Letters to the Editor

Friday, 1 August 2014

OneBiz not friendly as claimed by authorities

2014-08-01 IT IS time for the relevant authorities to stop telling us how they are going to make our lives easier and actually make it a reality.I was reading the OneBiz article recently (July 23) on how it would make doing business more convenient, but has...

Praise for JKR on road repairs, more to be done

2014-08-01 I WOULD like to applaud The Public Works Department (JKR) for doing a great job fixing the roads near Muara town and the Kampung Tanah Jambu area.If I’m not mistaken, it took about 2-3 weeks for the roads to be fixed. I am quite impressed. I never...

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Raya fireworks a dangerous and unnecessary disturbance

2014-07-30 WHEN I was a young boy, fireworks and sparklers weren’t a necessary element to celebrating Hari Raya. In fact, my parents were insistent that they (like cigarettes) were very much akin to watching money burn albeit in a much more fancier and...

TelBru responds to reader’s ‘bad service’ complaint

2014-07-30 TELEKOM Brunei Berhad (TelBru) would like to acknowledge and respond to the letter published on Saturday, July 26, 2014, entitled “Reader frustrated with TelBru’s ‘service at its best’”.In following up with the issue, we would like to invite the...

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Conditions at Seria old folks home not unsafe as reported

2014-07-29 I AM duly authorised to write in reference to your article titled “Belait old folks home plagued by snakes, break-ins” published on the July 21 issue of The Brunei Times. The article wrote about the visit to the Old Folks Home in Seria by members...

Monday, 28 July 2014

Plea by non-halal restaurants: much ado, agitation could have been avoided

2014-07-28 I READ with much interest a report published in your daily on July 20, 2014 headlined “MoRA sends non-halal eateries’ appeal to relevant authorities”. The report stated that 17 non-halal restaurants were seeking exemption from the Ramadhan daytime...

Better quality road tax stickers needed

2014-07-28 ROAD tax stickers were recently introduced in Brunei Darussalam to replace the old road tax discs. The problem of fading ink on the stickers making them blurry and illegible is a new phenomenon which has also been recently reported in Malaysia. It...

We need more fuel stations

2014-07-28 SINCE the Anggerek fuel station closed down about three months ago I have realised how one station's closure can cause problems. Fuel stations close at night even when they are jam-packed. I have seen cars being turned away as it was closing time...

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Reader frustrated with Telbru’s ‘service at its best’

2014-07-26 I AM not only disappointed but utterly frustrated with the so called “service at its best” slogan Telbru possesses. I applied for an e-speed line and phone line early May at the Telbru centre in Citisquare. My husband and I paid upfront, and they...

Changing jobseekers’ attitude towards work an uphill task for authorities

2014-07-26 I WISH to comment on the article “No takers for 1,700 jobs registered with gov’t in 2013” that was published last month. According to the report, out of 2,404 job vacancies registered by Local Work Agency and Workforce Development (APTK) in 2013,...

Friday, 25 July 2014

Buzz of activities spirit lifting for Bruneians

2014-07-25 IT WAS indeed a huge lift to the spirits of all Bruneians that the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy youth football tournament has been finalised and is going to commence soon. Indeed, the month of August will see a buzz of activities, led by the raising of...

Reader voices support for non-halal eateries

2014-07-25 I’M WRITING to express my support for the appeal brought forward by the 17 non-halal eateries against the daytime dining ban regulation during the Ramadhan fasting month. The appeal sought permission for non-halal places to serve non-Muslim diners...

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Preserve the pristine beauty of Tasek Lama

2014-07-24 I TOOK a hike through one of the Tasek Lama’s hiking trails one beautiful morning. It was rugged and majestic, but what a disappointment as the memory of my hike was tarnished by the large amounts of rubbish strewn throughout the path and a large...

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Bruneians ruining their own health by over consumption of junk food

2014-07-23 HEALTH is wealth. Nowadays, the people are tarnishing their own health by eating what we now call as junk food. People are stealing wealth from their own hands by eating such foodstuff. We are mingling this kind of food in our wealth to ruin our...

Noise from youth hanging out at Lambak Kiri mosque causing reader sleepless nights

2014-07-23 THIS is going to make me sound like a grumpy old person but I am sick of endless noise every single night. Youths regularly hang out at the Lambak Kiri mosque across my house while talking and yelling, causing all kinds of ruckus and even playing...

Road tax information becoming blurry not owners’ fault, but the authorities

2014-07-23 SALAM, its really astonishing to find that some of the new road tax system have problems of blurry image or the information are totally gone in terms of the ink presenting data of the vehicle. The problem is when you try to renew, they will ask...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Need to take proper care of stray animals

2014-07-22 I READ with interest the news report in The Brunei Times, ‘Campaign to save stray animals’ regarding the issue of stray cats and dogs within the country and it touched my heart to know that there are still caring souls out there. From my personal...

Monday, 21 July 2014

Imparting skills to marginalised for a livelihood

2014-07-21 IT IS heartwarming to read that a number of companies and NGOs are giving back to the community, especially the less fortunate and special needs individuals, in this blessed month of Ramadhan. While I don’t doubt their gestures, which come usually...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Effective steps to implement shark sale ban

2014-07-19 I REFER to one of your reports on how some local fishermen are still selling shark meat despite the government’s ban against shark fishing and trade [Shark meat still being sold in local markets, May 28 issue]. As an environmentalist and scuba...

Friday, 18 July 2014

MoRA’s response to complaint on KB mosque slow upgrading works

2014-07-18 THE Ministry of Religious Affairs would like to refer to a letter published in The Brunei Times’s Letters to the Editor on July 5, 2014 entitled “Slow upgrading works at Masjid Muhammad Jamalul Alam KB” submitted by Mat Awam. The upgrading works...

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