Letters to the Editor

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Time for UNISSA to offer professional training course on civil and syariah law

2014-01-04 I AM extremely thankful to our ruler His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for the courage he has shown in implementing Syariah law in Brunei Darussalam. During the launch of the 2013 Knowledge Convention, His Majesty...

Friday, 3 January 2014

Addressing the issue of runaway scholars

2014-01-03 THE issue of runaway scholars still persists, as evidenced by the number of times His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has raised it in his titahs. In this regard, please allow me to propose a solution or an idea towards...

Students need to be more committed

2014-01-03 I TRULY support His Majesty’s recent titah that was made in London recently. What our country truly needs are well-educated citizens with strong leadership and ethics in order to achieve the government’s objective of producing the human resources...

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

MoH guidelines on hygiene and food safety standards for eateries in Brunei

2014-01-01 WE WOULD like to refer to the letter titled “Eatery upkeep norms need transparency” by Demotivated at Brunei’s Business Environment as cited in The Brunei Times dated November 14, 2013. First and foremost, the Ministry of Health would like to...

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Inundation despite millions spent on flood mitigation

2013-12-31 Dear Editor, HUNDREDS of Kuala Balai residents were hit hard by the severe flood in 2009 which resulted in huge loss. Several months after this natural disaster, a flood mitigation project was initiated and this was a really big relief for all the...

Monday, 30 December 2013

UBD hailed for easing norms

2013-12-30 Dear Editor,  THERE have been many grievances expressed here in this column regarding inefficiencies and other problems with UBD. For once, I wish to give our national university some well-deserved praise. I am a second-year student and as many...

Cyclists should be doubly cautious

2013-12-30 Dear Editor,  FIRST of all I would like to congratulate our government for actively promoting healthy lifestyle in Brunei. I have noticed in the past few months that NGOs are also trying to promote cycling as a way of protecting environment and...

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Being sent round the bend by quirky little cultural dissimilarities

2013-12-28 Dear Editor,  I HAD an embarrassing experience in a lift (or should I say “elevator”) the other day. It was reasonably crowded and I couldn’t get to the buttons. An impromptu lift operator (whatever happened to them?) helpfully asked me what floor...

Friday, 27 December 2013

Bruneian public should be thankful for great vision of predecessors

2013-12-27 Dear Editor,  I REMEMBER in a certain titah made by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during his birthday celebrations several years ago. He emphasised the importance of history as the ultimate teacher, highlighting...

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Disappointed with current procedure of processing employment passes

2013-12-26 Dear Editor,  I WOULD like to express some dissatisfaction about the immigration-processing procedures that are currently in place at the Department of Immigration/ Department of Labour at Jalan Menteri Besar. I recently visited the Department of...

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

IT adds bite to RBPF

2013-12-25 Dear Editor,  I AM glad to note the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) is integrating its management system to boost its capacity to solve crimes (The Brunei Times, Dec 24, 2013). RBPF Deputy Director Logistics Senior Superintendent Pg Hj Mohd...

PKBN helps to nurture future leaders

2013-12-25 Dear Editor,  I READ with interest your article “Over 250 register for 2nd PKBN intake” that appeared in The Brunei Times on December 23. It is indeed good news for our nation when more than 250 individuals registered for the second official...

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

RB must be wary of over-indulging in building mountains of fixed capital costs

2013-12-24 Dear Editor,  I REFER to your Business page, dated Dec 17, 2013 on “Aircraft fleet overhaul can lower RB cost base”. What is so intriguing about the latest RB's weather vane publicity is its fixation on additional planes, either Airbus, Boeing,...

Monday, 23 December 2013

Cinemas, please provide subtitles in English

2013-12-23 Dear Editor, I’M AN expat worker in Brunei Darussalam, who enjoys going to the movies like many other residents and citizens of this country. Sometimes, it’s the only thing I look forward to when there are no other local events or festivals. So...

Cluttered storm drains resulting in floods

2013-12-23 Dear Editor,  I LIVE in the capital and have relatives who reside in Beribi, Jangsak and Menglait areas that are prone to flooding. Each year, when the rainy season begins, the weather turns ugly and we have to prepare for the worst. It’s become a...

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Stray dogs roaming in vicinity of Jalan Kebangsaan posing a nuisance to residents

2013-12-21 I AM writing to complain about the large number of stray dogs that roam around Jalan Kebangsaan and its vicinity. On any day, I can spot up to 10 dogs around the area and they wander in a group. They create a lot of nuisance to the residents by...

Friday, 20 December 2013

Can gov’t make private building owners responsible for maintaining their properties?

2013-12-20 AS A resident of Brunei who grew up here all my life, it is not uncommon for me to travel around our neighbouring countries. What we lack in high rise development and modern facilities, we make up for in humility and peace. I am extremely thankful...

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Opportunities abound for Brunei football to improve, let’s seize them

2013-12-19 Dear Editor,  THE recent involvement of our national football team in the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar, although best forgotten, raises the question of how Brunei Darussalam is ranked alongside the other 208 nations and territories on the globe....

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Be prudent, courteous while on the road

2013-12-18 Dear Editor, I WAS amazed when I read your news on December 13 about a Bruneian man that was slapped with 21 demerit points for driving at nearly three times the speed limit in Belait District during the Department of Investigation and Traffic...

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

RB should drop SodaStream ad in Muhibbah magazine, it exploits Palestinians

2013-12-17 Dear Editor,  ON A Royal Brunei Airlines flight recently, I came across two things I wish to call out. The first, is the appearance of a commercial item called SodaStream in the airline’s inflight magazine Muhibah. SodaStream is an Israeli...

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