Pink Borneo’s World Water Day

About a month from today, on the 22nd March 2012, the world will be celebrating a world wide event call World Water Day. ‘World Water Day’ has been observed on 22 March since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March as World Day for Water.

This day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Observance began in 1993 and has grown significantly ever since; for the general public to show support, it is encouraged for the public to not use their taps throughout the whole day, the day has become a popular Facebook trend.

[Malaysia World Water Day facebook Page]

Malaysia World Water Day Facebook Image

The UN and its member nations devote this day to implementing UN recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world’s water resources. Each year, one of various UN agencies involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting and coordinating international activities for World Water Day. Since its inception in 2003, UN-Water has been responsible for selecting the theme, messages and lead UN agency for the World Day for Water.

In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats have used World Day for Water as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues of our era. Every three years since 1997, for instance, the World Water Council has drawn thousands to participate in its World Water Forum during the week of World Day for Water. Participating agencies and NGOs have highlighted issues such as a billion people being without access to safe water for drinking and the role of gender in family access to safe water. In 2003, 2006 and 2009, the UN World Water Development Report was launched on the occasion of the World Water Day. The fourth Report is expected to be released around 22 March 2012.

The theme of 2012 is: Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry. Coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The visual identity and communication campaign is by UN-Water.

 We are able to find websites that are emphasizing the important of the event such as:

  1. Greening the blue
  2. UN Water dot org

and many more. Sabah, Malaysia government had also came a website & event to the awareness of all Sabahan toward the event at Hari Air Sedunia 2012.

In conjunction with the event of World Water Day 2012 themed ‘Water And Food Security’, the State Goverment via the Water Department (JANS), Department Of Irrigation & Drainage (DID), Public Works Department (PWD) and Institution Of Engineers Malaysia, Sabah (IEMS) will be organising a state level conference, exhibition and educational visit at Grand Ballroom, The Pacific Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu on the 20th-22nd March 2012.

Participation for the events is opened to water supply, sewerage, wastewater, irrigation, drainage and food industries.

The organiser with the Sabah Professional Photographers’ Society (SPPS) will also hold a photograph competition according to the event’s theme that will be opened to two categories; open and student until 12.00 noon, 10th March 2012.

The rules and regulations for the Photograph Competition and any further information required regarding the events; please call the Secretariat at +6 088-259122 or email to: iemsabah@sabah.org.my or iemsabah.adm@gmail.com. For Photograph Competition entry form download and other information please click this link.

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Gay U.S. Airways Flight Attendant Stripped Naked, Tied, Strangled to Death in Mexico City

We are now in the month of November. Over the months of September & October, we kept receiving & hearing news of gay bully, gay murder. I am sad for the ‘gets-better’ time is not here yet I suppose. My purpose to post these news is hoping Gay Community Kota KinabaluSabah Borneo,Malaysia are aware of things happened out there. And I started to think or better word to describe, I wonder if such things also happened here locally, yet it had been covered up.

We, Kota Kinabalu gay community better start looking into this matter. I received another horrific news of gay murder as per the title above: Gay U.S. Airways Flight Attendant Stripped, Tied, Strangled to Death in Mexico City

POSTED BY  ON OCT 31, 2011: 27-year-old Nick Aaronson’s body was found naked on his hotel bed, with his hands tied behind his back and a belt around his neck this weekend. The U.S. Airways flight attendent had been strangled to death, and his body showed signs of choking and beating beforehand.

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Another High School Hate Crime Video Bully in America

The hate crime toward gays is getting worst nowadays. Several internet news reported these bullying took place in the United States of America.

I am very much hoping, Sabah Borneo of Malaysia has no such bullying happening, however if there is, please do not hesitate to let us, Pink Borneo know. We are to stand up for you!

The  following news is taken from Unicornbooty blog:

POSTED BY  ON OCT 28, 2011 – It looks like the bully caught on tape beating a gay student into a concussed puddle at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio isn’t going to get away with just a three day suspension after all. The Chillicothe Gazettereports that criminal charges are to be brought against him today.

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Pink Borneo Website Selected for Utopia Spicy Website Award

29 October 2011, Saturday [Kota Kinabalu] – I would like to extend billions thanks to you all of your supports from the ‘birthday’ of Pink Borneo idea was generated to our first achievement, that is receiving recognition from Utopia Asia. Cordially thanking Aseh Travel for conducting our gay-friendly tours in Sabah. QBar Kota Kinabalu the only LGBT club in town, Magindanao Conservation providing much helps, Fokasmega Sdn Bhd, supplying our T-shirts for our activities and last but not least to Utopia Asia for your recognition to our Pink Borneo project!

Receiving an email stated: “We have added……  listings at http://www.utopia-asia.com/tipsmala.htm. Your website has been selected for our Utopia Spicy Website Award and recommendation to our thousands of daily visitors looking for cool and trendy sites.” this morning, marked the milestone of Pink Borneo’s progress and growth for years to come.

