Malaysia Backpackers Destination and Homestay


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Alert - Malaysia expands screening of visitors to all entry points

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has confirmed that no case of “influenza-like” illness with symptoms of swine flu infection has been found in Malaysia.

However, the Government is not taking chances with the outbreak that is already spreading across Mexico to other countries.
Taking precautions: Perlis Tourism and Health Committee chairman Ahmad Bakri Ali (right) discussing a point with a tourist who arrived via the Padang Besar train station yesterday. — Bernama

The ministry has already expanded its screening of passengers arriving at international entry points like KL International Airport, which it started on Monday, to the ground.

In Rantau Panjang, which borders Thailand, the health department began randomly screening those coming into Malaysia on foot.

“We are doing it as a precaution,” a doctor on site said. He set up an informal unit with five of his subordinates.

The ministry has taken measures to set up hotlines for the public to call for inquiries in Putrajaya and also started a 24-hour monitoring of the situation. The public can call 03-8881-0200/300 for enquiries.

Police personnel at Malaysia’s borders are on high alert to check any signs of the swine flu outbreak sneaking into the country.
A teacher demonstrating to children how to wash their hands as a precautionary measure against swine flu infection at a kindergarten in Hubei in the Anhui province of China. - Reuters

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said policemen would assist all border-control agencies to monitor for any signs of the disease at all entry points including airports.

“We are working closely with the Health Ministry to monitor the situation and assist in the screening process,” he told reporters after a visit to Hospital Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the 202nd Police Day yesterday.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Ismaiil Merican confirmed yesterday that no case of influenza-like illness with symptoms of swine flu virus had been reported in Malaysia. He said that based on surveillance of influenza-like illness, there had been no reported case.

He added that health officers at KLIA screened 428 passengers and airline crew flying in from areas with cases of swine flu for signs of the infection. Passengers and airline crew, he said, were also been given health alert cards and health declaration forms to fill.

“The screening at all international entry points continued yesterday. A technical committee meeting involving several agencies will also be held today to discuss other preventive measures and an integrated approach for the control of any infection,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Ismail said that in view of the World Health Organisation’s decision to raise the swine flu alert to Phase 4 from Phase 3, which made the current situation just two levels away from a full pandemic, the ministry would continue to advise Malaysians to stay away from affected regions.

“This is particularly when the travel is unnecessary and they are not feeling well. Those who fall sick during their travel should seek medical treatment,” he warned.

In Kuala Lumpur, Bernama reports that the Foreign Ministry had asked all Malaysian missions abroad to continuously monitor and update the ministry on the swine flu outbreak in relation to Malaysians residing or travelling overseas.

“The 60 registered Malaysians residing in Mexico where the swine flu outbreak was first detected and another five in the accredited Central American countries are reported to be safe and free from the virus,” the ministry said in a statement.

The public is advised to report to the Consular Divison of the Foreign Ministry at 03-8887-4000 if they are aware or informed of any cases by their friends, relatives or colleagues currently overseas.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sipadan Island Needs More Votes To Be One Of New 7 Wonders Of Nature

KOTA KINABALU, April 23 (Bernama) -- Pulau Sipadan, a diving haven off Sabah's east coast, needs more votes to qualify as one of seven new wonders of nature.

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State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said that as of Monday, Sipadan ranked 14th in the island category of the New 7 Wonders of the World Project, after climbing from 17th place a week before.

"Sipadan has been nominated to compete with 30 nominees in the island category.

"We need to climb three more places to qualify to the next preliminary round," he said at the Vote For Sipadan Campaign here today. His speech was delivered by his assistant, Bolkiah Ismail.

He said all that a voter needed was a valid email address to cast a vote via

"By being one of the seven new wonders of nature, it would boost the country's tourism industry, especially Sabah," he said, adding that the last day for voting was July 7.

Pulau Sipadan is now in 14th place in the race to be named one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature.

If the famed diving spot is to remain in contention, it must move up to 11th by July to qualify for the next round of the online election.

Alamanda Putrajaya is the first shopping centre built in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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Alamanda Putrajaya is the first shopping centre built in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The Alamanda Putrajaya mall, located in Precinct 1, costs about RM 380 million (USD 100 million) to build and was first opened at the end of August 2004. With the signing of Carrefour as the anchor tenant and along with the potential 180 tenants, Alamanda catalysed commercial activities for Putrajaya and create numerous job opportunities.

