Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

First National Day 1984

Old Lapau 1950
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, religion and culture.

The MIB philosophy has existed for hundreds of years and has been an integral part in the lives of Bruneians. It is our national heritage that has been passed down over the generations and its values form the basis for Brunei’s development towards realising the goals of Vision 2035.

According to a titah 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, MIB values are a necessary ‘firewall’ for countering the negative aspects of globalisation which threaten the patriotic spirit of Brunei.

The current young generation must be extra vigilant when using the internet and social media. Some individuals may easily be influenced by unverified information which encourages behaviour contrary to Bruneian ethics and principles. MIB helps filter out information, to ensure that it is beneficial and does not deviate from the simplicity of Bruneian life and customs.

During a student reception in London in 2014, His Majesty reminded the young generation that they must never allow themselves to be exposed to harmful negative influences unconnected to their studies. His Majesty also advised the students to exercise vigilance against destructive elements lurking everywhere and constantly fortify themselves with virtuous acts and deeds.

His Majesty further reminded the students to uphold their identity, integrity and the Bruneian spirit, and to always practise the MIB way of living and thinking. The students were also reminded that national pride is not measured from efforts to become a new nation, but by successfully maintaining one’s cultural heritage and identity.

In MIB philosophy, one of the important components of patriotism is love and respect for the monarch, which is a tradition rooted in Brunei’s socio-politic and economic policies.

The collapse of several countries in the 21st century is caused by increasingly irrelevant political systems that have been compromised by external parties, which breed rage and discontent in the minds of the populace towards their respective governments.

Alhamdulillah, under the sovereignty of MIB leadership, His Majesty has protected and provided well for the people of Brunei as the undisputed leader of the nation.

The ties between the monarch and the people are embedded in the ‘Perlembagaan Negeri Brunei 1959 Pindaan 2004 dan 2008’, which states the highest power and authority is His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Formulated into the constitution (Dokumen-dokumen Perlembagaan – Pindaan 2008 – Bahagian 111 Perkara 4 Ceraian (1)) is that the highest ruling power in Brunei is His Majesty.

In a titah marking the occasion of His Majesty’s Silver Jubilee on September 20, 1992, His Majesty stated, “It is hoped that [MIB] will enjoin and instil loyalty to the Sovereign, forming a base of strength for the people and the country, while going through various facets of life and challenges every now and then.

“It is an the essence of our culture, which not only functions as a blueprint, but must be developed as a guide to ensure our way of life does not deviate from the concept and spirit of Malay Islamic Monarchy.”

Accepting and abiding by the laws of Brunei Daruss-alam symbolises the people’s loyalty towards their monarch who has contributed to the nation’s welfare. A prime example is the hoisting of the national flag on Brunei’s National Day, which is observed annually on February 23.

The simple act of hoisting a flag is a sign of patriotism, coupled with a show of support and loyalty towards the monarch. It is also a show of appreciation for the favours bestowed by Allah the Almighty, as written in Surah An-Nisa Verse 59, “You who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.”

During the Battle of Mut’ah, between the forces of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Byzantine Empire, in 629 AD, the flag-bearers on the front lines sacrificed their lives to keep the Islamic banner standing tall and preventing it from falling to the ground.

The flag symbolises national pride and dignity and it should not be disrespected, trampled upon or burned. On the occasions marking His Majesty’s birthday and National Day, we show our patriotism by hoisting the national flag as a sign of honour and respect towards the country, religion and monarchy.

Hoisting the flag is a symbol of genuine patriotism which shows that Bruneians will unite together to maintain the sovereignty of an independent MIB state.

We are taught to respect the national flag and to stand at attention when the national anthem is being played, as a sign of the Bruneian spirit.

Additionally, the national anthem serves as a prayer to Allah the Almighty to grant the sovereign, the people and the country lasting peace and prosperity under the protection of Allah the Almighty. We should realise that respecting the flag is an act of patriotism based on MIB principles. A strong patriotic spirit should be cultivated by Bruneians, especially among the current young generation and students, who are the future inheritors of Brunei.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Establishment of Muara Port Company Sdn Bhd (MPC)

An overview of Muara Container Terminal Port, 2017

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 initial focus on upgrading the equipment, MPC plans to improve port operation and enhance the level of port services.

“These include increasing the average gross crane rate from less than 20 moves per hour to 24 moves per hour; increasing the average terminal rate from 20 moves per hour to 40 moves per hour; decreasing the average berthing time from more than 16 and a half hours to 11 hours; and reducing the average time for container transfer by outside trailer from more an hour now to just 30 minutes.

“In addition, the company will also focus on opening and enlarging the available route networks, increase the transit volume, and gradually improving the influence of Muara Port. MPC plans to transform Muara Port into a regional hub by attracting international shipping companies and opening direct routes to Chinese and other Southeast Asian ports.

