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Instil Patriotism To Preserve Brunei's Dignity, Sovereignty (MIB Series)

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Instil patriotism to preserve Brunei’s dignity, sovereignty
on: February 27, 2017

by Dr. Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong,
Senior Special Duties Officer, Secretariat Office, MIB Supreme Council

THE struggle for independence and self-rule by Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam and Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin, with the support of the Union of Brunei Malays (KMB) and the Youth Front (BARIP), demonstrated the depth of their patriotism for Brunei. Their patriotism became the driving force behind the youth of Brunei Darussalam who wanted to preserve the country’s dignity and sovereignty.

In a globalised world, patriotism infused with Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) values is a safeguard within the community and the political arena. As the national philosophy, MIB became a source of peace and harmony for the people and the country as a whole. These values unite and integrate Bruneians regardless of their backgrounds, religio…

Establishment of Muara Port Company Sdn Bhd (MPC)

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MPC: Unlocking Muara Port to be international hub
on: February 25, 2017

THE establishment of the Muara Port Company Sdn Bhd (MPC), as the new operator for the Muara Container Terminal (MCT), will facilitate the growth in the logistics and manufacturing industries and unlock the potential of Muara Port to become a world-class international hub, a Ministry of Finance press release issued yesterday stated.

The recent establishment is in line with the objective of the Government 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 to improve the efficiency of the container terminal and the overall logistics value-chain in the country.

The set-up will facilitate the growth in the logistics and manufacturing industries and unlock the potential of Muara Port to become a world-class international hub, the press release added.

The press release stated: “Through its in…

33rd Brunei National Day

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Patriotism fills nation
on: February 24, 2017

| Rokiah Mahmud |

AN EARLY morning heavy downpour that soaked the quiet streets of Bandar Seri Begawan failed to dampen the spirit of patriotism, love and loyalty towards the nation as thousands of citizens and residents flooded the capital yesterday to celebrate Brunei Darussalam’s 33rd National Day.

Following the arrival 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 Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien was awash with a multitude of colours as thousands, young and old, serving and retired as well as the differently abled, marched in unison across the field’s stretch in a show of patriotism and loyalty.

Witnessed by His Majesty who was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness P…

HM Sultan Brunei: Strive To Realise Vision 2035

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Strive for realising Vision 2035, Sultan urges nation
on: February 23, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

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 urged Bruneians not to let the Brunei Vision 2035 be just an intellectual rhetoric and sound beautiful only when expressed in words, but to implement it with full commitment and determination.

In a titah delivered on the eve of the 33rd National Day, which was broadcast nationwide over Radio Television Brunei (RTB), His Majesty said the people should be more agile to produce high results that can contribute to progress and help the nation realise the vision.

“Let us be grateful to Allah the Almighty for enabling us to celebrate the 33rd National Day this year in a peaceful and prosperous environment. This year, we celebrate the day with the theme ‘Accomplishing the National Vision’. The theme is appropriate a…

HM Sultan Brunei launches New Royal Brunei Police Force Headquarters

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His Majesty launches new RBPF Headquarters
on: February 19, 2017

| James Kon |

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 Inspector General of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), yesterday morning officially launched the new RBPF Headquarters located at the Jalan Tungku Link area.

On hand to witness the auspicious occasion were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Deputy Inspector General of the RBPF; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, the Honorary Commissioner of Police; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Commandant of the Women Police; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Nor’ain, Deputy Commandant of the Women Police.

Upon arrival, they were greeted by Dato Paduka S…

HM Sultan Brunei: Uplift Law Enforcement To Face New World Challenges

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Uplift law enforcement to face new-world challenges
on: February 19, 2017

| Azaraimy HH |

THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) needs to uplift law enforcement efforts as it faces constant challenges brought about by globalisation and a borderless world.

This was stated in a titah delivered 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, and Inspector General of the RBPF during the 96th Police Day Parade held at the Parade Square of the RBPF Headquarters yesterday.

His Majesty also emphasised the need for high integrity among the police force and urged them to increase their capacity and level of expertise in combating crimes, keeping up with the excellent police forces in the world.

In the titah, His Majesty expressed gratitude to Allah the Almighty for the success of the RBPF in celebrating the 96th anniversary of its establishment, and said tha…

His and Her Majesty Sultan Brunei Graces Chinese New Year Gala 2017

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Their Majesties, royal family grace CNY gala
on: February 17, 2017

| James Kon |

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 morning joined the Chinese community in celebrating the Chinese Year of the Rooster at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

Accompanying Their Majesties to attend 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 binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haj…

Ministry of Education Make Changes to SPN21

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MoE making three core changes to implementation of SPN21
on: February 16, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

THE Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman has announced that his ministry is making three core changes in terms of curriculum and assessment, the structure of the education system and the vocational and technical system, in response to the aspirations 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 for the implementation of the National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN21).

Speaking at a dialogue session with Legislative Council members yesterday, the minister quoted from His Majesty’s titah during the celebrations for Teacher’s Day 2016 where the monarch underlined “the need for the National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN21) to develop and function in an integrat…

Vertical Land Based Aquaculture Farming in Brunei

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Project a win-win partnership for Brunei, S’pore
on: February 14, 2017

| Lyna Mohamad |

THE Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong in his speech during yesterday’s signing and ground-breaking ceremony, said that it was a historic day for both Brunei and Singapore as the ceremony marked the beginning of the construction phase for the vertical land-based, bio-secured and high-density aquaculture farming in the country by KR Apollo Sdn Berhad.