Other anchors now include Parkson, Cold Storage, Golden Screen Cinemas

Alamanda Putrajaya Shopping Centre,
Jalan Alamanda,
Precinct 1 (Presint 1), 62000 Putrajaya,
Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.

The shopping centre has a variety of shops, restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theatres and a food court illuminated by natural lighting. It is designed with two levels to allow even distribution and smooth flow of shoppers within the premises.

Alamanda Putrajaya is managed by Indah Putrajaya Sdn Bhd, with retail spaces of 700,000 sq ft (65,000 m2), houses two dedicated car park buildings with approximately 3,000 car park bays and 36 strategic loading bays.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Backpackers Near Sabah International Airport - Borneo Global Backpackers

Borneo Global Backpackers is located Lot 29, Ground & 1st Floor, Karamunsing Godown, Jalan Karamunsing, 88000 Kota Kinabalu (Sabah).

Located in central Kota Kinabalu, the Borneo Global Backpackers offers a range of clean and comfortable value accommodation to the budget traveler.

In total, there are 24 guest rooms at the property. Guests can choose between a bunk-bed in a shared room, or private guest rooms with twin or double beds.

The property occupies a central downtown location, close to the Sabah State Museum and the Sabah State Mosque. The city’s beautiful Tanjung Aru Beach is only a 8-minute drive away by public transport.

Borneo Global Backpackers offers a complimentary pick-up service from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, a 10-minute drive away.

1. Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Non-Smoking Rooms, Safety Deposit Box.

2. Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Guest Parking

3. Free private parking is possible on site.

Accepted credit cards : Visa, Euro/Mastercard, JCB. =The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.

(Wholly Owned By Tamasda Continental Corporation Sdn Bhd)
Ground & First Floor, Lot No. 29, Karamunsing Godown, Jalan Karamunsing , 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Tel/Fax: 088 – 270975 (Office) Reception: 088 – 270976

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Malaysia Budget Travel Destination - Tune Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Budget Malaysia tours to various tourist destinations in Malaysia are available here! Want to visit as many destinations in Malaysia as possible with limited budget? Don't have free time and enough information to plan your budget trip of Malaysia?

Don’t worry if you blew your budget on the flight to Malaysia. With prices ranging from an astonishing $3 to $30 a night, the boldly painted red-and-white Tune Hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur offers a cheap, well-located base to explore the city’s mosques, gardens and vibrant street life.

Rooms are compact but stylish, with unique wall art and sleek d├ęcor. The no-frills approach means you sacrifice many of the standard hotel amenities, including televisions, telephones, coffee machines and closet space. Room service is not an option, but Malaysian white coffee and local and Western fare are available all day long at Uncle John Kopitiam, the hotel’s cafeteria. Towels and toiletries are available for a small fee, so pack your own if you’re looking to save. And while all rooms have a ceiling fan, air conditioning will cost you a few dollars, as well.

316 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603.26923300
Fax: +603.26913301

5 Reasons to Choose Tune

Sometimes, all you really need from a hotel is a hot shower and a good night’s rest. Without risking robbery either stepping out of the room, or paying the bill upon check-out. Our limited service hotels offer a 5-star sleeping experience at a 1-star price by getting rid of costly full service extras that sometimes, you just don’t need… and shouldn’t have to pay for just to get a decent night’s sleep.

While we don’t offer meeting rooms, pools, spas, saunas, room service or the like, for what you might pay for a meal at a fast food restaurant, you do get:

5-star beds
Our Tune beds feature high quality spring mattress beds with pillows, pillowcases, bed sheets and 250-thread count duvets, custom-made for our requirements by bedmakers who supply 5-star hotels - the basis of our promise for a 5-star sleeping experience!

Power showers
Each of our rooms feature attached private bathrooms with high-pressure, heated Power Showers. So even though you’re paying minimal room rates, you’re still enjoying premium showers in maximum privacy.

Central & convenient locations
All Tune hotels are strategically located close to major shopping, sightseeing and business destinations. Inside each hotel, you’ll find established convenience store operators and branded food & beverage outlets to give you reliable facilities within easy reach.

Clean environment
We provide daily housekeeping services to ensure you have a clean and pleasant stay with us.

Through our affordable pay-as-you-use system of add-ons for air-conditioning*, laundered towels and any other energy-consuming facilities and amenities, we try to help you conserve both your funds as well as the earth’s resources.