Letters to the Editor

Thursday, 28 May 2015

What’s being done to avoid fake rice from entering Brunei?

2015-05-28 I WAS shocked to read in your recent Sunday edition the reported sale of synthetic or “plastic” rice in neighbouring countries. It is awful to find out that unscrupulous traders there have been selling food adulterated with dangerous substances in...

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Pet shops, mainly selling fish, are in a bad state

2015-05-27 MY YOUNGER brother urged me to buy him a pet goldfish last Sunday. We went to the nearest pet shop to get him one. Upon arriving, I was appalled at the condition some of their fish were in. Many of the tanks were dirty and smelly. The worst of...

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Piqued by dumped trolleys in parking

2015-05-26 I’M WRITING to complain about a matter that may seem quite trivial, but I feel it speaks of a wider problem in society. I went grocery shopping over the weekend, and was looking for parking, and I was extremely peeved to find that previous shoppers...

Monday, 25 May 2015

Buses should ply beyond 6pm

2015-05-25 I WAS thrilled when I picked up my copy of The Brunei Times and read the headline “Two new low-floor buses launched” (May 24, 2015). I have been in Brunei for the past eight months and one of my main gripes has been the lack of good public...

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Let us pay attention to less prominent suraus and masjids also

2015-05-23 FOLLOWING the recent opening of Airport Surau, I feel blessed and thankful to see how His Majesty and the government gave uttermost priority to providing high quality facilities and convenience in upholding our Islamic roots. At the same time, it...

Friday, 22 May 2015

Will we have hot food vending machines here?

2015-05-22 WILL we see vending machines popping up in Brunei with the banning of eateries serving food after midnight soon? Personally, I’m looking forward to more self-service options since I am one of the minority who work well past midnight. No morning...

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Diploma Level 4 holders have admission concerns

2015-05-21 I AM writing on behalf of Diploma Level 4 holders. We all have same concern about how the new system is treating us right now, where the students who have finished doing their O Level exams are given the opportunity to apply for Diploma Level 5,...

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Absenteeism is not good news

2015-05-20 I READ with shock the report “Students living in housing schemes have the worst attendance rate” published in The Brunei Times (May 19, 2015). The article quoted the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) report that stated 41 per cent of government...

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Timely tips for road users to avoid accidents

2015-05-19 I WRITE this letter in connection with the article “Learn road rules to avoid accidents, cyclists told” published in The Brunei Times (May 18, 2015). I am greatly heartened by the advice given by the manager of the Belait Cycling Club to cyclists...

Monday, 18 May 2015

Need to promote gulingtangan

2015-05-18 THE recent celebrations to mark the Royal wedding in the capital, especially the performances, were an enjoyable showcase of local talents. I was especially enthralled by the gulingtangan competition as it gave a glimpse of the nation’s...

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Restaurant ruling will hurt those who work odd hours

2015-05-16 I AM writing in reference to the story published in your paper on Friday, May 15, titled “Shops, restos allowed to operate only until midnight”. According to a circular issued by the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Department, and now making its way...

Friday, 15 May 2015

Heed water conservation message

2015-05-15 I WAS very happy to see a report on the cost of water in an article titled “Clean water a costly asset” published in The Brunei Times (May 14,2015). Most of us take our water resources for granted even though we are conscious of how precious it is...

Unethical practice by bank decried

2015-05-15 I AM writing this letter to highlight the unscrupulous practice of a multi-national bank in our country. Initially I thought it was a one-off but after recently meeting a friend who recounted a similar story, I was so stunned by the bank’s...

Thursday, 14 May 2015

More thrust needed for mobile library scheme

2015-05-14 THIS is with reference to the report "Mobile library service sees high demand" published in The Brunei Times (May 13, 2005). The Language and Literature Bureau's (DBP) move to take a bus load of books, magazines and journals to primary schools,...

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Bid for excellence in education

2015-05-13 I CONCUR with the article’s headline “Teacher’s ability not technology is vital in learning” published in The Brunei Times (May 10, 2015). I feel that teachers play an important role in achieving teaching-learning excellence as their quality...

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Good to encourage mass transport

2015-05-12 THE Ministry of Health’s decision to extend the timings of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital shuttle bus service as well as the increase in the number of buses and their frequency are most welcome. It shows the ministry’s...

Monday, 11 May 2015

Provide good public transport for tourists

2015-05-11 I WOULD like to express my delight over the improvements in public facilities provided at the Brunei International Airport. I applaud the authorities and the management of the Brunei International Airport. I remember that I wrote a letter to The...

Saturday, 9 May 2015

BruCERT deals with Internet security issues in Brunei

2015-05-09 THIS is in response to the letter (“Tips and alert on cyber peril appreciated”, The Brunei Times, April 28, 2015). We would like to thank Briana for  positive feedback regarding the public awareness advertisement on “Who is watching your webcam?”...

Friday, 8 May 2015

Make sure bouncers are safe for children

2015-05-08 IN THE past month, my family rented bouncers on two occasions from two separate companies. While the kids (and some adults) enjoyed their time sliding and bouncing into a pool of water, it became apparent to us of the lack of safety and the need...

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Hope authorities take more action to save turtle eggs

2015-05-07 I GUESS it is that time of the year again. In just two days, I saw two acquaintances post pictures of turtle eggs on their respective social media. I felt sad and sick to my stomach when I saw the pictures. I like turtle eggs but have stopped...

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