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Cool thinking prevents row
SARIKEI (NOVEMBER 23, 1974) – A cinema owner switched off the lights in his theatre when a gang of youths refused to leave after a row over seating recently.
The incident occurred at the Cathay cinema when some teenagers attempted to occupy dearer seats.
They tried to use the second-class seats after paying only third-class prices.
A request from the manager for them to get into the right seat was refused.
A quarrel started and a fight threatened to break out.
The manager decided to cool things down by turning off the lights.
The youths were told there would be no screening unless they left the theatre and they finally obeyed.
Solar power to the people
MIRI (NOVEMBER 17, 1984) – One day the residents of a longhouse near here saw the light … and decided to use it.
Now one of Borneo’s most plentiful commodities switches on their lights and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The power source is, of course, the sun and making use of it is a solar-powered electrical generator (see photo), which the residents of Bakam, about 20 kilometres from here, have installed on the roof of their longhouse.
Previously, this agricultural community had no electricity supply but when the time came to get one they opted for a solar-powered generator over the more conventional varieties.
Firstly, the system makes no noise and secondly requires no fuel other than the sun’s free energy.
It needs no cranking, doesn’t fill the air with foul black smoke and keeps the power coming even when the sun is temporarily out of action at night.
Each panel in the solar unit supplies about 120 watts a day and currently the residents use the power for fluorescent lights and a small television.
More panels can be added as more electrical goods come into the longhouse.
The solar idea has also caught on in longhouses in the Subis area and in Baram timber camps where power is not available.
$100 note makes a comeback
NOVEMBER 7, 1994 – The Brunei $100 notes are back. They will reappear once again over the counter and in ATMs at local banks as from today. This follows a directive from the Brunei Currency Board to the Association of Banks over the weekend, bank sources said.
Banks were told to put them back into circulation with immediate effect.
According to sources, Brunei $100 bills began to disappear from the public eye following an advisory from the Brunei Currency Board, according to bankers.
Fifty dollar bills were used instead. ATMs were also emptied of $100 bills. Sources, however, emphasised that $100 bills were still legal tender and there should be no cause for alarm. The operation to withdraw the current $100 notes from circulation went on very smoothly, and it was pronounced a success, according to bankers. – Ignatius Stephen
Stolen Brunei vehicles found in Badau: Report
NOVEMBER 8, 2004 – A few allegedly stolen Brunei-registered vehicles are reportedly being driven on the dusty roads of the Indonesian town of Badau in Kapuas, West Kalimantan.
Berita Harian reported that Sarawak-registered vehicles too are being offered for sale there.
“The cars on the streets in Badau are mostly Sarawak-registered or Brunei-registered and people there do not even bother to change the licence plates.
“These vehicles can be purchased in the open without fear,” said the paper.
It stated Proton or Perodua models are offered at less than RM10,000, while 4WDs such as Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Pajero and Ford Ranger are offered between RM15,000 and RM20,000.
Badau is only 10 kilometres from Lubuk Antu, Seri Aman Division, Sarawak, and can be reached by using the mouse trail without the need of passport, said the paper. The town has about 3,000 people and the logging industry is said to be the cause behind the high demand for 4WD vehicles. – Rosli Abidin Yahya
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