Sunday, 28 August 2016

Good neighbourly relations

2016-08-28 IN EARLY September, China will host the 2016 G20 Leaders’ Summit in its scenic city of Hangzhou. But soon afterwards, it will hold a high-level event with the ASEAN, to take place in Vientiane, capital of Laos. Big power club is for swopping ideas...

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Asia’s chase for Olympic gold is on

2016-08-20 SHOCK and awe just about sums up the stunning achievement of young Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling at the Rio Olympics. His victory is classic David beating Goliath; he was the underdog from a tiny country that had never won an Olympic gold...

Saturday, 13 August 2016

ASEAN should not drop the ball

2016-08-13 A FEW days ago, I sat down with Mr Dwight Hutchins, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore, to discuss the chamber’s 2017 Asean Business Outlook Survey. Published in collaboration with the US Chamber of Commerce and...

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Asia and ISIS brand of terror

2016-08-09 WHILE the Middle Eastern battlefields of Iraq and Syria may have seen the worst atrocities committed by the self-styled ISIS militant group, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, countries far beyond this region have felt the shockwaves of...

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Has the poison done its work?

2016-07-09 THIS week and in the midst of news of far greater moment from around Asia, India is being asked to focus its energies on the latest instalment of a long-running soap opera that ought either to have ended or been taken off the air a few years ago...

Saturday, 2 July 2016

More Brexit-shockers ahead

2016-07-02 THE shock waves triggered by Britain’s decision to quit Europe continue to reverberate around the world, including here in Asia.  It should prompt some soul-searching among the key players: politicians, pollsters, pundits, as well as voters. For...

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

India’s ‘Look East’ policy pays off

2016-04-26 IT’S a telling shift in how India has come to view its Eastern neighbours – particularly those in the Southeast Asian region – and the strategic and economic possibilities they can bring amidst a sluggish global economy.At the turn of the 21st...

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Claim on zero road fatalities questioned

2014-12-20 RESPECTFULLY, I refer to your reports “Land Transport White Paper set out and Brunei can achieve zero traffic deaths”, published in The Brunei Times (December 16, 2014). As Muslims we take great exception to this human “technical assurance/...

A reflection on my time in Brunei

2014-12-20 THIS coming week, after more than three-and-a-half years in Brunei as US Ambassador, I will return to the United States of America to continue my career with the US Department of State. As I depart, I would like to offer a few memories and...

Monday, 15 December 2014

Gaining businessand goodwill

2014-12-15 SINGAPORE Airlines did the right thing in honouring the tickets of about 400 passengers who had bought business-class seats at economy-class prices as a result of a computer glitch.For the customers, it was a generous “present”; to the airline, it...

The tsunami and its aftermath

2014-12-15 WHEN a tsunami engulfed Indonesia’s Aceh a decade ago, it not only killed tens of thousands of people but also wiped the slate clean in the conflict-racked, poverty-stricken province and paved the way for peace.The province on the northern tip of...

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Asia soldiers on to beat polio

2014-10-25 THE GOAL is an ambitious one – to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Towards this end, the multi-sector Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is bringing out the big guns, sparing no expense to ensure that “every last child” is immunised...

Monday, 22 September 2014

'The social stepping stone', also known as school

2014-09-22 ONE of the first few milestones in my life that did not involve doctors, needles or the promise of reincarnated lower limbs was school. This idea had lingered in my mind for the longest time.  I was convinced it would be more worth my while than...

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Let's talk about stairs, maybe?

2014-09-04 IF YOU have the option, take the stairs. So much has been said about the benefits of using the stairs instead of taking the less strenuous option of the elevator. For starters, it gets you to where you need to go faster. No need to wait around for...

Saturday, 30 August 2014

What regulations apply to cars sold in Sultanate

2014-08-30 IT WAS good to read the Land Transport Authorities’ speedy reply to a letter enquiring which standards applied to motorcycle helmets, and various recent British and Singapore safety standards were referred to.Now, how about the regulations for...

DES clarification on power disruption

2014-08-30 THE Department of Electrical Services (DES) refers to the letter on “Power Disruption in Kiulap/ Regent Square” occurred on 15th August 2014.First and foremost, we would like to record our sincere apology to the writer and those inconvenienced by...

Friday, 29 August 2014

How social media saved a young Bruneian soul

2014-08-29 ON THE weekend of August 16, a mother's plea for help made its way across social media – a plea that would inevitably save her son's life. Four-year-old Muhd Darwisyh Hamizan Juhar is diagnosed with congenital Cerebral Palsy – a condition that...

Friday, 22 August 2014

Brunei students’ prayer answered

2014-08-22 THE announcement of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Royal nod to the education loan will be an answered prayer to many who wish to pursue their studies abroad but could not qualify for government scholarship. This...

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A prayer room, meeting room and toilet are not breastfeeding rooms

2014-08-21 ONCE again, I drag myself to the prayer room with my instruments and begin my pumping ritual. As I start pumping milk for my four-month-old daughter, I take a deep breath from all the pressures of work and feel the milk start to flow. Because, you...

Monday, 18 August 2014

Brunei needs cyber security personnel

2014-08-18 CYBER threats and cyber security were the main topics of discussion this week in Las Vegas at Black Hat and Def Con, two of the world's largest gatherings for security professionals and hackers. Dan Geer, who works for In-Q-Tel, a venture capital...