Letters to the Editor

Monday, 28 December 2015

Looking into tamu’s downfall

2015-12-28 IT IS with great interest I read your report on the relocation of Tamu Kianggeh, which became a trending topic after hundreds, possibly thousands of Bruneians, took to the social media to sympathise with the vendors. Many recounted personal and...

Saturday, 26 December 2015

When growth takes priority

2015-12-26 THE news of the shifting of Tamu Kianggeh to Gadong Mart has come as a shock for many. Rather than venting out my dissatisfaction, I would like to say that the Tamu has become a significant part of the lives of Bruneians. Though not a frequent...

Friday, 25 December 2015

LTD’s reservation system for road tax a good move

2015-12-25 THE Land Transport Department’s (LTD) decision to introduce a reservation system for renewing vehicle licences or road tax is a good step. According to a report named ‘LTD: Reserve to renew road tax’ in Brunei Times on December 23, walk-in...

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Credit card surcharges from retailers must stop

2015-12-24 I RECENTLY bought a phone from a store at the Airport Mall. I chose to pay by credit card and was told that the store charges an extra three per cent. I was hesitant as I vaguely remembered that credit card charges are not allowed. I however agreed...

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Where’s the ramp for the disabled?

2015-12-23 AS we come to the end of 2015, it’s great to note that many things that happened this year has positively livened up the local creative and arts scene. Many artists have had their opportunity to get well-deserved exposure through these events....

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A round of applause to S-League champions DPMM FC

2015-12-22 I HOPE I’m not too late but I would like to congratulate DPMM FC on winning their first Singapore League title. On top of that, I would also like to congratulate coach Steve Kean for being named the Coach of the Year, Azwan Ali Rahman for winning...

Feeling the pinch

2015-12-22 WITH plunging oil prices and currently at an all time low at over US$30 ($42.42) a barrel, are Bruneians truly aware of the impact this will take on the country in years to come if recovery of these prices remain indefinite? There should be more...

Monday, 21 December 2015

Gov’t, people should work together to live well

2015-12-21 IT’S good to note that Brunei is consistently faring well in the Human Development Index (HDI), a report annually released by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The country’s HDI index has improved from 0.852 to 0.856, with key...

Saturday, 19 December 2015

'Planned relocation of Tamu Kianggeh is very well intentioned'

2015-12-19 A PIECE of a new Brunei history is in the making. It will be etched in the memory of many Bruneians especially those in the Brunei-Muara District and others that are associated directly and indirectly with it. That bit of history, although it may...

Friday, 18 December 2015

Stint behind bars is a struggle for both ex-convict and family members

2015-12-18 I READ an article published on November 30, 2015 titled “Life after jail: A constant struggle”, about ex-convicts’ feelings of uncertainty when they stepped out of the prison gates for the first time after years of isolation and how they struggle...

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Personal attachment for Tamu Kianggeh is understandable

2015-12-17 READING through the reports on Tamu Kianggeh recently, it is difficult not to comment as it affects the Brunei identity as a whole. The Tamu or market is considered a treasure in itself as it serves as to bring people together as a community....

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

BSM response on tyre inflators

2015-12-16 THE Brunei Shell Marketing Co Sdn Bhd (BSM) would like to refer to the letter titled ‘Tyre pumps at petrol stations not working’ published in The Brunei Times (December 12, 2015). The company regrets the inconvenience experienced by the public and...

Pass book charges irk bank customer

2015-12-16 FIRST of all I would like to appreciate the Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) for renovating its headquarters in the capital. However, of late, I’ve noticed the country’s leading bank’s systems and policies affecting the customer trust. First,...

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Time to overcome vehicular pollution

2015-12-15 I WOULD like to raise the issue of diesel vehiles used for commercial and non-commercial purposes. The common problem with the usage of diesel vehicles is the amount of pollution they cause and how it impacts the environment. We have even been...

Monday, 14 December 2015

Let's learn to be resilient

2015-12-14 I TOTALLY agree with Abang Di’s views published in the letter titled “Fuel subsidy move was pragmatic” (Dec 8, 2015). We need to get everybody’s support, from the bottom up. Privileges have been enjoyed by Bruneians for many decades. The elders...

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Tyre pumps at petrol stations not working

2015-12-12 EVERY time I go to the petrol station around my area, the tyre pump is either broken or unavailable. So instead of just waiting for it to be repaired (which might take ages), I went to three other petrol stations and guess what, the tyre pumps are...

Friday, 11 December 2015

Parents and guardians advised to monitor children’s movement

2015-12-11 IT IS time of the year again where children, teenagers are waiting for, school holidays. This is the great time for them to enjoy their life, spend their quality time with family and friends and school holidays are always a good time for them to...

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Tourists need access to Taman SOAS

2015-12-10 WE HAVE just celebrated the 45th anniversary or birthday of Bandar Seri Begawan which is the day when the name Bandar Brunei was changed to Bandar Seri Begawan in honour of our Late Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien in 1970. To commemorate the historic...

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Suggestions to improve airport

2015-12-09 THIS is with reference to the report ‘Make Brunei International Airport amongst the world’s 100 best: minister’ published in The Brunei Times (December 8, 2015). At first, I would like to applaud the Minister of Communications for giving a...

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Fuel subsidy move was pragmatic

2015-12-08 AN ARTICLE recently made its rounds on the social networks with some rather, shall we say, uncomfortable claims. The article, which I’m sure many have since read, was a rather opinionated overview of Brunei’s industry. Of particular note, the...

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