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Semporna is in Sarawak (Bernama)
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April 20, 2008 17:11 PM

Hotel Seri Malaysia For Semporna To Reduce Room Shortage

SEMPORNA, April 20 (Bernama)-- The government will build a Seri Malaysia hotel in Semporna to reduce the shortage of hotel rooms here, especially during the festive seasons.

Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Afdal said the site for the hotel had been identified and construction would begin this year.

"We are confident that the hotel would meet the needs of local visitors and foreign tourists, especially during the festive seasons and the Lepa Regatta held each year here," he said after presenting prizes to the winners of this year's regatta.

He said there had always been a shortage of hotel rooms here since the regatta was organised in 1994, adding that many of the local and foreign tourists were forced to stay in Tawau or Lahad Datu, about two hours' journey from Semporna.

Mohd Shafie said he would discuss further the problem with the Tourism Ministry so that it could be overcome as soon as possible.

On the 15th Lepa Regatta, he said he was happy that there were more visitors his time while the accompanying cultural programme was more organised.

He said for next year's event, it should be further improved in line with its status at the National Water Festival in the Malaysian tourism calendar.

Maman Indangan, 45, from Kampung Tampi-Tampi Kibayan emerged champion for having the best decorated boat at this year's regatta. He received his prize from Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah.

-- BERNAMA

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Re: Semporna is in Sarawak (Bernama)
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I fail to see any part of that article related to Sarawak..or Kuching. =(

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Semporna is in Sabah. period.

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The national news agency thought that Semporna, a town in Southeastern Sabah is actually in Sarawak. The header says 'Sarawak News' but the news was reported in Semporna.

This says a lot, from the national news agency no less.

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human make mistake guys...

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Great Mistake. Semporna is famous well-known among tourist some more the news is bout shortage of hotel.

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It's not about a human mistake, this is about a 'reputable' national news agency, with it's own satellite TV channel, getting basic geography mixed up. It makes you wonder if they have any editors who do their job, or fact checkers who check their facts.

I can forgive property developers and certain property consultants getting the Four Seasons and Four Points mixed up; but a national news agency getting basic geography mixed up is pure wrong. It's like CNN mixing Kuching for Indonesia, or New Zealand for Australia.

Plus, it reinforces the 'myth' that places in Sabah and Sarawak are interchangeable, that both are one in the same and not two separate entities.

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It's like they don't care, that's why they don't bother about accuracie or the lack thereof. "Sarawak? Sabah? Hmm? Aren't they the same? East M'sia?"

Even worse, they collectively call us as "Borneo".

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that's just so sad. i still get the occasional "kuching is in sabah" when i meet new online friends from west malaysia, and even singapore.

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