Showing posts from September, 2015

HM Sultan Brunei Attends UN Luncheon

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, attended a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday.

The luncheon was held in honour of heads of states and government attending the 70th UN General Assembly at the North Delegates Lounge, Conference Building in New York.

The General Debate for the UN General Assembly is taking place from September 28 to October 6.

Accompanying His Majesty were Second Finance Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Rahman Hj Ibrahim, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade YB Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng and Permanent Representative of Brunei to UN Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Ghafar Hj Ismail.

Courtesy of The Brunei Times

Traditional Opera at Brunei's Chinese Temple

Audience treated to traditional opera at Teng Yun Chinese Temple
Posted date: September 28, 2015

| Hakim Hayat |

THE Teng Yun Chinese Temple in the capital was the host last night, to the Mid-Autumn celebrations, also known as the Mooncake Festival.

A huge crowd turned up at the brightly-lit temple, where mooncakes were served to guests.

Adding more colour to the occasion was a traditional opera troupe from the Xiong An Opera School in Xiamen, which performed for an audience that included top foreign diplomats from China, the United States, Russia, and the Republic of Korea.

The opera troupe held their first show last Saturday, and will continue performing for two more weeks. festival is observed by Chinese people around the world, on 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar. The festival is a time for family reunion, and appreciating the full moon, a symbol of harmony and unity.

Last night’s celebrations also featured a traditional opera exhibition, and colourful lanterns …

Brunei's Halal Industry Generates Investor Appetite

Oxford Business Group reported the following news on 15 September 2015.
Brunei Darussalam’s halal industry generating investor appetite

With an expanding value-added processing industry and growing international interest, Brunei Darussalam’s halal sector has the potential to become a cornerstone of the Sultanate’s diversification efforts.

Thanks to the country’s long-standing focus on cultivating a strong international reputation for halal quality, investor appetite is growing for Brunei’s halal goods, ranging from traditional food products to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Growth market

As one of the earliest entrants to the global market, the strength of the Brunei Halal brand is due in large part to close government oversight. Its certification system also has the advantage of a single accreditation body, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, as opposed to the patchwork of religious institutions seen in many other markets.

Given Brunei’s relatively small dom…

HM Sultan Brunei: Implement Education Policies

His Majesty says education policies need to be implemented, not just stated on paper
Posted date: September 24, 2015
| Azlan Othman |

EDUCATION policies with a holistic approach where Islamic religious education becomes one of the core subjects in the national education system and in the implementation of the Compulsory Religious Education Order 2012 must not be just stated on paper but should truly be implemented.

This was stated by 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 his titah at the 25th Teacher’s Day celebration yesterday at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

His Majesty further remarked that our aspiration is to produce a religiously-inclined and progressive generation. For this purpose and without doubt, visionary teachers with effective leadership criteria are needed. In this context, His Majesty welcomes the…

Ong Tiong Oh Pedestrian Bridge at Radisson Hotel Brunei

Minister officiates opening of Ong Tiong Oh Bridge
Posted date: September 23, 2015

| Azlan Othman |

THE Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman said the construction of the bridge linking Chung Hwa Middle School in the capital helps to reduce accidents involving students crossing the busy road.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the official opening and the handing-over of ‘Ong Tiong Oh’ Bridge, the minister said students and pedestrians would no longer be exposed to such mishaps and congratulated Ong Tiong Oh, who is also the Director of Low San Hardware, for sponsoring the construction of the bridge.

“However traffic jams still persist around the Chung Hwa Middle School area and there are plans by the Ministry of Development to tackle this problem. The school and the ministry always monitor the safety aspect around the area from time to time where appropriate actions are taken.”

“We also have the National Road Safety…

Perambahan - Brunei's Proverbs

Perambahan: A unique feature of Brunei Malay
Originally Published on Wednesday, August 4, 2010
THE official language of Brunei Darussalam is Bahasa Melayu or Brunei Malay. This language is similar to the standard Malay language that people from Peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia can understand.

However, looking at the Brunei Malay language at a deeper level, one will find out that it differs from standard Malay in pronunciation, vocabulary, expressions and idioms.