We are looking forward to give you our very best service in Borneo, cheers!!

You don’t need to avoid Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia for your Winter Vacation

As per the blog by Unicornbooty, the report on their website is not completely wrong about: Planning a winter vacation? Avoid these gay-executing & imprisoning countries. From my previous writing:

“The gay scene in Malaysia is thriving; although it is still mostly underground, it is basically tolerated by the “live-and-let-live” attitude of the locals.

From travel industry’s perspective, Sabah has all the important qualities to successfully develop Pink Borneo; Sabah has outstanding quality of flora and fauna, and the natives have rich and diverse tradition and culture. Most visitors find that the locals in Sabah are generally friendly to all visitors regardless of their cultural background or sexual orientation. Sabah’s hotel industry is also booming and this provides a wide range of accommodation to suite everyone’s budget and preference. There are also several gay-owned or gay-friendly establishments to support the development of Pink Borneo, ranging form backpacker hostel, pub and club, restaurant, spa centre, hair-salon, boutique, photography, event organiser, etc. Since all major destinations in Sabah such as Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Selingan Turtle Island, Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary, Danum Vally Research Centre, etc. are well documented; visitors find it easy to enjoy their special interests. Finally, with the increasing number of direct flights coming to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah has become accessible to travellers from all over the world.”

CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF PINK BORNEO

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CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF PINK BORNEO

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HOMOPOBIC SOCIETIES AROUND THE WORLD

With recent progress in legislation, some governments are in an effort to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. Unfortunately, 80 countries around the world still maintain laws that make homosexuality illegal. In countries such as Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen, as well as parts of Nigeria and Somalia, homosexual acts are punishable by death. Criminalisation of homosexuality remains strong in many African countries where gay people face persecution and violence from police, employers, hospitals and community organisations.

In fact, negative attitudes towards homosexuality are quite common even in areas where it is legal, for instance in some European countries hate crimes toward LGBT individuals continue to occur due to strong religious traditions in many places. As such, LGBT equality is severely threatened and the laws fail to protect LGBT individuals from homophobia. In the UK, although homosexuality is not considered as a criminal offence for many years and the Civil Partnerships Act has been introduced in 2004 to legalise same-sex union-ship, young LGBT continue to face homophobia in their everyday lives particularly in schools. In a 2010 public opinion poll, 43% of Americans who participated believed that gay and lesbian relationships are morally wrong despite the support of many religious communities by opposing homophobia.

GROWING UP IN HOMOPOBIC ENVIRONMENT

Many LGBT people are forced to conceal their sexuality, for fear of the negative reactions and consequences of coming out particularly in a homophobic culture. Even with a simple realisation that they might be gay can cause many young LGBT to be grappling with shame stemming from negative messages that they are sick, disgusting or sinful. It is very uncommon to feel fully at ease with being open with one’s sexuality or expressing same-sex affection.

Young LGBT people are subjected to severe homophobic bullying at school particularly when they do not act in line with gender stereotypes. Words associated with homosexuality are often used as standard insults, reinforcing the conception that it is highly undesirable to be gay. Naturally, this stops young LGBT from exploring and understanding their gay feelings; the fear of cruel homophobic torments from family and friends push them to the point that they have to pretend to be heterosexual or join in homophobic taunts – purely to protect themselves. There are many different homophobic threats experienced by the LGBT people almost on a daily basis; all of them are destructive, prejudice and discriminative such as malicious gossip, name-calling, intimidating looks, internet bullying, vandalism and theft of property, discrimination at work, isolation and rejection, sexual assault, or even being sentenced to death.

GAY COMMUNITY & PINK MARKET IN ASIA

The identities of LGBT have become increasingly a global phenomenon. In Asia, the recognition of this ‘new’ gender/sex culture has become more apparent as a result of the increasing international cooperation on HIV/AIDS prevention programmes; such preventative measures can only be effective if they are developed according to the lifestyle of every target group – hence the importance of recognising these gender/sex minorities.

Some of the major developments in Asia in recent years regarding homosexuality and human rights indicate that liberal thinking is spreading aggressively in this region; in December 2007, Nepal has created laws to protect LGBT rights and change existing laws that are tantamount to discrimination; in July 2009, the Indian government has taken a significant action to address the severe persecution of LGBT people living in India by abolishing the law that criminalises homosexuality; in April 2011, Pakistan has introduced a third gender category on its national identity cards for the transgender community; the number of openly gay politicians are increasing such as Tsai Ing-Wen in Taiwan, Vincent Wijeysingha in Singapore, Taiga Ishikawa in Japan, Penny Wong in Australia and Sunil Babu Pant in Nepal.

