Showing posts from April, 2016

Brunei Signs Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Rachel Thien
Sunday, April 24, 2016

BRUNEI on Friday joined 174 countries as they convened to sign the Paris Agreement on combating climate change at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Signing on behalf of His Majesty’s government was Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar.

The Paris Agreement calls for countries to work towards limiting the rise of global temperature to well below two degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius.

It will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, ratify the Paris Agreement.

In delivering Brunei’s national statement, the minister said Brunei accounts for 0.016 per cent of total global emissions annually, equating to about 7.244 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

“Regardless of this relatively lo…

Soto and More by the River

Ikhwan Salleh
Sunday, March 27, 2016

LOCALS are always on the lookout for new hype through social media, especially ones that are related to food.

Just two months ago, photos of soto went viral on the Internet.

What was special about a bowl of noodles soaked in flavourful soup topped with sliced chicken and garnished with herbs? Nothing out of the ordinary. However, what caught everyone’s eyes was the scenic view of Kampong Ayer in the background.

People searched far and near for the eatery that is blessed with the breathtaking view of one of the nation’s heritage.

Not long after, the location was shared and with the existence of GPS, it was not hard for anyone to discover Soto Pabo, which is situated in the nook of Pintu Malim.

With only three months of operation, the new startup has garnered more than 15, 000 customers, who fell in love with the aromatic broth of soto as well as the scenery.

Of course, the food choices offered by the riverside restauran…

Brunei's Maritime Trade in the Past

Rozan Yunos
Bandar Seri Begawan
Sunday, April 24, 2016

THE Maritime Executive website on February 24, 2016, had this news headline “Brunei: Asia’s Newest Trade Hub” as the website reported about the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Brunei and China, and that the sultanate has voiced her interest in becoming part of China’s Maritime Silk Road as Brunei attempts to reduce its dependence on oil and gas revenue.

The silk road refers to the ancient trade route with China dating back to the 14th century of which Brunei used to be a part of. The modern Maritime Silk Road is now officially known as the 21st Century Maritime Silk Route Economic Belt, a Chinese initiative to increase investment and foster collaboration across the historic Silk Road.

What role did Brunei play in the maritime trade route in the past?

The maritime trade played and continue to play a very important part till today. Before the era of the airplanes, shipping was the dominant transportation being us…

Dental Treatment for the Poor in Brunei and India

How Brunei and India deals with non-registered dental treatment:


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Woman pleads guilty for selling, fitting fake braces

Darren Chin
Sunday, April 24, 2016

A WOMAN yesterday pleaded guilty to 22 counts of running unlicensed dental service from her house in Landless Indigenous Citizens Housing Scheme (STKRJ) Kg Tungku yesterday at the Magistrates’ Court.

Hayimmah Bahri, 29, was initially reported to the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) by Dr Melanie Chin, a member of the Brunei Medical Board, after a number of patients had visited government dental clinics to repair or seek treatment for braces fitted by an online seller on Facebook accounts named ‘Sop Chery Chery’ and ‘Braces Orthodontics Brunei’ which caused damage to the teeth and its supporting tissue.

RBPF then conducted investigations and surveillance of the suspected Facebook accounts which revealed the identity of the defendant who managed the Facebook accounts and her house address t…

Night Market in Gadong, Bandar

Adib Noor
Bandar Seri Begawan
Sunday, April 17, 2016

TAMU Gadong night market, more commonly known as Pasar Malam, is one of the sultanate’s unique treasures.

It’s charm, quaint ambience and the friendly hawkers are a big draw. People who had experienced the tamu’s pleasant atmosphere are bound to visit it again.

Located close to Gadong, one of Brunei’s busiest central business district, Pasar Malam, comes alive as early as 4.30pm with brisk business until its closing time at around 11pm.

The market provides visitors with a wide range of choice — from authentic traditional Malay Kueh to the popular grilled favourites such as Ayam Golek, Ayam Salai, BBQ fish and many more. This apart, there are fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, toys and accessories among other things.

“I love Pasar Gadong, all I need is $10 and I can eat like a king,” says Rafie Nasiruddin. “Sometimes I get so much into it I buy more food than I can handle,” he adds.

Although the competitive and cheap-pric…

Brunei's Church Vicar, Chinese Temple Leader Joined Brunei Minister at UN Meeting

Quratul-Ain Bandial
Sunday, April 24, 2016

BRUNEI’S Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade is leading a delegation to Azerbaijan to attend the Seventh Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) which will take place from April 26 to 27.

Themed “Living Together in Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and a Goal”, the forum will discuss the role of social inclusion in preventing violent extremism, echoing the respective Plan of Action that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released in January 2016.

Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng will join 2,500 delegates from around the world to come up with solutions to advance the UN agenda.

Other members of the Brunei delegation include:

* Hj Mas Reduan Hj Jumat, senior religious research officer at the State Mufti’s Office;
* Isham Ismail, religious development officer at the Islamic Dakwah Centre;
* Bishop Cornelius Sim, vicar apostolic from the Church of our Lady of Assu…

British Judge in Brunei's Court of Appeal

Unique among many countries, Brunei's Judicial System uses British Judges as Judges in the Court of Appeal. This leads to impartiality and a sound judicial system. On 23 April 2016, Brunei appointed another British Justice to the Court of Appeal with the news as follows:


Sunday, April 24, 2016

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday presided over the swearing in ceremony of Justice Conrad Seagrott as the new non-resident judicial commissioner of the Supreme Court.

The monarch witnessed Justice Seagrott take the oath for the four-year post at Istana Nurul Iman. Justice Seagroatt is also one of the judges at the Court of Appeal.

