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Brunei TV in the 1970s

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This article was published in The Borneo Bulletin on 27th July 2013.+++++Brunei TV in the 1970s written by Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman

TV BRUNEI began its trial broadcast in 1974 airing programmes to the whole country. It was the first to broadcast in full-colour in Asia and in 1975 after a one year trial, TV Brunei was officially launched. It began producing its own programmes which included entertainment, drama, and religious as well as programmes for children.

One of the most fondly remembered programmes for children was the “Cerita Bersama Kanak-Kanak” programme.

The show would feature stories about fasting in the holy month of Ramadhan.


Children from primary schools would be invited to the RTB studio for the recording. Among those that had been on the show included Pg Fatimah and her brother Ak Yusafry.

Ak Yusafry recalled being brought to a room in Studio 1 to record his voice for the programme. The show was aired throughout the month of Ramadhan just before Sungkai.

After the sh…

Youths Want To Work for Government

This is an interesting piece of news from The Brunei Times published on 13th August 2013:

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Brunei youths prefer to work for gov't over entrepreneurship, research shows

Debbie Too
The Brunei Times
Publication Date : 13-08-2013

A recent study conducted by three lecturers from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam showed that youth that were interviewed still preferred to work for the government than be entrepreneurial.

A total of 1,051 students from eight secondary schools between the ages of 18 and 23 years old took part in the survey and found that 67.2 per cent of respondents preferred to work as government employees, while only 8.8 per cent of respondents wanted to work in the private sector. A total of 208 students, or 19.8 per cent, of respondents chose to become business owners.

It was found that the option to work for the government was mainly because of the stable employment, fixed income and job security. Those who opted to become business owners said that they preferred …

Rural Digital Divide in Brunei

The Oxford Business Group had this about Brunei on 11th August 2013:

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Brunei Darussalam takes steps to lessen rural digital divide
Asia | 11 Aug 2013

Rural areas of Brunei Darussalam, which have long faced problems with information and communications technology (ICT) services, are set to benefit from a move to align the Sultanate’s bandwidth with that of its regional neighbours.

The decision to replace mobile frequency bands comes as the Sultanate prepares to hand out 4G long-term evolution (LTE) licences. However, despite the wave of activity taking place across the telecoms sector, there are concerns that the joint roaming agreement could fail to produce results for the country, unless tariffs are revised downwards to levels nearer those of its regional peers.

Brunei Darussalam, together with Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, sealed an agreement on June 19 to align itself with the Asia Pacific Telecommunity’s 700 MHz band plan. The deal will facilitate international roaming a…

Growing Expectations for Brunei Darussalam

The Oxford Business Group on 30 July 2013 reported this about Brunei:

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Economic Update
Brunei Darussalam: Growing expectations
Asia | 30 Jul 2013

An increase in oil and gas production is expected to boost Brunei Darussalam’s economy over the next few years, but international experts disagree on the magnitude and timing of this growth.

In a statement issued in late June, the IMF said the Sultanate’s GDP would increase on average by 5.6% per year over the next five years, as new petrochemical and refinery projects come on-line. The developments are expected to contribute both directly to the economy as well as generate spill-over for related sectors, including transportation, retail and services.

The economy slowed in 2012, growing by 1.3%, as hydrocarbons output declined due to scheduled maintenance activities. GDP contribution from the oil and gas sector, which accounts for about two-thirds of the economy, 98% of exports and 93% of government revenues, shrank by 3.2% last year, …