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New Deputy Minister and Permanent Secretary (September 2017)

Updated List of Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries (23 September 2017)

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, The Crown Prince
Senior Minister at the PM’s Office

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong
Minister of Home Affairs

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman
Minister of Education

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim
Minister at PMO and Minister of Finance II

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng
Minister at PMO and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II

YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar
Minister of Energy and Industry at PM’s Office

YB Pehin Udana Khatib Dat…

HM Sultan Brunei: Stresses on Cybersecurity, Vigilance

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His Majesty stresses on cybersecurity, vigilance
September 18, 2017

| Hakim Hayat |

THE prevalence of security threats in multiple and complex forms in the face of a fast-paced technological evolution calls for greater vigilance and robustness from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the RBAF said yesterday.

In a titah delivered during a grand parade to mark the occasion of the RBAF’s 56th Anniversary at the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) Base in Muara, His Majesty warned of pervasive threats in the cyberage such as radicalisation and extremism, stemming from deviant sources.

“They are spreading their influences through various means, to persuade communities to sympathise with them and support their objectives. Military personnel are not exempt from the r…

Ristaan Guru2 Maktab Perguruan Melayu Brunei

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Ristaan guru-guru Maktab Perguruan Melayu Brunei
September 16, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

BANYAK rintangan dan kesulitan yang dihadapi oleh guru-guru pelatih yang menuntut di Maktab Perguruan Melayu Brunei pada tahun 1963. Ketika itu, ianya terletak di Berakas. Kebanyakan guru dan pelajarnya pula tinggal di Kampong Ayer. Mereka perlu menaiki bas khas kerajaan untuk pergi ke maktab dan ianya mengambil masa setengah jam untuk sampai ke lokasi. Sebelum itu, mereka terlebih dahulu berkumpul di kawasan belakang Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan sebelum beredar pergi.

Salah seorang daripada guru tersebut menceritakan kepada penulis bahawa azam mereka adalah untuk sentiasa tabah dan sabar dalam menempuhi alam pembelajaran. Pada waktu hari-hari kelepasan awam seperti hari Jumaat dan Ahad, guru-guru ini meluangkan masa bersama dengan melawat Lapangan Terbang Lama Berakas bertentangan dengan Kampung Burung Pingai Berakas dan Kampung Jaya Bakti. Pada ketika itu kawasannya masih lengang dan…

Brunei Companies Sign 5 Key Agreements with Chinese

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Brunei companies ink five key agreements with Chinese firms
September 16, 2017

| Azaraimy HH in Nanning |

BRUNEI firms signed five significant economic and bilateral agreements with Chinese companies on the sidelines of the 14th China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO) yesterday, that will bring billions of dollars worth of investments into the country, further boosting the Sultanate’s economic diversification efforts.

The signing ceremony took place at the opulent Liyuan resort in Nanning, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China and was witnessed by Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office as the guest of honour.

These agreements were signed following the successful State Visit of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to China and…

Mekah Pusat Dunia: Hubungan Brunei dan Kota Mekah (Siri MIB)

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Mekah pusat dunia: Hubungan Brunei dan Kota Mekah
September 4, 2017

Oleh Dr. Muhammad Hadi Muhammad Melayong
Pejabat Sekretariat Majlis Tertinggi Melayu Islam Beraja

MEKAH pusat dunia bermaksud bahawa setiap umat Islam di dunia ini akan berkiblatkan Kaabah di kota Mekah di mana pun mereka berada setiap waktu bahkan sekira ia mempunyai kemampuan maka adalah menjadi kewajipannya untuk menziarahi kota suci Mekah Al-Mukarammah serta kota Nabi Muhammad SAW di Madinah Al-Munawwarah. Nukilan ini cuba memaparkan sejarah hubungan alam Melayu khususnya Brunei dengan Mekah sebagai pusat dunia. Bagi umat Islam di Negara Brunei Darussalam hubungan ini telah lama terjalin berlandaskan agama di mana setiap umat Islam yang berkemampuan berkewajipan mengerjakan ibadah haji dan umrah sekurang-kurang sekali seumur hidup. Ibadat haji dan umrah adalah menjadi rukun Islam yang kelima, wajib dikerjakan oleh umat Islam yang memiliki berkemampuan daripada segi perbelanjaan dan kesihatan untuk sampai ke Baitul…

HM Sultan Brunei Heralds New Era in Brunei-China Relations

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Sultan heralds a new era in China relations
September 14, 2017

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China yesterday held a comprehensive discussion on Brunei-China bilateral relations which include economic ties, connectivity, people-to-people exchanges, education links, and defence cooperation.

Both leaders looked forward to further strengthening bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries.

His Majesty and President Xi also exchanged views on regional developments.
During the meeting, President Xi congratulated His Majesty on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne.

President Xi commended the strengthening ties between Brunei and China in various areas of cooperation.

His Majesty also commended China for its contribut…

Brunei Signs OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administration Assistance in Tax Matters

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Brunei inks convention on tax matters at OECD
September 14, 2017

BRUNEI Darussalam signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administration Assistance in Tax Matters on Tuesday at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Headquarters in Paris, according to a press release.

Signing on behalf of the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was Datin Paduka Malai Hajah Halimah binti Malai Haji Yussof, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to France in the presence of the OECD Deputy Secretary-General, Masamichi Kono.

There are 112 countries participating in the convention including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. The convention aims to promote international cooperation to combat cross border tax evasion in which it provides all forms of administrative assistance in tax matters such as exchange…