Perambahan (pronounced pa-ram-bah-an) or proverbs are one very unique feature of Brunei Malay. These are the creations of the old Brunei Malay society and have been handed down for generations.

Perambahan are similar to that of Peribahasa in standard Malay language, but perambahan creatively use symbols found in society to beautify the language which are appropriate yet succinct and to the point.

"The use of perambahan is not so common these days, but it's a beautiful part of the Brunei …

Thailand To Host Next Brunei-Thailand Joint Musical Performance

Thailand to host ‘Alai Pa Plern’
Posted date: September 18, 2015

| Lyna Mohamad |

THAILAND will be hosting the next ‘Alai Pa Plern’, entitled ‘Concert of Dreams’, and which will carry the theme ‘Power of Dreams’ in August 2016, at the Public Relations Department Auditorium in Bangkok, Thailand.

This was mentioned at the 14th Joint Technical Committee (JTC) Meeting closing ceremony yesterday, by the Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos.

In his speech, the permanent secretary said that Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) had presented a revised concept of the Joint Musical Variety show to the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand, and expressed hope that the new concept would attract a wider audience, particularly the youth. He also believed that it would deliver the key message of friendship, harmony and cooperation, and create greater understanding between the people of both nations. The permane…

HM Sultan Brunei: Youths Must Play Role in Creation of ASEAN Community

Youths must play role in creation of Asean Community: His Majesty
Posted date: September 18, 2015
| Azaraimy HH |

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 a titah last night called upon the Muslim youth to play a role in the creation of an Asean Community, in strengthening their faith, promoting solidarity and working towards regional peace.

His Majesty delivered the titah during the closing and prize presentation ceremony of the 7th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition, held at International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas last night.

Congratulating the winners and partici­pants, His Majesty said this year’s competition was in line with the creation of the Asean Community by the end of the year.

“Muslim youth in Asean member countries have important contributions to make in the construction of the Asean Community, to fort…

Brunei & Thai Media To Showcase Royal Events

Brunei, Thai media to showcase royal events
Posted date: September 17, 2015

| Azlan Othman |

BRUNEI Darussalam and Thailand are capable of presenting an exhibition, or producing an electronic photo book to be shared publicly on two historic events: the 70th birthday 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; and the Golden Jubilee celebrations, marking 50 years of His Majesty’s accession to the throne.

This was said yesterday by Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, the Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, as the head of Brunei Darussalam’s delegation at the opening ceremony of the 14th Joint Technical Committee (JTC) Meeting, under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailan…

UBD Makes Leap in QS Rankings in Asia

UBD makes leap in QS rankings for Asia
Posted date: September 16, 2015

| James Kon |

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has made a large leap up in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings for the Asia region when its position shifted from between 171-180 in 2014 to 118 out of a total of 300 higher education institutions this year.

With an overall score of 47.7, the university continues to rank in first place for the number of outbound and inbound students as part of exchange programmes inked with other notable universities. Its international faculty is currently ranked at ninth place.

According to the website, the QS University Rankings for Asia was launched with the aim of highlighting the top universities in the region and shining a spotlight on the rapid development of an increasingly dynamic region.

The methodology is an adaptation from that utilised for the QS World University Rankings, where the adaptations reflect regional priorities and chal…

HRH Brunei Crown Prince Calls For Regional Youth Programme

Crown Prince calls for regional youth programme
Posted date: September 16, 2015

| Hakim Hayat |

HIS Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, in a Sabda last night called for the establishment of a regional youth programme designed to emphasise both academic and spiritual aspects, in order to achieve better progress and harmony in the region.

Delivering the Sabda while opening the 7th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas last night, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince placed the region’s youth in the spotlight, lauding their great achievements in various fields, attributing these to their hard work and strong self-identity, coupled with their resilience and competitive stance.

The biennial regional youth Al-Quran reading competition hosted by Brunei Darussalam sees some 19…

Work Intensified in Temburong Bridge Project

Work to intensify in Temburong Bridge Project
Posted date: September 11, 2015

| Siti Hajar |

WORK will intensify in the Temburong Bridge Project following yesterday’s signing of two new contracts, prompting the authorities to advise residents living near the construction zone to be careful when travelling through the area.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Acting Permanent Secretary (Technical and Professional) at the Ministry of Development, Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin said that the scope of work will include the transportation of materials, workers using barges, vessels and floating cranes as well as launching gantries.

