Letters to the Editor

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Time to review parcel service regulations

2016-02-06 I’M writing this with regard to our parcel services. I have been patiently waiting for my parcel over the last one and a half months. Unfortunately, I have no choice but feel frustrated when the white card does not arrive. At this point, I do...

Friday, 5 February 2016

UBD’s move to have closer links with Indian varsities hailed

2016-02-05 WITH reference to The Brunei Times report – “Brunei keen on teaming up with India varsities” – on February 4, Thursday, I feel it is a good step from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) to have closer ties with Indian universities in the field of...

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Every morning I experience queue jumping

2016-02-04 WITH reference to the letter “Be Considerate While Driving” published in Brunei Times on February 3, Wednesday, I would like to add another growing bad habit of Brunei motorists. Maybe due to the influx of vehicles on the road, we experienced more...

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Be considerate while driving

2016-02-03 I AM not sure if this issue has been raised before, but I feel it is still a matter that requires serious attention. As a person who is constantly on the road due to my job, I find it extremely frustrating that some motorists out there still...

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Rural development urged to counter urban migration

2016-02-02 It is with a heavy heart that I read your story titled “Prayer halls abandoned following village migrations” published on January 1, 2016. The article talked about two prayer halls in Tutong: Surau Kg Malabau and Surau Kg Mapol, which are already...

Monday, 1 February 2016

Education is the best shield against Zika virus threat

2016-02-01 IT’S a relief that the government has finally broken its silence on the Zika virus which the World Health Organization described a few days ago as “spreading explosively”. I am confident, of course, that the government will not choose to be remiss...

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Great performance from national lawn bowls team at Asian championships

2016-01-30 Dear Editor, I WOULD like to congratulate the national lawn bowls team for their strong showing at the ongoing 11th Asian Lawn Bowls Championships. Brunei’s first-ever gold medal in the women’s fours category, which the country gained by beating...

Friday, 29 January 2016

Time for gov’t to build more efficient public transport system

2016-01-29 I’VE been reading stories on falling oil prices, but I will admit that I only read them out of curiosity as Brunei after all is a huge exporter. I never thought that this development will affect me personally. But that actually happened after I...

Thursday, 28 January 2016

NCB’s efforts to educate young people on dangers of smoking lauded

2016-01-28 THE Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) warning to e-cigarette users seems to be a very serious one. According to a report in Brunei Times on January 27, Wednesday — “NCB warns public against hidden drugs in e-cigarettes”, — a senior NCB official...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Easing trafficjam at Seria highway junction

2016-01-27 JUST want to know whether there are any immediate and long term plans to ease the traffic at the Seria highway junction? The only junction connecting Seria town is used daily by at least 1,000 commuters who have to wait in traffic for 15 minutes...

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Being conscious drivers on road

2016-01-26 THE other day while I was driving around, a police officer stopped me to check my driving license and identity card at a random location: somewhere nearby my house. He then proceeded to ask me: “Why are you driving so fast?” Prior to that, I had...

Monday, 25 January 2016

Please, don’t flout social etiquette

2016-01-25 RECENTLY, I had an unpleasant experience when I went to the Immigration Department to apply for a multiple re-entry visa for a family member. It wasn’t the service at the counter that I found poor. In fact, the immigration officer who served me...

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Giving a thrust to dodgeball

2016-01-23 I READ with great interest the article — ‘Dodgeball on the rise in the country’ — in The Brunei Times (January 21, 2016). As an ardent fan, I fully support the Brunei Dodgeball Association’s (BDAS) plans to get the association certified by the...

Friday, 22 January 2016

In search of ways to help raise funds for SMARTER

2016-01-22 I’VE been reading stories about the dire situation that SMARTER is in, financial wise, and my heart goes out to them. SMARTER charges only a fraction for a service that would cost hundreds of dollars anywhere else and that the reason why the...

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Valid reasons why the Sungai Kebun Bridge is important

2016-01-21 REALITY hit me a few days ago when I went to work, and the experience has further cemented the reasons why the Sg Kebun Bridge that will connect Jalan Residency in the capital and Kg Lumapas will be important. I woke up at 5.30am and depar-ted at...

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Hailing new entrepreneurs

2016-01-20 I WOULD like to applaud the young entrepreneurs or business owners who have managed to break out of the mould and set up businesses of their own interest as opposed to opening every day convenience stores, box stores, restaurants or mobile shops....

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Not too late to start saving (Part Five)

2016-01-19 ‘THE land on which we live has always shaped us. It has shaped the wars, the power, politics and socio-economic fate of the people…. but it is easy to forget that the lands where we live, work and raise our children (where we die) is hugely...

Monday, 18 January 2016

Not too late to start saving (Part Four)

2016-01-18 IMF should have pointed out that the principal source of our national revenue — oil and gas — should be properly managed and strictly audited in such areas as exploration and production, sales and the problems of “transfer pricing”, local...

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Not too late to start saving (Part Three)

2016-01-16 “IN THE developed world, time is money. In the developing world, time is adversely affecting lives.” (Prof Sach, during Al-Jazeera interview, 15-9-2007) (The late) Mr Lee Kuan Yew always reminded Singapore Civil Servants: “Never say ‘No’(!). If ‘...

Friday, 15 January 2016

Not too late to start saving (Part Two)

2016-01-15 NATIONALLY, it is vital that we must save to accumulate our National Financial Stock, particularly so during this “double-whack” of falling oil prices and the fall in oil production, and the worrying state of our small and shallow river of small...

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