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Bandar Seri Begawan among Top 100 Liveable Cities

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BSB in top league
August 19, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

BANDAR Seri Begawan (BSB) has been ranked as Southeast Asia’s third most liveable city after Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The capital city of Brunei is placed number 100 in a global ranking of most liveable cities.

The latest Global Liveability Ranking released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) this week puts Bandar Seri Begawan ahead of Bangkok (No 102), Manila (No 104), Jakarta (No 118), Hanoi (No 119), Ho Chi Minh City (No 122) and Phnom Penh (No 123), thanks mainly to improvements in infrastructure.

“Half of the improving cities are based in Asia where Shanghai, BSB, Phnom Penh and Colombo saw improvements in their rankings in the past year, which the survey attributed largely to infrastructural improvements and broadening cultural availability,” EIU said in its report.

BSB’s latest ranking shows an improvement over last two years. The Sultanate’s capital ranked 101 in 2016 and 2015.

Commenting on the report, an exp…

Brunei History - Splitting Pelompong Spit for Muara Port

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It was on 8 July 1967 when it was reported that the Pelompong Spit will be split to allow ships to pass through to the new Muara Port.


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The split spit port plan

JULY 8, 1967 – A canal will be cut through Pelompong Spit to give ocean going ships access to Brunei’s new deepwater port at Muara.

Test drilling for foundations has begun on the proposed site of the port works. It will soon be extended across the spit and out to sea to check that there is no rock formation to interfere with the course of the canal and its approach channel.

Drilling is also under way on Pulau Muara Besar opposite the port site. The western side of the island may be developed to handle repair facilities for shipping using the port.

The port scheme prepared for the Government by its consultants, Sir Bruce White, Wolfe Barry and Partners, provides for more than 1,5000 ft of berthage.

However, the overall scheme foresees much bigger development. Provision is made for oil storage tanks behind the wharves for sh…

Brunei: 10 Students to1 Teacher Ratio

Every 10 students have a teacher in Brunei
August 18, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

ON AVERAGE, there were 10 students to a teacher across schools in Brunei Darussalam last year, according to the 2016 Education Statistics and Indicators Handbook from the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The statistics, which was revealed this week, showed that last year saw an average of 443 students and 44 teachers per school. As of last year, the number of schools stood at 252, while the number of students totaled 111,698 and teachers 10,985.

Brunei-Muara District surpassed other districts with 158 schools, 85,846 students and 8,188 teachers; followed by Tutong (with 42 schools, 9,483 students and 1,109 teachers); Belait (38 schools, 14,407 students and 1,436 teachers) and Temburong (14 schools, 1,962 students and 252 teachers).

There were 192 pre-primary and primary schools last year (compared to 195 in 2015), while the secondary and sixth form centres maintained at 40 schools for both 2016 and 2015.

Brunei-Russia Law Enforcement Cooperation

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Brunei, Russia discuss law enforcement cooperation
August 18, 2017

MINISTER of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and General of the Police of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev recently held a working meeting with Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohd Jammy bin Haji Muhd Shah Al-Islam

Kolokoltsev focussed on the expansion of collaboration between the Russian MIA and colleagues from Southeast Asia which was promoted by granting in 2014 the Russian party the status of a dialogue partner to the Association of National Police Forces of the Asean region, which includes Brunei Darussalam.

According to the minister, the comprehensive cooperation is developing, including within Russia-Asean meetings of senior executives on combating transnational crime, the Working Group on Combating International Terrorism, the Asean Regional Forum on Security and Aseanapol.

From September 11 – 15, the Russian MIA delegation will take part in the 3…

Brunei's Tremendous Contribution to ASEAN

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Kudos to Brunei’s ‘tremendous contribution’ to Asean
August 18, 2017

| Danial Norjidi |

BRUNEI Darussalam is important in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and will continue to make a tremendous positive contribution to the grouping.

Dr Surin Pitsuwan, the former secretary-general of Asean and former foreign minister of Thailand, shared this with the Bulletin on the sidelines of the recent Asean Media Forum in Manila, the Philippines. Asked for his thoughts on Brunei’s role in Asean, he said, “I think the fact that you get along with everyone well and the leadership has been long-lasting in collecting a lot of experiences, would give Brunei a continued contributing role into the Asean process.

“It’s very important. Size is not decisive,” he said, noting the ideas and initiatives that come from Brunei. “Brunei will continue to make a tremendous positive contribution to Asean.”

Dr Pitsuwan was one of the featured speakers at the Asean Media Forum that took place…

Brunei: Simplifying Motorcar Accident Claims

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MCG comes into force
August 15, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

BRUNEI began official implementation of the Motor Claims Guidelines (MCG) for motor vehicle accidents yesterday.

The guidelines were introduced to “speed up the clearing of accident scenes and expedite the settlement of insurance claims,” according to Acting Director of Land Transport, Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud yesterday.

It is normal to see – in the event of an accident in this country – motorists from both lanes slowing down their vehicles to check and have a look on who is/are involved in the accident, and this creates traffic jams, causing employees to arrive late for work,” Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal pointed out.

“On average it takes a maximum of 110 minutes to disperse an accident. This includes contacting the police, conducting of accident assessment by the police, waiting for the tow truck, and placing the vehicle on the tow truck.

“Accidents will not be covered under the MCG if they inv…

Brunei has Unique Advantages with Regional Countries and Beyond

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Brunei has unique advantages with regional countries and beyond
August 14, 2017

| Danial Norjidi |

BRUNEI is an important member of Asean, as well as an active promoter and contributor to regional peace, development and prosperity.

This was said by Yang Xiuping, the Secretary-General of the Asean-China Centre (ACC) in a speech during the Trade Dialogue on ‘Asean Beyond 50: Benefits, Opportunities and Challenges’ at the International Convention Centre in Berakas over the weekend.

She said, “Brunei has unique advantages in economic cooperation with the regional countries and beyond.

“In recent years, encouraged by the Belt and Road initiatives, more and more Chinese investors are cooperating with their Brunei counterparts in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, energy, logistics and other areas which have achieved fruitful results.”

“The ACC would like to cooperate with friends from Brunei and other Asean member countries and its dialogue partners to further promote Asean-…