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Brunei Industrial Island Becomes a Reality

The Oxford Business Group reported the following news:

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Brunei Darussalam’s industrial island becomes a reality
Economic News Update
28 Aug 2015

Expectations are high for Brunei Darussalam’s downstream energy sector, as Pulau Muara Besar (PMB) island prepares to welcome the country’s first oil refinery and aromatics cracker complex, highlighting the Sultanate’s growing potential as a destination for value-added processing.

Upon completion, the plant is expected to inject an estimated $2bn per annum into the Bruneian economy and boost GDP by around 2% when fully operational, according to Mohammad Parvez Imdad, an economist at the South-east Asia department of the Asian Development Bank, speaking to local media earlier this year.

Island future

First envisaged in 2011, the PMB industrial island project mirrors Singapore’s Jurong Island, an artificial land mass located south-west of the city-state’s main island. Jurong has become a cornerstone of Singapore's energy and chemicals …

Monetary Authority Issue Commemorative Notes to Honour Sultan

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Commemorative dollar notes to honour Sultan
Posted date: August 29, 2015
| Fadley Faisal |

AUTORITI Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) has introduced a limited edition of Brunei dollar notes to mark 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’s 69th birthday celebration.

The uncut polymer currency, which can be used as legal tender, will be available for purchase for members of the public.

“The sales of the limited numbers of the $1 and $10 notes will kick start on Monday, August 31, and the public can buy it from AMBD located at the Commonwealth Drive during government office hours,” said Mardini bin Haji Eddie, Executive Director of AMBD’s Monetary Operations Department at a press conference held at the Brunei Currency Monetary Board Building.

The uncut three-piece $1 block is sold at $40 while the eight-piece $1 block is priced at $100.

The thre…

Brunei Soldiers in Peacekeeping Missions IMT & UNIFIL

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RBAF 12th IMT & UNIFIL peacekeepers ready for mission
Posted date: August 29, 2015
| Azaraimy HH |

A SEND off ceremony was held yesterday for two Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) contingents on monitoring and peacekeeping missions abroad.

Six personnel from the RBAF and one personnel from Royal Brunei Police Force will monitor the ceasefire agreement between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the 12th International Monitoring Team (IMT) mission in Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines.

The outgoing 12th IMT contingent, which is being led by 429 Lieutenant Colonel Azman bin Haji Bangkol, consists of 785 Major Sheikh Faisal bin Dato Paduka Sheikh Adanan; 831 Captain Mohd Rushdi bin Haji Awang Yusuf; Assistant Superintendent Awangku Haji Mohd Khairul Anuar bin Pengiran Haji Ahmad; 9193 Warrant Officer 1 Zailani bin Haji Kamis; 10127 Warrant Officer 1 Pengiran Saini bin Pengiran Haji Jumaat and 11211 Warrant Officer 2 Mustapa bin Haji Salleh.

Meanwhi…

Khatam Al-Quran Ceremony for His Majesty Sultan Brunei's 69th Birthday

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Their Majesties attend Khatam Al-Quran ceremony
Posted date: August 28, 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 and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam yesterday consented to attend the 69 times Khatam Al-Quran ceremony held in conjunction with His Majesty’s 69th birthday celebration at the Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.

The religious ceremony, organised by Mukim and Village Consultative Councils, commenced simultaneously in all four districts on March 2, 2015, ended at the Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.

Accompanying Their Majesties to the event were 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 b…

Heart of Borneo Corridor Initiative: A Gift to the World

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Heart of Borneo Corridor Initiative: A gift to the world
Posted date: August 23, 2015
| Mahmud Yussof, CEO of Heart of Borneo Centre &  Head of Biodiversity Research and Innovation Centre |

DESPITE the world’s third largest island being situated between the Indo-Pacific Basin and Malaysia, evidently, Borneo Island still holds the world’s richest biodiversity hotspot. Its tropical rainforest – straddles from north to south in what is known as the Heart of Borneo (HoB) area – is the world’s oldest tropical rainforest ecosystem, with its evolution estimated to have started as early as 130 million years ago.

According to WWF Malaysia President Dato Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin (PhD), a prominent nature lover and ecotourism key player in Sabah, unlike the Amazon in South America, Borneo Island did not experience the continental drift. Hence, the Bornean tropical rainforest ecosystem is the most ancient ecosystem in the world.

Based on Tengku’s comparison study and experience, Borneo Is…

Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri attends HRH Princess Amal Rakiah's Daughter's Wedding

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Her Majesty attends Bersanding ceremony
Posted date: August 24, 2015
| Izah Azahari |

HER Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam yesterday graced the Bersanding ceremony for the wedding of Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Mujaabah Safaaul Bulqiah binti Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin and Amirul Zahrein bin Colonel (Rtd) Haji Ahmad, at the bride’s residence, AR Chateau, in Kampong Beribi.

Accompanying Her Majesty were Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman; Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati binti Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman; Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hay…

69th HM Sultan Brunei's Birthday: Thousands Greet His Majesty

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Posted date: August 24, 2015 | Khal Baharulalam |

THOUSANDS of people from all walks of life converged on Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien yesterday for the get-together ceremony marking the 69th birthday celebration 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 in the Brunei-Muara District.

Also in attendance yesterday were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

A special performance by some 569 Brunei-Muara District residents was one of the highlights of the day.

