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Bandar Seri Begawan: 8th Least Stressful City in Asia-Pacific

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BSB, 8th least stressful city in Asia-Pacific
September 23, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

A NEW study this year has revealed that Bandar Seri Begawan is the 8th least stressful city in the Asia-Pacific region and 68th globally.

According to a report by the United Kingdom (UK)-based Zipjet, the company studied 500 locations based on data comprising 17 categories involving infrastructure, pollution levels, finance and citizens’ wellbeing.

Specifically, the study covers traffic levels, public transport, percentage of green spaces, financial status of citizens including debt levels, physical and mental health, and the hours of sunlight the city gets per year.

The report stated that Bandar Seri Begawan has the lowest debt per capita and is less stressful due to its low population density, and scored high in financial stability and race equality. Of the 150 cities ranked, the city of Stuttgart in Germany comes out on top.

Luxembourg City, the capital of the tiny yet wealthy country of Luxem…

HM Sultan Brunei: Calls for Utmost Justice in Myanmar

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Sultan calls for utmost justice in Myanmar
September 22, 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, joined the ‘voice of the world’ to express regret for what has taken place in Myanmar, and yesterday urged the authority of that country to resolve the humanitarian crisis with utmost justice.

His Majesty at the same time reminded the people of Brunei Darussalam to be on the alert so they won’t be misled by any deviation of beliefs (Aqidah) and called on the responsible parties to take immediate measures such as through propagation (Dakwah) or advice, or if necessary through an act of the law. His Majesty delivered the titah in conjunction with the celebration of new Islamic year 1439 Hijrah broadcast on Radio Television Brunei (RTB) last night.

The monarch added that the celebration of this year’s new Hijrah year ta…

Jembatan Kayu Tumpuan Penduduk Kampong Ayer

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Jambatan kayu tumpuan penduduk Kampong Ayer
September 23, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

MASIH terbayang dalam ingatan penulis suasana sibuk jambatan kayu tambing iaitu tempat turun naik masyarakat Kampong Ayer pada tahun 1969. Ianya sering dipenuhi dengan perahu-perahu tambang sama ada waktu pagi, petang mahupun malam.

Suasana di sana akan lebih sesak dan meriah sewaktu orang pulang dari bekerja dan orang ramai yang singgah membeli barangan dapur. Jika bernasib baik, kita akan mendapati pemukat-pemukat pulang dari laut membawa hasil tangkapan mereka dan orang ramai akan berebut-rebut untuk membeli ikan segar yang dijual dengan harga yang sangat murah. Pada zaman itu juga, peniaga dari kaum ibu kelihatan berjaja di jambatan kayu tersebut. Antara yang dijual oleh mereka adalah buah-buahan, sayur-sayuran, makanan, ikan masin, tahai ikan, pusu, udang kering dan banyak lagi. Kini, suasana itu hanya tinggal kenangan.

Dermaga Kastam lama pula dahulunya adalah tempat kapal-kapal kera…

Brunei Scores Well in World Economic Forum's Global Human Capital Report 2017

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Sultanate scores well in Global Human Capital Report 2017
September 24, 2017


| Azlan Othman |

BRUNEI Darussalam is ranked 5th in Southeast Asia and 58th in the world in the Global Human Capital Report 2017 issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

According to the report, Brunei – categorised under a High Income Group – progressed to 58th this year after earning an overall 62.82 points. The Sultanate was not assessed last year.

Brunei recorded strong scores across ‘know-how’, ‘deployment’ and ‘development.’ In the know-how category, it scored high in high-skilled employment sub-index (in 23rd place) and primary education enrolment rate (22nd place), quality of primary schools (24th ), quality education system (33rd) sub-index under the category of development.

But the Sultanate is held back in the ‘capacity’ category in primary and secondary education attainment rate and only fared better in the literacy and numeracy sub index.

Of the 10 Southeast Asian countries included in …

Brunei Foreign Minister II: Terrorism Should Not Be Linked To Any Race, Religion, Nationality or Ethnicity

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‘Terrorism shouldn’t be linked to any race, religion, nationality or ethnicity’
September 24, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

BRUNEI Darussalam welcomes all efforts of the international community to prevent and eradicate terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng said this during the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.

“Like many others, we are concerned with the constant threats of terrorism and violent extremism,” he said.

“Sadly, in various parts of the world, the casualties resulting from terrorist attacks continue to shock us all. We condemn such horrendous acts and convey our deepest sympathy as well as condolences to the families of the victims.”

Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng reiterated that terrorism should not be link…

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…