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Anger again over increase in milk product prices
KUCHING (January 25, 1975) – There has been another angry reaction from the public to new, unexpected and unwelcomed increases in the price of milk products.
Retailers claim the latest rises are due to an acute shortage in supplies of the products concerned, condensed full cream milk and full sweetened milk.
Shopkeepers have put up the price of a pint-sized can of the first to 95 cents, the third increase in almost as many months.
Late last year, it went up to 75 cents and only last month to 85 cents.
The other milk product has gone up in the same time from 65 cents to 75 cents and now to 85 cents, with brands available regarded as inferior and not recommended for feeding young children.
The increases for these lines follow price rises in Peninsular Malaysia, but sources here point out that the new prices in Kuching have not been given government approval.
This is what is causing the complaints and resentment from consumers.
Wartime bomb goes with a bang
JANUARY 26, 1985 – A Kadazan fisherman caught more than he bargained for when he took his net to the Liawan River in Sabah.
Judin of Kampong Keningau Ulu stumbled across a 250-pound bomb that had been lying in the river since the Second World War.
A bomb disposal expert from the Malaysian Air Force was called in and he blew up the bomb on the spot.
The village dwellers said there was a loud whizzing sound, followed by a huge explosion, which sent black smoke high into the air.
Parents wage war on heavy school bags
JANUARY 26, 1995 – Are our children carrying too heavy a load to school every day?
This question came up this week following complaints from several concerned parents that their children are unnecessarily carrying too many books to school.
The unhappy parents claimed that most of the time their children have to carry over 20 books a day to school weighing an average of over four kilogrammes or about 25 per cent of their body weight. And not all the books they carry to school are used during the day, noted these parents.
This is unfair, remarked the parents whom the Bulletin interviewed.
According to one parent, his daughter who is now in Primary Five is one of them who have to suffer this backbreaking experience every day.
I have monitored her timetable for the past two weeks and noticed that most of the time, she has to carry that much to school and not all the books she takes to school are used, said Mr Lim, an executive at a leading private firm in the capital.
For example, when it comes to English or Bahasa Melayu lessons, she has to take all the books for those subjects. This will include books on grammar, composition, comprehension, spelling and so on. But not all these were used as only one of those lessons was taught by her teacher on that particular day, added Mr Lim.
Other parents, when contacted by the Bulletin, also agreed and called on the school authorities to look into this matter very seriously. – Malai Hassan Othman
Persian cat stops traffic
JAN 14, 2005 – Traffic on Sultan Haji Hassan Bolkiah Highway came to a screeching halt yesterday afternoon just after lunchtime, when a ginger-coloured high-breed Persian cat dashed across the road.
The Persian cat that came out of nowhere caused one of the motorists to apply a sudden brake but to no avail.
The incident, which happened opposite the RBRC golf course, left a trail of cars caught up in the traffic jam.
A flurry of SMS by eyewitnesses reached one of the country’s popular radio stations advising motorists to take a different route to Gadong because of the traffic jam. – CT Hj Mahmod
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