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Rich Brunei Heritage Offers Good Backdrop for Writing

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Rich Brunei heritage offers good backdrop for writing
February 15, 2018

| Danial Norjidi |

IN BRUNEI’S rich heritage, there are many ideas, tales, stories and characters that can be used as a backdrop and background for writing.

Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, a local writer and Adjunct Professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, yesterday said this while delivering a keynote address at the launch of the 1st Writers Conference.

“Ever since the invention of printing, books have been the medium of choice, providing an opening into the imaginative world of others and enabling us to enrich ourselves with their creativity,” he said.

“Books play a significant role in our life. They say that ‘When you open a book, you open a new world’. I believe that everyone would agree with this statement as books have become inevitable to mankind. For the majority of people, books are part of their everyday life.”

“Books are packed with knowledge, insights into a happy life…

First Writers Conference in Brunei

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Writers Conference opens first chapter
February 15, 2018

| Danial Norjidi |

THE 1st Writers Conference was launched yesterday by the Cottage and Youth Initiative Programme (CYiP).

The two-day conference features an exhibition, coffee chats, workshops and pop-up booths at the Knowledge Hub (KHub) Lobby in Anggerek Desa.

CYiP Principal Mentor Captain (Rtd) Zailan bin Pehin Dato Mohd Don delivered welcoming remarks during the launch at the Design and Technology Building.

Meanwhile, in her speech Norhayati binti Haji Abu Bakar, Senior Mentor of Social Economy at CYiP, shared that CYiP – established in November 2016 – aims to create market access for quality Brunei products to penetrate the global market, with the objective of producing successful business leaders by creating a business environment and influencing the export products for other people to participate, to create high quality products by promoting sales brands and facilitate supply chains for sustainable production.

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HM Sultan Brunei: Country Comes First

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His Majesty: Country comes first
February 8, 2018

| Azlan Othman |

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 said yesterday that the Cabinet Ministers and government officials have to think about the long-term future of the country rather than focus on their own self-interest.

In a hard-hitting titah delivered at a special meeting with the newly appointed Cabinet Ministers at the Istana Nurul Iman, His Majesty said to be a good leader, one must strongly stick to the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) principle and not be a leader who is ‘intoxicated’ with power, who does everything for self-interest and not for the country.

His Majesty said among the signs of an ‘intoxicated’ leader is being cunning by setting up plans or strategies for selfish reasons such as cronyism and nepotism, and for the strengthening of position and power.

The monarch …

Brunei Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries (8 February 2018)

The list of Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries in the Brunei Government as of 8 February 2018 with the appointment of two new Permanent Secretaries and the transfer of two others as follows:

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PERMANENT SECRETARIES

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Pengiran Datin Shazainah bte Pg Dato Paduka Shariffudin (International)*
Md Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Haji Md Azmi bin Haji Hanifah (Energy and Industry)
Haji Kamaluddin bin Bongsu (Manpower and SHENA)
Lt Col (R) Pengiran Sazali bin Pengiran Yakob (Security)
Haji Mohd Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim (Law and Welfare)

Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Capt (Rtd) Abdul Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar

Ministry of Finance (MOF)
Norliah bte Kula (Performance)*

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Datin Tan Bee Yong*
Dato Paduka Haji Matnor bin Haji Jeludin
Emaleen bte Abdul Rahman Teo*
Hajah Siti Norishan bte Hj Abd Ghafor*

Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)
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Ministry of Religious Affairs …

Latest Permanent Secretaries and Deputies List (After Cabinet Reshuffle January 2018)

The list of Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries in the Brunei Government as of 1 February 2018 is as follows:

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PERMANENT SECRETARIES

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)

Pengiran Datin Shazainah bte Pg Dato Paduka Shariffudin (International)*
Md Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Haji Md Azmi bin Haji Hanifah (Energy and Industry)
Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohammad (Corporate Affairs and Civil Service)
Haji Kamaluddin bin Bongsu (Manpower and SHENA) 
Lt Col (R) Pengiran Sazali bin Pengiran Yakob (Security)


Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Capt (Rtd) Abdul Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar

Ministry of Finance (MOF)

Norliah bte Kula (Performance)*

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Datin Tan Bee Yong*
Dato Paduka Haji Matnor bin Haji Jeludin
Sheikh Haji Fadilah bin Sheikh Haji Ahmad
Emaleen bte Abdul Rahman Teo*

Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)
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Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA)
Dato Seri Setia Haji Abd Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Ha…

New book chronicles 50 years of Brunei’s development

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New book chronicles 50 years of Brunei’s development
January 29, 2018

| Rokiah Mahmud |

YAYASAN Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah launched a newly published book titled ‘Kegemilangan Pemerintahan: Kumpulan Artikel Sempena Jubli Emas Pemerintahan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam (1967-2017)’ at the Jawatan Dalam Hall of the Brunei History Centre, Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday.

Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman in his capacity as Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors, officiated the launch ceremony.

The minister also officially opened the Annual General Meeting of the Brunei History Association (PESEBAR).

The new book was published by Yayasan with coordination from PESEBAR. The 384-page book contains 20 articles written and contributed by members of PESEBAR, lecturers, teachers, higher educ…

Brunei History Association Elects New Executive Committee

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Brunei History Assn elects new executive committee
January 31, 2018

| Wani Roslan |

THE Brunei History Association (PESEBAR) elected its executive committee members for the term 2018-2019 during its 7th General Meeting at Jawatan Dalam Hall of Brunei History Centre in the capital last Sunday.

Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Haji Awang Yahya bin Haji Ibrahim was re-elected as the chairman of the association.

Other re-elected committee members were Dr Haji Awang Mohd Yusop bin Haji Awang Damit (Deputy Chairman), Associate Professor Dr Haji Asbol bin Haji Mail (Secretary General), Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong (Deputy Secretary General) and Hanafi bin Haji Salleh (Treasurer).

Since its formation in 1983, PESEBAR has been actively organising several activities to promote national history among the public including holding seminars and publishing books. The latest book released by the association is titled ‘Kegemilangan Pemerintahan: Kumpulan Art…