The realisation of the vertical land-based aquaculture farm project will be the turning point for Brunei, which uses traditional extensive pond culture with low productivity to the multi-tiered, indoor and high-density systems of fish rearing which is energy efficient and environmentally responsible.

He also noted that 80 per cent of the total production today was generated by the capture fisheries, however, data has shown that the capture fisheries have been experiencing a downward trend, which is d…

Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School

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New Katok Arabic secondary school named
on: February 14, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

BY COMMAND 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 Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) informed that His Majesty has consented for the new Katok Arabic Secondary School to be named Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School.

The ministry said the school is a project under the 10th National Development Plan under the Ministry of Religious Affairs at the cost of nearly $47 million.

The building is built on an eight-hectare (20 acre) site and is capable of accommodating 1,800 female students and a teaching workforce and administrative staff comprising 150 individuals. It was first used on January 3 at the start of new school term and the students were originally from Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit Girls Arabic Religious…

Culture of Health in Society

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‘Instil culture of health in society’
on: February 12, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

DIABETES and high blood pressure are no longer diseases that affect old people. Nowadays in Brunei, young people aged 20-30 years and even children fall victims to these diseases, said Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, the Minister of Health yesterday while addressing members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) during a dialogue session at the Women and Children Centre of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

“A survey conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) has found that many children are taking fizzy drinks sold outside their school compound although school authorities have provided healthy food. We need cooperation from parents and family members to end this problem,” the minister added.

“This is a cause for concern for the nation as the young people are the asset of the nation and their future cannot be jeopardised.”

The minister added, “Brunei is still facing …

Brunei's Own Shipping Line: Amann Shipping

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Amann Shipping striving to slash logistics costs, boost connectivity
on: February 11, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

AMANN Shipping Group Sdn Bhd (Amann Shipping) has intensified its operations in its bid to support the Brunei Government’s initiative to further reduce logistics costs and improve connectivity.

Amann Shipping is gearing up to offer better connectivity and a more regular sailing between Muara and other ports in the region, the company said in a statement.

Amann Shipping is the operating company of Marzuq Holdings Limited (Marzuq), a joint venture company between the Ministry of Finance’s Strategic Development Capital and Go-Wide Shipping Holding Limited from Hong Kong which was incorporated in May 2014.

The joint venture is a significant effort to speed up the country’s economic diversification programme and to create new employment opportunities to the local people.

Established in July 2014, Amann Shipping aims to assist in developing the shipping industry in Brunei Darussalam …

Ministry of Communications Strategic Plan 2017-2022

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MinCom presents its five-year strategic plan
on: February 08, 2017

| Wani Roslan |

THE Ministry of Communications (MinCom) in its effort to provide a better transport and communication system has structured five key areas in its Strategic Plan (2017-2022) that are still being considered and refined.

This was stated by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, Minister of Communications, in a Muzakarah (lecture) session with the representatives of the MinCom and members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday, which took place at the Al-Mahabbah Meeting Room at the ministry.

The minister explained that the first strategy is focussed on customers, whereby the departments under the Ministry of Communications will pay more attention to the aspirations and needs of the public and establish a harmonious and friendly relationship with customers.

The second strategy is to strengthen the regulatory framework by revaluating the laws and regulations related to transport and co…

HM Sultan Brunei Plays Polo for Children Cancer Foundation

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His Majesty leads team to victory in polo finals
on: February 06, 2017

| Khairil Hassan |

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 yesterday led the Black Team to an 8-5 victory against the Grey Team in the finals of the Richard Mille Charity Polo Tournament for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA), at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club.

In this photo, His Majesty, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah are seen with children from YASKA.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Brunei-Turkish Joint Venture Food Company

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New company set to boost Brunei’s diversification drive
on: February 04, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

BRUNEI Darussalam’s efforts to diversify its economy by creating new business opportunities and attracting foreign direct investments continue to show positive results.

Supporting the Sultanate’s ambitious growth goals, Turkish food manufacturing company Marsa Yag Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi based in Istanbul is set to open up a margarine manufacturing facility in Brunei Darussalam as part of its regional expansion plans.

The company named Western Foods and Packaging Sdn Bhd (WFP) will begin production in April 2017, the Ministry of Finance said yesterday.

The establishment of Western Foods and Packaging (WFP) in Brunei is expected to leverage the Turkish company’s expertise in producing margarine, oil and fats for the export market.

A joint-venture between the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’a…

HM Sultan Brunei Visits New Gadong Market

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His Majesty makes surprise visit to new Gadong market
on: February 04, 2017

| Aziz Idris and Abdul Hakiim Yakof |

TRADERS and visitors at the refurbished Pasar Pelbagai Barangan in Gadong received an unscheduled visit 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 last night.

His Majesty, who arrived at about 8.30pm, spent a full hour mingling with vendors and visitors who were awestruck at the monarch’s surprise visit.

The high-roofing of the night market provided ample cover to deter the light rainfall last night.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by a crowd of people who were thronging the busy market hunting for their favourite local delicacies.

The ruler walked through the spacious alleyways, passing by the vendors who expressed gratitude to His Majesty for reviving the night market in Gadong.

This justifies His Majesty’s image as “the peopl…