Thursday, August 27, 2015

Heart of Borneo Corridor Initiative: A Gift to the World

The undisturbed ecosystem within the Peat Swamp Forest in the Belait District. – PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX COBB, SMART UNDER BRUNEI HOB PROJECT


Photos top, above and below show species of animals found within the Peat Swamp Forest by the project team led by Jonathan Davies and Zuraidah Abd Kamis during a joint Brunei HoB Project (BSP and WI)


Heart of Borneo Corridor Initiative: A gift to the world
Posted date: August 23, 2015
| Mahmud Yussof, CEO of Heart of Borneo Centre & 
Head of Biodiversity Research and Innovation Centre |

DESPITE the world’s third largest island being situated between the Indo-Pacific Basin and Malaysia, evidently, Borneo Island still holds the world’s richest biodiversity hotspot. Its tropical rainforest – straddles from north to south in what is known as the Heart of Borneo (HoB) area – is the world’s oldest tropical rainforest ecosystem, with its evolution estimated to have started as early as 130 million years ago.

According to WWF Malaysia President Dato Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin (PhD), a prominent nature lover and ecotourism key player in Sabah, unlike the Amazon in South America, Borneo Island did not experience the continental drift. Hence, the Bornean tropical rainforest ecosystem is the most ancient ecosystem in the world.

Based on Tengku’s comparison study and experience, Borneo Island is the best biodiversity hotspot in the world. Furthermore, according to the National Geography, an area of 10 square kilometres in Borneo Island has more biodiversity content than a combination of the whole Europe and North America.

According to Tengku, in Borneo Island we can find the highest diversity of orchid and tree species and other associated flora and fauna, a majority of which are endemic to this island. Ten per cent of the world’s orchid can be found on the island of Borneo. On another note, the Bornean tropical rainforest assembles highly diverse wild fruit orchards for the Bornean people.The current no-logging policy for these protected and conserved areas within the designated Brunei HoB area (especially the peat swamp forests) is a noble laureate class approach by the political leadership. It was enforced in 2014.

In view of this, the people of Brunei are blessed with a vast area of pristine tropical rainforest – considered the most ancient biological landscape in the world – as a prime ecotourism destination for the country, serving as a highly potential industry to support national economic diversifications. This tropical rainforest ecosystem can be found in the interiors of Brunei, with a majority turned into reserved forest areas. There is also the peat swamp forest on the state land of Belait District.

Under the purview of the Heart of Borneo Initiative, these areas have been recognised to play an important role not only as a continuous terrestrial ecological route, but also in providing nutrients for the marine coral reef within the Marine Protection Area (MPA) that lies within the Indo-Pacific Global Centre of Coral Diversity also known as the Amazon of the sea.

The HoB Corridor Initiative project proposed by Brunei as the first trilateral efforts will ensure the connectivity of these most ancient forest ecosystems from Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan to serve the core richest biodiversity area representing the Bornean biodiversity. More importantly, the biological strip will provide Bornean citizens a living pharmacy and herbals worth billions of dollars through biotechnology industry and traditional herbal practices as well as a living food supermarket for the rich culture forest communities.

As the core area of the world’s richest biodiversity, the biological corridor is the iconic landmass for Borneo Island that will attract both local and international researchers. The potential of new discoveries is very high for the benefit of the whole Borneo Island community. The Research and Development information from this strip of biological corridor will be the scientific component of ecotourism activities in Borneo within the HoB package ecotourism that will also enhance the people’s appreciation for nature.

The establishment of the HoB Corridor Initiative was further discussed in the 9th HoB Trilateral Meeting on August 11-12 2015 in Sandakan, Sabah. The most notable lessons learnt during the course of the meeting is that Sabah is making tremendous effort in forest protection under the HoB management regime and undertaking the best collective efforts in promoting its ecotourism industry.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri attends HRH Princess Amal Rakiah's Daughter's Wedding

Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam at the Bersanding ceremony. – PHOTOS: AZARAIMY HH

Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam accompanied by Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati binti Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Her Roy-al Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Am-bassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Babu Raja Pengiran Anak Hajah Besar binti Pengiran Anak Haji Metassan at the ceremony

Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Prin-cess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Nor’ain, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Rakiah, the mother of the bride and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Nasi-bah

Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Mujaabah Safaaul Bulqiah binti Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin and Amirul Zahrein bin Colonel (Rtd) Haji Ahmad at the Bersanding ceremony



Her Majesty attends Bersanding ceremony
Posted date: August 24, 2015
| Izah Azahari |

HER Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam yesterday graced the Bersanding ceremony for the wedding of Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Mujaabah Safaaul Bulqiah binti Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin and Amirul Zahrein bin Colonel (Rtd) Haji Ahmad, at the bride’s residence, AR Chateau, in Kampong Beribi.

Accompanying Her Majesty were Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman; Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati binti Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman; Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Nor’ain; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam; the mother of the bride, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Rakiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Nasibah; Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Babu Raja Pengiran Anak Hajah Besar binti Pengiran Anak Haji Metassan and other members of the royal family.

The ceremony began with the beating of the hadrah as the bride first entered the hall beautifully clad in a traditional dark purple ‘songket’ dress, accompanied by dayang-dayang carrying ceremonial candles, followed shortly by the groom’s entrance in equally intricate dark purple male songket attire.

A Doa Selamat was then read to bless the ceremony by Acting Chief Syar’ie Judge Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar, along with a Junjung Ziarah by the newlyweds to Her Majesty and other royal family members.

