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Suasana Bandar Brunei Suatu Ketika Dahulu

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Suasana Bandar Brunei suatu ketika dahulu
December 30, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

BANYAK kenangan dan sejarah lama sudah jauh berlalu meninggalkan kita yang kini hanya tinggal menjadi ristaan. Penulis masih ingat suasana ibu kota, Bandar Brunei pada zaman dahulu yang masih segar dalam ingatan.

Pada ketika itu, masyarakat tinggal jauh dari bandar, terutamanya masyarakat di Kampung Lamunin, Sengkurong, Jerudong, Kilanas dan lainnya merasa sukar untuk turun ke bandar.

Mereka ini biasanya datang ke Bandar Brunei menaiki bas seawal pagi lagi dengan membawa hasil jualan mereka. Antara barangan yang dijual pada masa itu ialah buah-buahan, sayur-sayuran, kuih-muih tempatan seperti kelupis beras kebun, wajid, tapai dan bermacam-macam lagi. Manakala ubat-ubatan asli puak Kedayan juga turut dijual di sana.

Tempat berjaja masyarakat pada ketika itu adalah di kawasan lapang Panggung Borneo berhadapan dengan Kampung Sultan Lama selain daripada Pasar Tamu Hujung Minggu. Bagi masyarakat Ci…

Sejarah Kenangan Kampong Ayer

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Sejarah kenangan Kampong Ayer
September 30, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

MENURUT cerita daripada orang-orang tua asal penduduk Kampong Ayer bahawa kampung ini sudah wujud lebih lima ratus tahun dahulu. Ini juga berdasarkan daripada sejarah lama dan warisan yang ditinggalkan oleh nenek moyang mereka suatu ketika dahulu.

Dalam awal tahun 1950-an, sebahagian kawasan Kampung Sumbiling Lama dan Kampung Bukit Salat telah dipindahkan ke tebing sungai berdekatan dengan Jambatan Rangas Lama. Ini adalah kerana untuk memberi laluan kepada kerja-kerja pembinaan Masjid Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien pada ketika itu. Jambatan Rangas adalah jambatan terawal pada masa itu bagi kemudahan perhubungan menyeberangi Sungai Kedayan menuju Kampung Pusar Ulak.

Manakala Kampung Ujong Bukit dan Kampung Sungai Kedayan (juga dikenali sebagai ‘Kampung Pandai Emas’) adalah kampung terawal yang mahir dalam bidang perusahaan tembaga asli Brunei. Menurut cerita orang-orang tua dahulu, tempat asal bidang pembuatan ema…

Rich Brunei Heritage Offers Good Backdrop for Writing

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Rich Brunei heritage offers good backdrop for writing
February 15, 2018

| Danial Norjidi |

IN BRUNEI’S rich heritage, there are many ideas, tales, stories and characters that can be used as a backdrop and background for writing.

Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, a local writer and Adjunct Professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, yesterday said this while delivering a keynote address at the launch of the 1st Writers Conference.

“Ever since the invention of printing, books have been the medium of choice, providing an opening into the imaginative world of others and enabling us to enrich ourselves with their creativity,” he said.

“Books play a significant role in our life. They say that ‘When you open a book, you open a new world’. I believe that everyone would agree with this statement as books have become inevitable to mankind. For the majority of people, books are part of their everyday life.”

“Books are packed with knowledge, insights into a happy life…

First Writers Conference in Brunei

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Writers Conference opens first chapter
February 15, 2018

| Danial Norjidi |

THE 1st Writers Conference was launched yesterday by the Cottage and Youth Initiative Programme (CYiP).

The two-day conference features an exhibition, coffee chats, workshops and pop-up booths at the Knowledge Hub (KHub) Lobby in Anggerek Desa.

CYiP Principal Mentor Captain (Rtd) Zailan bin Pehin Dato Mohd Don delivered welcoming remarks during the launch at the Design and Technology Building.

Meanwhile, in her speech Norhayati binti Haji Abu Bakar, Senior Mentor of Social Economy at CYiP, shared that CYiP – established in November 2016 – aims to create market access for quality Brunei products to penetrate the global market, with the objective of producing successful business leaders by creating a business environment and influencing the export products for other people to participate, to create high quality products by promoting sales brands and facilitate supply chains for sustainable production.

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HM Sultan Brunei: Country Comes First

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His Majesty: Country comes first
February 8, 2018

| Azlan Othman |

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam said yesterday that the Cabinet Ministers and government officials have to think about the long-term future of the country rather than focus on their own self-interest.

In a hard-hitting titah delivered at a special meeting with the newly appointed Cabinet Ministers at the Istana Nurul Iman, His Majesty said to be a good leader, one must strongly stick to the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) principle and not be a leader who is ‘intoxicated’ with power, who does everything for self-interest and not for the country.

His Majesty said among the signs of an ‘intoxicated’ leader is being cunning by setting up plans or strategies for selfish reasons such as cronyism and nepotism, and for the strengthening of position and power.

