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Fruits galore, so skins and peels litter Miri
MIRI (October 5, 1974) – The current glut of rambutan, durian and pomelo may make local fruit eaters happy but the District Council and the police certainly have their hands full in keeping the town clean of fruit peels and skins, or the hawkers from peddling goods too near the roadside in front of the market.
The season has also brought farmers who come from Riam Road and Bakam with fruit for sale in huge baskets. The council is obliged to allow these farmers to make use of the car park in front of the market to set up stalls.
A spokesman for the council said the number of hawkers are increasing each year and with the mid-autumn festival round the corner, hawkers are also selling mooncakes.
The council has appealed to hawkers and the public to help keep the town clean as discarded fruit peels and skins attract flies.
Hawkers have been advised to set up stalls only at the allocated space near the market and not peddle fruit on the roadside. – Henry Chen
Worker’s foot sewn back on
KOTA KINABALU (November 3, 1984) – Quick action after an accident enabled a labourer’s severed foot to be saved and sewed back on.
The foot was reconnected in a gruelling 10-hour operation at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the first surgery of its kind in the state.
Labourer Rahmad bin Sujin, 28, was travelling in the back of a lorry carrying steel pipes for piling when the accident happened on October 19, 1984. The lorry driver braked and a pipe fell on Rahmad’s leg, severing his foot.
The driver immediately rushed the labourer to hospital.
“It’s the first instance where someone has had the sense to bring along the severed limb to give us a chance to save it,” said Mr Michael Atun Wee, the orthopaedic surgeon, who performed the operation.
More entering Limbang after bridge opening
OCTOBER 21, 1994 – There has been an increase in the number of visitors entering Limbang from Brunei following the opening of the Batu Danau Bridge in the Limbang division.
Statistics recorded by the Limbang Immigration Department since January to the end of August this year show a total number of visitors entering through the border control post and immigration checkpoint at Tedungan was 348,851.
From the figures, 172,380 people entered Limbang, while 176,471 people went out from the same control post.
An average of 1,000 people visit Limbang from Monday to Thursday every week.
This increases to nearly 2,000 people on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. – Achong Tanjong
Chinese yacht resumes historic voyage
OCTOBER 26, 2004 – Boat operators and residents of Kampong Ayer must have been puzzled when they spotted a yacht enter the Brunei River and head towards the Water Village yesterday morning.
The yacht with the yellow sail is the “Albatross”, which is carrying the crew of Phoenix Satellite TV who are documenting the re-enactment of the voyage of Admiral Zheng He 600 years ago through this part of the region.
The historic journey is headed by Captain Shaun Yi Weng and the ship anchored on the shores of Brunei as its first stop.
Admiring the beauty of Brunei and the historical links with China, the Chinese TV crew visited the Brunei Museum, Kampong Ayer, the archaeological find of Limau Manis, The Empire Hotel & Country Club, JPCC, mosques and other tourist attractions.
After more than a week’s stay in Brunei, the Chinese crew set sail for Kuching, Malaysia followed by Singapore, Malacca, Langkawi, Thailand and India.
Before leaving Brunei yesterday morning, the Phoenix Satellite TV crew sailed to Kampong Ayer for the last time to marvel at the beautiful scenery.
They began their journey at Muara Bay, then slowly moved on to Kampong Ayer.
After reaching Kg Ayer, the yacht turned back to Muara Bay and set sail for its next destination. – James Kon
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