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First sighting of rare bird in Borneo
SERIA (February 8, 1975) – Bird watchers here have claimed the first confirmed sighting in Borneo of a bird virtually unknown to the region.
Members of the Bird Section of Shell Panaga Club’s Natural History Society say they had a stroke of good fortune on a recent morning when a grey-headed plover was spotted on a padang in the G14 area of Shell’s concession.
One of the larger and more colourful plovers was 600 miles south of its usual range and was probably thrown off its usual migratory course by bad storms.
A spokesman for the bird group said the sighting of this “rare vagrant” constituted not only the first in Borneo but also only the second time it had been seen in the Malaysian sub-region.
“The previous sighting was another isolated case, in Malaya in the late 1950s,” he added.
There has been a report of an unusual bird being spotted in the Miri area recently and the group believes this may have been the same plover seen in Seria.
The spokesman added that if it wasn’t for the many hours put in by local bird watching enthusiasts, unusual sightings would never had been noted and recorded for later inclusion in ornithological data of the area.
Brunei brings in visa rules
February 16, 1985 – All foreigners visiting Brunei, except nationals of some Asean countries, will need visas from March 1.
The Brunei Government is introducing new regulations in line with most Commonwealth countries, which require visas for Brunei citizens.
“This makes the arrangement reciprocal,” a government official said.
Brunei and the other five Asean countries waive visas for each other’s nationals for short visits.
The new regulations coupled with tougher immigration laws already in force, are also designed to curb Brunei’s growing illegal immigrants problem, which was been described as a serious security threat.
Largest Brunei flag in Tutong
February 21, 2005 – Operation ‘E’ Branch personnel from the Fire Services Department in Tutong hung a giant Brunei flag on their station yesterday. The 72 by 18 feet flag was displayed to commemorate the 21st National Day celebration.
Clamour for rice
February 25/26, 1995 – Many shopkeepers in Belait District were caught unaware this week by a sudden increase in the demand for rice in the district.
Traders have suddenly realised that their stockpile of rice has drained out almost overnight.
Eager consumers for some unexplained reasons rushed to buy whatever stocks left in the shops, one leading shopkeeper said.
“We don’t really know what was going on. But suddenly people came to buy more rice than they consumed in a month,” he added.
He said, “These people bought as much as 30 sacks of rice in one go.”
Some traders said that panic buying started two days ago just before the National Day holiday, as a result of some rumours spread by irresponsible elem-ents.
Bandar Seri Begawan was also affected but not as intensely as Kuala Belait, they added. – Malai Hassan Othman
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