Compiled by VINCENT TAN, THO XIN YI, HANIS ZAINAL and R. ARAVINTHAN
COMING from a country with year-round sunshine did not stop Malaysian John Yong from clinching third place in China’s 32nd Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition, reported Sin Chew Daily.
Yong landed the prize with his sculpture “Man and Fish Dancing Together” in the contest in Heilongjiang province, which is famous for its extreme cold and snow.
He shared his ranking with a team from Harbin Normal University and another from Mongolia.
The competition – one of three largest international ice sculpting contests – is held annually at Harbin’s Ice and Snow World, the largest outdoor winter-themed park in the world.
This year’s contest saw the participation of 34 teams, comprising 68 ice sculptors from 14 countries.
The first place was awarded to another team from Mongolia.
> The daily also reported that enforcement officers from the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry recently conducted checks on durian vendors.
The officers found three cases of improperly calibrated weighing scales and a vendor who did not display the prices of the fruits at his stall. Goods totalling some RM5,900 were confiscated.
According to the Weights and Measures Act, vendors have to calibrate their weighing scales every 12 months or risk a fine of up to RM40,000, while those without price displays can be penalised up to RM25,000 under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act.
> Nanyang Siang Pau reported that China was putting a stop to “five-star restrooms”, which have sofas, water dispensers, microwave ovens and even refrigerators.
The order to end this exaggerated “revolution” of toilets was issued by China’s National Tourism Administration director Li Jinzao.
The fad followed China President Xi Jinping’s call for a “toilet revolution” to clean up the country’s notoriously filthy public washrooms.