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Hazard from swallows
SARIKEI (Jan 4, 1975) – Low-flying swallows are causing a hazard and a headache for residents of this Third Division town.
For those who take a stroll at night, it is like dodging an obstacle course.
Scores of the birds find resting places on overhead wires, and their droppings are causing considerable disgust with the local population.
Out of town visitors, who say they seldom see the swallows in their own village, think the birds are something of a tourist attraction – but it is an attraction the residents feel they can well do without.
The big problem is getting rid of them.
Boys have used long poles with gum attached to catch the birds, but there are far too many to be caught this way.
Fishermen popped a fortune in the pan
KUALA BELAIT (Jan 19, 1985) – Fishermen Nyalu Anak Umba and Abu Bakal bin Abdullah used to catch arowana and eat them.
But that was before they were told the fish were valuable.
“I must have eaten thousands of dollars worth,” says Nyalu.
Their latest catch, a rare golden arowana, netted them $500. Both Malays and Chinese will give a lot of money for the “lucky fish”, said to be associated with wealth and long life.
Nyalu and Abu Bakal took the fish last Thursday night from Sungai Lubok Tokan about 24km up the Belait River.
The fully grown fish was about 75cm long and weighed about 10 katis.
Resembling a salmon with barbells protruding from the lower jaw, the arowana is prized for its beautiful golden sheen although there are other varieties – the red and green arowana.
The arowana may be difficult to find but it is easy enough to catch, says Nyalu.
Nyalu and Abu Bakal, both from Kampong Rampayoh Labi, have spent most of their 60 years fishing the ulu river and say they have occasionally caught arowana.
Locals still opt for a govt job
JANUARY 3, 1995 – Most Bruneian jobseekers still favour employment in the government sector, even though the private sector beckons them.
And according to official statistics, this has resulted in lesser number of locals being employed in the private sector.
Latest figures released by the Employment Agency of the Labour Department indicate that 154 Bruneians found employment in the private sector in 1993 as against 400 daily paid employees finding work in the government sector during the same year.
The state media quoting the Assistant Commissioner of Labour, Awang Mohammad Hassan bin Hj Mohammad Tahir, said that locals are still selective when it comes to finding jobs. A number of Bruneians declined to accept certain types of posts offered to them by private firms.
Asia greets 2005 on a sombre note
JANUARY 2, 2005 – Brunei Darussalam, although spared from the wrath of the tsunami tragedy, joined its neighbouring countries notably Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand as well as nations like Sri Lanka, India and Maldives, which were battered by the earthquake that triggered massive tidal waves, in mourning, and welcomed the New Year quietly without the usual fanfare and festivities.
Instead, as commanded by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the nation’s residents gathered in mosques and suraus nationwide Friday afternoon to perform Ghaib prayers held after the Sunnat Hajat prayers and before the Friday prayers. The Ghaib prayers were intended for Muslim victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster.
International news wires commended Brunei for uniting with victim countries in their grief over the tragedy as furthermore His Majesty in his New Year’s Eve royal address, expressed his deepest sympathy and sorrow for the victims.
Brunei’s closest neighbour, Malaysia, also marked the New Year in solemn prayers as its residents flocked to mosques, temples and churches Friday for special prayers for the victims whose lives were lost in the devastation.
It was reported that government officials in Malaysia banned fireworks display and ordered cancellations of public concerts and celebrations as a sign of mourning for at least 66 of its nationals confirmed dead so far.
The report added that many Malaysian hotels, shopping malls and nightclubs held a minute of silence before midnight instead of the traditional New Year’s countdown. – Maya Salleh
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