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Students expelled after principal’s surprise check
MARUDI (November 16, 1974) – Four girls and several boys have been expelled from a private secondary school here.
They were found sleeping together in the girls’ hostel.
The school principal confirmed that a number of students had been expelled, but declined to give further details.
It has been alleged that some men were also involved in the incident and that the matter has been reported to the police.
The discovery of the after-hours misbehaviour came when the principal made a surprise check on the girls’ hostel one night recently.
The school applies a strict code of conduct for its pupils. It has been learned that the couples have been asked to get married as soon as possible.
Traders hit by big rise in rates
MIRI (November 10, 1984) – Market traders are to be hit with massive increases in Miri Municipal Council service charges ranging from between 500 to 750 per cent in most cases.
Many hawkers now face bills of between $100 and $150 a quarter compared with the present rate of $20 for most stall types.
The big rise, the first service charge revision, for more than 20 years, will take effect at the beginning of next year.
According to the Municipal Council, the rises were “reasonable” and would bring in an extra $200,000 for the council.
This would mean a rise for hawkers of less than $1.50 a day which would not be a heavy burden, it added.
$100 note phase out, a success
NOVEMBER 5/6, 1994 – An operation to withdraw the current Brunei one hundred dollar bill from circulation has been a success, bankers said yesterday.
There are only a few now in the hands of the public, they added.
Sources at the Brunei Association of Banks told the Weekend Bulletin yesterday that they instructed all their members in the country to withdraw the current $100 bill from circulation as a result of a recent directive from the Brunei Currency Board.
Sources, however, emphasised that the current $100 note is still legal tender and that there should not be any cause for alarm. Sources added that $100 notes still in circulation could be paid into any bank.
According to sources, as soon as the directive was issued, all local banks swung into action.
And initially all $100 notes were emptied out of ATMs and replaced with $50 notes.
Also all $100 notes paid over the counter were collected, stored and arrangements were made for their return to the Brunei Currency Board, sources said.
The only inconvenience faced by banks is that the ATMs nowadays have to be replaced more often with $50 bills, remarked a banker.
Bankers would not give reasons for the current exercise. But quite recently, several counterfeit $100 notes were sighted occasionally in the country. – Ignatius Stephen
Informants, anonymous letters top ACB tip-offs
NOVEMBER 3, 2004 – Complainants or informants and anonymous letters continued to be the top two useful sources of information received by officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the country.
These were followed by telephone calls and complainants meeting officials from the bureau outside the office and through a source or agent to pass on tip-offs.
This was disclosed by the ACB, which said for the first eight month of the year, 142 information and complaints were received from members of the public.
Throughout last year, 214 tip-offs were received with anonymous letters and complainants being the two top sources.
According to the ACB, examples of corruption included: an official taking money as remuneration for not exposing a person’s wrongdoing; an official receiving service as remuneration from a lady for granting a licence to hire a foreign worker; a night shift worker making a false overtime claim; a daily paid worker producing a false medical certificate claim for his salary to be paid when he was not sick but went to a neighbouring country instead. – Azlan Othman
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