Farmers helpless as storm uproots durian trees

ORCHARD owners in Telemong, Pahang, are heartbroken after a freak storm destroyed dozens of their durian trees, reported China Press.

The incident happened near Jalan Karak-Manchis in the evening of Aug 22.

One of the orchard owners, Tang Hua, said more than 10 of his musang king and black thorn durian trees tumbled to the ground due to strong winds.

Tang said the trees were already flowering and that he was expecting to sell the fruits in three months.

“It is not easy to grow durian trees. Not only do we have to worry about floods and droughts, we now have to worry about storms,” he said.

Tang added that other orchard owners nearby suffered heavy losses after the storm uprooted their trees as well.

> A 60-year-old vegetable seller in Johor chased away some 15 debt collectors from his shop with a parang and a fire extinguisher, the daily also reported.

CCTV footage of the incident showed a group of young men entering the shop in Jalan Shahbandar 7, Johor Baru, at 1.30pm on Aug 16.

They caused a ruckus by yelling and walking around with large signs that read “owe money, pay back money”, but were soon chased out by a man dressed in white holding a parang (machete).

When the debt collectors continued to yell profanities at the man, he then picked up a fire extinguisher and sprayed its contents at them. They then decided to leave.

When interviewed, the man in white, a 60-year-old with the surname Wang, claimed that the ah long (debt collectors) had harassed him more than six times and that he had made five separate police reports, but to no avail.

He explained that they were there to chase down his 31-year-old son, who was heavily in debt after being lured into placing bets on an online casino and ending up losing them.

Wang has repaid RM600,000 of his son’s debt after the ah long threatened to take photos of his son in the nude and share them.

The ah long claimed that the son still owed them RM4mil.

● The above article 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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