Letters to the Editor

Friday, 27 March 2015

Explore the helicopter option

2015-03-27 Given the recent spate of forest fires and resultant haze, I wish to ask the authorities whether Brunei is adequately equipped to battle or mitigate these uncontrolled fires. The forest fires are a near yearly occurrence and if anything, they will...

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Plea to make highway safer

2015-03-26 EVERY morning I use Lebuhraya Tungku, driving in the direction of Gadong, on my way to work, and every morning as I approach the flyover linking Tungku Highway with Lebuhraya Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah I hold my breath. The reason for this is the two...

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

MoH response to report on services at health centres

2015-03-25 THIS is with reference to the article — ‘Locals cautious of health centres’ — published in The Brunei Times (March 23, 2015), which highlighted several issues relating to the low uptake on the Health Screening Programme. Concerned with the urgent...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

MoH response on access to medical reports

2015-03-24 THE Ministry of Health would like to refer to the letter by ‘BSB Observer Brunei’ titled ‘Access to personal medical reports’ published in The Brunei Times on February 12, 2015. We appreciate your concern over the accessability of personal medical...

Monday, 23 March 2015

Take a stand against cyber bullies

2015-03-23   A GOOD friend was recently a victim of cyber bullying where an irresponsible Facebook user defamed her by posting her picture on a public Facebook Fanpage and calling her dirty names which obviously affected her reputation. When she told me of...

Stop open burning

2015-03-23 I WOULD like to express my concern about the recent fire outbreak around dense green areas. I don’t know if it is just a coincidence but I just noticed this recently as I went back from work, I had frequently been seeing smoke and I thought to...

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Park stairs needsafety tapes

2015-03-21 IT’S A blessing for Brunei to be endowed with so many beautiful parks. The authorities continue to allocate funds to ensure the beautification and upgrading of the landscape and infrastructures — a job well done. Nevertheless, sometimes one tends...

A pat for TelBru

2015-03-21 I WOULD like to extend my thanks to the gentlemen from Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) for their effective service.Although there was a day’s delay for them to reach my home at Mentiri due to their preoccupation with other customers, I really...

Friday, 20 March 2015

No streetlights at Seria bypass yet

2015-03-20 IN A letter published on September 19 last year “DES responds on Seria bypass street lighting”, the Department of Electrical Services said the contract for the installation of street lighting along the dual carriage way between Seria and Anduki had...

Thursday, 19 March 2015

How inconvenient, No WiFi!

2015-03-19 I HAVE seen many reports on how Brunei International Airport is being upgraded and I must say that I am impressed. But on my recent travels I found one key element missing. Brunei does not provide free WiFi access to passengers and this makes it...

Inconveniences when swimming pool is closed

2015-03-19 I WENT to a swimming pool to send my wife for her swimming class on Tuesday night, which incidentally was ladies only night. When I reached the place at 7pm the pool was still closed, and the lights were not yet on. There was no official memo...

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Suggestion for a green Brunei

2015-03-18 THE public routinely bemoan the lack of transport in Brunei, with good reason, there isn’t any — the handful of buses plying six routes in Brunei-Muara District and three routes in Belait District — do not constitute a public transport system in...

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Workout-friendly office favoured to destress

2015-03-17 THIS is with reference to the China Daily feature article on “Health Warning for Working Women” that was published in The Brunei Times on March 12, 2015. I could not agree more with what experts are stressing: women, who are juggling between...

Monday, 16 March 2015

More healthy food needed at hospital

2015-03-16 RECENTLY I visited our lovely main hospital RIPAS in Bandar. I decided to have lunch in the canteen as I had a little time after my appointment. I find a few things quite amiss in this supposedly health-promoting environment. Firstly, trying to...

Neighbour, please have a heart

2015-03-16 I AM writing to share my frustration on what happened to me a few days ago. I went home after a long day at work just to find out that one of the residents who is living on the other side of the road was singing the “Sakitnya tuh disini” song for...

Saturday, 14 March 2015

The right balance between sports and academics

2015-03-14 I READ with interest your article regarding the questionable academic performance of students of the Sports School and I am writing this as a student taking part actively in sports since quite a few years ago. I understand the challenges that...

Friday, 13 March 2015

Feeling unsafe after break-ins

2015-03-13 I AM writing this to let the public know of how unsafe my family and I are feeling. We had a break-in at our home (which doesn’t feel like home anymore), not once, but two nights in a row. Cars, along with other small items, were stolen. The...

Painful to use ATMs

2015-03-13 I RECENTLY opened a bank account with HSBC in Brunei and used one of their ATMs. I found the experience extremely painful and inconvenient. I was very surprised to find a hard transparent cover placed over the keypad on the machine which makes it...

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Free WiFi in restaurants is an avoidable distraction

2015-03-12 I RECENTLY went out to a restaurant with a friend. Moments after we settled into our seats my friend whipped out his phone and began using it. When I asked him why he needed to use the phone at that moment he said that the restaurant provided free...

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Telecast Brunei team’s overseas qualifying match

2015-03-11 AS ARDENT sports enthusiasts, we would like to know if our national television broadcaster, RTB, would broadcast live Brunei national team’s qualifying match with Chinese Taipei on Thursday (March 12, 2015). At this stage, Brunei’s FIFA ranking is...

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