Thursday, 28 January 2016

NCB’s efforts to educate young people on dangers of smoking lauded

2016-01-28 THE Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) warning to e-cigarette users seems to be a very serious one. According to a report in Brunei Times on January 27, Wednesday — “NCB warns public against hidden drugs in e-cigarettes”, — a senior NCB official...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Easing trafficjam at Seria highway junction

2016-01-27 JUST want to know whether there are any immediate and long term plans to ease the traffic at the Seria highway junction? The only junction connecting Seria town is used daily by at least 1,000 commuters who have to wait in traffic for 15 minutes...

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Being conscious drivers on road

2016-01-26 THE other day while I was driving around, a police officer stopped me to check my driving license and identity card at a random location: somewhere nearby my house. He then proceeded to ask me: “Why are you driving so fast?” Prior to that, I had...

Monday, 25 January 2016

Please, don’t flout social etiquette

2016-01-25 RECENTLY, I had an unpleasant experience when I went to the Immigration Department to apply for a multiple re-entry visa for a family member. It wasn’t the service at the counter that I found poor. In fact, the immigration officer who served me...

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Giving a thrust to dodgeball

2016-01-23 I READ with great interest the article — ‘Dodgeball on the rise in the country’ — in The Brunei Times (January 21, 2016). As an ardent fan, I fully support the Brunei Dodgeball Association’s (BDAS) plans to get the association certified by the...

Friday, 22 January 2016

In search of ways to help raise funds for SMARTER

2016-01-22 I’VE been reading stories about the dire situation that SMARTER is in, financial wise, and my heart goes out to them. SMARTER charges only a fraction for a service that would cost hundreds of dollars anywhere else and that the reason why the...

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Valid reasons why the Sungai Kebun Bridge is important

2016-01-21 REALITY hit me a few days ago when I went to work, and the experience has further cemented the reasons why the Sg Kebun Bridge that will connect Jalan Residency in the capital and Kg Lumapas will be important. I woke up at 5.30am and depar-ted at...

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Hailing new entrepreneurs

2016-01-20 I WOULD like to applaud the young entrepreneurs or business owners who have managed to break out of the mould and set up businesses of their own interest as opposed to opening every day convenience stores, box stores, restaurants or mobile shops....

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Not too late to start saving (Part Five)

2016-01-19 ‘THE land on which we live has always shaped us. It has shaped the wars, the power, politics and socio-economic fate of the people…. but it is easy to forget that the lands where we live, work and raise our children (where we die) is hugely...

Monday, 18 January 2016

Not too late to start saving (Part Four)

2016-01-18 IMF should have pointed out that the principal source of our national revenue — oil and gas — should be properly managed and strictly audited in such areas as exploration and production, sales and the problems of “transfer pricing”, local...

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Not too late to start saving (Part Three)

2016-01-16 “IN THE developed world, time is money. In the developing world, time is adversely affecting lives.” (Prof Sach, during Al-Jazeera interview, 15-9-2007) (The late) Mr Lee Kuan Yew always reminded Singapore Civil Servants: “Never say ‘No’(!). If ‘...

Friday, 15 January 2016

Not too late to start saving (Part Two)

2016-01-15 NATIONALLY, it is vital that we must save to accumulate our National Financial Stock, particularly so during this “double-whack” of falling oil prices and the fall in oil production, and the worrying state of our small and shallow river of small...

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Not too late to start saving

2016-01-14 ‘ALLAH SWT never change a favour which He has conferred upon a people until they change their own condition….” (Al-Quran: Surah Al-Anfal (Voluntary Gifts) 8: Verse 53) Respectfully, I must state that I loathe writing this letter. But the dire need...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Brunei can excel in ecological role

2016-01-13 THIS is with reference to the report “Brunei 2nd in ASEAN eco-index” published in The Brunei Times (January 11, 2016). According to the latest report of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, Brunei ranks second, just behind...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Vending machine runs out of drinks

2016-01-12 WHEN things break, we fix it. When things run out, say for example, food or beverages in a vending machine, we refill it. One of the vending machines at the RIPAS Hospital (near the parking lots outside) has been broken for some time now. Actually...

Monday, 11 January 2016

Road users must be more considerate and responsible on the road!

2016-01-11 ACCORDING to a news report in the newspaper titled, “Weak Ringgit draws Bruneians to Miri”, it was stated that the release of year-end bonus and a weak Malaysian ringgit (MYR) spurred thousands of Bruneians to cross over into Miri to celebrate the...

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Stop bringing young children to age inappropriate movies

2016-01-09 I AM writing this letter to express my concern about parents bringing babies, toddlers and young children to the cinema to watch movies that are not suitable for their age. Some of these movies have violent scenes involving gunshots, blood, coarse...

Friday, 8 January 2016

Proper lighting called for Sungai Menglait pathway

2016-01-08 I WOULD like to call the attention of the Public Works Department, Ministry of Development tp the state of the riverside pathway along Sungai Menglait, the one behind the Food Zone leading all the way to The Mall in Gadong. Lately, the lack of...

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Saudi doesn’t politicise Haj; will serve Iranian pilgrims properly

2016-01-07 Dear Editor,THE Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Bandar Seri Begawan would like to clarify information concerning an article titled “Saudi severs ties with Iran over Embassy, Mission Attacks”, published in your esteemed newspaper on...

A caring initial response from doctors will help patients a lot

2016-01-07 Dear Editor,RECENTLY, my brother contracted an ailment that gave him double vision. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the doctors from Ripas Hospital for taking such good care of my brother in diagnosing and trying to figure out how to...