Opinion

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...

Friday, 15 August 2014

Lauding His Majesty’s leadership

2014-08-15 THAT Bruneians love very much their leader, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, is a fact that none can deny. In today’s world, there are still countries where their people always pray or offer ‘doas’ for the health,...

Childish squabble between neighbours

2014-08-15       I REMEMBER having petty tiffs with my neighbour during our childhood days when we disagreed on things, or rules on how to play a game. It’s the “I don’t friend you anymore” kind of squabbles, and we stop talking for a few days, or even...

Monday, 21 July 2014

Jerudong Park comes alive again

2014-07-21 THERE was a time when weekends meant carousel rides, go-karting, dancing fountains and the occasional superstar singing songs from yesteryear. It was 1994 when Jerudong Park Playground first opened its gates and left the people of Brunei and those...

Monday, 14 July 2014

Western media and art of distorting narrative

2014-07-14 “ISRAEL under renewed Hamas attack”, says BBC while CNN headline is more dramatic “Rockets rain on southern Israel”. The front page of USA Today reads “Israel: rocket fired every ten minutes” and “How Hamas reached deeper into Israel”. The New York...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

A worthy move on Syariah Law

2014-06-05 A GROUP of young Bruneians are signing a declaration today in a symbolic gesture of support for the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013. This is a welcome development coming from the youth who vow to voice out their unwavering...

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Gender crimes

2014-06-04 BADAUN, a district town, some 300km from Lucknow, capital of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, renowned for producing India’s best lyricists and poets, took a beating last week. Two teenage Dalit, lowest caste in Indian social hierarchy,...

Monday, 2 June 2014

TPP could be anti-Islamic banking

2014-06-02 THE introduction of Syariah law on May 1 in Brunei is another step in the country’s bid towards becoming a Zikir nation, but that could spell more potential trouble for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has already seen more than 20 rounds...

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