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The Independent Newspaper in Brunei Darussalam, Sabah and Sarawak

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    THE economic deficit the nation experienced over the last three years has taught us to make changes, strive to find and exploit new sources of income, and to be more prudent in our spending.

    Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong said this on the final day of the Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting yesterday.

    “We need to face the challenges of the financial crisis and see it as an opportunity to change. We must believe there is wisdom from Allah the Almighty behind all this.

    The post Budget deficit packs valuable lesson appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    THE Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) will continue to ensure rapid growth of output from agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, as well as tourism.

    This was stated by YB Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, in his closing remarks on the 11th day of the 13th Legislative Council (LegCo) session at the LegCo building in Jalan Dewan Majlis yesterday.

    In his speech, the minister highlighted 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’s titah at the opening of this year’s Legislative Council session which called for fresh initiatives to strengthen the country’s economy.

    The post Boosting output MPRT’s new mission appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    |      Azlan Othman      |   THE government has managed to attract foreign investors to the country, and will continue striving to provide an ecosystem conducive to making Brunei Darussalam an attractive foreign direct investment (FDI) destination, in an effort to diversify the national economy, said YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato […]

    The post 17 FDI firms create 1,321 jobs appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    DEVELOPING human resources and promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) based on the principles of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) are crucial to surviving the current economic downturn, said YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office, in his closing speech yesterday at the 13th Legislative Council (LegCo) session.

    The minister highlighted the various efforts made by the Brunei Government to accommodate local MSMEs, including the recent refurbishments made to the Pasar Pelbagai Barangan Gadong and the Tamu Kianggeh, due to the direct intervention of 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 through His Majesty’s Office.

    He cited the significant role played by DARe (Darussalam Entreprise) in building capacity and promoting entrepreneurs, but said that access to financial help is not a comprehensive solution.

    The post Developing human capital based on MIB values crucial appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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  • 03/21/17--17:08: Attention master bakers
  • IN A bid to promote the non oil and gas sector, CubeJunction.com - under the mentorship of the Cottage and Youth Initiative Programme (CYIP) of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brunei Darussalam - will be holding the CubeJunction.com Packed Biscuits and Cakes Ready for Export - National Level Competition 2017.
    Competition details were discussed yesterday during a press conference chaired by Advisor to the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brunei Darussalam Captain (Rtd) Zailan bin Pehin Dato Mohd Don in his capacity as CYIP Principal Mentor.
    Cube Junction Chief Executive Officer Haji Ramlee bin Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Haji Zainuddin, Pentagram Sdn Bhd Founder and Chief Executive Officer Siti Zaleha binti Kifrawi and Cube Junction.com team members were also present at the press conference.

    The post Attention master bakers appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    OFF the back of the recent A- (Stable) ratings affirmation from S&P Global, BIBD was recently awarded the Best Retail Bank in Brunei for the year 2017 by The Asian Banker, retaining the prestigious accolade for a record fifth consecutive year from the region’s leading financial services research, benchmarking and intelligence consultancy.

    The awards ceremony took place at The Asian Banker’s annual Excellence in Retail Financial Services Convention at the Conrad Tokyo in Japan recently. Present to receive the award on behalf of BIBD was Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar, BIBD’s Head of Retail Banking Group.

    According to a press release, the Asian Banker stated that BIBD was commended on its improved retail segments to gain new customers, which reflected on new capabilities on different products and conveniences on multiple platforms. BIBD was also celebrated for its smart branch that reflected a boost in efficiency, distribution network, and segmentation strategies to scale its business. Also highlighted was the bank’s investment on its employees to drive the business growth.

