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Submitted by eyeonmiri on Wed, 2013-01-09 17:01. :: Eyes on Miri | Crime fighting | News & Events | Special interests
Police warn of fake new RM100 notes in circulation in Miri - and possibly other towns as well - after receiving reports regarding the matter, one of which is reported by a bank.
The notes are known to be fake due to the poor paper quality and lack of security features, and all have the same serial number: AA7825588. Police warn members of the public to be extra cautious when receiving new RM100 notes.
Just on touch alone will be enough to determine a fake because the real 100 Ringgit notes will not wrinkle easily compared to the poor quality paper used to make these fakes. Other measures include use of UV lights to check authenticity of the notes.
If unsure, please refer to the nearest Bank Negara office (Kuching).
Beachside area behind ParkCity Everly Hotel
Submitted by eyeonmiri on Sat, 2012-12-08 13:25. :: Eyes on Miri | News & Events | Special interests | Tourism
Miri City Christmas Parade
Start time : 5pm, 8th December 2012.
Venue : Miri City Fan
Starting point at Miri City Fan, the route of parade covers main streets in Miri City Centre. A combined effort of all churches in Miri and Miri City Council to celebrate this jovial festive occasion with the aim of promoting it as one of the signature events in Miri.
Note : Road blocks will be initiated in certain parts of the city center for this.
Submitted by eyeonmiri on Mon, 2012-11-26 15:49. :: Eyes on Miri | Environment | News & Events | Statistics
Apparently, in today's news the "Say No to Plastic Bag" campaign conducted by Miri City Council (MCC) in September 2009 through participating supermarkets does not seem to have helped in reducing the total quantity of plastic bags produced by the participating supermarkets.
According to the statistic issued by the City Council, the total amount of plastic bags produced by the participating outlets has actually increased from 1,072,895 pieces in year 2010 to 1,779,406 pieces last year. As of November this year, the number is at 873,847, which seems to indicate a reduction for 2012.
There were also numerous complaints from the public that there were non-participating shopping outlets that had taken advantage of the campaign by charging plastic bags at RM0.20 each for their own profit. The RM0.20 collected for each plastic bag is supposed to go into charity, although there is no detail on this.
In my point of view, they have taken the approach of charging for plastic bags, instead of REDUCING the plastic bags as they should be doing, and this is exactly what will happen as a result!
Here's a small list of suggestions to tackle this problem more effectively:
- Encourage the use of paper bags or biodegradable plastic bags. Restrict plastic bags that are not degradable. Do not charge the bags.
- Encourage local manufacturers to reduce plastic packaging. This will automatically reduce plastic waste from top to bottom. The current system works from the wrong way, bottom up, which the consumers have to bear but not the manufacturers. This is actually very unfair.
- Stop using excuses that plastic bags choking birds or sea turtles because they mistake it for jellyfish - that is another problem altogether. It has everything to do with irresponsible people disposing of their trash in the sea/rivers, and completely unrelated to plastic bags. Fix the root cause - fine the people who liter the rivers and seas!
- What is not recorded is the people buying bundles of plastic bags for their trash. People are actually buying their own plastic bags because they don't get extra plastic bags nowadays. The actual plastic bag count may actually be even higher. In short: problem not solved!