Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

There are trades that require foreign workers

2014-06-11 I REFER to your article published in The Brunei Times dated May 29, 2014. According to the Acting Commissioner of Labour, a company that employs more foreign workers than locals has to pay a levy of $480 per entry of a foreign worker for a two-...

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Driving home the perils of plastic bags

2014-06-10 I APPLAUD your recent Youth Speak supplement for bringing up the subject of extending Brunei’s current ban on plastic carrier bags on the weekend to everyday of the week. Every one of the young people interviewed supported the proposal, but some...

Monday, 9 June 2014

Workplace gyms a good gesture

2014-06-09 LATELY, it has been noticed that a number of schools and ministries launching their own fitness centres. This, in my opinion, is a wonderful step towards promoting a healthy lifestyle and I praise the relevant institutions and agencies that have...

Need for new car licence system

2014-06-09 IT HAS been quite some time now that the new motorcycle licence system is in place, and while I do applaud it, I think the Land Transport Department should look at doing the same for cars. Some new car owners or those who are still relatively...

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Will new labour quota rules up prices?

2014-06-07 THE new policies recently introduced by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) to cap the number of quotas for foreign workers in Brunei Darussalam, that are meant to open up more job opportunities for the locals, is a welcoming move. The local...

Disappointment over poor customer service

2014-06-07 RECENTLY I went to the TAIB Bank to sort out some mortgage loans and I went straight from work. I had arrived at the bank around 3.45pm and it was stated to close at 4pm. Once inside the person at the desk asked for the purpose and reason for my...

Friday, 6 June 2014

Energy efficiency drive for gov’t offices sought

2014-06-06 CAN the authorities at the Energy Department explain to me why if I drive at night nearby government buildings there are quite a number which have their lights turned on? There are quite a number of them that do this, and I do realise that tall...

More speed cameras need to be installed

2014-06-06 EVER since the demerit system was enforced, there was a change in attitude in driving among the road users in terms of speed in view of road safety. However, this can only be seen when there is a warning by the other road users on the opposite lane...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

LETTER: Defending the Syariah Law

2014-06-05 DEAR Editor, Respectfully, I begin this involved letter by placing the top priority to the following selected verses of the Quran from the quoted Surahs thus: i. ".....This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour to you...

Defending the Syariah Law - 3

2014-06-05 ORANG kata: 2+2=5, 2x2=7, kitani terus percaya! Hence, this observation: “JATUH MENJATUH BUDAYA MELAYU” (Ref: Utusan Malaysia, 5 March, 2002). The ISLAMIC brotherhood highlighted in the Quran is irrelevant to us! And ponder on this: Mr Crawford,...

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Defending the Syariah Law - 2

2014-06-04 SOME estimates say that by the year 2020, Muslims will make up nearly half of all Europeans, not to mention a substantial part of the population of the Americans. (Ref: “Why ISLAM?” by Mrs K Sherman, a native of New York.) “According to the World...

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Defending the Syariah Law - 1

2014-06-03 RESPECTFULLY, I begin this involved letter by placing the top priority to the following selected Verses of the Quran from the quoted Surahs thus: i. “.....This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour to you and chosen...

Monday, 2 June 2014

Plea for inclusive schools for special needs individuals

2014-06-02 IT IS an extra challenge for parents of specials needs individuals such as myself to find an appropriate private and inclusive school to send our children to. In my experience, the few times that I went to schools and enquire, it was mostly a...

Saturday, 31 May 2014

NFABD hailed for promoting football

2014-05-31 I would like to thank the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) for organising the “Asian Football Confederation Grassroots Football Day” festival in the Tutong district recently. As a teacher in one of the primary schools in...

Encouraging budding Brunei filmmakers

2014-05-31 THIS is an exciting time for cinephiles in Brunei. The country’s first feature film, “Yasmine”, is about to be released and Abd Khabir Zainidi’s “Lobak” won the dubious distinction of being the weirdest short film at Cannes (The Brunei Times, May...

Friday, 30 May 2014

Museums Department responds to complaint on National Museum closure

2014-05-30 WE REFER to the article “Why is the National Museum closed?” by Museum Lover, on your paper dated May 26, 2014. We take note of query by Museum Lover. The museum is undergoing major external repair works and some internal restoration works in the...

It’s time for gov’t to issue healthy restaurant labels!

2014-05-30 I REFER to your recent article entitled “Watch what you eat at restos” by Syazwana Souyono, which really caught my eye. Kudos to your reporters in raising the awareness of healthy eating and living. Personally, I observe the mushrooming of...

Concern on faded greeting billboards outside the airport

2014-05-30 UPON arrival at the Brunei International Airport, I was of course impressed at how modern the airport now looks. It has all the facilities of a world class airport, but on a smaller scale. Nevertheless the first impression I’m sure many tourists...

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Indignation over road-lines in Kuala Belait

2014-05-29 A CONFUSING set of road-dividing lines at the ‘Teko & Cawan’ (Kettle & Cups) roundabout, Pandan 5, Kuala Belait, has been raising questions and curiosity among road users. First, these confusing road-lines have been there for almost a year...

Time to cut downtrade permit time

2014-05-29 THIS is with regards to your article published in the Business page recently about obtaining licenses and permits to start a business. It was reported that it takes three days in Singapore to register a firm and six days in Malaysia. However, in...

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