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Monday, September 03, 2007

Biker brudders in Kluang

With a thunderous roar, 20 superbikers cruised through Kluang, turning heads along the way.

These macho men on their mean machines attracted a crowd at the Kluang Railway Station on May 6. The riders had stopped to enjoy a cup of kopi with kaya toast and the company of fellow Kluang superbike enthusiasts, including District police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamed Fawzi Arshad.

The public often had the wrong impression of superbikers because of the way they looked, said Fawzi who explained that on the contrary, they often helped the police combat crime. As a brotherhood of disciplined riders, Harley Davidson superbikers can work with the police to maintain law and order as Rakan Cop members. To register as a member of Rakan Cop, just send a mobile-phone text message to 32728 or DAPAT.

The superbikers were guests of Gunung Lambak Eco Resort executive director Roslee Yassin.

"We have regular weekend rides to various destinations to savour local specialties," says Azlan Alias, founding member of Jokers Motorcycle Club. Their passion often takes them to Tanjung Malim, Raub and Temerloh.

And now, Kluang is firmly on their list of favourite weekend destinations!

Penang International Floral Festival



Botanical Garden, Penang. Watch the blooming of colour, fragrance and vibrancy at the annual Penang International Floral Festival as the Botanical Garden is transformed into a floral wonderland. There are exhibitions, workshops, contest and classes on related topics while the main attraction is the breathtaking larger-than-life floral floats. Details, visit
http://www.tourismpenang.gov.my

Sandakan Festival


Sandakan, Sabah. Known as the "Gateway to Borneo's Wildlife", Sabah's second largest town will hold a week-long festival with a host of activities to showcase Sandakan's rich culture and tradition. Once dubbed "Little Hong Kong", the town is the entry point to the world-renowned Sepilok Orang Utah Rehabilitation Centre, Turtle Islands Park and the Kinabatangan River. Join the festivities and extend your stay to visit the renowned tourist attractions. Details, call 089-229 751.

Gawai Dayak



Throughout Sarawak. Gawai Dayak is celebrated by the Ibans, Orang Ulu and Bidayuh of Sarawak in early June to mark the rice-harvesting season. There will be traditional ceremonies and dances in the various long-houses. Relatives and visitors are served rice wine or tuak and chicken cooked in bamboo as well as other traditional delicacies.

Tadau Kaamatan



Throughout Sabah. Tadau Kaamatan or the Harvest Festival is a thanksgiving celebration for a bountiful harvest and the selection of the Harvest Queen or Unduk Ngadau. The festival, celebrated by Kadazandusun community, is observed at district level before concluding at State Level in Penampang. There will be activities held at various districts on the weekends and a mini tamu at Hongkod Koisaan in Kota Kinabalu.