    The post BIBD wins Best Retail Bank in Brunei award appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    IN conjunction with the International Women Day celebration, the Women Graduates Association of Brunei Darussalam (PSW), a non-government organisation of women professionals established 27 years ago, recently organised a group discussion session entitled ‘Kafe Ilmu PSW 2017’ at the StarLodge’s Jupiter Hall in Jerudong.
    Different from previous years, the format focused on research inputs between March 8, 2016 and March 3, 2017.
    Among the event’s objectives were to deepen and widen knowledge through discussions on relevant topics, create and share research materials, and gain potential mechanisms from illustrations through discussion contents.

    The post PSW holds discussion on working women appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    FRENCH Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Loan Forgeron yesterday hosted some very special guests at a VIP Gastronomy Dinner as part of Francophonie Week celebrations.
    Held at the ambassador’s Kampong Kota Batu residence, the event saw Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong and spouse as the guests of honour, while others on the guest list included Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof and spouse as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps.
    “This edition of Francophonie Week comes with a new concept - Promoting the cultures of both France and Brunei Darussalam,” Forgeron said.

    The post Savouring delectable flavours of France, Brunei appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    THE National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) with the Temburong District Office recently organised a workshop on National Standard Operating Procedure (NASOP) at the Pekan Bangar Community Hall Complex.
    The one-day programme aimed holistically to give attention to disaster operations at the district level, while emphasising roles and responsibilities, especially concerning the government agencies in disaster operations management.
    The workshop was attended by approximately 40 participants from the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC).

    The post Workshop on NASOP held in Temburong appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    A FIRE ripped through a bicycle shop in the Serusop area early yesterday morning, following a suspected incident of arson and burglary.
    Nineteen firefighters from the Berakas Fire Station, led by SO Jasni, were dispatched to the scene after an emergency call was received by the Fire and Rescue Department, at around 5.07am.
    The front door of a nearby tailor’s shop was also damaged in the blaze.

    The post Bicycle shop owner devastated by fire, burglary appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    A MEETING was held at the Tutong District Civic Centre yesterday to discuss plans for the 71st birthday celebrations of 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 in the Tutong District.
    Among the main agenda was the appointment of supreme committee members and chair-persons for festive events during the royal birthday celebrations.
    Proposals for sectoral events were also discussed, including those on religious, sporting and community-based events, such as the ‘71 Khatam Al-Quran’ recitations for members of the mukim and village consultative councils.

    The post Tutong plans royal birthday celebrations appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    LOCAL writers and poets should produce more creative and non-creative works, said the Acting Deputy Director of the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) Suip bin Haji Abdul Wahab. The pages of magazines published by the bureau have been filled with their work, he added.
    The acting deputy director also urged local young writers to submit their works to the bureau.
    He made these comments at the Pantaran Sastera event titled ‘Santai Puisi’, hosted by DBP to celebrate World Poetry Day with local poets and writers at the Balai Sarmayuda of DBP in Berakas, yesterday.

    The post Writers urged to do more as Brunei marks World Poetry Day appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    PUSAT Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam will once again team up with RBA Golf Club, Cityneon and media partners Brunei Press to host a three-day charity golf tournament, said Seruji bin Haji Setia, Chairman of the Pusat Ehsan Charity Golf Tournament 2017.
    The event is scheduled to take place from April 7 to 9 at the RBA Golf Club.
    Tournament participants will win different prizes from different categories of play. Examples of these are the ‘best overall’ prize, ‘best overall net’ prize, ‘putt stop challenge’ prize, ‘nearest pin’ prize, ‘hole-in-one’ prize, and ‘bull’s eye’ prize for holes 2, 5, 12, 14 and 16. Miscellaneous giveaways and goody bags will also be given out at the event.

    The post Pusat Ehsan charity golf tourney tee off in April appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    |     James Kon     |   IN LINE with the recently-launched strategic plan of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), the Forestry Department has launched a slew of initiatives to create a sustainable forestry industry in the country. The department’s latest mission is focussed on the utilisation of modern technology to […]

    The post Brunei fostering sustainable forestry industry appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    THE Brunei Darussalam Taekwondo Association (BDTA), in collaboration with the Youth and Sports Department organised the 5th Brunei Junior Taekwondo Championship on March 21-22 at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex.

