Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
_ THE IETHBRID6E HERALD Friday, May 1, 1970 Highways In Malaysia Clock Backwards OPENING SHOP Chinese merchants along Jalan Dhoby in Johore Bahru. start to open their shops in this morning scene in the Malaysian city. Johore Bahru is on the landward end of a causeway leading to the city-slate of Singapore. Empire Hall In Loncloii Aladdin's Caye Tax-Free Shopping Fair SL M. A costs cutting spending spree is being offered to over- seas visitors in London this summer in the first Tax-free Shopping Fair to be held in the city. Many British firms are jump- ing at the chance of boosting their exports from July 20-30 at Oh'mpias Empire Hall where" foreign tourists and buy- ers from international stores will find anything they want free of purchase tax. Under the present severe f nancial restrictions in Britain all clothes, textiles and so f for instance, carr; per cent purchase tax ..i cars, TV sets and man; household wares, it rises to 3 per cent, while cosmetics, fur and jewellery are virtually un obtainable behind a 55 per cen tariff wall. For Britons certainly during One Hundred Soviet Toivns Opened To Foreign Visitors UNITED NATIONS (AP) The Soviet Union, seeking to put itself in big-league tourism this summer, is opening 100 towns to foreign visitors. The special Soviet effort is re- lated to liie 100th anniversary this year of the birth of Lenin, founder of the Soviet state. Leonid Stepanovich Lobanov of the Soviet mission told a committee meeting that Intour- ist, his government's tourist or- ganization, is preparing a "spe- cial route" for foreign tourists that will take in all 16 capitals of Soviet republics. These range from Yerevan the capital of Armenia, nea: Turkey, to Alma Ata, capital 0 Kazakhstan, spanning an area from the Caspian Sea to China Even what Lobanov calls "the enigmatic Siberia" will opened up for visitors' ihspec tion, he told an Economic ant Social Council group discussing the development of tourism in member states. The UN is playing an increas- ing role in the development o tourism, with various agencies assisting developing nations to tap this monetary potential. SAVE ON A 70 EXTRA SAVINGS on packages of popular options on Mows the time to make a big deal on a luxurious Plymouth Fury then save AN EXTRA 40% on a package of popular options that includes VINYL ROOF BUMPER GUARDS OUTSIDE REMOTE-CONTROL REARVIEW MIRROR TINTED WINDSHIELD DELUXE WHEEL COVERS UNDERCOATING HOOD PAD ACCESSORY FLOOR MATS REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER. Save on a 70 at your Plymouth dealer's now. 40% EXTRA SAVINGS Suggested retail price 5293.40 Special package price S176.00 siss-i! Plymouth makes it special! FOR "CUSTOMER CARE" SERVICE AND THE BEST IN NEW AND USED CARS, SEE YOUR PLYMOUTH DEALER. the Fair's fortnight, Empire Hall will be like a tempting Aladdiii's Cave, to which there will be no "Open Sesame.' But for foreigners, overseas residents who want to send goods abroad within a year, or even Britons intending to emi- grate, this array of low cost bargains will be waiting to be snapped up. You name it: its almost cer- tain to be there. Antiques of all lands, cam- eras and accessories, clothes, crockery, cutlery, furs, furni- ture record players house- hold equipment, jewelry, plate, leather and travel goods, cars, motor cycles, perfumes, TV and radio sets sewing ma- chines, rifles, fishing rods, watches and clocks. Even children have not been forgotten. There will be so many toys that they'll think Christmas has arrived six months early! It was the idea of two Lon- don international fair experts, Patrick O'Brien and John Nortliover, who felt it was time many export firms were given the opportunity to get out of the usual trading rut. All the signs are that it will be a bonanza fortnight. For it is estimated that at this peak period there will be over seas visitors in Britain. Neiv Klondike Dollars One hundred and sixty, thousand shiny Klondike Dol- lars will be delivered by Sher- ritt Gordon Mint to the