Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Concern over lack of street lights

2015-09-09 I AM writing this to express my concern over the lack of streetlights on the Jerudong-Tungku Link Road which has been in operation since March this year. Although the new road has given me better access to areas that I frequent such as the Agro-...

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Caring for persons with special needs

2015-09-08 IT IS everyone’s responsibility to ensure proper facilities to the special needs people so that they can co-exist harmoniously in the community. But, unfortunately, there is not much progress in this regard. The country has many businesses,...

Monday, 7 September 2015

Info sought onmaking donations

2015-09-07 I WANT to express my appreciation of the generous donations that have been made during Ramadhan and Syawal. I also convey my respects and gratitude to the kind persons, groups and associations for their gesture in helping out the less fortunate...

Saturday, 5 September 2015

A shot in the arm for martial arts

2015-09-05 I AM pleased to learn that Brunei now has a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black-belt holder in Canadian Mike Yates – and that our local BJJ exponents have left a positive impression on him. I refer to a report published in The Brunei Times (Sept 4,...

Friday, 4 September 2015

Youth must have right attitude, courage to take risks to be successful

2015-09-04 THIS is with reference to a report titled “Have right attitude, take risks, youth told” published in your respected newspaper on Sept 2, 2015. I have no reason to not agree with the message of the story that to gain success in life one has to have...

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Hoping our national athletes could create remarkable achievements in Samoa Commonwealth Games

2015-09-03 THREE athletes — Muhd Ammar Safwan Hj Zaidin, Muhammad Wafiq Kifli and Ernie Sahrina Abdul Fattah — will represent Brunei at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in Samoa. The event, starting from September 5, is yet another opportunity for...

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Looking at the needs of differently-abled

2015-09-02 SOME weeks ago, I had planned to visit a new café that had just opened in a newer part of Kiulap. Considering that I am on wheelchair, and the area is not fully occupied yet, there was ample parking which made it convenient for me. This was the...

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

BDNOC drive to promote sports

2015-09-01 THE Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC) wishes to thank ‘Sports Fan’ for his/her comments and views in the letter titled “More needs to be done to continually develop Brunei’s junior athletes” published in The Brunei Times (August 26...

Monday, 31 August 2015

Incentives unfair in private sector

2015-08-31 THIS is with reference to the letter titled “Should gov’t provide private sector with incentives?” The government has been providing subsidies in areas like healthcare, education, housing, and fuel. Hence, urging the government to provide...

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Media eyed to help in promoting OVOP

2015-08-29 I READ with interest a news report titled “OVOP initiative needs more support from local media” published in The Brunei Times on August 14, 2015. I agree with Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad, the Village Head of Lumut 1 and Belait district...

Friday, 28 August 2015

Introduction of global online payment system to help local entrepreneurs urged

2015-08-28 COULD relevant authorities please look into introducing convenient global online payment systems such as Paypal to Brunei? Currently we are able to pay outwards to buyers outside of Brunei -more money going out - but for those who have local...

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Should gov’t provide private sector with incentives?

2015-08-27 I WOULD like to make reference to the letters “A vote for the private sector” and “Change mindset as early as possible”. I would have to agree AND disagree. We must take care not to generalise the private sector as a whole. Additionally, we should...

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

More needs to be done to continually develop Brunei’s junior athletes

2015-08-26 I REFER to your story printed in Tuesday’s edition of The Brunei Times entitled ‘HRH: Speedier post-mortems needed’. Firstly, I would like to thank BDNOC president His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah for his assessment of the country’s...

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A vote for the private sector

2015-08-25 WE HAVE a lot of unemployed locals not because we do not have available jobs but many of the jobseekers are eyeing to join the public sector and do not consider working in the private sector. These jobseekers avoid the private sector due to what...

Monday, 24 August 2015

Uncollected litter poses a serious health hazard

2015-08-24 ON BEHALF of the residents of Kg Perpindahan Meragang Jln Binglu, I plead the concerned authorities to take notice of the garbage litter, which is an eyesore in our area. I urge the authorities to set up a proper garbage collection point and...

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Curiosity over forest survey outcome

2015-08-22 THIS is with reference to the report “Belait Basin Wildlife Sanctuary proposed” in The Brunei Times dated August 10, 2015. The report says that the experts and environmental scientist have proposed the establishment of the Belait Basin Wildlife...

Friday, 21 August 2015

Can zakat funds be donated to those in need overseas?

2015-08-21 CAN Brunei zakat funds be used to help those in need abroad? The recent onslaught of natural disasters, like floods in our ASEAN region, and their call for aid made me wonder if our zakat can be handed out to the affected victims. I understand...

Concern on safety, health aspects of products sold in Brunei

2015-08-21 KUDOS to our youths who have stepped up and ventured into entrepreneurship. We have seen the rise of many online businesses recently and it does offer youths the opportunities they need such as income, employment and experience.However, in my...

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Change mindset as early as possible

2015-08-20 THE titah of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, urging the local jobseekers to shed preference for the civil service is most timely. For so many years we have seen...

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

MoE’s response on introduction of Environmental Studies to young students

2015-08-19 WE REFER to a letter by ‘VSN, Bandar’ published in The Brunei Times on August 6, 2015, the introduction of Environmental Studies at an earlier stage. At the Ministry of Education (MoE), careful planning has always been adopted before deciding on...

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