Friday, 1 April 2016

Preconceived notions about tourists could be avoided

2016-04-01 Dear Editor, WITH reference to the report ‘Villagers still hesitant to rent out rooms for homestays’ published in Brunei Times on March 31, I would like to point out that with a bit of proper guidance and encouragement the situation could be...

Thursday, 31 March 2016

How reliable are teacher observations?

2016-03-31 WITH reference to the new Teacher Performance Appraisal as a tool to evaluate teachers’ performance, I would like to address a few issues. How reliable is it? Recently my teaching way was observed by my head of department. When I asked her for...

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A pat for Ultraman show organiser

2016-03-30 I WOULD like to laud the Human Capacity Building Consultancy (HCBC) and the creators of the Ultraman franchise, Tsuburaya Productions Co, for the success of the live show of Ultraman in Brunei. Last week, I had the chance to watch the first ever...

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Cooperatives spur nation’s growth

2016-03-29 I APPRECIATE the idea floated by ‘Supporter of OVOP, Gadong’ in the letter published in The Brunei Times dated March 18, 2016 in which it was asked whether it was “Time to have a cooperative to help promote our One Village One Products (OVOP) under...

Monday, 28 March 2016

Weathering the coming storm

2016-03-28 WHILE it was good to see the recent report in The Brunei Times that the government plans to use IT to promote tourism, I hope its main focus will be building up the tourism-related infrastructure that’s badly needed as an alternative revenue source...

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Need for sports camps during school vacation

2016-03-26 I WOULD like to refer to the report ‘Shooting Stars hold basketball camp’ published in The Brunei Times (March 24, 2016). I want to commend Shooting Stars Brunei Basketball and their sponsors for organising the three-day school holiday basketball...

Friday, 25 March 2016

Complaint on unorganised college

2016-03-25 I AM a student in one of the private colleges in the capital. I must say I have never experienced or heard of any other higher education institution that is as unorganised as the college I am currently attending. There are the last minute...

Not only residents, developers also do open burning

2016-03-25 IN RESPONSE to your article regarding the fires at Brunei-Muara and Belait and today’s letter to the editor “Please, stop opening burning practice”, I encounter a regular inconvenience at my residence in Anggerek Desa when the neighbours burn brush...

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Concerted educational campaigns vital to protect ecology and natural resources

2016-03-24 THIS is with reference to the report “Water quality worsening along shores” published in The Brunei Times dated March 22, 2016. This is undoubtedly a matter of grave concern for the government agencies, environmental set-ups, public and the...

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Cashless dealing still a far cry

2016-03-23 I STOPPED by one of the CBDs a couple days ago, and was planning to withdraw some money from an ATM belonging to one of the local banks. To my disappointment, the ATM could not dispense $10-notes which I thought was a big deal as the ATM is...

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Culture festivals break monotony, boost business

2016-03-22 IN THE last week, there has been buzz of activity that has brought the capital to life all thanks to Francophonie Week which celebrates French culture. The kick-off to the festivities was held at Taman Jubilee and saw a crowd of families and youth...

Monday, 21 March 2016

Public urged to help find lost documents

2016-03-21 I AM seeking public cooperation through your prestigious newspaper to find my lost documents. A few days ago my hand bag got misplaced. The colour of the bag is dark brown and inside it there is a blue folder. This folder contains the following...

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Athlete care vital in sport uplift

2016-03-19 I REFER to the report titled ‘LegCo member proposes setting up a sports fund for athletes’ published in The Brunei Times (March 17, 1016). I would like to commend Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah Hj Mohd Jaafar for...

Friday, 18 March 2016

Time to have a cooperative to help promote our OVOP products under one roof?

2016-03-18 I HAVE seen a lot of publicity on our One Village, One Product (OVOP) products in your esteemed newspaper over the past few months. I have tried myself some of the foodstuff sold by the villages here and I must say they are good and their prices...

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Please, stop open burning practice

2016-03-17 ON MONDAY, March 14, 2016, after reading a report published in The Brunei Times on the serious bushfires in Brunei-Muara and Belait, at 10.25am, I was driving in Brunei-Muara, and what do I behold? Open burning, giving out plumes of smoke, inside...

Concern on the upbringing of youths

2016-03-17 AS A parent and citizen of this country, I am deeply concerned on the upbringing of our youths today. It is to my surprise to find young couples “canoodling” at an almost non-litted carpark near Jollibee Batu Satu, when I was heading to my car one...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Why cringe while paying helpers?

2016-03-16 I’VE been hearing a lot of complaints in response to the Indonesian embassy’s call for minimum wage, and I just wanted to say, that considering the amount of work domestic helpers are expected to do, should we really complain about paying them $350...

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Time for minimum wage policy

2016-03-15 I READ with interest a number of stories in The Brunei Times about the likely introduction of minimum wage, the latest being a report titled “US tells Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) members to improve labour standards” published on February 17,...

Monday, 14 March 2016

A shot in the arm for Brunei snooker

2016-03-14 IN reference to the report “New BCSA president outlines his plans” published in The Brunei Times (March 4, 2016), I would like to congratulate Md Kamarul Ariffin Hj Mohd Arpan for being voted as the new president of the Brunei Darussalam Cue Sports...

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Saving Tutong White Sands

2016-03-12 THIS is with reference to the report “Tutong White Sands under threat from projects, fires” published in The Brunei Times (March 7, 2016). The finding of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) that the Tutong White Sands are being imperiled by...