Letters to the Editor

Monday, 30 November 2015

Parking space problem needs to be addressed properly to prevent it from becoming an issue in future

2015-11-30 FINDING a space to park anywhere in the city is becoming increasingly difficult as the number of vehicles is growing. Moreover, commercial properties are sprouting all around the sultanate; however there is always a problem with insufficient...

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Stiffer road penalties urged

2015-11-28 MY CONCERN goes to the rising number of road fatalities in the sultanate, which has so far exceeded last year’s tally of 24, according to the recent reports in your paper. While the government has done various efforts to mitigate such, may I...

Friday, 27 November 2015

Family is the first line of defence vs drug use

2015-11-27 YOUR story “Families must lead in fighting drug abuse” (November 16, 2015), stressed the importance of the role played by the family to prevent a child from getting hooked on illegal drugs. Your story emphasised the value of engaging in sports and...

Thursday, 26 November 2015

HM’s message will help improve ease of doing business in Brunei

2015-11-26 AS A YOUNG aspiring entrepreneur I welcomed His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, call to civil servants to deliver fast and reliable services. ‘HM to civil servants:...

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Let’s live healthy to prevent onset of diabetes

2015-11-25 THE article ‘Type 2 diabetes rising among youth’ that was published in The Brunei Times on November 14 took me by surprise. I remember reading a 2009-2011 report from The National Health and Nutritional Status Survey that said up to 12.5 per cent...

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Rediscovering Brunei

2015-11-24 I AM writing to you to express my appreciation to your paper’s campaign to promote the unexplored attractions Brunei has to offer to both local and foreign tourists. As a foreigner, your weekly “Rediscovering Brunei” column has so far been my...

Monday, 23 November 2015

Breathing life into Brunei’s ‘street culture’

2015-11-23 RENCENTLY, I have noticed a rise in the youth movement in the country more specifically in terms of “street culture” with articles such as “Give it up for Hangout 4” based on a “Street Culture” about a street culture-themed festival organised by...

Saturday, 21 November 2015

‘Restraint and calmness needed while driving’

2015-11-21 WITH regard to the report “Behave well to avoid road mishaps” on The Brunei Times on November 20, 2015, I too felt an increasing number of accidents are due to the callous approach of drivers. While driving, it is important on the part of the...

Friday, 20 November 2015

Appreciation of Brunei’s clear skies and clean air

2015-11-20 I AM delighted to say that I can see the clouds again from our office window in Gadong as the haze has apparently left the sultanate and perhaps this is due to the persistent downpour which the country has been experiencing late in the afternoon or...

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Improper use of loudspeakers affects children and elders

2015-11-19 THE insensitive use of loudspeakers has become quite a nuisance in our village. The most annoying thing is that loudspeakers are now an integral part of almost all celebrations. People seem to believe that even private occasions such as weddings...

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Appeal to go after violators of smoking ban

2015-11-18 I’M WRITING to you with something that is currently pushing me to the limits of my patience. Smoking in no smoking areas, toilets being the most egregious example. I’m asthmatic, have been since I was younger. Because of this I do not tolerate...

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Free bus rides for foreign visitors to promote tourism

2015-11-17 I WAS happy to note that the government is doing its best to improve public transportation. In the article published by your paper last November 15 titled “Concession bus fare for senior citizens and children under 7” it was reported that the...

Monday, 16 November 2015

Facing reality – jobs in Brunei

2015-11-16 I READ with interest an article published last Monday in your paper titled “Uncertainty dampens private sector’s allure” and find it to be sorely missing one key aspect of analysis – reality. In the article the writer has listed out commonly held...

Saturday, 14 November 2015

‘There is little reward for writing in Brunei’

2015-11-14 I AM very much intrigued by the idea forwarded by Bookworm in Gadong in his letter entitled “Time for writers to promote their literary works online to widen audience” (BT 12 Nov 2015). Not that I disagree with his opinion, but I think the letter...

Friday, 13 November 2015

Making youths know more about their country

2015-11-13 I WOULD like to comment on an article entitled “Locals should be familiar with Brunei’s cultural, historical sites” published in The Brunei Times on Monday, November 9, 2015. It is ironical to know that most of locals, especially youths, have...

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Time for writers to promote their literary works online to widen audience

2015-11-12 I’M AN avid reader who supports the DBP Director Hjh Aminah Hj Momin’s call to writers to publish their works online in an article titled “Use Internet to promote literature”. This is the best way to encourage both aspiring and current writers to...

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Call for better school security after incident

2015-11-11 I HAVE to fully support the message inside the article “Parents call for better school security after incident” published in The Brunei Times on Monday. As a parent myself with two little girls in primary school and a boy in Form Three, I am a bit...

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Gore, guilt vs smoking

2015-11-10 I AM a foreign worker who has been in Brunei for more than three years and I know for a fact that smoking is prohibited in so many areas to protect the public and the environment from the smokes emitted by cigarettes. I am a non-smoker but once in...

Monday, 9 November 2015

Modern technology ruining mealtime bonding

2015-11-09 I HAVE been noticing that people are becoming more anti-social, especially at restaurants, as they busily scroll and tap on their smartphones or tabs. I look to the right, I see a couple who are engrossed on their devices. I look to my left, a...

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Time to take action against sellers of adulterated products

2015-11-07 THIS is with reference to an article titled “MoH bans five cosmetic products” published in your esteemed newspaper on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. I think people living in the Sultanate should appreciate and be grateful for the tireless efforts...

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