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New Deputy Minister and Permanent Secretary (September 2017)

Updated List of Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries (23 September 2017)

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, The Crown Prince
Senior Minister at the PM’s Office

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong
Minister of Home Affairs

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman
Minister of Education

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim
Minister at PMO and Minister of Finance II

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng
Minister at PMO and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II

YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar
Minister of Energy and Industry at PM’s Office

YB Pehin Udana Khatib Dat…

HM Sultan Brunei: Stresses on Cybersecurity, Vigilance

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His Majesty stresses on cybersecurity, vigilance
September 18, 2017

| Hakim Hayat |

THE prevalence of security threats in multiple and complex forms in the face of a fast-paced technological evolution calls for greater vigilance and robustness from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), 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, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the RBAF said yesterday.

In a titah delivered during a grand parade to mark the occasion of the RBAF’s 56th Anniversary at the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) Base in Muara, His Majesty warned of pervasive threats in the cyberage such as radicalisation and extremism, stemming from deviant sources.

“They are spreading their influences through various means, to persuade communities to sympathise with them and support their objectives. Military personnel are not exempt from the r…

Ristaan Guru2 Maktab Perguruan Melayu Brunei

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Ristaan guru-guru Maktab Perguruan Melayu Brunei
September 16, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

BANYAK rintangan dan kesulitan yang dihadapi oleh guru-guru pelatih yang menuntut di Maktab Perguruan Melayu Brunei pada tahun 1963. Ketika itu, ianya terletak di Berakas. Kebanyakan guru dan pelajarnya pula tinggal di Kampong Ayer. Mereka perlu menaiki bas khas kerajaan untuk pergi ke maktab dan ianya mengambil masa setengah jam untuk sampai ke lokasi. Sebelum itu, mereka terlebih dahulu berkumpul di kawasan belakang Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan sebelum beredar pergi.

Salah seorang daripada guru tersebut menceritakan kepada penulis bahawa azam mereka adalah untuk sentiasa tabah dan sabar dalam menempuhi alam pembelajaran. Pada waktu hari-hari kelepasan awam seperti hari Jumaat dan Ahad, guru-guru ini meluangkan masa bersama dengan melawat Lapangan Terbang Lama Berakas bertentangan dengan Kampung Burung Pingai Berakas dan Kampung Jaya Bakti. Pada ketika itu kawasannya masih lengang dan…

Brunei Companies Sign 5 Key Agreements with Chinese

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Brunei companies ink five key agreements with Chinese firms
September 16, 2017

| Azaraimy HH in Nanning |

BRUNEI firms signed five significant economic and bilateral agreements with Chinese companies on the sidelines of the 14th China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO) yesterday, that will bring billions of dollars worth of investments into the country, further boosting the Sultanate’s economic diversification efforts.

The signing ceremony took place at the opulent Liyuan resort in Nanning, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China and was witnessed by Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office as the guest of honour.

These agreements were signed following the successful State Visit 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 China and…

Mekah Pusat Dunia: Hubungan Brunei dan Kota Mekah (Siri MIB)

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Mekah pusat dunia: Hubungan Brunei dan Kota Mekah
September 4, 2017

Oleh Dr. Muhammad Hadi Muhammad Melayong
Pejabat Sekretariat Majlis Tertinggi Melayu Islam Beraja

MEKAH pusat dunia bermaksud bahawa setiap umat Islam di dunia ini akan berkiblatkan Kaabah di kota Mekah di mana pun mereka berada setiap waktu bahkan sekira ia mempunyai kemampuan maka adalah menjadi kewajipannya untuk menziarahi kota suci Mekah Al-Mukarammah serta kota Nabi Muhammad SAW di Madinah Al-Munawwarah. Nukilan ini cuba memaparkan sejarah hubungan alam Melayu khususnya Brunei dengan Mekah sebagai pusat dunia. Bagi umat Islam di Negara Brunei Darussalam hubungan ini telah lama terjalin berlandaskan agama di mana setiap umat Islam yang berkemampuan berkewajipan mengerjakan ibadah haji dan umrah sekurang-kurang sekali seumur hidup. Ibadat haji dan umrah adalah menjadi rukun Islam yang kelima, wajib dikerjakan oleh umat Islam yang memiliki berkemampuan daripada segi perbelanjaan dan kesihatan untuk sampai ke Baitul…

HM Sultan Brunei Heralds New Era in Brunei-China Relations

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Sultan heralds a new era in China relations
September 14, 2017

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 Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China yesterday held a comprehensive discussion on Brunei-China bilateral relations which include economic ties, connectivity, people-to-people exchanges, education links, and defence cooperation.

Both leaders looked forward to further strengthening bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries.

His Majesty and President Xi also exchanged views on regional developments.
During the meeting, President Xi congratulated His Majesty on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne.

