North Borneo became smuggling point for explosives (1924)

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It seems that North Borneo became a smuggling point for explosives to Philippines. The aim was not to bomb people – but rather to catch fish. The news article also reported that such practice had been banned years before. But as the old saying goes, “old habits die hard”. Sadly, the practice of fish bombing continues until today. There are strong reasons for such ban and efforts to ban the practice continues.

Article source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, 21 March 1924

Nampaknya Borneo Utara telah menjadi pusat penyeludupan bahan letupan ke Filipina. Tujuan penyeludupan tersebut bukan untuk menyerang manusia – akan tetapi hanyalah untuk menangkap ikan. Petikan akhbar ini juga melaporkan bahawa kegiatan tersebut sebenarnya sudah diharamkan bertahun sebelum itu. Namun, seperti kata pepatah, “Rupa boleh diubah, tabiat dibawa mati”. Sayangnya, kegiatan meletupkan ikan masih dijalankan sehingga hari ini. Terdapat alasan kukuh kegiatan tersebut diharamkan dan operasi pengharaman tersebut masih giat dijalankan.

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