Ed- monton E x h i bition Associa- tion and the Edmonton Klon- dike Days Association. That's the initial order for the pop- ular coins, an increase of 30 thousand over the total minted in 1869. The Klondike Dollars will have an actual worth of in any business transaction in the City of Edmonton from May 1 to August 31. Thous- ands were purchased in 1969 by visitors to the City as a Klondike Days keepsake. By JACK TRACY JOHOKE BAHHU (CP) The sights, sounds and smells of Southeast Asia are close to the tourist who travels by ear. And Malaysia is about the only part of the area with a network of paved roads ena- bling the traveller to go about freely. Take the drive from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capi- tal, to this old town on Singa- pore Strait. It's about the dist- ance from Toronto to Ottawa, but it carries the traveller back thrugh the centuries. Start out in the morning from Kuala Lumpur, now lush with hibiscus, the national flower, and blossoming frangi- pani trees. There are no drive-ins. But. along the roadside an Indian hawker has set up shop on his three-wheel bicycle and is selling chendoi, a snack fit for a climate where the morning temperature is about 95. The price is 10 cents Malayan (about three cents He shaves ice into a soup bowl and ladles in a thick mo- lasses-like syrup. Then he covers it with green noodles and sweet coconut milk. TIME FOR PICNIC Farther on it's time for a picnic. A rubber plantation is best because the trees spread a cooling shade. Throw a straw mat on the grass to keep the varmints out of the sandwiches and eat as you watch the Eastern world go by-slim-hipped Chinese girls on bicycles, straw-hatted cool- ies bearing their burdens on shoulder yokes. For a side excursion there's the ancient seaport of Ma- lacca, seized- by the Portu- guese in 1511. The signs of their 130-year rule still are there, particu- larly the old fortaleza now oc- cupied by government offices. Along the road from Ma- lacca, the kampongs-or vil- even more nu- merous. Here the Malay homes built on stilts are fan- cier, with the roofs dipping in the centre and resembling a ship's prow at either end. Those colorfully-dressed men wearing gold Malay carry- ing drums and gifts are on their way to a bersanding, a Malay Moslem wedding. Outside many a Chinese home candles burn, for this is- the time of beng-cheng when the Chinese remember their ancestors. MONKEYS DO WORK Up the road come five men bicycling hi single file. They are coconut harvesters and three have trained monkeys slung across the handle bars. Some monkeys are trained to climb a palm tree and knock down the coconut with the right degree of ripeness. Others will pull down the right coconut at a shouted sig- nal from the ground or they respond to a quick tag at the rope tied around the animal's waist. While the roads are well CANADA CITY PACKAGE TOURS Hotel and sightseeing packages available CALGARY EDMONTON VANCOUVER VICTORIA WINNIPEG TORONTO OTTAWA MONTREAL QUEBEC CITY HALIFAX Brochure and Reservations contact: R LAW80IW TBAVEL 25 offices specializing in hoiiuavs. MARQUIS HOTEL, UTHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. (Telephone 327-4094 or 328-3000.) paved, they are as narrow as a Canadian secondary road. Traffic, half of it German- built taxis and lumber trucks with Douglas fir-sized logs, is heavy. Malaysians drive on the left and have a disconcert- ing habit of passing on hills or a straight stretch is rare here. Because of the sides the lumber trucks and taxis there are bicycles, hordes of Italian-made motor scooters and colorful Malay o x -c a r t s pulled by hump- backed hard to make the Kuala Lumpur-Jo- hpre Bahru trip in less than eight hours. The best place to stay when you reach this old British gar- rison town is the rumah per- singgahan a government- owned rest i clean room with mosquito 'nets and overhead fan is Canadian) a night. MEALS ARE CHEAP A full-course meal of roast chicken for three comes to The de luxe meal, with fish course added, is 20 cents more. Most