• Short Summary

    THE NEWLY FORMED SPECIAL SQUAD OF THE SINGAPORE CUSTOMS IS A TERROR TO MOONSHINERS ON THE ISLAND.

  • Description

    THE NEWLY FORMED SPECIAL SQUAD OF THE SINGAPORE CUSTOMS IS A TERROR TO MOONSHINERS ON THE ISLAND. THE REASON: THEIR LIGHTING RAIDS ON REMOTE VILLAGE PROVED HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL IN RECENT WEEKS.

    AT A VILLAGE LAST WEEK, THE HIGHLY TRAINED MEN AFTER A METHODICAL SEARCH, DISCOVERED AN UNDERGROUND HIDING PLACE FOR SEVERAL DRUMS OF MASH INGENIOUSLY HIDDEN BENEATH A HEAP OF WOODEN PLANKS NEAR AN ABANDONED HUT.

    THE MOONSHINERS ESCAPED BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF THE SQUAD. WHEN QUESTIONED BY THE OFFICES, THE VILLAGERS SAID THEY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS.

    THE DRUMS WERE FIRST EMPTIED OF THEIR MASH AND THEN DESTROYED . MASH IS AN IMPORTANT INGREDIENT IN THE MAKING OF ILLICIT RICE WINE. IT CONSISTS MOSTLY OF FERMENTED RICE OR YEAST.

    IT IS CLAIMED THE LONGER IT IS BURIED UNDERGROUND, THE MORE WINE CAN BE EXTRACTED FROM IT.

    AT PRESENT THERE ARE THREE FIRMS WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION TO MANUFACTURE RICE WINE IN SINGAPORE, BUT BECAUSE OF THE DUTY ITS PRICE IS HIGHER THAN THE ILLICIT WINE.

    AT ANOTHER VILLAGE, THEY DISCOVERED A MAKE-SHIFT DISTILLERY.

    THE BIG DRUM IS USED TO BOIL THE MASH AFTER A LARGE QUANTITY OF SUGAR IS ADDED. OVER THE DRUM IS AN INVERTED CONESHAPED LIED WHERE VAPOURISATION TAKES PLACE, AND THE WINE THEN TRICKLES THROUGH A DRIPPING PIPE, INTO A PORCELEAN CONTAINER.

    PREVENTIVE OFFICERS CLAIM THAT 60 CENTS WORTH OF ILLICIT WINE, CAN PUT A SEASONED DRINKER OUT-OF-ACTION. THE ILLICIT WINE IS PREPARED MOSTLY FOR CONSUMPTION BY MANUAL LABOURERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC3W0S88SUEGG4Q5I8I1WGT4VL
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3W0S88SUEGG4Q5I8I1WGT4VL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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