Showing posts from February, 2013

Brunei Darussalam: Retail anti-piracy drive

Economic Update from Oxford Business Group 25 February 2013. +++++ Brunei Darussalam: Retail anti-piracy drive Asia | 25 Feb 2013 Retailers in Brunei Darussalam are being urged to step up their role in the battle against piracy as reforms targeting the sale of illegal counterfeits gain pace. The Sultanate hopes a nationwide crackdown, together with an anti-piracy awareness campaign, will prove instrumental in improving both the investment environment and retailers’ bottom lines. However, critics say there is still room to strengthen legislation and the enforcement drive. In December 2012, the Recording Industry of Malaysia (RIM) recommended that Brunei Darussalam be removed from the US Trade Representative’s “Special 301 Watch List”, which covers violations of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). RIM backed up its recommendation by citing recent raids carried out by the Sultanate’s authorities on vendors of pirated recordings in the capital. The clampdown came after Brunei Darussala

Jakarta Post: Brunei Better Than Indonesia

The Jakarta Post on 25th February 2013 had the following news which you can read below or here about the World Press Freedom Index 2013. I wrote about that on 5th February 2013 when I noted that Brunei was the highest ranked among ASEAN Member States. This Jakarta Post news has some nice words about Brunei: +++++ Brunei, Timor Leste much better than RI (Republic of Indonesia) by Veermalla Anjaiah Jakarta, 25 February 2013 - Is Brunei, a non-democratic country, much more open than world’s third largest democracy Indonesia in terms of press freedom? Yes it is, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based non-government organization that promotes and defends freedom of information in its recently released World Press Freedom Index 2013. The annual index measures the level of freedom of information in 179 countries in five continents. The survey covers six fields — pluralism, media independence, environment, self-censorship, legislative framework transparency and infrastructure —

Charity Works

One of the worthwhile things I like working at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports is being involved in charity work. Everytime I get an invitation to attend either just as a guest or as the guest of honour, I look forward to the event. This one more so as the NGO is from my own village, PERBEKAL from Kampong Lambak and the charity to which the fund will be donated to is the one that I chair: +++++ PERBEKAL collects $10k for various charity funds  BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Saturday, February 23, 2013 - THE Kg Lambak Youth Association (PERBEKAL) has collected $10, 000 worth of funds to date in their plight to help various humanitarian causes. This was disclosed during the launching ceremony of the "Save Gaza" Charity Expo posited by PERBEKAL at the open space of the Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah in Bandar Seri Begawan. In his speech, the President of PERBEKAL and the chairperson of the charity expo, Pg Nordin Pg Hj Mahmud said that the funds collection

Halal Food Status

I love technology. But I love technology which can verify the status of food source and its halal status. Well done AiTi and Halal Food Control Division. +++++ New RFID reader can validate, trace status of halal food products BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Friday, February 22, 2013 - THE public can now verify the halal status of food products using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, following the launch of a pilot project yesterday. An RFID reader was unveiled at Hua Ho Tanjung Bunut department store, allowing consumers to validate the halal status of food products and obtain further information including halal certification, batch numbers and expiry dates. Tracking using the RFID system can be used on chicken parts, frozen food and processed food ingredients that are embedded with an authentic halal logo issued by the relevant authority. A ceremony to initiate the pilot project was held yesterday by the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (

Remembering the First National Day in 1984

THE FIRST NATIONAL DAY written by Rozan Yunos published in The Brunei Times on 23rd February 2013 AT THE end of the 19th century, Brunei's economic situation can only be described as extremely dire. His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah in his book "Time and the River" (2000) succintly wrote that "by the end of the 19th century, we had hit the lowest dip on the roller coaster." On September 17, 1888, Sultan Hashim Jalilul Alam Akmaddin signed an agreement with the British for Brunei to be placed under the protection of the British Government which His Royal Highness described as a "wise move and it saved us (Brunei)". On December 31, 1905, and January 2, 1906, a supplementary agreement was signed that allowed for a British Resident to be placed in Brunei. These two agreements marked the beginning of Brunei to be placed under British Protection. It was not until 1959 when His Royal Highness Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali S

National Day 2013 Titah Sultan

Titah Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang Di- Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam Sempena Menyambut Ulang Tahun Hari Kebangsaan Negara Brunei Darussalam Ke-29 Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim Alhamdulillahi Rabbil’alameen, Wabihee Nasta’eenu ‘Alaa Umuriddunyaa Waddeen, Wassalaatu Wassalaamu ‘Alaa Asyrafil Mursaleen, Sayyidina Muhammadin, Wa’alaa Aalihee Wasahbihee Ajma’een, Waba’du. Kita bersyukur ke hadrat Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala kerana dapat lagi menyambut Ulang Tahun Hari Kebangsaan kita. Sambutan pada kali ini ialah sambutan yang ke 29. Ulang tahun itu kita peringati kerana ia adalah sejarah kita, sejarah menjawat kemerdekaan. Kita jawat kemerdekaan itu dengan takbir Allahu Akbar iaitu suatu cara tersendiri yang tidak pernah berlaku di mana-mana. Cara ini tentu saja tidak kosong daripada hikma

