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Crack down on long hair in Sabah
KOTA KINABALU (Jan 18, 1975) – The Sabah Government is cracking down hard on long hair, to the extent of introducing heavy fines and jail sentences for youths caught with hair below the collar, and for those who employ them.
Laws passed a few days ago provide for fines up to $500 and three months’ jail for men caught with long hair.
Employers can be fined up to $10,000, and one year in jail, for employing anybody with shaggy hair.
Police patrols that pick up long haired youths on the streets take them to the nearest police station where the youths are given the choice of being shorn on the spot, or they can hand over their Identity Card (IC) and go to the barber of their choice for a haircut.
They must then come back and present themselves to the police for inspection before being allowed to retrieve their IC.
Throughout Sabah, the barbers are enjoying a business boom brought about as a result of the new laws and in Labuan alone, over 100 youths have been rounded up and sent off for haircuts during the past week.
The laws banning long hair also cover places of business including coffee shops, bars, night clubs and restaurants, where proprietors can be fined up to $1,000 and sent to jail for up to six months for serving long haired males.
Doctor warns of boric acid
KOTA KINABALU (Jan 19, 1985) – A warning has been issued here against the use of boric acid as a food preservative.
According to Kota Kinabalu’s senior medical officer, Dr Rahimah Mohd Said, the acid can cause gastro-intestinal irritation symptoms of food poisoning such as vomiting and kidney damage.
A Medical Department survey has revealed widespread use of boric acid in the preparation of mee, kuay teow and preserved vegetables and it is also used to preserve fresh meat and prawns.
Boric acid is an odourless white powder with a slightly bitter taste.
The use of boric acid is prohibited under the Public Health Order Ordinance 1960.
Molesters at amusement park
JANUARY 10, 1995 – A number of women were reportedly molested during a 45-minute blackout at Jerudong Park playground over the weekend.
The blackout occurred while hundreds of people including children were at the playground enjoying the cool breeze, bright lights and all the games offered when suddenly around 12.30 midnight everything went black.
Hysteria broke out from the women-folk apparently as unscrupulous elements had taken advantage of the darkness and allegedly molested them. However, none of the alleged molesters were apprehended and situation became normal when electricity was resumed approximately at 1.15am. – Norain Mohd
Medics at their best
JANUARY 16, 2005 – As outbreak of sickness loomed in the tsunami-ravaged villages of Banda Aceh, the gallant and determined team of medics from Brunei Darussalam with logistical support of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and other volunteers continued to penetrate remote areas to provide the urgently needed life-saving supplies and medical attention to hundreds of affected victims.
As the so-called “Ops Badai Berlalu” entered the second day of their comprehensive life-saving operations yesterday in the newly set-up medical centre at Panga Pucok, Brunei’s medical team treated over 100 patients.
A medical team from the RBAF has also been made operational in the area, which is mostly inaccessible by land.
Contagious diseases like cholera and diarrhoea are understandably causing concern here, especially among the vast refugee population of Panga Pucok. Besides, the medical teams are trying to tackle cases of trauma patients mainly among the young.
The Brunei Mercy Mission, meanwhile, continued their relief operations by ferrying large stocks of supplies donated by the people of Brunei through the good offices of Yayasan Foundation.
These supplies were transported on DN235 aircraft from Medan to the Sabang airfield.
These aircraft have been in operation almost 12 hours daily without a break during the past two days.
Though the flight time is only about three hours between the two points, massive congestion at the Medan airport has invariably caused delays, sources said.
Once the supplies are delivered to Sabang, the Blackhawk helicopters ferry them to Panga Pucok, where the Brunei operations are currently based.
Yesterday, the Brunei relief team opened an additional medical supplies line to the village of Alupi. It is located amidst three other villages, which have been totally destroyed in the tsunami onslaught on December 26, 2004.
In fact, Alupi has been cut off from the rest of the world, which can only be reached by helicopter. It is located about four kilometres from the coastline, bearing testimony to how powerful the tsunami was to completely destroy the village.
Due to the soft terrain, Blackhawks had to land on remaining pieces of roadways in this village. – M K Anwar in Sabang, Indonesia
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