President Xi commended the strengthening ties between Brunei and China in various areas of cooperation.

His Majesty also commended China for its contribut…

Brunei Signs OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administration Assistance in Tax Matters

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Brunei inks convention on tax matters at OECD
September 14, 2017

BRUNEI Darussalam signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administration Assistance in Tax Matters on Tuesday at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Headquarters in Paris, according to a press release.

Signing on behalf 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 was Datin Paduka Malai Hajah Halimah binti Malai Haji Yussof, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to France in the presence of the OECD Deputy Secretary-General, Masamichi Kono.

There are 112 countries participating in the convention including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. The convention aims to promote international cooperation to combat cross border tax evasion in which it provides all forms of administrative assistance in tax matters such as exchange…

Brunei New Hotel - Hotel Al-Afiah

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Hotel Al-Afiah dibuka rasmi
September 8, 2017
Oleh Imelda Groves HA

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 7 Sept – Sebuah hotel yang dimiliki 100 peratus oleh pengusaha tempatan, Hotel Al-Afiah dibuka secara rasmi hari ini dalam majlis pelancaran yang diadakan di Kampung Kiulap, di sini.

Hadir bagi menyempurnakan majlis berkenaan ialah Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Yusof.

Hotel yang diuruskan oleh keluarga Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Haji Adanan itu terletak di kawasan komersial Kampung Kiulap, berdekatan dengan Sungai Kedayan yang turut memberikan kemudahan kepada penginap hotel untuk bersiar ke Bandar Seri Begawan sama ada dengan menggunakan bot atau kenderaan lain.

Hotel itu juga mempunyai jarak perjalanan 10 minit dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei dan juga berdekatan dengan Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah.

Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Haji Adanan dalam temu bual ringkas menjelaskan Al-Afiah adalah Bahasa…

Ristaan Rumah-Rumah Lama Kampong Ayer

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Ristaan rumah-rumah lama Kampong Ayer
September 9, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

BANYAK sejarah dan kisah-kisah lama yang masih segar dalam ingatan penulis sewaktu zaman kanak-kanak menetap di Kampong Ayer. Kanak-kanak pada ketika itu gemar berenang bersama rakan-rakan mereka terutama ketika air pasang. Keadaan sungai di Kampong Ayer pada zaman itu juga kelihatan begitu bersih dan bebas dari pencemaran.

Kampung Sungai Kebun pada tahun 1959, keadaan air sungainya juga begitu menenangkan dan keindahan suasana kampung dikelilingi dengan rumah-rumah jenis ‘Rumah Beidong’ pada zaman itu. Melihat keadaan airnya itu membuatkan kanak-kanak tertarik untuk bermandi-manda selain menangkap pelbagai jenis ikan seperti ikan kembura, udang dan bubuk.

Penulis juga ingat apabila tiba waktu malam, penduduk kampung tersebut akan merasa takut dan gelisah apabila berjalan atau melintasi sebuah rumah yang berada di atas bukit, berdekatan dengan hujung jalan kampung itu. Rumah itu dipercayai berpuak…

HRH Brunei Crown Prince Visits Golden Jubilee Celebration Sites

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Crown Prince visits sites for Golden Jubilee Celebration
September 10, 2017

|     Danial Norjidi     |

HIS Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, yesterday conducted a working visit to inspect the preparation for the upcoming Golden Jubilee 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’s Accession to the Throne.

His Royal Highness specifically reviewed preparations of the sites for the launching ceremony of the Eco Corridor Park, Sungai Kedayan and for the Junjung Ziarah ceremony.

His Royal Highness, who is also the Patron of the Advisory Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration, was greeted on arrival by the Co-Chairpersons of the Executive Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration, Pe…

Brunei Minister of Communications: Opening Up Maritime and Shipping Sector

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Brunei opening up maritime and shipping sector: Minister
September 8, 2017

|     Danial Norjidi     |

EFFORTS are under way towards further improving and opening up the country’s maritime and shipping sector, moving it towards more liberalisation and increasing shipping activities.

This was shared by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, the Minister of Communications, speaking to the Bulletin after the presentation of certificates to a local commercial diving company, Al-Hadid Marine Services (B) Sdn Bhd, recognising it as an external specialist for In-Water Survey services that took place on September 5.

Asked how he would like to see the maritime industry further develop, the minister said, “We are trying to open up the industry. As you know, we are setting up the Maritime and Port Authority with the whole objective of trying to improve the sector and opening it up, moving towards more liberalisation and increasing the shipping activities in the country.

“To do that, …

HM Sultan Brunei: Education for Develoment

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Education for development
September 8, 2017

| Lyna Mohamad |

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and other higher learning institutions should ensure the applicability of their respective programmes in order to produce marketable and future-ready graduates, said 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 Chancellor of UBD.