    The two-day annual event was held as part of BDTA’s initiatives to support 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’s titah to involve our youth in healthy activities and at the same time to develop and build the sport as one of the core sports in Brunei Darussalam.

    Six local Taekwondo clubs were represented in the championship: Dynamic Taekwondo Dojang, Hybrid Martial Arts Academy, Unite Taekwondo Gym, Apex Martial Arts Academy, Pengiran Isteri Hajah Mariam Secondary School (SMPIHM) Taekwondo Club and Wiraseni Taekwondo Academy.

    The post Hybrid Martial Arts Academy champion of Taekwondo meet appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    TWO less fortunate members of society residing in Tutong District received donations of basic daily necessities from the Public Awareness Charity Project in conjunction with the 96th Police Day celebration.
    The ceremony was held at the Tutong District Civic Centre yesterday with the Tutong District Officer, Shamsul Bahrin bin Haji Mohd Hussain, as the guest of honour.
    Prior to the presentation of the donation, the Commanding Officer of Tutong Police District, Superintendent Pengiran Haji Abdul Salam bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Ghani, in a speech said that the charity project was one of the initiatives made by the Royal Brunei Police Force through the Tutong Police Station for the 96th Police Day this year.

    The post Donations mark 96th Police Day in Tutong District appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    A GROUP of officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MYCS) yesterday made a round of visits to the venues of 3rd Brunei Darussalam National Games (SKBD) which will be held from March 25 to 29.
    The venues for SKBD are in a satisfactory and conducive condition for the conduct of the matches.
    SKBD will run a total of eight sports events; Badminton, Netball, Futsal, Cycling, Boat Racing, Track and Field, Sepak Takraw and Tug of War.

    The post Gearing for 3rd Brunei’s National Games appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    COME one, come all to the first Bruneian-ised musical dubbed ‘After All’, featuring a double bill of two, one-hour plays: ‘Emily’ and ‘Untitled’, which will be performing by a talented local cast from Sutera Memento on Tuesday, March 28 at 2pm, at the Main Conference Hall, International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas.
    Sutera Memento is a start-up theatre company founded as part of a business incubation programme in Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
    The ‘After All’ musical is also supported by local incubation student entrepreneurs and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) students, mak-ing it the first and largest local performing arts production involving local talents and UBD students.

    The post Curtain time for ‘After All’ musical appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    THE 6th National Family Day for Brunei Darussalam is set to fall on May 7 this year, under the theme ‘Keluargaku Penyayang Negara Gemilang’ or ‘Caring Family, Prosperous Nation’. The first Sunday of May is designated as National Family Day in this country.
    The Executive Committee for National Family Day held its first meeting to discuss preparations for the event yesterday morning at Digadong Hall of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. The discussion was chaired by Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports – also the chairman of the executive committee.
    The meeting was also attended by Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries, head of departments and officers from various government agencies, as well as representatives from the private sector and non-government agencies.

    The post Several activities planned for National Family Day appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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    THE Fiqh al-Usrah Research Centre of the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) will be hosting its first Fiqh al-Usrah International Seminar 2017, themed Family Education Generates Visionary Generation, on March 29 and 30.
    Addressing a press conference at the At-Taqwa Room yesterday, Ustazah Hajah Aisyah Radhiah binti Haji Abdul Gani, Director of Fiqh al-Usrah Research Centre, said that the two-day seminar will highlight the important role of the family institution in creating a harmonious family that is ‘Sakinah, Mawaddah Wa Rahmah’, and that parents are key agents in providing a healthy and Islamic environment for their children and cultivating desirable characteristics within them.
    She added that the failure of parents to properly carry out their duties and responsibilities are factors contributing to the disintegration of the family institution.

    The post Focus on harmonious family at Fiqh al-Usrah International Seminar appeared first on Borneo Bulletin Online.


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