The Budget Beleaguers Borneo

By Carolyn Hong

December 2013 ALL OVER THE PLACE
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Living with higher prices of goods amid cuts in fuel and sugar subsidies and the impending GST, those in the interior of Sabah and Sarawak struggle even more to make ends meet.Sometimes when I crave a so drink, I’ll pop into Ba Kelalan’s small shop where the shelves creak with a bewildering array of goods. From spare parts to football shoes to dry goods and, yes, so drinks, the shop stocks anything and everything. Storekeepers in remote settlements have to...

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Carolyn Hong

lives in Ba Kelalan sometimes, in KL sometimes. A former journalist who once chased the big stories for a regional newspaper, she now hunts for the small stories in Malaysia’s smallest places.


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