In a titah delivered at the university’s 29th Convoc ation Ceremony yesterday, the monarch said, “Unemployment issues must be tackled in a ‘whole-of-nation’ approach, where government and non-government agencies need to play their respective roles.”

His Majesty noted, “Institutions of higher learning are responsible for producing human resources, while other agencies should undertake initiatives to boost the country’s economic growth and create new jobs.

“It is with this in mind, that I have consented to the est…

Brunei History - Official Opening of Pusat Belia

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Stone laid for youth centre

SEPTEMBER 2, 1967 – Brunei’s Crown Prince, Pengiran Muda Mahkota Hassanal Bolkiah, on Sunday morning unveiled the foundation stone of Brunei’s new youth centre at Kampong Berangan opposite the new Lapau.

The centre is estimated to cost $2 million by completion in 1969.

Its facilities will include an Olympic swimming pool (another public swimming pool in the capital is now nearing completion), a gymnasium, a domestic science block, recreation and dining rooms and
dormitories for boys and girls.

The Crown Prince was met on arrival at the gaily-decorated site by the Commissioner of Welfare, Awang H M Salleh, the Assistant Minister of Welfare and Posts, Pengiran Haji Yusof bin Pengiran Limbang, and the Acting Commissioner for Development, Awang Zakaria bin Haji Sulaiman.

The High Commissioner F D Webber, and the Acting Mentri Besar, Dato Pengiran Haji Mohamed Yusof, had arrived earlier to join invited guests in the two beflagged stands.

The Prince called on the …

HM Sultan Brunei: Patience Needed for Faith

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Patience must for faith, perfecting religious acts
September 2, 2017

| Rokiah Mahmud |

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 has emphasised the merits of cultivating patience in order to achieve success and prosperity according to the principles of Islam.

Delivering a titah last night in conjunction with the celebrations for Hari Raya Aidiladha 1438 Hijrah which was broadcast on Radio Television Brunei (RTB), His Majesty said, “Those with faith are not exempt from being tested by Allah the Almighty. The purpose of these afflictions is to determine the strength of our faith and endurance. If we have persevering patience, then we can overcome all obstacles and hardships, however insurmountable they may seem.”

The monarch then outlined the example of the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh), who was commanded to sacrifice his son, as a test of his obe…

Tapak Istana Lama Kampung Pengiran Bendahara Lama

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Tapak Istana Lama Kampung Pengiran Bendahara Lama
January 7, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

MENGIMBAS kembali cerita bekas tapak sejarah Istana Lama, penulis pernah menemui Allahyarham Pengiran Jaya Perkasa Pengiran Anak Haji Metassan bin Pengiran Sabtu Kamaluddin (sebelum Allahyarham meninggal dunia) di rumah kediamannya di Kampung Tumasek pada tahun 1988. Allahyarham sebelum itu menetap di Kampung Pengiran Bendahara Lama, Kampong Ayer.

Menurut cerita Allahyarham yang bersumberkan daripada cerita orang-orang tua terdahulu bahawa tapak Istana Lama Sultan Abdul Momin, Sultan Brunei ke-24 yang telah memerintah Brunei dari tahun 1852 hingga 1885, adalah berdekatan dengan perairan Kampung Pengiran Bendahara Lama. Kawasan sekitarnya dikelilingi dengan batu sebagai benteng kota bagi menahan tanah agar tidak rontok atau batu-batu pendinding tidak jatuh pada zaman itu.

Tambah Allahyarham lagi bersama penulis ketika itu bahawa berkemungkinan tapak Masjid Lama didirikan di Kampung Aye…

Mengimbas Kembali Sejarah Lama Makam Di Luba

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Mengimbas kembali sejarah lama Makam di Luba
February 4, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

SETENTUNYA setiap kali kita cuba mengingat kembali cerita-cerita sejarah lama, kita akan merentas jalan dan menemui beberapa individu untuk mengetahui setiap cerita yang mereka ceritakan terutama warga emas malahan penduduk asal di satu kawasan itu.

Baru-baru ini, penulis telah mengumpul beberapa cerita sejarah lama dari dua orang penduduk asal purih Kampong Ulu, Tamoi, Allahyarham Haji Lakim bin Bakar dan Allahyarham Haji Lamit bin Matasan. Ketika masih lagi hidup, Allahyarham Haji Lakim berusia 85 tahun dan Allahyarham Haji Lamit pula berusia 84 tahun.

Kebanyakan cerita-cerita sejarah yang diceritakan kepada mereka merupakan cerita turun- temurun yang telah diceritakan oleh datuk dan nenek mereka sejak tahun 1910 Masihi lagi.

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Berdasarkan daripada cerita dua informan tersebut, mere-ka sudah didedahkan dengan cerita-cerita sejarah sejak tahun 1930an lagi sebagaimana yan…