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Plans to use tuba roots extract as insecticide
KUCHING (August 31, 1974) – The Agriculture Department is looking into the possibility of using tuba roots extract or rotenone as an insecticide.
Experiments have shown that the extract is capable of controlling leaf-eating insects of pepper, citrus fruits, vegetables, cucurbits, brinjals, beans, sweet potatoes, cocoa, tobacco and rambutans.
These insects include caterpillars, cutworms, beetles, army worms and budworms.
Rotenone had been used extensively against pepper and vegetable pests in the 1920s in Sarawak.
When new insecticides, such as DDT, were introduced into Sarawak the use of rotenone was overlooked.
However, with the discovery of the many undesirable effects of DDT plus the high cost of imported chemical pesticides and insecticides, the need to use the tuba roots extract for pest control arose.
However, the tuba roots extract is highly toxic to fish and must not be used near a fish pond or a stream.
Last year, the government warned people in rural areas not to use tuba roots to poison fish in rivers and streams, as the extract would kill almost all fish. – K C Jong
Cholera stages Sabah comeback
KOTA KINABALU (October 6, 1984) – Cholera has reappeared in Sabah after the state was free of the disease in the first half of the year.
Since July, there have been 25 cases, all of them on the West Coast – seven affected localities in Kota Kinabalu, three in Penampang and one in Tuaran.
But the Deputy Director of Health Department, Dr Naranjan Singh, says the total is considerably down on the corresponding period last year.
He added that his department is closely monitoring the situation and all other authorities, and the public, are being urged to co-operate in efforts to stop the disease again.
Sobbing con-man on the rampage
OCTOBER 8/9, 1994 – Beware, a smooth talking, well dressed conman is said to be at large in the Brunei capital.
He is understood to be a European who has allegedly ripped off thousands of dollars from unsuspecting Bruneians.
In appearance, the middle-aged man looks every bit the high-flying well connected businessman.
His talks and manners are so convincing the people fall an easy prey.
He reportedly sells a “sob story”, as his modus operandi.
He has approached a number of people saying that he is in desperate straits and his son is seriously ill in Greece.
Promising repayment soon he has relieved many in Brunei of sums ranging from $10,000.
Some of the victims say they have complained to the police.
The conman is understood to be a member of a ring that is operating in both Singapore and Malaysia.
In Singapore, a European was recently jailed for a similar ruse. – Ignatius Stephen
Oz biker couple rides into town on world tour
OCTOBER 30, 2004 – An Australian couple riding on a Harley-Davidson chose Brunei as the 145th country to be visited in an “Around the World Tour” series that began in 1996.
Mr Peter Forwood, 51, and Mrs Kay Forwood, 52, from Townsville, arrived in the country from Sarawak last Wednesday.
Mr and Mrs Forwood had earlier toured 143 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, Northern, Central and South America, as well as Asia, in their first trip.
“Brunei is actually the second destination in our second trip, after East Timor,” said the couple. “The trip began in February 1996. But we did not spend the whole nine years travelling. We would travel by 1,340cc motorcycle for six to 12 months, then left for Australia for two to three months. The trip was actually done in stages.”
To reach Brunei, the couple travelled by boat via Flores and Pontianak.
“Brunei is a small country, but it has a lot to offer. It is more advanced and a lot more westernised than other countries in Asia, but rich in culture,” he added.
“I would say Brunei is like two cities, with a modern side and the more traditional side, which is rich in culture,” said Mr Forwood, referring to Kampong Ayer. “Different people live in Asia with diverse politics, history and religion.” – Azlan Othman
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