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BC Tam

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  1. 4 hours ago, Samuel Chy said:

    remember the scene of 3-4 flights (from peninsular, Sarawak or international) arrive front and back .....

    I once ended up in the open air outside arrival hall queued up for immigration clearance - heck more pleasant there than the stifling atmosphere inside hall proper (though I doubt many of my fellow queue members appreciated sniffing Jet-A1 fumes as I did 😀)

  2. 6 hours ago, Kenny Sing said:

    no funding maybe? or probably it is a "norm" for MAHB to operate the airport beyond designed capacity for their airports to make it a stress test for their design, LOL, take a look on previous KKIA T2, ...

    Yes, BKI T2 was already overcrowded. Then the red one decided to stay put for ages instead of shifting to T1 when that was ready, all the while pax numbers kept increasing. That obviously did not help matters one bit, safe to say :)

  3. On 2/8/2020 at 7:33 AM, Pall said:

    ..... so this goes beyond the surface and should not be looked at from a medical refugee point of view. 

    Why not ? Just because some politician is concerned about criticisms from the other side, compassion and common sense goes out the window ?

    Incidentally, the opposition here (LDP) has since sort of dispelled your 'silver bullets' line of thought 😁

    refer: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news/147095/show-compassion-govt-urged/


    On 2/8/2020 at 7:33 AM, Pall said:

    For the fact that Sabah CM openly say they don't have enough resources to handle the outbreak (as scary as it seems) is a lot better than saying we are well prepared and equipped with number of patients rising like wildfire

    He didn't say we are well prepared, he didn't say we are prepared, he didn't say we are taking steps to prepare - he said we will not be able to handle an outbreak 🙄

    So what happened to all the expertise and experience from SARS episode previously ?

  4. Good to see some common sense coming through 🙂


    Special pass for Chinese tourists

    from: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/02/09/special-pass-for-chinese-tourists


    Not absolutely clear though if those Chinese presently in Sabah will be issued the special passes here in Sabah or they need to travel to Semenanjung for it 😐  But at least option is there

    However, if the Sabah authorities persist with their 7 days stance, then I fear for the reputation of our 'hospitality' amongst the Chinese tourism market.  Less we forget the very recent cases of those 'negligent' Chinese visitors being detained for failing to have their travel documents stamped at BKI ?  When these people return home, they will talk and more likely than not, it will be someone's loss consequently ...... 😒


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    China nationals who are still in Sabah are advised to depart or return before expiry of their visa, and the maximum visa extension granted remained at seven days, he added.

    Some Chinese nationals still in Sabah had previously asked for longer visa extensions as they fear of going back to the crisis stricken republic at the moment.

    However, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has already said they will maintain the seven-day visa extension as Sabah does not have sufficient resources to cope in case of an outbreak in the state.


    This part of it is particularly disappointing and I cannot comprehend logic behind that stance

    Our tourism people went over and wooed those Chinese nationals to came visit our land, and they did, and contributed in their own way to our local economy as well as social/cultural exchanges. Whilst they are here, things developed in their homeland, which would endanger them if they do make their way back. So we now tell them they have 7 days to sort things out, then go away, dunno where to but go away somehow 😒 

    Bear in mind that these visitors have been amongst us for a while already and there has been no reported incidence of any of them being a victim or carrier of the dreaded virus (which in grand scheme of things, really isn't as deadly as the media has portrayed it to be)  So, IF in event any one of them (and we don't know which one as of now) is/was to pass on the virus to any of us locals, it's more than likely a done deal already.  And do we see any effort to identify all people these Chinese nationals have had contacts with for duration of their stay here so far for purpose of isolating/quarantining the 'victims' ? No

    So why is it such a big deal we Sabahans cannot afford to accommodate these few Chinese (medical refugees) for a while more ? What is there to lose by showing a measure of compassion to them ? Perhaps visa extension can be done on a weekly basis, with a view on how the situation in Wuhan/China develop with time ? More likely than not, our visitors are more keen to return home than overstay their welcome here really

    I'm concerned about the aftermath effects - say our tourism people go over to Wuhan/China after all this crisis has blown over (yes, flu epidemics come and go, regularly) and people there recall what sort of 'hospitality' their kin were accorded in times of need ......



  6. 41 minutes ago, Silverfly07 said:

    ... Plus the already limited support from our government. Dont forget most gov contracts were passed on to AirAsia. Example, government servants now flies on airasia. 

    The only aircraft MH can deploy now are the A380 which burns roughly " 11 Tones of fuel per hour". Send that to Wuhan to rescue a mere 140+ people and it will cause public outcry and a massive PR failure for the Pakatan Harapan government. Even In the beginig, the MINDEF dont even want to send A400M, they simply cant afford A400M. Government only proposed C130, imagine how poor is the government? .....

    Yeah well, I can't begin to imagine ...... how gahmen can still afford to maintain that fleet of VIP jets to ferry our Royals and leaders around 😀




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