“Over 90 per cent of global trade is seaborne, and therefore ports are vital as an enabler of trade. Vital supplies such as building materials, food products, and fuel can only be provided through ports. They also support local industries enabling the economy to grow through import and export activities.

“In an increasingly competitive maritime industry, an efficient port operation is determined by its well-developed facilities for handling all types of cargo, a competitive tariff, a comprehensive use of information technology and a dedicated workforce. These will ensure that customers are always provided with good quality and efficient service.

“All these improvements along with the introduction of online permit application process, auto approval and online payment of duties under the Brunei Darussalam National Single Window and more recently the Royal Customs and Excise Department’s 24/7 service will enhance Brunei Darussalam’s Ease of Doing Business standing in the Trading Across Borders Index.”

MPC is a joint venture between the government through Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd, and Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group Co Ltd (Beibu) from China, a state-owned corporation of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Apart from managing and operating ports, Beibu is also involved in logistics, industry and trade, investment and real estate. Beibu visited Brunei Darussalam as part of the Guangxi Business Delegation in July 2016 and consequently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) in August 2016 to facilitate Beibu’s Investment interest. In September 2016, Darussalam Assets’ and Beibu signed a Key Term Sheet at the China-Asean Expo in Nanning, China.

MPC, which officially took over Muara Container Terminal on February 21 this year, will manage, operate, maintain and develop the Terminal. With Beibu’s vast experience in port operations and maritime logistics, the collaboration will further enhance Muara not only as an international port but a competitive sub-regional port within the BIMP-EAGA region.

The company is also expected to grow the export cargo volumes and cargo throughput at Muara, which in the long-term, will benefit the small and medium enterprises in the country through a reduction of the logistics costs.

MPC will also be expanding its portfolio to include managing and operating the adjacent MCT before the end of this year, bringing the entire operations under MPC.

The expansion is anticipated to spur the country’s economic growth in sectors outside oil and gas, and create more job opportunities for Bruneians.

MPC currently employs 86 people, of which 12 employees are senior management personnel from Beibu and 74 employees are from the previous operator, New Muara Container Terminal Services. Sixty-two of the employees are Bruneians. As the company grows, it will seek to add more local employees in all positions.

MPC’s short to mid-term plan is to upgrade existing container terminal equipment, introduce new port operational and administrative IT system, including the construction of automatic gate and implementation of CCTV system and building a new 50,000-tonne container terminal to increase the throughput capacity of the port.

With Brunei Darussalam intensifying its efforts to diversify the economy and attract foreign direct investments (FDIs), Beibu is also looking at other investment opportunities to create more industrial activities as part of the port’s ecosystem, especially in the development of industrial parks.

Sea-borne trade will continue to dominate global trade flow and the Asean region will continue to grow providing opportunities for investment and trade. The rejuvenation of Muara port is a timely development because the port plays a vital role as a centre for the distribution of goods and products to the market.

Muara port also plays an integral part of the logistics and supply chain. Hence, a fully developed and highly efficient port will not only benefit local businesses but also help to reduce transit time and logistic costs as well as improve its competitiveness. (Ministry of Finance)

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Saturday, February 25, 2017

33rd Brunei National Day

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 Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel; and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah, the magnificent National Day parade and celebration saw more than a 23,000-strong team ranging from field performers, parade participants to students lining the way for the royal convoy.

Upon arrival at the Taman, His Majesty and members of the royal family were greeted by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for the 33rd National Day celebrations, as well as other members of the committee.

The royal convoy was greeted by enthusiastic people in their thousands with the royal salute and singing of the national anthem.

His Majesty then consented to inspect the royal guard of honour mounted by personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Royal Brunei Police Force.

With the theme ‘Accomplishing the National Vision’ (Menjayakan Wawasan Negara), yesterday’s event had been weeks in the making with thousands of participants enduring heat and humidity during coordinated military-precision training to provide the nation with the best the people were able to muster to mark one of Brunei’s most important historical events.

This year’s theme aimed to instil three main features – loyalty to the Sultan and country, belief in the values of Islam and the harmony of social and traditional practices.

The theme states that each citizen, resident as well as all sectors involved in national development have a role in ensuring that the Brunei Vision 2035 is successfully realised.

The Brunei Vision 2035 of His Majesty envisages making the country known throughout the world as a nation with people who are educated, highly skilled and successful that is measured by the highest international standards, as well as creating a dynamic and sustainable economy.

Yesterday’s celebration began with a parade led by flag bearers carrying a giant size national flag symbolising the nation’s sovereignty and the people’s spirit of independence and love and loyalty towards the nation.

Behind them were the 33 oath readers carrying national flags and the logo of the 33rd National Day; contingents of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Royal Brunei Police Force, differently abled, government ministries and departments, district representatives – all walked with full of confidence and pride reflecting their strong commitment in meeting the aspiration of the country.

