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WOULD you pay RM30,000 for a piece of songket cloth? Though it may cost as much as a new Perodua Axia, these luxury cloths are must-haves for some men this Hari Raya, reports Kosmo!

According to a survey by the daily, songket cloth, a vital accessory of the Baju Melayu, which are priced in the thousands, is popular in Kuala Lumpur.

Fashion designer-cum-tailor Zamzam Mohd Salim, 51, said he sold samping songket from Terengganu at RM30,000 each to two businessmen from Sabah and Sarawak.

“Most of these buyers are from the upper class, such as ministers, royalty and businessmen,” he said.

Not long ago, premium samping songket from Terengganu could fetch as much as RM50,000, before it faced severe competition from “replicas” from India and Indonesia, which were sold at much lower prices.

> The tabloid also reported that villagers in Kampung Renyut, Jeli, Kelantan, are growing increasingly worried after two of their goats were mauled by what they believe was a sun bear last week.

The attacks took place in the wee hours of the morning. Rokiah Ibrahim, 60, heard her goat bleating in distress at its pen.

Upon checking later, Rokiah found one of her goats badly injured with tooth marks on its thighs.

“It was so bad that I had to put it out of its misery,” she said.

Mat Naim Deris, 50, said his goat was also attacked the same day.

“We are worried that this wild animal could harm our children,” he said.

Department of Wildlife and National Parks assistant officer Cosmas Ngau said investigations confirmed that the bite marks were from a sun bear.

“We will set bear traps and will be taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the villagers,” he said.

 > Found in translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.