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Sabah Foundation to build tallest building in East M’sia
KOTA KINABALU (September 14, 1974) – The Sabah Foundation Group is to have the tallest building in the whole of East Malaysia in a few years’ time.
The Chief Minister Tun Datu Haji Mustapha bin Datu Harun, in his capacity, as Chairman of the Sabah Foundation, said the site preparation was underway for the 21-storey headquarters and office complex to be built near Likas.
When completed, it would dominate the scenic serenity of Likas Bay.
The golden lure
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (October 13, 1984) – Sensational reports about Brunei’s boundless wealth and job opportunities is causing high-level diplomatic chaos in the Middle East and North Africa.
British and Brunei missions overseas and Brunei’s Immigration Department have been swamped with visa applications from foreign workers seeking a new life in the newly-independent Sultanate.
And the chaos has reached such a pitch that last week, Brunei’s Acting Immigration Controller made an appeal to defuse the situation via TV.
He blamed what he called “unknown and irresponsible people for spreading exaggerated and misleading rep-orts”.
The official said: “This government has never made reports or advertised for large-scale recruitment of manpower from these countries as the supply from traditional areas – neighbouring countries – is already sufficient to meet local demands for development projects in this country.”
Large-scaled recruitment from far-away countries is not required, he said.
Gas in Belait on meter soon
OCTOBER 8/9, 1994 – The time when residents in the Belait District got gas almost for a song is coming to a close.
According to authoritative sources, gas will soon be given on meter. And also at a price that is more than the present $2.50 per burner basis.
Under the present scheme that had been in practice for a long time, residents could obtain gas for 24 hours and paid only $2.50 per burner. They were able to keep the gas turned on round the clock for that cheap fee.
But all that is going to be history.
Sources said that a plan to introduce gas metering system to households and shops in the district is now being carried out.
Gas meters have already been distributed to many houses and shops in Kuala Belait and Seria. They have yet to be put into operation, said the source.
The new rate for gas using meters has not been fixed as yet. It will cost more, said the source in the Belait Public Works Department.
The present system is apparently costing the government too much as consumers who couldn’t be bothered with the minimal fee, even used gas to burn their garbage. – Malai Hassan Othman
Call for animal sanctuary
OCTOBER 2, 2004 – Monkeys can be seen in large numbers at areas bordering bush and forests, which were formerly their natural habitat but now occupied by house owners who complain that the animals have become a nuisance to them and called for the setting up of a sanctuary for monkeys.
The relevant authority is urged to look into the possibility of setting up a sanctuary for monkeys, which had lost their natural habitat and cause trouble to house owners. A sanctuary may also prove conducive to the local eco-tourism industry, said the house owners.
House occupants, in places such as Kg Rimba and Chempaka Park, said monkeys ransacked their garbage bins in search of food, causing rubbish to be strewn all over the place. They usually ransacked the rubbish bins in the morning after the house occupants left their dwellings.
They said the creature has been causing problems to them and thus called for action to be taken to catch and transfer the animals to a sanctuary.
“They monkeys caused rubbish to be scattered all over the place as they ransacked and pierced open plastic bags.
“I collect the strewn rubbish every evening only to find them scattered again the next morning,” said a resident of Chempaka Park.
They entered houses and grabbed food and eggs. They also pulled down clothes hanged in the sun, said a resident of Kg Rimba.
At the terrace houses in Chempaka, the monkeys climbed the rooftop and television aerials, causing damages. The house owners said the creatures looked sweet enough as they swung from tree to tree until they entered open accommodation to steal food and fruits.
Some sections of the population called for a reduction on the number of monkeys not amounting to total eradication as they have become a nuisance.
Monkeys now face a grave threat to their survival in the face of deforestation. However, some species are able to survive in areas that have been selectively cleared for development but very few can survive if the forest is entirely removed.
Monkeys are normally active during the day, moving frequently in bands in search of vegetation, birds’ eggs, smaller animals or insects to eat. The creatures are highly social animals and are often organised in clans headed by an old male.
In rainforests like Brunei Darussalam, where food is abundant, monkeys often stay in the same area all year round. But in drier habitats, they move around, travelling some 18 kilometres a day. – Rosli Abidin Yahya
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