Some researches have suggested that gay culture is more tolerated in Asia than in other continents. For example, China has a history of being tolerant to homosexuality where Confucianism does not condemn homosexuality as some religions do. In fact during the Song dynasty, it has been documented that homosexuality was considered fashionable for both men and women. Several emperors were reported to keep male consorts. Kang You Wei, a renowned scholar in the 20th century apparently proposed same sex marriages. It is estimated that gay men and women constitute between 1 and 5% of the Chinese population, which means there could be as many 60 million homosexuals in China [Source: China Daily]

The economic, social and technological advancements in the context of tourism have acted as the catalyst in accelerating the movement of human around the globe. The purchasing power of LBGT community (also described as the “Pink Money”) is very significant because some gay and lesbian couples do not have children to support, meaning they have substantial disposable income and therefore they have high propensity for unique, exotic and fascinating travel adventures.

There is no doubt that the power of pink money is constantly growing in Asia as more countries are beginning to accept gay culture. Inline with the changing socio-political climate, many gay couples are becoming more open and relaxed about their sexuality. This encourages development of new products and services that help the gay community to express their self-actualised individuality such as airlines, destination resorts and other travel-related businesses. Exotic countries such as Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand are offering comprehensive travel guide for LGBT visitors, in the hopes that the pink market will provide a steady and reliable source of income to the local economies. There are also a couple of online gay travel planners, specialising in pink market such as Purple Dragon and Utopia-Asia.

PINK BORNEO

The gay scene in Malaysia is thriving; although it is still mostly underground, it is basically tolerated by the “live-and-let-live” attitude of the locals.

From travel industry’s perspective, Sabah has all the important qualities to successfully develop Pink Borneo; Sabah has outstanding quality of flora and fauna, and the natives have rich and diverse tradition and culture. Most visitors find that the locals in Sabah are generally friendly to all visitors regardless of their cultural background or sexual orientation. Sabah’s hotel industry is also booming and this provides a wide range of accommodation to suite everyone’s budget and preference. There are also several gay-owned or gay-friendly establishments to support the development of Pink Borneo, ranging form backpacker hostel, pub and club, restaurant, spa centre, hair-salon, boutique, photography, event organiser, etc. Since all major destinations in Sabah such as Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Selingan Turtle Island, Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary, Danum Vally Research Centre, etc. are well documented; visitors find it easy to enjoy their special interests. Finally, with the increasing number of direct flights coming to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah has become accessible to travellers from all over the world.

Based on LGBT global research study by OutNow, gay travellers will continue to travel for the following reasons; more LGBT enter into civil partnerships and they are looking for exotic places for honeymoon or to celebrate their union-ships. Apparently, most LGBT prefer to take long-haul destinations as they are looking for new adventure and travel experience. Typical activities of LGBT travellers while on vacation include diving, golfing, visiting historical landmarks, experiencing new culture, etc. According to OutNow, LGBT market represents all ages; young adult, professional, middle age and retired who are well educated and enjoy nature-based activities.

In order to develop realistic, achievable and sustainable vision and mission of Pink Borneo, the above information has been taken into consideration during the development process and the followings are established:

  1. The vision of Pink Borneo is to build a sophisticated LGBT business community in Sabah through tourism and to excel in the industry so it creates a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity.
  2.  The mission of Pink Borneo is to be the best facilitator of international LGBT travellers to Sabah and to create employment and business opportunities to the local LGBT community.
  3. Pink Borneo is promoting “Conservation Through Ecologically Responsible Gay Tourism” in Sabah where all tour packages offer high quality of travel experience and support Responsible-Tourism programmes such as scuba/island trips, flora and fauna appreciation, nature adventures, cultural experience and voluntary projects.
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欧阳文峰新书签名会

大家好!竟然在看完了这三本书之后才有时间写这部落格,整理短片,收集这三本书的封面照及一点点我对看完这三本书的后记。(懒人总是有借口哈哈,不过事实上没受过中文教育的我着手写中文部落格也不是一件易事,文字上的缺点就先盼望大家见谅了,我会努力把中文学好的!)

2011年8月24日,马来西亚同志发言人传奇人物欧阳文峰再度来沙巴,这一次我们总算遇上了,也有机会和他面对面谈话,用午餐;等候他和CNN透过电话访谈,还是用我的手机哦!

想起,我们该在两年前就认识了,但聚会那天,地点在我到达的时候竟然停电了,所以会面的机会也告吹了。但我们都有联系,还真谢谢善心的Jenny,不断的透过伊眉儿,面子书来联系。

2011年8月25日,参加了欧阳文峰予假沙巴亚庇City Mall,Celyn Hotel举办的新书签名会。第一次遇见这位传奇人物,为Pink Borneo的工作也增添也许多色彩!

那晚无法出席的朋友们,我给你拍下了纪录短片哦!

谢谢你的阅读和观赏。欢迎你留言;若欲与我直接联络,可以填上表格,我尽快复你哦!

Mr. Pink Borneo启