The two new contracts dubbed “CC3” and “CC4” which are part of a six-plan package will see the construction of several structures for the navigation bridges, including a single and twin pylon cable stay bridge with respective towers, a connecting viaduct between the tunnel portal under “CC1” with a single pylon Brunei Channel navigation bridge and the Tembur…

Buah Tarap


Terap or Maran or Tarap are local names for a fruit which is highly demanded in Sarawak when the season arrives. The fruit is known only to grow in Borneo, Palawan and Mindanao in the Philippines. This is why the fruit is not well known by the public in Peninsular Malaysia and only those in Sarawak and Sabah craved it.

Bearing the scientific name of "Artocarpus odoratissimus", the fruit tree it is an evergreen plant from the family "Moraceae". If in the past it only proliferated in the tropical forests of Borneo and the Philippines, but in line with the current time and higher demand, people in Thailand have also started to plant this fruit for commercial purposes.

In Sabah it is also known as "Buah Tarap", in the Philippines it is known as "Johey", "Green Pedalai," "Madang" or "Timadang" where these names are based on the dialects of ethnic groups in the Philippines.

The interesting part about t…

Brunei-Korea Media Exchange Contribute to Cultural Understanding

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

EXCHANGES of media persons between countries will greatly contribute to more understanding and appreciation in culture and the lifestyle for people within a particular country, a senior government official said yesterday.

Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of the Senior Officials Meeting Responsible for Information (SOMRI), Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, said media is a lens through which people within a national boundary can see the outside world.

Speaking at the welcoming dinner in conjunction with the ASEAN-ROK Media Exchange visit to Brunei at the Mangrove Paradise resort last night, Hj Mohd Rozan said he hoped the Korean media counterparts can show and portray the true colours of Brunei, its way of life, its people and environment within the Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) philosophy.

“This is not only for the understanding of the Korean people but also the people all aro…

History of Bukit Beruang

History of Kampung Bukit Beruang

Kampung Bukit Beruang was originally named Tepangan Beruang, which means "the tree where the bear lived". Bears are believed to nest or live on top of a certain tree and that is called ‘tepangan’.

At that time, there were too many bears in the village. Every time a villager entrered the forest, he will definitely meet a bear, especially villagers from Kampung Penyatang and Kampung danau who were using a perahu or a small boat plying through the Rivers of Penyatang and Uropyang. These rivers are used as the route for their farming activities and 'bertamu' (buying and selling).

What is interesting about the history of Kampung Bukit Beruang is the meeting of the people from the west, namely Kampung Bukit Udal and its surroundings with the people from areas next to the sea namely Kampung Penyatang, Kampung Danau and Kampung Telisai.

Using the river route while trading and 'bertamu' on the river at a place called called Tamuan Lawai, …

Brunei Recognises Wu Chun and Other Youths in 10th National Youth Day

Nation recognises four youth icons
Posted date: September 02, 2015
| Rokiah Mahmud & Abdul Hakiim Yakof |

THREE youths and one association were honoured yesterday for their excellence and significant contribution towards the development of youth in the Sultanate during the 10th National Youth Day celebration held at the Indoor Stadium, Berakas.

The Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT) received the Youth Association Award for its dedication and key contributions to the community. Established in 2013, SCOT is an organisation with the mission of being a catalyst for creating sustainable strategies to help the underprivileged by providing them with assistance in the form of resources, basic skills and other support to help them move out of the vicious cycle of poverty.

SCOT has been initiating various programmes towards eradicating poverty in the country. The association uses several platforms and creative approaches, particularly in the field of education, environmen…

Foreign Diplomats Host HM Sultan Brunei's Birthday Reception

Their Majesties attend birthday reception
Posted date: September 01, 2015
| Danial Norjidi |

HEADS of Diplomatic Missions in Brunei Darussalam held a special reception yesterday in honour 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.

The reception, which took place at the Royal Berkshire Hall of the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, was held in celebration of His Majesty’s 69th birthday.

His Majesty attended the reception accompanied by Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam.

Also accompanying the monarch was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, His Royal Highness Prince …