a five per cent royalty on the gold market, the gold mine operators have been charged RM3,253,456.19 in royalties, out of which RM1,335,697.39 have been paid. 

“The remaining RM1,917,758.80 will be settled soon," he said at the 15th state assembly sitting here today when replying to Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan (STAR-Tambunan), who queried on the amount of production at the gold mine and revenues obtained so far. 

“The state government also intends to review the five percent royalty rate and push it higher. For future gold mining plans, the state government has decided that mining lease will only be issued to state-owned companies. 

Mohd Shafie said to date, the 946.1-hectare Bukit Mantri gold mine was the only one in Sabah, operating on a mineral lease grant issued in 2015. 

“This mine began operations in 2018 after obtaining the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Operational Mining Scheme (OMS) approvals from the Sabah Department of Environment (DOE) and Minerals and Geoscience Department respectively. 

Responding to an additional question from Datuk Joniston Bangkuai (PBS-Kiulu) who had asked for a guarantee that there will not be any coal mining operations in the biodiverse Maliau Basin, Mohd Shafie said the state government will not consider or approve an activity in the sensitive heritage site. 

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Helicopter used to water-bomb forest, peat fires in Miri


MIRI, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- Fire-fighting operations in the Kuala Baram area have intensified with the use of a helicopter to put out the blaze which engulfed forest and peat soil areas measuring 4.8 hectares today.

 
 

Man dies in fire at quarry workers' quarters near Sibu


SIBU, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- A man died, while 60 others were left homeless, when their living quarters at a quarry site in Jalan Setapang, some 48 kilometres from here, were razed to the ground in a fire yesterday evening.

 
 

Sabah Wildlife Dept ready to accept complaints, reports via hotline, online


The public may now forward any inquiries, reports or complaints to the Sabah Wildlife Department through phone call or online.

 
 

Helicopter to be used to put out peat fires in Miri


MIRI, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- The Miri Fire and Rescue Department will use a helicopter to “water bomb” the peat forest fires in Kuala Baram tomorrow, said its chief Law Poh Kiong.

 

 
 

Woman found hanged in bedroom


A woman was found hanged at her home in Tudan Fasa 4 here today.

 
 

Cuepacs: salary revisions needed for civil servants


The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) today called on the government to consider revising the salaries of civil servants as the last increase was conducted during the 2012-2013 period

 
 

Anti rabies operation: Make a head count, report on number of dogs in premises - Uggah


KUCHING, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- All plantation owners in the state will have to report on the total number of dogs belonging to their workers and including stray ones, present in their premises.

 
 

Sabah to host state-level Indigenous Peoples Day celebration Aug 9-10


KOTA KINABALU, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- Sabah will be hosting the state level International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples celebration starting on Aug 9 for two days at the Hongkod Koisaan Hall, Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association, here.

 
 

SEDCO, CIS considering plans to build clinker plant in Sabah


KOTA KINABALU, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- Sabah Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) and Cement Industries (Sabah) Sdn Bhd (CIS) are considering plans to build a clinker plant to ensure long run supply of clinkers in the state.  

 
 

Jessie Ambukon finds success in salted egg business


TUARAN, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- When Jessie Ambukon first started her salted egg business in 2015, she only had 10 ducks.

 
 
 

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Throwing caution to the wind over cockles

 
     

12 packages of Pan Borneo Highway in Sabah to be completed by June 2022

 
     

Port Dickson MP holds Deepavali Open House on Friday

 
     

Shafie aims for Sabah's oil royalty claims to be settled by next year

 
     
 
     
 

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