Letters to the Editor

Monday, 16 March 2015

More healthy food needed at hospital

2015-03-16 RECENTLY I visited our lovely main hospital RIPAS in Bandar. I decided to have lunch in the canteen as I had a little time after my appointment. I find a few things quite amiss in this supposedly health-promoting environment. Firstly, trying to...

Neighbour, please have a heart

2015-03-16 I AM writing to share my frustration on what happened to me a few days ago. I went home after a long day at work just to find out that one of the residents who is living on the other side of the road was singing the “Sakitnya tuh disini” song for...

Saturday, 14 March 2015

The right balance between sports and academics

2015-03-14 I READ with interest your article regarding the questionable academic performance of students of the Sports School and I am writing this as a student taking part actively in sports since quite a few years ago. I understand the challenges that...

Friday, 13 March 2015

Feeling unsafe after break-ins

2015-03-13 I AM writing this to let the public know of how unsafe my family and I are feeling. We had a break-in at our home (which doesn’t feel like home anymore), not once, but two nights in a row. Cars, along with other small items, were stolen. The...

Painful to use ATMs

2015-03-13 I RECENTLY opened a bank account with HSBC in Brunei and used one of their ATMs. I found the experience extremely painful and inconvenient. I was very surprised to find a hard transparent cover placed over the keypad on the machine which makes it...

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Free WiFi in restaurants is an avoidable distraction

2015-03-12 I RECENTLY went out to a restaurant with a friend. Moments after we settled into our seats my friend whipped out his phone and began using it. When I asked him why he needed to use the phone at that moment he said that the restaurant provided free...

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Telecast Brunei team’s overseas qualifying match

2015-03-11 AS ARDENT sports enthusiasts, we would like to know if our national television broadcaster, RTB, would broadcast live Brunei national team’s qualifying match with Chinese Taipei on Thursday (March 12, 2015). At this stage, Brunei’s FIFA ranking is...

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Drivers ignoring child safety norms

2015-03-10 WHILE queuing at a traffic light yesterday, I was horrified to notice that the vehicle behind me was being driven by a woman carrying a baby on her left arm. The baby seemed to be about six or seven months and the woman looked like she was clearly...

Monday, 9 March 2015

Museums dep’t reacts to letter

2015-03-09 WITH regard to the letter published in The Brunei Times ( March 6, 2015) titled “What has happened to the public buildings?” by “Speechless”. The “Speechless” visitor found the Malay Technology Museum closed and very run down. The museum has...

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Parents, ensure your children’s safety first

2015-03-07 I NORMALLY travel along Jalan Muara on a daily basis and generally road users in the area are considerate and drive within the speed limit. However, of late, I notice parents and guardians allowing their children to poke their heads out of the...

Check your Internet speed

2015-03-07 LAST month, I upgraded my Internet speed to from 1Mbps to 3.5Mbps after the new broadband pricing plans for high speed broadband (HSBB) was announced by TelBru. It is now March and the new subscription plan is in effect. Although the new plans has...

Friday, 6 March 2015

What has happened to the public buildings?

2015-03-06 I HAVE relatives visiting from Europe. March 1 (Sunday) was a good day. We visited Muara Port, where Royal Thai Navy vessels were docked. After lunch, we parked our car on Jalan Residency and travelled by water taxi to Kampong Ayer and watched His...

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...

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