Letters to the Editor

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Why you are not employed

2015-03-05 HAVE you ever asked yourself why you are not employed even if you are more “qualified” than other candidates in terms of qualifications and work experience? It is because of the following formula: Attitude × (Skills + Knowledge + ….) For knowledge...

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Taxation on private cars, fuel

2015-03-04 I AM writing in response to a number of letters to the editor on the subject of poor public transport in Brunei. I recently overheard some of my work colleagues saying that the reason Brunei does not have a large number of taxis was that people...

Headphones on the planes

2015-03-04 I RECENTLY travelled on Royal Brunei Airlines to and from Singapore. My experience on the flights was wonderful. The food was good, the service excellent and the seats comfortable. I was very impressed with the touchscreens for the in-flight...

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

When will I finally belong to Brunei?

2015-03-03 I AM writing in to express my disappointment for the authority that is in charge of our citizenship. I have passed the citizenship but have been waiting for almost four years to be called for sumpah (oath) ceremony. I am pretty sure I am not the...

On allowance of students studying overseas

2015-03-03 MY COMPLAINT is towards the department in the Ministry of Education which deals with the allowances for the students studying overseas. I have a family member who at the moment is studying overseas since August last year. He/she failed one course...

Monday, 2 March 2015

Spectacular show marred by littering

2015-03-02 AFTER the spectacular show of the National Day Parade came the terrible litter and bottles on the ground. The cheering crowds, the performers and marchers left the capital city not only with memories but a horrific mess. It was a rather sad...

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Stop this irresponsible dumping of garbage

2015-02-28 THERE is this area at the Landless Indigenous Citizens Housing Scheme (STKRJ) in Kg Sungai Buloh Two (Bukit Sibanging) where piles of garbage are accumulating by the day. I am one of the recipients who was given a home at Kg Panchor recently and I...

Friday, 27 February 2015

Please manage Muslim cemeteries better

2015-02-27 I WAS saddened recently to see the state of our local (Muslim) cemeteries. The reason I decided to write about this issue was because I recently went through a sad and difficult time when two of my closest relatives passed away. It was sadder...

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Shredding green dreams without world-class public transport system

2015-02-26 I HAVE been in Brunei for the past five months and the one thing I see in the country is an increasing green awareness. From no-bag days at supermarkets to phasing out environmentally unfriendly food packaging by restaurants, this country is...

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Don’t believe everything you read on social media

2015-02-25 I ABSOLUTELY agree regarding the Friday sermon published in The Brunei Times on February 21 about the use of Internet as the media has increasingly become an essential part of our daily lives. It couldn’t be emphasised more that despite efficient...

How to check for minimum wage implementation?

2015-02-25 GREAT ideas often fall short when it comes to implementation. I hope this is not the case with the move to guarantee Filipino migrant workers in Brunei a monthly minimum wage of US$400 ($520), according to a new advisory issued by the Philippine...

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Need for traffic light at Sg Akar-Subok roundabout

2015-02-24 I SUPPORT Annoyed Sungai Tilong Resident's complaint titled “Plea for Traffic Lights at Sungai Akar-Subok Roundabout” dated February 19, 2015. Yes, we do need traffic lights at this roundabout as it is not fair that there are a WHOLE LOT more cars...

Shouldn’t minimum wage be determined by the market?

2015-02-24 WITH reference to the article published by your newspaper on February 19, 2015, it is quite a surprising proposition issued by the Philippine Overseas Labour Office regarding the minimum salary of $520 for unskilled Filipinos domestic helpers/...

Monday, 23 February 2015

Protect our youth from misguided ideologies

2015-02-23 IT WAS shocking to read in the media that recently a local woman was linked to a foreigner who had planned to join a terrorist organisation. What’s even more ludicrous is that there are more like the 34-year-old around the world, who are much...

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Sandbags could help in case of floods

2015-02-21 FLOODS are no longer an uncommon occurrence in Brunei. Year after year, we read reports of floods affecting families and destroying belongings. It begs the question of whether Brunei has been effective in planning and managing floods. Does anyone...

Friday, 20 February 2015

These clippings may spark more memories

2015-02-20 I thank you very much for publishing the letter, “Share KB Memories About My Father”, January 29, the third anniversary of his passing. I have received lovely responses and sincerely appreciate those who took the time to write to me. On looking...

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Plea for traffic lights at Sg Akar-Subok roundabout

2015-02-19 MY COMPLAINT (and yes, I will bluntly classify this letter as a complaint) comes from my morning routine that forces me to drive into the roundabout located in the Sg Akar-Subok area. Those who pass by the area towards the government offices would...

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Suggestions to help eliminate illegal, dangerous U-turns at Jalan Sungai Akar

2015-02-18 I WOULD like to draw the attention of relevant authorities to the illegal U-turns that had been going on for years at Jalan Sungai Akar (after the roundabout). The situation is getting worse day by day and as a frequent commuter using that road,...

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

How a HSBC ATM saved my $1,000

2015-02-17 I DID something rather stupid last week, which is rare – I usually do lots of stupid things. But, well, I was preoccupied, what with work, non-payment of my car, wondering how I could get to work on the bus… and with what to order for lunch, when...

Monday, 16 February 2015

Scholarship student waiting for claims

2015-02-16 I AM writing this letter not as a complaint letter, but as a constructive criticism and in the hopes that the authorities will improve their service. This is not an issue of being ungrateful but rather an assertive call for the relevant...

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