Showing posts from September, 2014

Brunei Delicacy: Kueh Takis

I bought the above with a number of old Brunei pots and pans and wondered what it does. It took me quite a while to figure it out until I posted it on my FB page and I got the answer. The above is the tray for making this Brunei delicacy called Kueh Takis.

Brunei Passport: 17th in World

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 27th September 2014 - Bruneian passport was ranked 17th in the world for travelers in a recent survey, based on the number of visa-free countries its holders can travel to out of one hundred and seventy four destinations.

According to the 2014 Visa Restrictions Index, holders of Bruneian passports can travel to one hundred and fifty countries without visas. Singapore and Malaysia were the only two Southeast Asian countries that made it to the top ten in the 2014 index.

Singapore was ranked fifth in the world, as Singaporeans can travel visa-free to one hundred and seventy countries, while Malaysia was ranked eighth, as Malaysians can travel visa-free to one hundred and sixty six countries.

Among Southeast Asian countries, the Sultanate was ranked third, followed by Thailand (62nd in the world, visa-free travel to sixty nine countries), the Philippines (68th, sixty two countries), Indonesia (72nd, fifty six countries), Laos (80th, forty eight countries), Vietnam …

Sultan Brunei: Brunei United With World Fighting Terror

Amanda Yap

Friday, September 26, 2014

BRUNEI stands united with the international community in combating terrorism in all its forms and rejects extremism, and supports all regional and international efforts in countering terrorism, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam said yesterday.

His Majesty was speaking at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly General Debate Session at the UN Headquarters Building in New York.

In his titah at the UN General Assembly, His Majesty said that Brunei has participated in UN peacekeeping, specifically UNIFIL, and other international peace monitoring missions in southern Philippines.

“We are gravely concerned with security developments in many parts of the world where further escalation of conflicts can weaken the international community’s resolve and ability to achieve our world-wide initiatives.

“Whilst there is relative peace and stability in the world, developments o…

Sultan Brunei: Brunei commits 63% energy saved by 2035

NEW YORK, 24th September 2014: His Majesty the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and the Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in his titah yesterday informed the United Nations Climate Summit that the Sultanate was targeting a sixty three per cent reduction in total energy consumption by 2035.

Brunei Darussalam aims to achieve this by reducing fossil fuel demand for inland energy use, and through a revised power tariff that encourages energy savings. As of 2013, Brunei has managed to attain an average reduction in energy consumption of 13.9 per cent.

The Government of Brunei Darussalam further aspires generate at least ten per cent of total power from new and renewable resources by 2035 His Majesty added.

The Monarch yesterday morning consented to attend the United Nations Climate Summit and delivered the titah at the plenary session. The summit was held at the United Nations Headquarters Building in New York, United States of America.

The Summit was pres…

Brunei leads on vocational learning

The Oxford Business Group on 18 September 2014 reported the following economic update on Brunei:


Economic Update
Brunei Darussalam leads on vocational learning 

Brunei Darussalam | 18 Sep 2014

Vocational training has become a key focus in Brunei Darussalam as it aims to meet the shifting demands of its economy as well as the challenges that economic integration with the rest of ASEAN is expected to bring after 2015.

In addition to a wider development of the primary education system, the Sultanate is overhauling its technical and vocational education (TVE) subsector. Traditional public and private universities have been complemented by a growing number of technical and vocational institutions over the years as the country continues to grapple with rising unemployment and a growing reliance on foreign workers.

In an August report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Labor Organisation (ILO), the Sultanate was cited as one of the few countries within the bloc …

Alai Pa Plern 2014 - Brunei-Thai Joint Performance

Bandar Seri Begawan, 19th September 2014 - Jerudong Park Amphitheatre burst with colourful lighting as Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) and National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) hosted a joint musical variety show - ‘Alai Pa Plern’. Artists from Brunei and Thailand took the stage and showcased their talents with traditional cultural performances.

The event started with the exchange of gifts from Brunei who was represented by the guest of honour, Hj Md Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) and Dr Charoon Chaisorn, Deputy Director, Public Relations Department, representing the Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Prime Minister Office.

This year’s event was held in conjunction with the 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Picture: BT/Billah Hasan

Brunei-Thai Meeting Ends on High Note


Friday, September 19, 2014 - BRUNEI and Thailand signed a Letter of Transmittal to mark the closing of the 13th Joint Technical Committee Meeting in the field of Broadcasting and Information held at the Centrepoint Hotel yesterday.

Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos signed on behalf of Brunei. The Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand was represented by Deputy Director General at the Public Relations Department Dr Charoon Chaisorn.

In his closing remarks, Hj Mohd Rozan listed out several of the areas that were discussed during the meeting which included the production of a “Joint Musical Variety Show”.

He hoped that the “new format can attract more youth” and is “able to deliver the key message” to a wider audience.

The permanent secretary also welcomed the proposal to produce a 15-year commemorative documentary showing the country’s coopera…

UN Human Rights Council adopts Outcome of Universal Periodic Review of Brunei Darussalam

On 19th September 2014, The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a press release of the universal periodic review of several countries including Brunei Darussalam. The Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Brunei Darussalam as follows:
+++++ Consideration of Outcome of Universal Periodic Review of Brunei Darussalam

ABU SUFIAN BIN HAJI ALI, Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations Office at Geneva, in opening remarks, said Brunei Darussalam attached importance to the Universal Periodic Review and its role to improve human rights in Member States. The Government of His Majesty remained people' centred in all aspects. Brunei Darussalam had received 189 recommendations that had been considered through extensive interagency consultations. Brunei Darussalam had accepted 97 recommendations, including those already in practice or implemented. It partially supported 14 recommendations and wa…

Brunei Writers Urged to use New Media


Thursday, September 18, 2014 - NEW media can help promote and develop literature, particularly Malay literature, in terms of improving interaction with readers, especially with the current cyber advances and multimedia interfaces.

“A writer is no longer tied to one medium in terms of publishing his works… There are now a lot of ways to publish (their work) such as websites, blogs and others using the (latest) appliances such as personal computers, tablets, phones and so on,” said Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.

Speaking during his keynote lecture at the opening ceremony of International Seminar on Southeast Asia’s Literature, he noted that the new cyber and multimedia have made it possible to connect writers and their readers.

He added: “The new media has given new opportunities and potential for writers to contribute to the development of Malay literature. However, w…

Joint Exhibition Brunei-Thailand

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 16 September 2014 : The Joint Brunei-Thailand Exhibition is focused on the ASEAN aspiration to become a community by 2015 as well as the efforts that had been and are being carried out towards its realisation.

The Exhibition themed, 'One Heart, One Community' was declared open by the Permanent Secretary for Media and Cabinet, at the Prime Minister's Office, Awg Haji Mohammad Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yunos and the Head of Delegation as the representative of the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office of the Government of Thailand, Doctor Charoon Chaisorn.

This exhibition is one of the projects under the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Broadcasting and Information between the two countries. Held at The Mall, Gadong, the exhibition is open to the public until Friday. ©BRUDIRECT.COM

Brunei-Thailand: Broadcasting & Information Cooperation


Thursday, September 18, 2014 - BRUNEI and Thailand’s active role in the ASEAN Digital Broadcasting project is hoped to encourage ASEAN members states to work together to meet the Analogue Switch-Off (ASO) target between 2015 and 2020, said the Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) of the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.

“As we are a part of the ASEAN Community, we continue to find new ways to produce programmes to generate and enhance greater understanding of our governments’ efforts to realise the ASEAN Community by 2015,” said Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos.

The permanent secretary was speaking during the opening ceremony of the 13th Joint Technical Committee Meeting under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Brunei government and the Thai government on the cooperation in the field of Broadcasting and Information held at the Rizqun International Hotel.

Hj Mohd Rozan headed the Brunei delegation for the meeting, while Thailand’s Dr…

USS Canopus AS-9 Visiting Brunei

I was leafing through one of my old books and found this first day cover which I bought many years ago. It was a first day cover to commemorate the visit of USS Canopus to Brunei on 30 May 1938. I have no idea what the ship is or what it was doing here in Brunei but I checked up on USS Canopus and found this from US Navy's website about the ship:

USS Canopus (AS-9), 1922-1942. Originally USS Santa Leonora (ID # 4352-A), 1919-1919, and S.S. Santa Leonora (American Passenger Liner, 1919)

Santa Leonora, a 5102 gross ton passenger liner built at Camden, New Jersey, for W.R. Grace & Company, was taken over by the Navy upon completion in July 1919 and placed in commission at that time as USS Santa Leonora (ID # 4352-A). She was briefly employed as a trans-Atlantic troop transport before being decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Army in September 1919.
The ship was reacquired by the Navy in November 1921 and, following conversion to a 5975 ton (displacement) sub…

The Limbang Rebellion

I cannot remember when I first heard of this book and was wondering how I was going to get it. Luckily my colleague went off to Singapore and bought me a copy. The Limbang Rebellion was part of the Brunei Rebellion in December 1962. I noticed that lately many recent books write about the 1962 event as the start of the Malaysia-Indonesia Konfrontasi whereas we in Brunei see it in our own context and less in the context of the wider regional struggle.

Santa Oorjitham of the Malaysian Daily Star newspaper wrote a review of the book:

THE Limbang Rebellion in Borneo was the prelude to Malaysia’s confrontation – or Konfrontasi, as it’s more popularly known – with Indonesia and helped to convince Sarawakians of the wisdom of joining in the formation of Malaysia. Yet it is not mentioned in our school history textbooks and unless our families or our friends were directly affected, many of us know little about the weeklong uprising in December 1962. That’s why Limbang Rebellion should be on yo…