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Race to erect giant TV tower
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (November 30, 1974) – Money is no object in the race to get Brunei’s giant television transmission tower (photo) into the sky and completed by the end of the year.
It has cost about $100,000 a time for two special charter flights to fly in the prefabricated steel sections of the 400ft tower from France.
And the overall cost of the project atop Bukit Subok is expected to be more than $500,000.
To put the giant tower together, a seven-man team of expert riggers from the British firm of Alan Dick and Co has flown out.
They know their job – the tower is already up more than 200ft, and is climbing at the rate of 100ft a week.
The men are working sun up to sunset, seven days a week. Heavy sections of steel, some weighing as much as two tonnes, have to be winched up and bolted into place by the men perched precariously aloft on the tower.
Adding to the difficulty is the fact that the sections are rounded and present no flat surfaces to give the riggers a safe footing.
Everything about the work is a rush-rush job.
When the tower was originally ordered, nobody in Britain could produce the required prefabricated sections in time.
Traces of arsenic found in drink
SIBU (December 15, 1984) – Chemists have found claims that a swallow’s nest drink is a healthy tonic hard to swallow.
For they have found traces of arsenic in the Malaysia-made drink.
The discovery of the potentially-lethal component was made by the Chemistry Department in Sibu and the drink, Minum Sarang Burung, manufactured by Hai Yen Beverage Product Malaysia, Petaling Jaya, has been banned.
The drink was found to contain 0.85 parts per million or arsenic, which can kill in larger doses.
Brunei faces migrant boom
NOVEMBER 22, 1994 – Brunei is facing its biggest migrant push ever, presumably to keep pace with the ongoing development.
So much so its foreign population is growing at a much faster rate than the locals.
This point is made in the latest detailed report on Brunei’s population growth, published by the Statistics Division, Economic Planning Unit, Ministry of Finance.
It states that between 1981 and 1991, the foreign born population in Brunei grew at an average annual rate of 3.5 per cent, significantly higher than the growth rate of the locally born population, which was only 2.8 per cent.
“More females came to work in Brunei Darussalam in the decade 1981-1991 than in the previous decade,” the report stated.
The annual growth rate of foreign born females between 1981 and 1991 was 4.1 per cent, compared with 3.1 per cent for males.
Such a trend is not unexpected, contends the report, given that the migrants of the 1970s were frequently engaged in oil and construction related work, which are largely male jobs.
But the more recent flow of migrants in the 1980s were responding, in particular, to a growing demand for labour in the services sector – largely female jobs.
Most foreign persons living in Brunei are short-term contract workers, coming to the country for the higher salaries and then returning home once their contracts have finished and there is a high turnover of foreign workers, added the report.
The 1991 census showed that 45 per cent of the foreigners had lived in Brunei for only three years or less. Less than one-third had been here for 10 years or more.
Among the largest group of foreign born were from Malaysia (41,900), almost hald had lived in Brunei for 10 years or more.
Asean constituted the largest group consisting of 61,933 migrants in total with Philippines (8,147), Thailand (6,873), Indonesia (3,455) and Singapore (1,558).
There were a total of 76,094 foreigners working in Brunei out of a population of 260,000. – Ignatius Stephen
Raya hampers could be bribery traps: ACB
NOVEMBER 12, 2004 – An Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) official cautioned the public not to fall into the trap by accepting hampers and vouchers during the festive Hari Raya celebration.
Referring to it as “building a relationship”, he said presenting a gift in exchange for a small favour is a bribery trap and cautioned against giving out token gifts in the guise of souvenirs.
“The corrupt agents will also monitor your problems and needs,” Hj Abd Raub Yassin from the Community Relations Unit of the ACB said during a talk for DST staff yesterday.
He said that in an effort to prevent corruption among contractors and suppliers who have contracts with the government, a “gift clause” has been inserted to be signed by the government. – Azlan Othman
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