The First Malay Book in Europe

THE FIRST MALAY BOOK IN EUROPE written by Rozan Yunos published in The Brunei Times on Sunday, February 17, 2013 A page from the first Malay book in Europe IN THE 16th century, European travellers and traders started arriving en masse at Southeast Asian trading ports. They wrote about the cities and the peoples whom they encountered. Many of the descriptions about Brunei were derived during this period. Among the famous travellers was Antonio Pigafetta, the Italian chronicler who arrived in Brunei as part of Magellan's voyage circumnavigating the globe. Pigafetta's descriptions of Brunei are most often quoted nowadays. There were other travellers as well who were here in Brunei such as the Spanish, the Portuguese and the Dutch. The British and the Americans came much later. Malay was then widely spoken in the region. In the 15th century, during the Malacca Sultanate, Malay was used as the regional language, a sort of lingua franca in the Malay archipelago. Malay was spo

Hotel Cempaka

I found the above news article in an old magazine called 'Malaysia' which is The Journal of the British Association of Malaysia dated January 1966. This magazine in the past regularly covers news from the states of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. This particular entry intrigued me as there is no ten storey hotel in Jalan Kianggeh now. Maybe someone who knows can enlighten us about what happen to this proposed hotel.

Brunei Youths Patriotism

 Cycling tour instils sense of patriotism among youths Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports Haji Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos (L) presenting the certificate of participation to each district youth representative during the closing ceremony of the bicycle expedition for the Eighth Belia Cinta Tanah Air programme held at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas yesterday. Picture: BT/Yusri Adanan.        BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Monday, February 18, 2013 - AFTER cycling a total of 300km in six days, participants of the eighth "Youth Love the Nation" cycling expedition can rest easy knowing that they have not only acquired a heightened sense of patriotism but also the values of teamwork, respect and road safety. The final stretch of the expedition brought participants along a 29km route in the capital ending at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday morning. Present as the guest of honour was Deputy Permanent Secret

Japan's Martial Arts Exhibition in Brunei

  I am going to let the photos tell all the story. Come to the Brunei Museum at Kota Batu and see for yourself the Spirit of Budo Japan's Martial Arts Special Exhibition. The exhibition was especially brought by the Japanese Foundation and the Japanese Embassy to Brunei.

Historical Scenes at the Mosque's Lagoon

NOVEMBER 2, 1974 - The Bulletin is not sure when Awang M Raihan of the Audit Department took this photograph of the little clock tower beside the lagoon of the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, but we believe it was about 1962. There are only two vehicles to be seen. Above below: The same scene as it is in 1974. Apart from the arch, the big changes are the increase in traffic – and the sprouting of television aerials. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin --

Preserving Malay Cultural Heritage

      BRUNEI-MUARA, Sunday, February 17, 2013 - TIES between Brunei and the state of Pahang, Malaysia, can be strengthened by exploring the arts and culture of one another, according to the President of Pahang Theatre Council. Roslan Madun said this during the "Night of the People's Arts" event which was hosted by Language and Literature Bureau (DPB) for the 25 delegates from Pahang. Roslan Madun added that a reason why exploration should be encouraged is to preserve the Malay cultural heritage in the region. The Director of Language and Literature Bureau, Hjh Aminah Hj Momin, who gave a welcoming speech, emphasised the need to keep the traditional arts alive as it was being threatened by an influx of foreign popular culture. The main objectives of last night's event included the sharing of cultural heritage between Pahang and the Sultanate as well as to strengthen the professional relationship between poets, literary writers and traditional art enthusiasts. Th

2013 National Day Logo

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah presenting the prizes to Keeran Dato Janin A group photo with the judges and sponsors and senior officials of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Haji Mohd Rozan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports having a closer look at the logo competition's entries. NATIONAL DAY LOGO 'EXUDES TRADITION' Bandar Seri Begawan, Sundah 17th February 2013 - A LOGO designed by the CEO of a local mobile software developer, MeSixty, was chosen as the winner of the 29th Brunei Darussalam National Day Logo Design Competition The logo by Keeran Dato Paduka Janin exudes the elements of tradition and simplicity, said the competition's panel of judges. His design, a 29-pointed star shaded in red, yellow and grey, was chosen by a panel of judges from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as the logo for this year's Nat