The ceremony concluded a series of traditional Malay ceremonies carried out to mark the marriage of Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Mujaabah Safaaul Bulqiah and Amirul Zahrein this week.

The bride is the eldest child of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Rakiah.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

69th HM Sultan Brunei's Birthday: Thousands Greet His Majesty

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, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah at the get-together in Bandar Seri Begawan









Posted date: August 24, 2015
| Khal Baharulalam |

THOUSANDS of people from all walks of life converged on Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien yesterday for the get-together ceremony marking the 69th birthday celebration 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 in the Brunei-Muara District.

Also in attendance yesterday were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

A special performance by some 569 Brunei-Muara District residents was one of the highlights of the day.

His Majesty also received greetings from thousands of well-wishers in the much-awaited interaction with their beloved monarch.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

69th Birthday of HM Sultan Brunei: Brunei-Muara Fitting Finale

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 His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office are greeted by Brunei-Muara District residents during the royal get-together. – DEAN KASSIM

Brunei-Muara’s fitting finale
Posted date: August 24, 2015
| Khal Baharulalam |

BRUNEI-MUARA District witnessed a spectacular display of love and loyalty as thousands thronged the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday to greet 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 during His Majesty’s traditional meet-the-people programme in conjunction with the monarch’s 69th birthday celebration.

Ecstatic schoolchildren in colourful uniforms waving mini national flags lined the streets en-route to the royal dais as the royal entourage made a grand entry into the field.

Also in attendance yesterday were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

Upon arrival at the stage, His Majesty and members of the royal family were greeted by Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Home Affairs in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Executive Committee for the 69th birthday celebration; Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Misle bin Haji Abdul Karim, the Acting Brunei-Muara District Officer.Echoes of ‘Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik’ chants reverberated across the field area as the acting district officer stood before the monarch, pledging on behalf of the district’s residents to maintain and strengthen the values set under His Majesty’s wise leadership, particularly the Malay Islamic Monarchy philosophy.

The celebration also saw a special performance by a total of 569 Brunei-Muara District residents, comprising students from 28 different schools, local talents, national athletes, members of government and non-government associations – all collaborating to form a picturesque show – bearing the theme ‘Raja Gemilang Sanjungan Negara’ (A Sovereign Monarch Respected by the Nation).

After the performances, His Majesty made his way to the thousands of well-wishers eagerly waiting to interact with their beloved king.

The Brunei-Muara District event marked the conclusion of the royal birthday get-together celebration which started on August 18 in the districts of Tutong followed by Temburong and Belait.

His Majesty’s Junjung Ziarah is one of the most significant celebrations in the country’s calendar of events as it is a platform for the people to get up close to their much adored king.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Monday, August 24, 2015

Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries List 2015 Updated

Following a spate of retirements and minor changes, here is the most up to date current list of Permanent Secretaries and Deputies in Brunei Darussalam:

Permanent Secretaries

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Dato Paduka Haji Hamdan bin Abu Bakar (Security and Enforcement)
Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohd Daud (Penggerak Unit)
Yahya bin Haji Idris (Corporate Affairs and Civil Service)
Dato Paduka Haji Jamain bin Haji Julaihi (Energy Division)
Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman (International, R&D, Economy and Finance)
Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Dato Paduka Haji Joanda HA Rashid (Law and Welfare)

Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Datin Paduka Hajah Suriyah binti Haji Umar

Ministry of Finance (MOF)
Dato Paduka Haji Hisham bin Haji Hanifah
Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohammad
Eddie bin Dato Paduka Haji Sunny

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi
Dato Paduka Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Yusof
Datin Tan Bee Yong
Dato Paduka Haji Matnor bin Haji Jeludin
Sheikh Haji Fadilah bin Sheikh Haji Ahmad

Ministry of Education (MOE)
Dr. Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abd Rahman (Core Education)
Dato Paduka Dr. Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi (Higher Education)

Ministry of Health (MOH)
Datin Paduka Dr. Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Jalil

Ministry of Development (MOD)
Haji Md Lutfi bin Abdullah (Administration and Finance)

Ministry of Communications (MOC)
Haji Abd Mutalib bin Pehin Dato Haji Yussof

Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR)
Hajah Normah Suria Hayati Pehin Dato Haji Md Jamil

Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA)
Dato Seri Setia Haji Abd Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Md Yusof

Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)
Haji Md Abdoh bin Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Salam

Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS)
Dato Paduka Dr. Haji Affendy bin Pehin Dato Haji Abidin

Deputy Permanent Secretaries

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Adi Samsul bin Haji Sabli (IT and E-Government)

Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Haji Azhar bin Haji Ahmad
Abu Suffian bin Haji Ali

Ministry of Finance (MOF)
Haji Abu Bakar bin Haji Ibrahim
Haji Zakaria bin Serudin

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Haji Sulia bin Haji Mayan
Adanan bin Haji Jaafar
Pengiran Datin Shazainah binti Pg Dato Sharifuddin
Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abd Wham

Ministry of Education (MOE)
Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh
Datin Dr. Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina bte Pehin Dato Haji Abd Aziz

Ministry of Health (MOH)
Hajah Siti Mariam binti Haji Jaafar
Dr. Rahmah binti Haji Said

Ministry of Development (MOD)
Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin

Ministry of Communications (MOC)
Md Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos

Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR)
Khairuddin bin Abd Hamid

Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA)
Haji Harun bin Haji Juned
Haji Roslan bin Tajaah

Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)
Haji Idris bin Hj Md Ali
Haji Md Sunadi bin Buntar

Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS)
Noorjusmin bin Haji Abd Samad

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