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Boat overloaded with holidaymakers capsizes in Borneo, 23 missing

Twenty-three people are missing in remote Borneo after a boat overloaded with holidaymakers heading home for a festival capsized yesterday in treacherous rapids on a jungle river.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 1:37am

Borneo river ferry capsizes, 21 missing

Twenty-one people were missing after an overloaded boat carrying an estimated 100 passengers capsized on Tuesday in a remote Malaysian jungle river, police and a local official said.

28 May 2013 - 6:20pm

Graft watchdog calls on Sarawak chief Taib Mahmud to resign

Corruption watchdog Transparency International has called on the powerful head of a Malaysian state to step aside after a video purportedly linking him to abuse of power went viral online.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:33am

Dayak granted tribal land title

Malaysia's highest court has overturned a 1921 decree that sought to extinguish native Dayak tribes' rights to land handed over to oil giant Shell.

The landmark ruling will have a major impact on scores of land claims by Malaysia's indigenous tribes, many of whom are battling to safeguard their ancestral lands from logging and oil palm cultivation.

18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Trouble in paradise

When Michael Api sits around an evening campfire with his mates, the men with whom he has wrestled, joked and shared meals since childhood, their chatter often turns wistfully to 'the good old days'.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Where the wild things are

Daybreak comes with thick mist and drizzle in Kampung Bako. The inhabitants of the languid fishing village, perched on the muddy banks of the Sarawak River's mouth in western Borneo, grin and say the rain is a gift from the gods. Bad weather means good business: rainproof ponchos are in big demand among the ill-prepared tourists who pass through the village on their way to the jungle.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Making friends with the natives

How many dispossessed people does it take to change a policy? in a 40-year career involving meeting, and in many cases campaigning for, tribal people driven from their ancestral homelands, British explorer Robin Hanbury-Tension has yet to find the answer.

19 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Cahya to build Bintulu berth

Malaysian construction and building materials maker Cahya Mata (Sarawak) says its subsidiary has been awarded the contract to construct berthing space in Bintulu Port in eastern Sarawak state.

31 Oct 1997 - 12:00am


IMONG stopped along the trail. Delicately, he held a frond of unidentified creeper between his index finger and thumb and gave it a short, sharp tug. A strange sound followed, a fizzing like the bubbles of a freshly poured glass of champagne. The sound continued for a few seconds and then gradually faded.

4 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Sarawak is showcase for bygone ways

SARAWAK'S capital, Kuching, the newest Malaysian destination accessible by direct flights from Hong Kong, is the ideal place for cat lovers.

Not only has the household pet been adopted as the local mascot, the city with a population of 300,000 also boasts the world's only Cat Museum.

31 Aug 1995 - 12:00am