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Close call for 3 as lightning strikes thrice
KUCHING (November 30, 1974) – Lightning not only strikes twice in the same place – it hits in triplicate!
Three brothers had a lucky escape when a bolt of lightning hit a shed they were sheltering in and knocked them unconscious. The incident occurred at the mile 21 post, Kuching-Serian Road.
The brothers – Chang Meng Min, 24, Chang Meng Choo, 21, and Chang Meng Chin, 16 – were working in a pepper garden when a storm hit the area.
While they were sitting down, the lightning struck. After about five minutes, the oldest brother recovered and helped revive the other two.
They were taken to hospital for observation but later released.
Hunter names monster fee for croc hunt
SANDAKAN (December 1, 1984) – A Sabah crocodile hunter has named a monster price to track down Sarawak’s infamous killer crocodile in the Batang Lupar.
Jukin bin Tapaling wants $300,000 and, for that, he guarantees to catch the eight-metre-long crocodile, which is believed to have killed 12 people in Sarawak’s Second Division.
The Kadazan, who witnesses say has killed more than 20 crocs in the Labuk and Sugut Rivers – some with his bare hands – is up against a formidable opponent.
The Sarawak killer, called Bujang Senang (King of Crocodiles), which is also believed to have taken farm animals, defied a massive operation in 1982 when police marksmen, bomohs, zoologists and hunters joined in a fruitless search that made headlines worldwide.
Jukin from Beluran, about 90 kilometres from Sandakan, said he would charm the killer croc, which took its last victim in October 1984.
He said he wanted only a boat and a gun provided.
Beluran District Officer Encik Awang Salleh, who contacted the Bulletin on Jukin’s behalf, said that the $300,000 fee is negotiable.
Encik Salleh said that finding the croc would probably take one or two days because of the size of the Batang Lupar, but catching it would take only a few hours.
Husbands get rare
NOVEMBER 12/13, 1994 – Now it is officially confirmed more and more women in Brunei are finding it difficult to find their man.
There are proportionally more single females around now than ever before, indicating a decline in marriage rate.
This information is contained in the current official census details published by the Statistics Division, Economic Planning Unit, Ministry of Finance.
Commenting on the growing unmarried female situation, it says, “It is not unlikely that upwards 10 per cent of females currently at prime marriageable ages will remain permanently unmarried.”
It says that between 1981 and 1991, there were substantial rises in the proportion of persons single at each age below 35 among both sexes.
This indicated a decline in marriage rates during the 1980s and a rise in the average age at first marriage. – Ignatius Stephen
Say no to ‘mobile bombs’
NOVEMBER 11, 2004 – The countless number of warnings for mobile phone users to buy accessories only from authorised distributors and dealers seem to have fallen on deaf ears as mobile phone users continue to buy cheap pirated accessories like batteries and thereby throwing caution to the wind.
The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI) said several complaints were received from mobile phone users including a battery that exploded when the phone was in use.
Fortunately, no one sustained any injury.
AITI – a focal point for information related to ICT industry codes of practice, regulations, security protocols and standards – upon investigation discovered that the battery was a pirated version although it was marked as original.
The easiest way to distinguish a fake battery from an original, an AITI official said in a press statement, is from its pricing. “A pirated battery usually costs half the price of an original batter,” he said.
Despite the cheap price – which mostly attracts the consumers – ‘fake’ mobile phone batteries or accessories are more harmful than what the users think them to be.
Reports on exploding pirate mobile phone batteries are not new in the Sultanate as well as in other countries.
In Vietnam, a man suffered facial injuries after his Nokia 8310 handset exploded whereas in another incident, a woman suffered burns to her stomach and hand when her Nokia 8210 handset exploded in Ho Chi Minh City.
A Vietnamese man whose Samsung C100 phone exploded in his pocket admitted he had bought it from an unauthorised dealer.
Mobile phone giants – Nokia and Samsung – blamed the explosions on faulty batteries made by independent electronics manufacturers, according to a report by online Infotech news.
It is a case of being safe than sorry.
AITI advised the public to take precautions when purchasing mobile phone accessories, batteries in particular, and urged them to buy only from authorised distributors or dealers. – CT Hj Mahmod
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