Thursday, September 17, 2015

Brunei & Thai Media To Showcase Royal Events

Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos speaks at the opening ceremony

14th Joint Technical Committee Meeting on Cooperation in Information and Broadcasting between Brunei Darussalam and Thailand. – PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN
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 Thailand.

The two-day meeting, held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) discussed mutual cooperation in the field of broadcasting, information and other activities implemented by Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) and the Department of Information, together with Thailand’s Public Relations Department and the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand.

In his speech, the permanent secretary said that the agreement would also include an exchange of memorable programmes, be it in television, radio or print, celebrating the two very auspicious occasions.

He noted that both Brunei Darussalam and Thailand have continued to promote social and cultural understanding through various platforms, such as the exchanges of television and radio programmes, prints, exhibition and also the exchange of personnel.

The permanent secretary cited recent examples that contributed to the warm friendship between the implanting agencies, and help promote understanding between both countries. One such collaboration was last year’s “Alai Pa Plern” musical variety show, hosted together by RTB and National Broadcasting Services of Thailand. The show, he said, was well received among Bruneians despite the language barrier, which did not detract from their enjoyment of the performances.

Another successful joint collaboration was the Joint Photo Exhibition in the Gadong shopping mall last year. The exhibition, said the permanent secretary “created interests among our people, who also had lively interaction with the exhibitors”.

He ended his speech with the hope that music and culture could be utilised to enhance the unity, harmony, and understanding of the people of both countries and to the wider populace of Asean, “Culture continues to play a significant role as a driver and enabler for sustainable development in Asean. Our Brunei-Thailand joint efforts in leveraging on culture will help to forge a common Asean identity of humanity, a vehicle of social integration and civil society as well as a driver for knowledge and human intelligence.”

The head of the Thai delegation, Charoon Chaisorn, speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office of Thailand, said he was delighted to note that Brunei Darussalam has been playing a leading role in the digital migration under the Asean framework set, to be completed by the year 2020.

The opening ceremony yesterday was also attended by the Director of RTB, Haji Mohammad Suffian bin Haji Bungsu; the Acting Director of Information, Mawardi bin Haji Mohammad; along with senior officers from PMO, RTB and the Department of Information.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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