A team of 100 students representing three different schools, namely Anggerek Desa Primary School, Haji Mohammad Jaafar Maun Primary School and St George’s School and the National Service Programme (PKBN) contingent of 360 trainees of the 6th intake performed a chorus describing the role of the young generation in realising the Brunei Vision 2035.

The parade also saw teams from higher education institutions, colleges, government and private secondary and primary schools, non-governmental organisations, banks, foreign associations as well as a group of excellent achievers marching to celebrate the country’s independence.

Educational institutions made up the largest single group in the parade with over 10,000 parading for them.

More than half of the march past participants comprised youth, showing their commitment in developing the nation’s capabilities.

Amid the march past, the proclamation of oath, led by Muhammad Ihsan Sabri bin Haji Abdul Manap, Acting Assistant Brunei-Muara District Officer as well as the call of ‘Allahu Akbar’ three times, led by Pengiran Muhammad Ameer Mubaarak bin Pengiran Haji Hashim, Administrative Officer Grade One at the Ministry of Education, echoed in the capital.

The oath readers’ team comprised 33 participants selected from various government and private sector institutions, higher education institutions, uniformed departments and associations. The team was also represented by two special needs participants who used sign language to deliver the oath.

The highlight of the 33rd National Day celebration was field performances showcased by some 7,133 participants that reflected solidarity among the people in upholding the commitment to realise the country’s vision.

Before leaving the Taman, His Majesty consented to meet and greet the participants and appreciate them for their committed efforts to make the 33rd National Day celebration a big success, overcoming a hostile weather.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Friday, February 24, 2017

HM Sultan Brunei: Strive To Realise Vision 2035

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 after we used the theme ‘Generation with a Vision’ three years in a row.

“The Brunei Vision 2035 has set three key targets. To realise these targets, I have consented for the formation of a working framework which, among others, outlines the core areas that should be given attention for achieving the vision goals. Leaders for every strategy have also been appointed,” His Majesty said.

The monarch also urged the people to be united in achieving the national Vision 2035. “We should ensure that all efforts are based on consensus, relevant and meet the current needs. This is key to the success of the nation’s Vision 2035… This covers all, whether they are in the government or in the private sector, and it is crucial to instill the spirit of cooperation and understanding among them. All of us are required to work as a team without engaging in matters that are against the law.”

The monarch added, “Although we have the infrastructure, technology, equipment, mechanism and a good system, if our intention is not good, the outcome will also be not good. For instance, if there is corruption in the government, it will drag the nation towards a bad state, even though the workforce is highly skillful or comprised of scholars. We should control this to prevent the nation from experiencing undesirable developments.

“We have been seeing or hearing about many untoward incidents taking place everywhere such as breach of trust, corruption and so on. Places affected by these ills face various sorts of difficulties. In this context, Brunei should be vigilant and learn lessons from it.”

His Majesty also said that “on the occasion of this year’s National Day celebration, we need to stress on nurturing noble traits like honesty, trustworthiness and loyalty. Without these characteristics, life, or administrative mechanism, will not run well, and could be problematic and weak.”

“All programmes need to be knowledge-based, inclusive and able to touch all generations. The objective is to make all levels understand the true meaning of independence. It is hoped that all, especially the future generation, will truly appreciate and love independence,” the monarch said.

His Majesty also reminded that independence is part of the history of the people and a “crown” of the people. “Neglecting independence means neglecting history, which will in turn put the crown of the people in disarray.”

Concluding the titah, His Majesty conveyed his highest appreciation for all participants and those in charge of the 33rd National Day celebration for jointly making this year’s event a success.

The monarch also expressed his gratitude to all citizens and residents in this country, including public servants, those working abroad, security personnel and those working in the private sector, and prayed that the people and the nation may always be under the protection of Allah the Almighty.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Monday, February 20, 2017

HM Sultan Brunei launches New Royal Brunei Police Force Headquarters

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 Seri Haji Mohd Jammy bin Haji Muhd Shah Al-Islam, the Commissioner of Police and senior police officials.

Following the launch, His Majesty signed a plaque in conjunction with the unveiling of the new building and also consented to a pesambah from the personnel and staff of the RBPF.

His Majesty and other members of the royal family also took a closer look at the environment-friendly building that was completed in August 2014.

His Majesty first visited the second floor of the new headquarters which houses the office of the Director of General Administration and Finance Department, the Training Division as well as the Personnel and Career Planning Division.

His Majesty then moved on to the fourth floor where the office of the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police are located.

Also attending the ceremony were Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamdan bin Haji Abu Bakar, the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid, Permanent Secretary (Law and Welfare) at the Prime Minister’s Office; Mohamed Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohamed Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, and other officials.

The design concept of the RBPF Headquarters new building reflects the identity of the Police Force, displaying its order and strength through the square geometry.

The design also incorporate environ-mental-friendly elements like the use of solar shading, a core design that maximises usable floor space and narrow floor plates to allow more day lighting and ventilation.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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