Sulu Sea

Chinese fishing boat runs aground in Philippines reef

A US Navy ship also ran aground on Tubbataha in January. It was stuck for more than 10 weeks. Photo: AFP

A Chinese fishing boat has run aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines, roughly 1,600 kilometres from China’s nearest major landmass, authorities said on Tuesday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Investors to sue for back rent

Disgruntled owners of villas in a luxury development in Malaysia - half of whom are from Hong Kong - are preparing to take legal action against one of the country's largest developers, claiming it is nearly one year in arrears on 'lease back' rental payments due to them.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Manila: The Philippines has indefinitely postponed the participation of US military forces in operations in Sulu in the south, where the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf is holding hostages. Presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye says the government recognises the negative sentiments of Sulu residents towards Americans, whose forebears committed atrocities in Sulu a century ago.

1 Mar 2003 - 12:00am


Manila: Malaysia has asked the Philippines to shut down an informal satellite office in Sabah, which helps Filipino migrant workers with their documentation requirements. Foreign Affairs sources in Manila said they received the request along with a suggestion to open a consulate instead.

19 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

II crackdown revives debate on Sabah status

In Tawi-Tawi province, on Bongao island in the southern Philippines, the Malaysian ringgit is as much in use as the peso.

It has nothing to do with Bongao people feeling part of Malaysia. It is because they, as well as thousands of Muslim residents in the adjoining islands, feel Sabah is really part of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

3 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Elite triathletes prepare to fight it out in Sabah

Hong Kong triathlete Daniel Lee Chi-wo will be looking for much-needed practice before he departs for Singapore for next month's Asian Championships when he competes in the opening race of Sunday's Asian series in Sabah, Malaysia.

Lee, who was Asia's top triathlete last year, will compete against triathletes from Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

22 May 1998 - 12:00am

13 turtles head home

Some 13 Malaysian giant turtles stranded in the territory will be flown to Sabah today.

The Agriculture and Fisheries Department said several of the tropical freshwater turtles were seized in April from a Wan Chai flat. They were to be sold for $12,000 to wealthy households.

10 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Manila detains 21 fishermen

A Hong Kong fishing boat and its 21 crew members have been detained by the Philippine Navy for poaching in the Sulu Sea.

Yesterday, the Philippine Navy was trying to identify where the crew came from and Hong Kong authorities had asked the British Embassy in Manila to assist.

16 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Minister declares war on poverty

MALAYSIA is planning a nationwide survey on poverty after a government minister decided the number of poor in at least two states had been underestimated.

Annuar Musa, the Minister of Rural Development, said the survey would help the Government achieve its target of reducing the number of 'hardcore poor' to less than one per cent of the population by 2000.

28 Jun 1995 - 12:00am


'The suicides are a bluff. I've called their bluff. I told them: 'Go ahead: I'll even give you the matches. And don't use kerosene, use gasoline. It burns faster'.' Captain Rex Robles, deputy commander of the Palawan Vietnamese boat people camp in the Philippines, quoted in a Chicago Tribune article on the inmates' desperate response to the threat of mandatory repatriation.

23 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Philippines to review case of 33 'smugglers'

THIRTY-THREE Chinese sailors, including five uniformed officers from the Hainan Island Frontier Police, appear to have become the political victims of a war of words between the Philippines and Beijing over the disputed Mischief Shoal in the Spratly Islands.

16 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Rescuers ponder high-risk move

THE British rescue team searching for five soldiers - including three Hong Kong servicemen - lost in the Malaysian jungle will today have to make the agonising decision whether to put their own lives at risk to try to reach their colleagues.

20 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Rescuers to descend into gully

ROYAL AIR FORCE rescue teams are scheduled to descend into a deep gully on a Malaysian mountain at dawn this morning to look for five soldiers, including three Hong Kong men, who were last seen in the area three weeks ago.

19 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Kinabalu expedition leader has failed twice

THE team leader of the expedition missing in the Sabah jungle has twice before tried the perilous descent of Low's Gully - and failed.

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Neil, 46, wanted desperately to conquer the terrifying ravine, which is an almost sheer drop of 1,800 metres from the peak of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, eastern Borneo.

18 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Solo adventure

YACHTSMAN Terence Lam has steered his way through the first stage of his solo round-the-world voyage. Nearly one month into his three-year adventure, Lam has reached Palawan in the Philippines.

5 May 1993 - 12:00am