expensive item at the rumah is the Singapore sling, a tall drink based on gin with dashes of brandy, benedictine and other liqueurs. It's about Canadian and while the barman doesn't say so, a lim- it of one to a customer staid be recommended. While British -forces are leaving the peninsula next year, Johore Bahru shows the British military presence, al- though ever, this now is being soft-pedalled. An editorial in the garri- son's Family Gazette, signed by the garrison commander, Calls on the "silver-bellied round-eyes" to stop being rude to minor officials at the customs gates on the cause- way linking Johore Bahru with Singapore. Avocado's Origin The avocado tree is the old- est fruit crop in Florida, where it was introduced by the Span- ish. Its Spanish name, "agua- sounds like "avocado" when spoken fast. Castle In Spain Can Be Costly GRANADA (AP) Castles in Spain can be a dreara come be practical about it. That, in effect, is the govern- ment's warning. The Office of Fine Arts, in charge of many of Spain's historic treasures, says foreigners apply for information about purchase of a castle. But Jesus Silva of the office says the tone of the inquiries in- dicates that people are lured by low initial prices without know- ing the costs cf restoration maintenance. One of the castles has just been sold for The buyer may need hundreds of times that figure to put the crumbled Castle of Lanjaron in usable condition. The buyer, a Spanish firm headed by Rafael Zurita Re- quena, has not indicated what it plans to do with the castle built by Islamic invaders during their rule of Spain from 711 to 1492. Presumably it will become a tourist lure. One big problem is transpor- tation. The castle sits atop a 600-fcct rock. It commands a strategic position for watching all roads into the nearby village of Lanjaron. In days of Moslem rule, it was used primarily as a fort overlooking four populated areas below. The castle remained as the Moors left it until last century when a buildings stroyed on the grounds they were about to collapse. Now mayor ordered inside the fort only the walls of the fort are standing. "Nothing remarked a Spanish journalist, "but ruins and memories." All Charter Flights Are Welcomed In an effort to build up des- tination travel, India now wel- comes all charter flights, ac- cording to the Government of India Tourist Office. Tourists may be transported to India from any country on charters aboard any international car- rier. The ail-ports for embark- ation and debarkation are Bom- bay, Calcutta, Delhi and Mad- ras. Within India charter passen- gers will move via Indian Air- lines and Indian Railways. The minimum stay within India is seven days, the maximum 30, and charter groups are requir- ed to have a fixed itinerary in advance including internal transportation, hotel accommo- d a t i o n s, sightseeing, and guides. Under the new permit, tour operators and travel agents must furnish their passenger lists 10 days in, advance of the scheduled 'flight. HEY! s. THEY'VE ADDED SOMETHING NEW TO THE V ANNUAL DASH FOR THE DAISIES i YOU CAN NOW WIN THE i mm DERBY SWEEPSTAKE INTERESTED? THE PRIZES ARE TERRIFIC! Ticket on the 1st place horse wins.......... Ticket on the 2nd place horse wins.......... Ticket on the 3rd place horse wins.......... Ticket on the 4th place horse wins.......... Ticket on the 5th place horse wins.......... .And they also have 95 consolation prizes worth Winners will be determined August I 1970 at the 41st running of the Canadian Derby in Edmonton. And the cost per ticket is only IN LETHBRIDGE and DISTRICT PURCHASE YOUR CANADIAN DERBY SWEEPSTAKE TICKET from MEMBERS of the B.P.O. ELKS LODGE NO. 371 you can also purchase Sweepstake Tickets by mail. Send Cheque or Money Order payable to Canadian Derby to: CANADIAN DERBY SWEEPSTAKE, Administration Building, Exhibition Grounds, EDMONTON, ALBERTA (Please enclose name, address and telephone number) THIS SWEEPSTAKE IS CONDUCTED BY THI EDMONTON EXHIIITION UNITED UNDER THI AUTHORITY OF THI GOVMNMINT Of THI MOVINCI Of AltHTA.