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Warning on bogus repairman
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (September 21, 1974) – Home owners have been warned by the police to be wary of men requesting entry into homes under the pretext of repairs to telephones or power lines.
The police said staff employed by the essential services are uniformed and carry identification.
The police stressed that outsiders carrying out repairs in the homes must not be left alone.
This warning follows the conviction of a man of theft of household goods.
The court was told that the man had gone to one of the government quarters in Jalan Ong Sum Ping and, claiming to be a worker from the Electrical Department, had been allowed to enter the house by the servant who had not suspected anything.
The man went into the bedroom to “check the light fittings”.
When he left the servant, now suspicious after the man had locked the bedroom door, called her employers. They returned to find some jewellery missing. The police was informed and the man was picked up a few hours later. – Sue Catling
Water worries ease
KOTA KINABALU (September 1, 1984) – Water worries have eased in Kota Kinabalu with the tapping of a new supply to keep the town topped up into the 1990s.
The supply, switched on three weeks ago, is now providing the state capital with an extra eight million gallons daily.
It comes from the Tuaran River where a water filtration plant has been built at Sungai Telibong.
The entire project, including an extensive pipe network to Kota Kinabalu and outlying areas, has cost $106 million and took two and a half years to build. It is designed to supplement the town’s old supply from Penampang, which has been working to its capacity of 14 million galllons a day.
The extension, which will also improve supply to Tuaran and Tamparuli Districts, has a 12-million gallon capacity.
Bruneians rush for UHF antennas
SEPTEMBER 17/18, 1994 – Brunei seems to be under a Telly spell these days, as a large number of enthusiasts are hooking on their home TV sets to international satellite broadcasts that can be eaily monitored here these days.
And, with an ordinary Ultra High Frequency (UHF) antenna, these programmes could be viewed almost a crystal clear, many observers have pointed out.
Making a fast buck are trades in electrical gear and TV mechanics whose business are reportedly having a sudden boom time.
UHF antennas are selling like hot-cakes in most trading establishments as Bruneian viewers reach out for the internationally broadcast satellite programmes.
But, according to observers, some of the shops selling these antennas have already run out of stock as the demand grew during the past few weeks.
Some of the programmes that could be viewed easily in Brunei are those transmitted by Star TV including BBC, Star Plus, ‘V’ Music Channel, Prime Sports and the world-renowned CNN.
In Brunei-Muara District, an indoor type of antenna is popular, while in Belait and other districts, the outdoor type is preferred, observers said. – Malai Hassan Othman
His Majesty reconvenes Legislative Council
SEPTEMBER 26, 2004 – His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presided at the opening of the revived Legislative Council yesterday, marking September 25 as a new dawning of Brunei Darussalam.
The reconvening of the Legislative Council yesterday comes after a 20-year break. It was in 1984 that the council was suspended until yesterday’s first session.
In a titah delivered by His Majesty at the opening, the monarch reminded members of the Legislative Council that its members have to shoulder a big responsibility to uphold the state council as a respected forum to discuss issues beneficial to the country.
“Members are also to become examples to show that the people of Brunei understand and value the characteristics of a nation, the characteristics of the system of government, having the attitude of ‘muafakat’ and giving priority to importance of society rather than the individual,” His Majesty added, calling yesterday “a historic day” for the nation.
On the re-establishment of the Legislative Council, His Majesty said changes would enable it to provide consultation for the ‘rakyat’ to take part in the country’s development. – M K Anwar
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