Grand Chamberlain Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Hj Alauddin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Hj Abu Bakar began the ceremony with the reading of the appointment letter.

Also present were Chief Ju…

Brunei's Power Schemes (History 1966)

Power scheme progress

APRIL 2, 1966 – Hundreds of tons of machinery has arrived in Brunei for the state’s $16 million electrification scheme, which is now well under way. It has come from Britain, Belgium, Italy and the United States, with insulators from Japan.

J E B White, State Electrical Engineer, told the Bulletin this week that everything is going according to plan. The scheme is expected to be completed towards the end of this year. It will be commissioned in stages.

Power will be generated at the new gas turbine station, run on natural gas from the oilfield, at Seria. It will be sufficient to meet the whole of the state’s immediate needs.

The station is designed so that extensions can easily be added as load increases.

The power station at Gadong, three miles from Brunei Town, has 3MW Ruston diesel generators.

This will act as a standby in the event of a breakdown at the Seria gas turbine station or if trouble develop on the 60-mile 66KV overhead transmission line to Brunei To…

Istana Manggalela and Pengiran Shahbandar Hassan

Rozan Yunos
Bandar Seri Begawan
Sunday, April 17, 2016

MANY people who had passed by Jalan Maulana to go to Kuala Belait would have seen Istana Manggalela right after the small roundabout. It is a beautiful small palace and despite it not being used for maybe decades, the palace continues to be well look after.

The work on the palace, that was started in 1956 and completed in 1958, was originally designed to be the palace for His Majesty Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien whenever he visited Kuala Belait.

In those days, the roads linking Brunei Town, the nation’s capital, to Kuala Belait were still in their infancy. In some parts of the journey, the roads would disappear and motorists had to drive their vehicles along the coast.

At some places, you had to wait until the tide ebbed out before you could drive across. However, if the sand was too dry, one could not use the beach as a make-shift road either.

So, unlike today’s comfortable one hour drive, in those days, the BSB-KB trip cou…

A Glimpse of the Iban Way of Life

Hafiizah Maideen
Sunday, April 10, 2016

THERE’S no better place to experience Iban culture than a visit to Mendaram Besar Longhouse at Labi II.

Located about 45 minutes to an hour from the Sungai Liang intersection in the Belait district, the longhouse – which was built in the early 70s and spans 93m in length – offers a glimpse of the residents, who still practise a number of the old way of life.

It has 11 doors, half as entry points and the other half are for its rooms.

Head of the longhouse Berandi Anak Jamau said in the olden days the longhouse only had two main entry points, located at each end.

“Visitors, or people of the longhouse will enter the longhouse from one end to go to the different rooms, passing by the folks at the ruai (communal area). This way, we know who comes and goes,” said Berandi. “But now, the longhouse is built with many entry points for convenience.”

Entry to the longhouse for visitors is priced at $3 for adults and $1 for children.

For day…

YAM Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Dr. Haji Mohd Yusuf - Yura Halim

Kg Sengkarai Tutong, 11 April 2016 - 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 paid his last respects to Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Dr. Haji Mohd Yusuf bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahim, who passed away peacefully at the age of 92 yesterday at his home 'Teratak Yura' in Kampong Sengkarai, Tutong.

His Majesty and other state dignitaries performed the funeral rites led by the State Mufti, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr. Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Dr. Haji Mohd Yusuf, a former chief minister of Brunei Darussalam, passed away at 9.37am.

He was laid to rest at the Sengkarai Muslim Cemetery, Tutong.

Born on May 2, 1923, at Kampong Kandang, Tutong, he leaves behind seven sons, four daughters, 38 grandchildren and 22 great g…

A Battle on Borneo's Northern Coast

Rozan Yunos
Sunday, April 10, 2016

IN AUGUST 1845, a British newspaper, the Illustrated London News (ILN), reported a battle between Her Majesty's Ships – HMS Agincourt, HMS Vestal, HMS Dedalus, HMS Wolverine, HMS Cruiser and HMS Vixen – “in all twenty boats and near 500 men belonging to the squadron, under the command of Sir T Cochrane, Rear-Admiral and Commander-in-Chief, and the fort of Schriff Osman, a well known daring Arab pirate, whose terrible piracies have paralysed the commerce of the seas around the northern portion of Borneo”.

The ILN reported that “the pirates were commanded by 10 Arabs, who had 100 men each, under their respective commands, the whole under the immediate direction of Osman, who was plainly seen controlling, with consummate coolness and courage, the line of his batteries – four 18-pounders, two 12-pounders, three 9-pounders and two 6-pounders – all long iron guns, bore upon the boats lying at the boom – besides twenty-two brass …

Kuih Mor - A Brunei Favourite

Nurhamiza Hj Roslan
Saturday, September 5, 2015

DESPITE first making its appearance in the Sultanate during the 1940s, Kuih Mor continues to be a household favourite today as a tea time snack or festive treat particularly during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

Siti Norhafizah Hj Bagol, a final year student at Universiti Brunei Darussalam who researched on Kuih Mor as part of her Brunei Traditional Industry module, said the three-ingredient sweet treat may have existed in Brunei as early as the 1940s when padi was known to have been grown to make different food items.

Over time, the cookie has also become a popular door-gift choice often handed out at Malay weddings or gatherings, said Siti Norhafizah.

Made with flour, oil and granulated sugar which have been ground into a powder, the bite-sized biscuits have a crumbly texture and are coated with powdered sugar.

The age-old technique of making Kuih Mor by hand has however changed over the course of time, with many now opt…