DURIAN farmers in Segamat, Johor, are being forced to use boats to collect the fruits before they rot after roads were cut off by the floods.
Sin Chew Daily reports that farmer Zhou Zhi Zhong, who lives in Buloh Kasap, said farmers were unable to get to their orchards as the area has been inundated by floodwaters since Jan 3.
Buloh Kasap is a township about 10km from Segamat.
Many farmers, Zhou said, would make the 30-minute drive to Kampung Pandan and then row their boats to their orchards, which would take another hour.
A normal journey by car would only take some 20 minutes, he said. However, a trip by car and boat, including harvesting, would last almost five hours.
According to a durian seller known only as Hafiz, floods have caused sales at his stall to fall by more than 50%.
He hoped that business would return to normal once floodwaters receded and farmers could access their orchards by car.
It was reported that 1,047 families comprising 3,961 people were displaced due to the floods in Segamat.
> The daily also reports that Hong Kong singer Wang Leehom has been accused of hiring cybertroopers to wage a war against his estranged wife , Lee Jinglei, after many of his online “supporters” were found to be from multiple countries.
These online posts, which were critical of Lee, had apparently originated mostly from Romania, Portugal and the United States.
For example, a person from Romania wrote: “Don’t just tell a story without giving evidence. If he (Wang) visits prostitutes, hooks up (with women), why don’t you show the evidence? Please stop prolonging this badly written drama. Miss Lee Jinglei, do you know everyone is already tired of your antics?”
Many Internet users speculated that these accounts were owned by cybertroopers hired by Wang to shift public perception in his favour.
“Do Romanians generally have such good command of the Chinese language?” an Internet user asked.
Others, however, wondered if Wang had hired cybertroopers on the cheap as they failed to cover their tracks by changing their IP addresses.
Last month, Lee published a nine-page statement of about 4,500 words accusing Wang of multiple infidelities, soliciting prostitutes and being verbally abusive towards her throughout their marriage.
Wang eventually apologised for failing to “manage the marriage properly”.
However, since then the drama of their divorce has continued to dominate headlines.
● 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.