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Saturday September 7, 2013 MYT 7:31:07 AM
MELBOURNE: Building security and emergency staff in Sydney have raised a stink about a trial consignment of Malaysian chilled durians shipped to the Harbour City, mistaking the pungent fruit’s smell for a gas leak.
Malaysia’s Sydney consulate agriculture director Muhammad Rudy Khairudin Mohd Nor said the “gas alert” came about after Malaysian agricultural staff opened 10 packs of Musang King and D24 durians for lab tests in their Sydney office.
“The strong, pungent smell of the durians went into the ventilation system and reached the office next to ours on the 15th floor of the Market St building.
“The staff in the adjoining office, all Caucasians, panicked because they thought there was a gas leak. They summoned the emergency services. The whole floor was evacuated within minutes,” he said.
Muhammad Rudy said security and emergency staff arrived at the 15th floor to investigate and ended up at the consulate, seeking answers.
“We explained that the smell came from the durians. The officers were amazed and puzzled how similar the smell was to gas although they were convinced after we showed them the fruit,” he added.
Muhammad Rudy said three more Australian technical officers took up the “smell” about three hours later, adding: “They roamed around the office to ensure that the smell is really not from leaking gas.”
He said the consulate decided to avoid further misunderstandings by moving the durians and the lab testing to the Sydney Malaysia Hall students’ accommodation.
“We did not get any complaint from anyone. In fact, the smell was very well received by the Malaysian students who had not sniffed durians for a long time.
“Who would have thought that exporting durians to Australia could be so challenging?” he quipped. — Bernama
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