The monarch …

Brunei Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries (8 February 2018)

The list of Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries in the Brunei Government as of 8 February 2018 with the appointment of two new Permanent Secretaries and the transfer of two others as follows:

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PERMANENT SECRETARIES

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Pengiran Datin Shazainah bte Pg Dato Paduka Shariffudin (International)*
Md Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Haji Md Azmi bin Haji Hanifah (Energy and Industry)
Haji Kamaluddin bin Bongsu (Manpower and SHENA)
Lt Col (R) Pengiran Sazali bin Pengiran Yakob (Security)
Haji Mohd Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim (Law and Welfare)

Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Capt (Rtd) Abdul Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar

Ministry of Finance (MOF)
Norliah bte Kula (Performance)*

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Datin Tan Bee Yong*
Dato Paduka Haji Matnor bin Haji Jeludin
Emaleen bte Abdul Rahman Teo*
Hajah Siti Norishan bte Hj Abd Ghafor*

Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)
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Ministry of Religious Affairs …

Latest Permanent Secretaries and Deputies List (After Cabinet Reshuffle January 2018)

The list of Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries in the Brunei Government as of 1 February 2018 is as follows:

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PERMANENT SECRETARIES

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)

Pengiran Datin Shazainah bte Pg Dato Paduka Shariffudin (International)*
Md Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Haji Md Azmi bin Haji Hanifah (Energy and Industry)
Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohammad (Corporate Affairs and Civil Service)
Haji Kamaluddin bin Bongsu (Manpower and SHENA) 
Lt Col (R) Pengiran Sazali bin Pengiran Yakob (Security)


Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Capt (Rtd) Abdul Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar

Ministry of Finance (MOF)

Norliah bte Kula (Performance)*

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Datin Tan Bee Yong*
Dato Paduka Haji Matnor bin Haji Jeludin
Sheikh Haji Fadilah bin Sheikh Haji Ahmad
Emaleen bte Abdul Rahman Teo*

Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)
-vacant-

Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA)
Dato Seri Setia Haji Abd Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Ha…

New book chronicles 50 years of Brunei’s development

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New book chronicles 50 years of Brunei’s development
January 29, 2018

| Rokiah Mahmud |

YAYASAN Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah launched a newly published book titled ‘Kegemilangan Pemerintahan: Kumpulan Artikel Sempena Jubli Emas Pemerintahan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam (1967-2017)’ at the Jawatan Dalam Hall of the Brunei History Centre, Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday.

Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman in his capacity as Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors, officiated the launch ceremony.

The minister also officially opened the Annual General Meeting of the Brunei History Association (PESEBAR).

The new book was published by Yayasan with coordination from PESEBAR. The 384-page book contains 20 articles written and contributed by members of PESEBAR, lecturers, teachers, higher educ…

Brunei History Association Elects New Executive Committee

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Brunei History Assn elects new executive committee
January 31, 2018

| Wani Roslan |

THE Brunei History Association (PESEBAR) elected its executive committee members for the term 2018-2019 during its 7th General Meeting at Jawatan Dalam Hall of Brunei History Centre in the capital last Sunday.

Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Haji Awang Yahya bin Haji Ibrahim was re-elected as the chairman of the association.

Other re-elected committee members were Dr Haji Awang Mohd Yusop bin Haji Awang Damit (Deputy Chairman), Associate Professor Dr Haji Asbol bin Haji Mail (Secretary General), Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong (Deputy Secretary General) and Hanafi bin Haji Salleh (Treasurer).

Since its formation in 1983, PESEBAR has been actively organising several activities to promote national history among the public including holding seminars and publishing books. The latest book released by the association is titled ‘Kegemilangan Pemerintahan: Kumpulan Art…

BREAKING - NEW BRUNEI CABINET JANUARY 2018

Announced as heard on radio. The new cabinet from 30 January 2018.

MINISTERS

His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam
Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

HRH The Crown Prince
Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa bin Pehin Datu Perdana Menteri Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Ibrahim
Special Advisor to His Majesty and Minister at the Prime Minister's Office (Ministerial Rank)

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong
Minister of Home Affairs

Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman
Minister of Religious Affairs

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Laila Raja Major General (Rtd) Dato…

Brunei Has Been Independent for Centuries

Brunei has been independent for centuries

JANUARY 18, 1958 – His Highness the Sultan explained the difference between a British Protectorate and a British Crown Colony to the people of Labu during a special visit he made there last Sunday.

“A British Colony,” said His Highness, “is a country which is controlled one hundred per cent by the British Officials and whose policies and laws are made by the British Government.

“Brunei is NOT a British Colony,” emphasised the Sultan. This country is your own country and I am your own Sultan and as such I am responsible for the country’s policies which concern the welfare and prosperity of the State.

“Those who assist with the administration of the country are my officials who are mostly local born. There are also British officials seconded from Sarawak and other places who, before being employed in Brunei, must obtain my sanction and the approval of the State Council and also the recommendation of the Public Service Committee.

“The British Gov…

Permanent and Deputy Secretaries in Brunei Government (6 January 2018)

HM Sultan Brunei's Gift to Differently Abled Citizens

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Sultan’s New Year gift for differently abled
January 1, 2018

| Azlan Othman |

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented for the amendment of the Act and Regulations for Pension and Allowance for People with Different Abilities (OKU), with effect from January 1, 2018.

In the New Year titah for 2018 last night, His Majesty said, “We are aware that every individual has different capabilities and advantages. In this context, regarding the welfare of People with Different Abilities. I have consented for the amendment of the Act and Regulations for Pension and Allowance for People with Different Abilities.

“Through this amendment, OKU allowances will also be distributed to eligible recipients aged below 15 at certain rates, and this amendment will take effect starting January 1, 2018.

“Through this amendment, it is hoped that the…