Letters to the Editor

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Two dangerous habits on the road

2014-04-10 Dear Editor,  I HATE to have a go at the drivers here in Brunei because compared to motorists in other parts of Asia — Vietnam immediately springs to mind — they are paragons of good behaviour when behind the wheel. That said, many drivers here...

Concern about public safety from crimes

2014-04-10 Dear Editor, IT IS only April 2014 and already the number of crimes reported and those that go unreported are on the rise. Information circulating among the public, although at times can be unreliable, seem to be the only form of public awareness...

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Douse that hazardous habit

2014-04-09 OPEN burning is one of the biggest concerns affecting Brunei’s environment. In order to live in safe and healthier surroundings, one needs to control worsening pollution issues. I fully support that open burning be stopped. Despite the authorities...

Recent mosque thefts put security measures in doubt

2014-04-09 IT IS saddening to learn that another bout of mosque thefts has recently taken place. What is even more saddening is the fact that these happened after authorities told the Legislative Council – the country’s most public forum and among the highest...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Vocational training the key to curb joblessness

2014-04-08 IT IS sad to learn that there were 14,461 locals who were unemployed in the Sultanate according to unemployment data in January 2014 (The Brunei Times, March 27, 2014). I believe the Sultanate needs to modernise vocational training institutions by...

Monday, 7 April 2014

Displeasure over poor customer service

2014-04-07 Dear Editor,  I WISH to voice my displeasure over poor customer experience I had recently with a trip to a furniture store in Batu Bersurat. I was looking for a single chair for my home, so I thought I'd check out this store as it is quite large...

Disappointment at JKR’s poor feedback to customers

2014-04-07 Dear Editor,  SINCE mid-December, there have been frequent disruptions to the water supply to residents in parts of Kampung Tanah Jambu. Often, a call to the very pleasant operators at 140 will result in a water tanker delivery within an hour or...

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Airport needs more improvement with facilities and shops

2014-04-05 Dear Editor,  I’M REALLY impressed by how the Brunei International Airport has turned out. Every-thing’s so shiny, and everyone’s so helpful! However, about a month ago, I met a few foreigners in transit who weren’t too impressed. Particularly...

Friday, 4 April 2014

Youth deserve on-the-job training programme

2014-04-04 I WOULD like to comment on an article titled “Education key to curb joblessness” published in The Brunei Times on Thursday, March 27, 2014. It's encouraging to read the remarks made by Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi, Permanent Secretary of...

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Government must reform inefficient public services

2014-04-03 Dear Editor,  THIS is referring to an article titled “Reform gov’t to improve services” published in your esteemed newspaper on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. It is encouraging to know that a senior official from the Public Service Department called...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Brunei Museums Dep’t responds

2014-04-02 Dear Editor,  WITH reference to the letter “Disappointed with attitude of elderly receptionist at embroidery exhibition” by K K, Brunei-Muara dated March 13, 2014. Firstly, we thank KK for visiting the Embroidery Exhibition currently held at the...

Invite more Islamic scholars for lectures

2014-04-02 Dear Editor,  I'M a big fan of listening to lectures on Islamic topics online via YouTube. I have to say that they really have a knack for explaining matters related to Islam. While I do have some religious knowledge as I've attended religious...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Need to promote etiquette among civil servants

2014-04-01 Dear Editor, CIVIL servants need to know what civil servants stand for and, in fact, some need to realise the term and its significance. What I mean here is etiquette. In essence, etiquette is a code of behaviour expected to be conducted within...

Monday, 31 March 2014

Staying united in face of adversity

2014-03-31 Dear Editor,  THE three part series of opinion “We united can fight for our country” by Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim (The Brunei Times, March 19-21, 2014) is truly a welcoming reminder to us...

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Prison food budget luxurious

2014-03-29 THE $3.56 million prison food bill reported in The Brunei Times article dated March 23, 2014, on page A12, begs some outrage. It translates to a daily food costs of more than $18 on each of the 543 inmates in Brunei. The last time I spent $18 a...

Getting more youth in PKBN

2014-03-29 I READ with interest the “Mandatory PKBN for male youth proposed at LegCo” article that was published in The Brunei Times on March 21. I have to agree with the proposal made by Yang Berhormat Datin Paduka Hajah Zasia Sirin during the 10th LegCo...

Friday, 28 March 2014

Glow sticks bad for Earth Hour

2014-03-28 Dear Editor,  I WOULD like to refer to your piece, “Earth Hour Set for March 29”, published on 27 March 2014. I am very glad to see that Brunei has fully embraced the spirit of Earth Hour, and am looking forward to “lights out” on the night. So...

Drones a safety concern

2014-03-28 Dear Editor,  I WOULD like to bring to your attention a current recreational trend that seems to be picking up lately and is a hot hobby right now amongst gadget fanatics — the Dji Phantom 2. It is a miniature affordable flying drone that is...

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Call for Chung Hwa BSB to reveal potential fee hike %

2014-03-27 Dear Editor,  I WOULD like to ask Chung Hwa Middle School’s board of directors, when will we know whether there will be a fee hike, and what is the approximate rate are we expecting? There have been rumours going around that the fee hike would be...

Kudos for publishing letter disparaging BT

2014-03-27 Dear Editor,  AS A new guest in the Sultanate, I feel cautious about expressing any opinions about controversial matters. Who knows what the consequences may be if my comments are misinterpreted as being overly critical? Therefore I am heartened...

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