Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Concern on reintegration of CDC into RIPAS Hospital

2016-04-13 A FEW days ago my son’s therapist at the Child Development Centre (CDC) informed me that the centre will soon cease to exist and that all health professionals and staff under the centre will be integrated back into Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha...

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The role of private firms in growth

2016-04-12 I FOLLOW the stories appearing in the Opinion columns of The Brunei Times and usually come across the refrain: “Has the relevant authorities done anything about this?” It seems like there are so many agencies popping up from the government because...

Monday, 11 April 2016

Solution to save HSBC staff

2016-04-11 IT HAS happened again. The reference is to the report “HSBC winding down Brunei business” in The Brunei Times dated April 6 and April 7, 2016). I begin with this curt expression on a very serious financial-economic subject: The adverse...

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Step up vigil against open burning

2016-04-09 I WOULD like to bring to your attention the incessant issue of open burning which has been a topic of discussion for years. As if the haze currently affecting the country due to forest fires and peat land fires wasn’t bad enough, the problem is...

Friday, 8 April 2016

Making businesses more competitive in Brunei and beyond

2016-04-08 WE REFER to the Letter to The Editor entitled “Need to spur new business ideas” by Aspiring Entrepreneur published in The Brunei Times dated April 5, 2016. DARe would like to take this opportunity to thank Aspiring Entrepreneur for highlighting the...

Kudos to Pelangi FM radio station

2016-04-08 I AM writing to applaud one of our local radio broadcasters, Pelangi FM to be specific. As for the reader’s information, I haven’t really been listening to the radio except when I am in car, driving. However, on a Friday recently, right after the...

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Kampong Ayer and the poetics of nostalgia

2016-04-07 THE article published on page A4 of The Brunei Times on Monday, April 4, 2016: “Tourism products can help preserve Brunei’s Kampong Ayer culture,” ends on a nostalgic note. This article will surely tug at the heart-strings of senior citizens and...

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Concerted effort to fight NCDs

2016-04-06 IT’S good to know that our country is in the right direction regarding health care as reflected in the report “Brunei most progressive ASEAN country in combating Non-Communicable Diseases” that appeared in The Brunei Times on Tuesday. I read a...

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Need to spur new business ideas

2016-04-05 I RECENTLY read an article published in your paper documenting the sad reality of the cube businesses that are struggling in a saturated market. I was thinking if Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), the agency responsible for SME growth, has done...

Monday, 4 April 2016

Need to be alert over El Niño effects

2016-04-04 THE United Nations has aired the warning that countries should prepare against heat waves and ruthless droughts. And with the droughts, the livelihood of both farmers and fishermen are also in peril. In my home country, the Philippines, it breaks...

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Referees need to be shown more respect

2016-04-02 I REFER to a story in The Brunei Times titled ‘Football progressing well’ published on Wednesday, March 30. While FIFA Technical Development Officer for Southeast Asia and East Asia Lim Kim Chon was right to praise the country’s progress in...

Friday, 1 April 2016

Pakistan High Commissioner burglary case resolved

2016-04-01 THE thieves involved in the burglary at the Envoy’s residence were finally nabbed by the Brunei Police. Most of the items except cash and jewellery were recovered and handed over to the Envoy at his residence. The Mission thanks the Brunei Police...

Preconceived notions about tourists could be avoided

2016-04-01 Dear Editor, WITH reference to the report ‘Villagers still hesitant to rent out rooms for homestays’ published in Brunei Times on March 31, I would like to point out that with a bit of proper guidance and encouragement the situation could be...

Thursday, 31 March 2016

How reliable are teacher observations?

2016-03-31 WITH reference to the new Teacher Performance Appraisal as a tool to evaluate teachers’ performance, I would like to address a few issues. How reliable is it? Recently my teaching way was observed by my head of department. When I asked her for...

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A pat for Ultraman show organiser

2016-03-30 I WOULD like to laud the Human Capacity Building Consultancy (HCBC) and the creators of the Ultraman franchise, Tsuburaya Productions Co, for the success of the live show of Ultraman in Brunei. Last week, I had the chance to watch the first ever...

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Cooperatives spur nation’s growth

2016-03-29 I APPRECIATE the idea floated by ‘Supporter of OVOP, Gadong’ in the letter published in The Brunei Times dated March 18, 2016 in which it was asked whether it was “Time to have a cooperative to help promote our One Village One Products (OVOP) under...

Monday, 28 March 2016

Weathering the coming storm

2016-03-28 WHILE it was good to see the recent report in The Brunei Times that the government plans to use IT to promote tourism, I hope its main focus will be building up the tourism-related infrastructure that’s badly needed as an alternative revenue source...

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Need for sports camps during school vacation

2016-03-26 I WOULD like to refer to the report ‘Shooting Stars hold basketball camp’ published in The Brunei Times (March 24, 2016). I want to commend Shooting Stars Brunei Basketball and their sponsors for organising the three-day school holiday basketball...

Friday, 25 March 2016

Complaint on unorganised college

2016-03-25 I AM a student in one of the private colleges in the capital. I must say I have never experienced or heard of any other higher education institution that is as unorganised as the college I am currently attending. There are the last minute...

Not only residents, developers also do open burning

2016-03-25 IN RESPONSE to your article regarding the fires at Brunei-Muara and Belait and today’s letter to the editor “Please, stop opening burning practice”, I encounter a regular inconvenience at my residence in Anggerek Desa when the neighbours burn brush...