Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

HPC must interact regularly with members of public

2015-08-04 A FEW days ago, your paper reported that eight people were fined for smoking in a beribi cafe. This would have passed me by if not for the fact that I saw that it also said that e-cigarettes fell under the definition of smoking. I was interested...

Monday, 3 August 2015

BBA has got to improve things

2015-08-03 THIS is in response to the letter regarding the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) court condition published in The Brunei Times (August 1, 2015). I agree with the writer on all accounts. How many years have it been now? How much funds have been...

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Basketball court needs renovation

2015-08-01 AS A basketball fan, I have enjoyed watching the ongoing Mum Bakery Cup basketball tournament. An annual event held in conjunction with His Majesty’s Birthday celebrations, the competition is arguably the highlight tournament in the local...

Friday, 31 July 2015

Celebrating Raya without fireworks

2015-07-31 FIRST and foremost, I would like to greet all Muslims around the world especially in Brunei Darussalam, a happy and blessed Hari Raya! It has been a week of celebrating Hari Raya and we know that Hari Raya is the best time for us to seek...

Thursday, 30 July 2015

It’s time to take up measures to preserve water and propagate its judicial use

2015-07-30 THIS is with reference to the report “Sabah looks to waterfalls for water sufficiency” published in The Brunei Times (July 16, 2015). It is increasingly being realised that fresh water and water resources the world over are dwindling by the day and...

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Parking woes at National Housing areas during the Raya festive season

2015-07-29 IT IS that time of the year when we would be visiting houses for Hari Raya gatherings and open houses. In light of this matter, I am calling to all Hari Raya goers to be considerate on some road etiquettes. I would suggest car-pooling to avoid...

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Ensuring that vehicles sold in the country are safe to drive

2015-07-28 I HAVE raised the issue of vehicles fitted with potentially dangerous seat belts, as in The Brunei Times, June 18, 2015. The manufacturers of those vehicles had been recalling huge numbers of those vehicles to replace the faulty parts. It is...

Monday, 27 July 2015

Keeping alive thecard tradition

2015-07-27 FIRST of all, I would like to greet you “Selamat Hari Raya” as the whole country celebrates this month-long joyous occasion. Speaking from personal experience, receiving such greetings through cards sent via post actually makes the whole event...

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Transport problems affecting business

2015-07-25 DURING one of the Hari Raya open houses I attended, I spoke to a few people who run small businesses. Many of them complained about how they are unable to help employees in overcoming “transport problems” and sadly had to let go some of the said...

Friday, 24 July 2015

Research vital to produce higher quality, quantity of crops, livestock

2015-07-24 WOULD it be possible for the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood to list down its current crop development research and projects, and their progress? Is the department working with any educational institutions and research firms in the private...

Thursday, 23 July 2015

People need to play their role in safeguarding wild animals and forest

2015-07-23 THIS is with reference to the report “Help protect the orangutan, Sabah gov't urges communities” published in The Brunei Times on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. It's sad to read about the case of an adult male orangutan being stabbed at a palm oil...

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Stop tearing pages! Proper censorship for indecent images in magazines needed

2015-07-22 I HAVE a bone to pick with whoever it is that is in charge of censorship of magazines and books that comes in for sale in the country. I recently purchased an interior design magazine from a popular bookstore that carries them because I am...

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Hoping no traffic accidents happen this festive season

2015-07-21 I READ with enthusiasm a report titled “RBPF: No accidents reported on first day of Hari Raya” published in The Brunei Times on Sunday, July 19, 2015. It is really good to know that no accidents occurred or, reported to occur on the first day of...

Saturday, 18 July 2015

The right thrust to promote sailing

2015-07-18 I READ with interest the report ‘Sailing seeks interest from schools’ in The Brunei Times (July 5, 2015). I would like to commend the Brunei Darussalam Yachting Association (BDYA) for aiming to bring the sport into the schools because as with any...

Friday, 17 July 2015

Am I entitled to receive zakat as an Al-Gharimin?

2015-07-17 I WANT to know if I am entitled to receive zakat because I have debt, and am among the six asnaf (categories) permitted to receive zakat fund. According to The Brunei Times’ article titled “Over $8m in zakat funds distributed to poor, needy”,...

Abandoned government flat playground

2015-07-17 I JUST want to ask the relevant authorities when they will repair the abandoned playground near our government block. We have been here for the past 10 years and the sight is still the same until today. Such a pitiful scenario for a country like...

Thursday, 16 July 2015

More voluntary groups urged to join in environment saving mission

2015-07-16 THIS is with reference to the report “Taking 'CARE' of Brunei's marine ecosystems” in The Brunei Times (July 6, 2015). The world has woken up to the increasing destruction of coral reefs quite late. If concerted efforts are not made to save the...

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Appreciation on HM’s Kurnia Peribadi distribution; a true spirit of the blessed month of Ramadhan

2015-07-15 I WOULD like to express my appreciation to everyone who was involved in the management and smooth flow of the distribution of the Kurnia Peribadi from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on Saturday. From the military...

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Big Thank You to emergency services during the storm’s dark hours

2015-07-14 OVER the weekend we've been hit by the rather sudden storm - causing chaos everywhere in Brunei. I would like to extend my greatest appreciation and a big heartfelt thank you to the Royal Brunei Police Force, firefighters and other emergency...

Monday, 13 July 2015

MoH lists anti-smoking steps

2015-07-13 THIS is with reference to the letter “Quit2Win Programme expansion proposed” by ‘Anti-smoking Supporter’ in The Brunei Times (June 19, 2015). The Ministry of Health (MoH) would like to thank the author for highlighting the Quit2Win Programme...

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