His Majesty also received greetings from thousands of well-wishers in the much-awaited interaction with their beloved monarch.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

69th Birthday of HM Sultan Brunei: Brunei-Muara Fitting Finale

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Brunei-Muara’s fitting finale
Posted date: August 24, 2015
| Khal Baharulalam |

BRUNEI-MUARA District witnessed a spectacular display of love and loyalty as thousands thronged the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday to greet 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 during His Majesty’s traditional meet-the-people programme in conjunction with the monarch’s 69th birthday celebration.

Ecstatic schoolchildren in colourful uniforms waving mini national flags lined the streets en-route to the royal dais as the royal entourage made a grand entry into the field.

Also in attendance yesterday were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

Upon arrival…

Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries List 2015 Updated

Following a spate of retirements and minor changes, here is the most up to date current list of Permanent Secretaries and Deputies in Brunei Darussalam:
Permanent Secretaries

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Dato Paduka Haji Hamdan bin Abu Bakar (Security and Enforcement)
Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohd Daud (Penggerak Unit)
Yahya bin Haji Idris (Corporate Affairs and Civil Service)
Dato Paduka Haji Jamain bin Haji Julaihi (Energy Division)
Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman (International, R&D, Economy and Finance)
Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Dato Paduka Haji Joanda HA Rashid (Law and Welfare)

Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Datin Paduka Hajah Suriyah binti Haji Umar

Ministry of Finance (MOF)
Dato Paduka Haji Hisham bin Haji Hanifah
Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohammad
Eddie bin Dato Paduka Haji Sunny

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi
Dato Paduka Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Yusof
Datin T…

HM Sultan Brunei's Birthday in Kuala Belait Overflows with Joy

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Belait overflows with joy
Posted date: August 23, 2015
| Faza Suraj |

IT WAS a day of copious jollity as Belait District yesterday came alive for the reception of its benevolent monarch.

Thousands of people flocked to the Kuala Belait Municipal Field as early as 6am to grab the opportunity to greet 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 during the monarch’s traditional Junjung Ziarah ceremony in conjunction with His Majesty’s 69th birthday celebration.

Belait is the third district to host the event which was kicked off in Tutong on August 18.

Also in attendance yesterday were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

The anxious wait of thousands turned into excitement a…

Gruelling Journey to Miri in the 1970s

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Posing for a photo on the ferry ride to Sungai Baram in 1970


Gruelling journey to Miri back in the 70s
Posted date: August 22, 2015
| Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman |

A road trip to neighbouring Miri back in the 1970s was considered a rough and a difficult journey. The bus was the only means of transportation if one was to decide on a trip to Miri as the roads were still considered risky if travelling by one’s own vehicle.

The writer remembered departing from Bandar Brunei as early as 6am to catch the chartered bus heading to Kuala Belait and would only reach the latter at around 9am.

After a quick breakfast, everyone would be ushered to a bus belonging to ‘Syarikat Bas Berlima Brunei & Miri’.

The journey to Miri would start by riding on the Sungai Teraban ferry heading towards the Sungai Tujoh Control Post by means of the beach road .

Once the travel documents are cleared, we would head to Baram where we will go on a two-hour ride on another ferry heading to Miri town. would …

69th HM Sultan Brunei's Birthday: Temburong Celebrates

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Sultan celebrates with Temburong residents
Posted date: August 21, 2015
| Achong Tanjong |

THE royal get-together between 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 residents of the Temburong District took place yesterday at the field of the community hall complex in Pekan Bangar in conjunction with the monarch’s 69th birthday celebration.

His Majesty was greeted by crowds comprising residents, school children and foreigners working in the country, upon his arrival via helicopter at 10.30am. People also flocked to the area to watch performances involving 369 participants that were based on a theme of education throughout the years in the Sultanate from the 1960’s until current times.

Some 40 people representing their respective ethnic groups – Malay, Murut, Tiong Hwa and Iban – were dressed in their traditional attire, helping to make the…

69th HM Sultan Brunei's Birthday: Thousands in Temburong Greet Sultan

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Green Jewel comes alive as thousands greet Sultan
Posted date: August 21, 2015
| Azlan Othman |

THE atmosphere was exuberant in the Temburong District as the “Green Jewel” of Brunei Darussalam welcomed its beloved ruler yesterday.

People from all walks of life in their thousands assembled at the Civic Hall Complex in Pekan Bangar to convey their greetings to 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 during the monarch’s traditional meet-the-people programme for Temburong District in conjunction with the monarch’s 69th birthday celebration.

His Majesty’s Junjung Ziarah is one of the most significant celebrations in the country’s annual calendar of events as it is a platform for the people to get up close to their much adored king.

The annual traditional get-together ceremony will be observed in all the districts. Temburong is the second district…

Powdering Ceremony for HRH Princess Amal Rakiah's Daughter

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AK MD KHAIRUDDIN PG HARUN
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HER Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Saleha last night graced the Majlis Berbedak dan Berinai or Powdering Ceremony for Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Mujaabah Safaaul Bulqiah Pengiran Anak Hj Tahiruddin and Amirul Zahrein Lt Col (Rtd) Hj Ahmad.

The powdering ceremony took place at Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Amal Rakiah’s residence at Chateau AR in Beribi, Gadong.

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah is the eldest daughter of HRH Princess Hjh Amal Rakiah.

The ceremony began with the arrival of Her Majesty and followed by four Awang-Awang lighting the dian empat, or a set of candles.

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah was accompanied by a group of girls carrying flowers and a woman bringing a candle when she entered the hall.

During the powdering ceremony, Her Majesty applied coloured powder and scented oil onto the palms of the 36-year-old bride.

Other royal family members then followed suit.

Also present at the ceremony were HRH Pg Anak …