DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH BORNEO BULLETIN ARCHIVES
|Compiled by Chan Chee Khiong|
New recreational park open to public
January 3, 2011 – Members of the public now have a new place to relax and get a feel of the nature in the Brunei-Muara District. Tasik Sarubing Recreational Park built in an area of four acres is currently open for public and has a 450 metre jogging track. The newly developed recreational park is linked to Bukit Markucing Recreational Park as well as Tasek Lama Recreational Park in Bandar Seri Begawan.
According to the residents in Kampong Belimbing, the area where the park now stands was once a paddy field owned by Besar bin Ubing. Therefore the name of the park uses the names ‘Sar’ and ‘Ubing’ to form ‘Sarubing’. The area was first used on December 29, 2009, during the first fishing festival and on June 4, 2010, the Brunei-Muara District Office with the Kampong Belimbing Consultative Council (MPK) and the villagers held cleaning campaign and built bridges and sheds on the take for resting. The project was completed on July 10, 2010
According to village head for Kampong Belimbing Haji Mohd Daud bin Karim, “The park attracts not only villagers from Belimbing but also members of the public.”
He added, “In the area, we have maintained the plantation of local fruits like Durian, Tebadak, Belunu that still bear fruits to this day.”
The fish that are in the lake comprise of fresh water fish such as Badus, Dalak, Keli and Haruan. However visitors are not allowed to fish in the lake.
Onions disappear as prices skyrocket
JANUARY 8, 2011 – The current erratic flood conditions in Australia, as well as heavy rains in India, and India banning export of onions, have increased the price of fruits and vegetables as well as ‘red’ and ‘Bombay’ onions in the Sultanate, a survey by the Weekend at local retailers revealed.
A shortage of onions from India has also caused the price of this necessity in Brunei to soar and also lead to its unavailability.
Onion vendors told the Weekend that Indian onions, especially Bombay onions a favourite among ‘Briyani rice’ lovers – that used to cost BND8 suddenly began to rise to BND20-22 per pack.
Henry from Lim Seck Chong in Kiarong, supplier of onions said of late, the shop has been running out of ‘red’ and ‘Bombay’ onions and if there is any, many have arrived with low quality.
“More rotten bulbs than before are found and we have to throw away a lot nowadays. It looks nice from outside but inside, it is rotten.” Henry said.
Another staff said they have been running out-of-stock about more than a month ago and echoed that floods, climate change and domestic controls in India are blamed for such shortage “We directly import the onions from India. It used to cost BND1.50 per half kg but rise to BND2 per half kg,”she added. Big onions come from Holland and New Zealand.
Meanwhile Haji Mohamed from Halimun Sdn Bhd in Gadong whose shop no longer sells onions said Singapore did not supply such commodity, which comes from India. His son said it used to cost BND8 per pack but now escalates to BND20-22.
The Indian government suspended onion exports last month, following skyrocketing domestic prices. The country is the second largest onion producer in the world.
Said a buyer representative for Ben Foods, “The price of produce coming to Brunei from Australia like melon and broccoli are expected to increase by 10 per cent to 20 per cent following the floods in Australia. However the price of meat from the continent will not be affected.”
Visit Brunei Year 2001 begins
January 2, 2001 – Visit Brunei Year (VBY) 2001 began with a lot of show yesterday at the Brunei International Airport as well as the Sungai Tujuh Immigration checkpoint in Kuala Belait. Brunei’s Director of Tourism Sheikh Jamaluddin was personally at the airport last morning to welcome tourists with a warm smile and colourful souvenirs.
Besides such attention from the authorities, members of the Daya Kreasi Seni (DKS) dance troupe were also present, dressed in their performing finery striking a pose at the airport.
Meanwhile Sheikh Jamaluddin speaking to the Borneo Bulletin about his expectations of the tourism promotion said he hoped the private sector would grab the opportunity of this year’s theme and make most of this opportunity.
“Tourism is a private sector driven industry. My role in the government is just to expedite the administration to make sure the visas are done quickly,” he observed. He urged the private sector to grab the opportunities benefits.
He further said, “The key or the main reason why we organised VBY2001 was to provide employment opportunities for the people in Brunei.”
Tourists coming into Brunei yesterday experienced the warm welcome depicting the richness of the Brunei customs and culture.
He said there were welcoming celebrations at two of the Sultanate’s checkpoint, the Brunei International Airport and the Sungai Tujuh Immigration Checkpoint in Kuala Belait.
“The welcoming celebration comprised cultura’ performances aimed at greeting and offering a glimpse di the warm hospitality and the amazing culture of the Brunei people,” he said.
Meanwhile the grand official opening of the VBY 2001 is scheduled for January 13, 2001 at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre.