- helping to foster a better informed Brunei society -
Brunei Government Provides Free Old Age Pensions
Datin Hjh Adina Othman (L) speaks at the Women Council of Brunei Darussalam’s ‘Jalinan Kasih’ event yesterday as Pg Datin Paduka Hjh Mariam Pg Hj Mattarsat (R), the council president, looks on. BT/Rasidah Bakar
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Monday, November 10, 2014 - THE government is projected to spend about $80 million for old age pension to 27,166 senior citizen
This was based on the calculation made by The Brunei Times on the number of old age pension recipients, which was shared by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports yesterday.
Up to September this year, a total of 27,166 senior citizen received old age pension, said Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports at the Women Coun-cil of Brunei Darussalam’s ‘Jalinan Kasih’ event to celebrate 10 of their senior citizen members at Park View hotel in Jerudong yesterday.
These members were still active in contributing to their respective associations. They were from Women’s Institute of Brunei Darussalam (WI), the Brunei Government Senior Officers Wives Welfare Association (BISTARI), Belait District Women Welfare Association (PKP) and the Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB).
In Brunei, senior citizen is defined as aged 60 years old and above. The life expectancy for male in 2013 is 75.7 years while for women it is 78.4. The Department of Economic Planning and Development estimated that senior citizen will increase from 25,900 in 2013 (6.4 per cent of total population) to 64,158 in 2030, an increase of 1.7 per cent, she said.
Senior citizens received $250 monthly in assistance from Community Development Department. The pension does not discriminate if one is rich or poor, as all citizens and permanent residents are entitled to receive the pension as long as they reach the age of 60. The pensions were introduced on January 1, 1955 as a Kurnia Khas (special gift) of the late Al-Marhum Sultan Hj Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien.
She stressed that even though the government had provided programmes and assistance to senior citizens, the responsibilities must also be shouldered by all levels of the community.
As a Malay Muslim Monarchy country, problems such as neglect of senior citizens must not hap-pen. Every individual or commu-nity have to be responsible for the senior citizens especially their parents and family members, she said. “Policies and planning on managing issues related to senior citizen is important and must be do
The contribution by senior citizens on the development of family, society and country is undeniable. It is their contribution that leads to the birth of the current generation that continuously drive the development, she added.
She also spoke about how His Majesty’s government strived to make the senior citizens of this country to be healthy, active and continuously contributing, by providing conducive environment for them.
The Deputy Minister said an action plan to manage issues related to senior citizens had been approved (in 2011) and is currently under implementation by the special committee for senior citizens and special needs individuals.
She added the action plan outlined actions to be taken under nine main topics: 1) Policies and legal, 2) health, 3) community involvement, 4) education, 5) employment, 6) transportation, 7) infrastructure, 8) social & recreation and 9) research.
The plan can be categorised into short-term, middle and long term.
In addition to the action plan, many programmes have been implemented towards caring for the elderly. These include putting social safety net in place such as old age pension, service pension, Employees Trust Fund (TAP), Supplemental Contributory Pension (SCP) and health programmes such as ‘Health for All’ and ‘Heal-thy Lifestyle’.
DAYANGKU RAABI'ATUL ADAWIYYAH
PENGIRAN HAJI BOLKIAH
Yang Mulia Dayangku Raabi'atul `Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah was born on the 27th October 1992. She is the second child of Pengiran Haji Bolkiah bin Pengiran Haji Jaluddin bin Pengiran Haji Tajuddin with Pengiran Hajah Noor'aismah binti Pengiran Haji Ismail bin Pengiran Haji Tengah. Her eldest brother, Awangku Abd. 'Aziz Hafizuddin bin Pengiran Haji Bolkiah, works at the Royal Brunei Airlines. Her other siblings are Awangku Mohd Ainul Yaqien; Dayangku Noor Batuul 'Afiqah; Dayangku Izzatul `Afifah; Dayangku Duratul Majeedah; Dayangku Nur Hidayatul Maheerah; Awangku Mohd Zainul ‘Ariffin; Awangku Mohd Irfan Hakeem; and Awangku Mohd Izzul Yamin @ Abdul Razeeq. (Note: Direct descendants of the Brunei Sultans carry the hereditary title of Pengiran. However as children and young adults, they are normally styled Awangku (for male) and Dayangku (for female) until they marry, when the title converts to Peng…
There seemed to be a rush of entries yesterday about the development in Brunei. For today I thought I will look at the Chinese Temple. I wrote about the old Chinese Temple a couple of years back and received interesting comments. The original Chinese Temple is not at its location in front of Sungai Kianggeh. It was originally at the wharf. During the early 1950s, you can still find the old temple in between the Customs Building and the old Government Rest House (that Rest House became the Pelita Brunei office in the 1970s and 1980s and now completely demolished).
This is what it looked like around 1920s:
According to a research paper I came across, this first Chinese Temple was built in 1918. As the first World War raged on in Europe, apparently times were good for the Chinese towkays in Brunei. The Chinese businessmen were among the first to heed the British Resident's call to set up shops away from the Kampong Ayer. The original town centre on Kampong Ayer then was Kampong Bakut C…
I remembered when I was in Darjah 4 way back in the very early 1970s, one of the fahaman article or comprehension I was reading had a story about a Brunei man during the aftermath of the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Apparently he had been a student there and the bomb fell over the city. Luckily he survived the bombing. After that I searched high and low for the book but to no avail. At that time I didn't know who the author was let alone from which book was the excerpt taken from.
About three years ago, I was in Mega Book Store. That's a free plug for the bookshop. I found this book written by Pengiran Yusof. I am 46 years old now and of course by now I know who he is and that he was the one who was in Hiroshima when the bomb was dropped by the Americans. I glanced through the book and lo and behold, that narrative was in the book. I quickly bought it, it was only $9.60.
I was rather surprised to discover that the book was only published in 2002 by Dewan Bahasa Malaysia. So I…