MIB in Brunei Archtecture

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Friday, February 15, 2013 - THE national philosophy of Melayu Islam Beraja (Malay Islamic Monarch, MIB) will be intimately reflected in Brunei's architecture. Plans to create MIB-based architecture were revealed at the "Brunei Architecture and its Connection to MIB" seminar during its closing ceremony. Speaking to The Brunei Times, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, who presented a working paper, said the seminar's resolution called on the entire of society to embrace Bruneian architecture. "Now there is an awareness and an understanding that is available amongst the participants (of the seminar) that Brunei heritage in terms of architecture should not be left behind," the permanent secretary said. "The resolution calls upon Brunei society as a whole to realise that we should make use of MIB architecture, which takes into account the form and design of our

Fisheries Promise for Brunei Darussalam

Economic Update from the Oxford Business Group on 11 February 2013: +++++ Brunei Darussalam: Fisheries promise for industry Asia | 11 Feb 2013 The launch of a major seafood processing plant highlights the progress the Sultanate is making in its plans to diversify from oil and resources and position itself as a centre of value-added industry. However, a shortage of available land to further develop the industry sector has been identified as a limiting factor. In December 2012, the Multipurpose Marine Resources Processing and Business Centre, a $30m seafood processing plant, became fully operational. The facility is a result of collaborative efforts between Semaun Marine Resources and the Golden Corporation, an investment firm. Innovative industry techniques at the processing centre see unmarketable fish that cannot be sold to consumers re-processed and turned into value-added products, such as surimi (fish puree). Previously, fishermen were discarding 70-90%, or 400-500 kg, of each c

Scary Trip to Temburong

 Yesterday morning, I was the guest of honour to give out flags to school children at the Amo Primary School in Temburong. The event starts at 8.30 in the morning, so it was decided that we had to leave Bandar Seri Begawan at around 7.15 in the morning. That basically also meant that I had to leave the house at 6.30 in the morning which is not a biggie as I often go to Damuan for my morning walk between 5.45 and 6.00 in the morning anyway. It was a very misty morning. The mists were unusually thick during the drive from the house to the Royal Wharf. What I did not realise was that the mists were unusually thick too along the river trip to Bangar. We could not see very far ahead and the boat had to keep its lights on to warn oncoming boats. The boat driver had to do this: One hand on the steering wheel and his head out of the front trying to see where we are going. It was just white mists outside. Every now and then his assistant had to do this cleaning of the mists (yes, there w

The Eternal Kampong Ayer

The Eternal Kampong Ayer written by Rozan Yunos published in The Brunei Times, 11th February 2013 IN the recent regatta which was held on February 3, many spectators were seen at the Royal Wharf. Their views of the river while watching the regatta include the Kampong Ayer houses on stilts across the Brunei River. Even though some of the houses especially the newly built Kampong Ayer houses are now modern houses but which just happened to be built on water, all the houses looked as if they blended in and all we can see are houses on water. This view of Kampong Ayer is just as described by travellers in the past as far back as 500 years ago such as the Italian chronicler Antonio Pigafetta in 1521: "The city is entirely built in salt water, except for the houses of the king and certain chiefs. It contains twenty five thousand fires. The houses are all constructed of wood and built up from the ground on tall pillars. When the tide is high women go in boats through the settl

The Raising of the Giant Brunei Flag

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Monday, February 11, 2013 THE giant national flag was raised yesterday, marking the start of the 29th National Day celebration. The flag-hoisting ceremony took place in front of the Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien ( SOAS ) Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan. Among those witnessing the ceremony was Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah, as the guest of honour . In his speech, Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos , Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports ( MCYS ) who was also the event's chairperson said, the hoisting of the national flag marked the beginning of the 29th National Day celebration which will involve all the rakyat . "Hoisting the giant national flag is an important mechanism through which we portray our love, pride and patriotic spirit," said Hj Mohd Rozan . He added that by hoisting th

Kibaran Jalur Kuning Putih dan Hitam

Kibaran Jalur Kuning Putih dan Hitam Sebuah sajak karya Haji Rozan Yunos, 6 Februari 2013   +++++   Wahai anak watan Tengoklah dan saksikanlah Bendera kita berkibar di angkasa Tidakkah kamu gementar Tidakkah kamu merasa bangga Melihat jalur kuning putih dan hitam Berkibar di angkasa   Perjalanan kita amat jauh Lebih satu abad kita dinoda Di bawah perlindungan bangsa asing Pemerintahan dijalankan Menggunakan nama Sultan Tetapi jauh dari realitinya Berkibar di angkasa   Apakah malang nasib pertiwi Tidak berupaya mempertahankan diri Negara diperkosa tanpa bistari Tetapi kita bangun 1959 pemerintahan dalaman 1984 pemerintahan keseluruhan Berkibar di angkasa   Tidak ada titisan darah Hanya keringat di badan Sultan yang keduapuluh lapan Memperbetulkan jalan Dengan perlembagaan diadakan Bertawakal kepada Illahi Berkibar di angkasa   Nasib kita mula berubah Illahi kurniakan sumber galian Menjadi pembela bangsa dan negara Negara miskin men