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Buried cash vanishes
KUCHING (Jan 25, 1975) – There may be uncertainty about banks these days because of the doubtful financial climate.
But they’re still a safer place to leave your money than burying it in the ground.
Two friends – Lenchan Padan and Ambu Lenchan – have learned this to their cost.
Local quarry workers who share a house in Jalan Hamdan, they had saved up a considerable sum between them – $1,266.
Worried about theft, particularly over the festive period, they decided to bury it in a can in front of their house early in December.
When they dug for it the other day, they didn’t strike the gold they expected for both the money and the can had disappeared.
Phones join direct link
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Jan 19, 1985) – Families in the Kota Batu area now have a direct telephone link with the rest of the world.
A new telephone exchange at Kampong Serdang has provided them with International Direct Dialling
The exchange also enables subscribers to install modern push-button telephones and to call other areas without first dialling 9.
‘Brunei can be easy for fraudsters’ warning
JANUARY 20, 1995 – Brunei could be an easy target for fraudsters and money launderers, cautioned a senior bank official this week.
The incidence of fraud in the country is relatively insignificant.
However, it does exist, observed Mr Ian Dawson, the Chairman of Brunei Association of Banks, at the opening of a two-day symposium on “Economic Bank Fraud” in the capital.
“The very fact that we in Brunei are not used to seeing many fraudulent practices could make us an easy target for fraudsters,” pointed out Mr Dawson who is also a Senior General Manager of Hongkong and Shanghai Bank.
He mentioned that over the past year, Brunei had seen an increase in the fraudulent Nigerian offer letters, which most countries now seem to get.
Recently, he added, a gang of people came to Brunei and managed to negotiate a number of fraudulent travellers cheques. Most of the gang members were caught but banks here did suffer some losses, he added.
He further said that there had been increasing awareness among bankers in recent years of the extent of the laundering of illegally derived money, particularly from drugs through the world banking systems. Most international banks have now developed comprehensive guidelines to combat money laundering.
There is a need to encourage smaller regional banks to take similar measures, he added.
But, as headway is being made and pressure continues to be put on money launderers in their customary areas of operations, they will be seeking fresh pastures to wash their funds.
Therefore, both the banks and police in Brunei and elsewhere need to be increasingly on their guard, said Mr Dawson. – Malai Hassan Othman
WHO’s high praise for Brunei’s medical post
JANUARY 18, 2005 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has lauded the efficiently run Regiment Aid Post (RAP) of Brunei Darussalam set up in the tsunami-ravaged Panga Pucok in Aceh, Indonesia to provide relief and medical air to thousands of refugees.
A team of WHO experts who observed Brunei teams in operation spoke highly of the RAP and the way it was run to provide the maximum benefit to needy refugees.
They also said that the Aid Post is worthy of emulation by other nations who are also in Aceh to provide relief and medical aid.
The WHO team that inspected the Brunei Aid Post has found it to be in excellent condition, independent sources told the Borneo Bulletin.
The Brunei-run medical post was established last Friday and since then a large number of afflicted people have been treated.
It also provides medical support to refugees from neighbouring villages who have suffered the brunt of the deadly tsunamis.
According to Mark Klein from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the WHO, Brunei’s medical aid system here is a praiseworthy model that compared well with those set up by the US and French medical teams based in Aceh region.
Medical teams from Brunei have already won the hearts and minds of the people and especially the victims who are grateful for their services.
Meanwhile, the Brunei contingent continued to expand the scale and scope of relief activities. Distribution of much needed air was extended to new areas yesterday.
Doctors have established another mobile clinic here, where they are treating each and every patient who continue to come in.
In a couple of hours, I witnessed our doctors treating at least 50 injured refugees. Most of these patients had suffered multiple injuries caused by the debris following the tsunamis.
As the medics worked round the clock, members of the contingent continued distributing relief material in the surrounding areas of Sabang. Two shipments of rice, clothes, water and blankets were ferried in to the area on RBAF’s Blackhawk helicopters.
The Brunei relief team was invited by the US and French teams to coordinate aid deliveries in the Sabang areas. The foreign missions are evidently impressed by our team’s efficient deployment of resources.
The US team has also sought Brunei contingent’s help to deliver supplies using Brunei choppers.
Piles of aid from various countries continued to grow at the Sabang hangar. – M K Anwar in Sabang, Indonesia
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