Times Square Clock Tower
Miri's latest clock tower is located at Times Square, in the middle of the plaza. The clock features black analogue hands over the white dial with minimalistic black roman numerals at the twelve, three, six, and nine positions.
The clock is surrounded by the fountain features and many trees in the plaza.
Most Miri residents get their general health service through Polyclinics. The longest serving and the largest Polyclinic is the one situated close to the city centre about ten to fifteen minutes walk from the Miri District office. It is flanked by a Shell petrol station, and in the vicinity of the Handicraft Center, a shopping mall, and a primary school, along Merbau Road leading into the city.
The clinic provides general health consultation services (including dental) and special care services. The latter is mainly the diabetic patients or patients with high blood sugar. It also provides checks and testing of diseases like tuberculosis. A lab is also available to perform blood and other tests. In addition, there is a first-aid unit and a unit for Medical Check Up, ECG and Visual Acuity (MCU/ECG/VA). There is also a pharmacy that dispenses medicine prescription. Unfortunately, there is no X-ray service and other high tech sophisticated services. The patient had to have his or her X-ray done in a commercial lab or should the doctor think fit, to refer the patient's case to the Miri General Hospital.
Special mention is made of the special services. If a patient is found to have diabetic condition including high level of blood sugar, he or she is then registered as a special patient. A medical personnel, usually an experienced nurse will give him or her the verbal advice on food and diet. His or her weight, blood pressure, height and eye sight will be recorded and put on a monitoring schedule whereby a regular appointment is made to visit the clinic at appointed intervals.
For each registration of a visit to the doctor, a patient is charged one Ringgit. If said patient is 60 years and above, then the charge is waived. Prescription medicine is provided without charge.
The polyclinic handles at least one thousand patients per day and has been facing overcrowding and parking problems. The number shall definitely be higher if the patients taking the blood test is to be accounted. To cater for the large number of patients, a building next door about 20 meters away is annexed as an extension of consultation and blood test service.
Copyright 2015 - Article and photos contributed by: Albert
The Lambir Canopy Walkway project was jointly coordinated by Abang Abdul Hamid, an Entomologist with the Forest Department of Sarawak together with the late Professor Tamiji Inoue of the Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University.
The article from Botany.org written in 1999 (link no longer available):
Professor Tamiji Inoue was born on the island of Awajishima in Japan's inland sea and grew up in Japan's post Second World War rebuilding phase. For his undergraduate studies he took Entomology at Kyoto University's Faculty of Agriculture and having graduated he spent six months on an expedition to Chile and Patagonia, following Darwin's footsteps. His doctorate research, again at Kyoto University, was on Mantis behavior. It was during his post doctoral work that he switched to studying pollination biology through work that originally began as behavioral studies of stingless bees in Indonesia.
In 1991 he was appointed a Chair at the recently opened Center for Ecological Research at Kyoto University. Almost immediately he launched the Canopy Biology Program in Lambir Hills National Park which involved the building of two towers and 300 m of canopy walkway. More recently he began working on a second project at Kuba National Park near Kuching with the intention of building a canopy crane.
In parallel with his research work he was very active in promoting cooperative studies and was largely responsible for establishing the Diversitas in Western Pacific and Asia (DIWPA) initiative. He was also a great populariser of science, which he often combined this with his passion for photography, and contributed many articles, books and school texts on ecology and environmental topics. It was his photograph of beetles pollinating an aroid that was show on the cover of the October issue.
In 1997 Tamiji Inoue was killed in a plane crash in the very same Lambir Hills National Park.
https://www.botany.org/plantsciencebulletin/psb/1999/anno99-1.html (link no longer works)