Friday, 15 August 2014

Lauding His Majesty’s leadership

2014-08-15 THAT Bruneians love very much their leader, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, is a fact that none can deny. In today’s world, there are still countries where their people always pray or offer ‘doas’ for the health,...

Childish squabble between neighbours

2014-08-15       I REMEMBER having petty tiffs with my neighbour during our childhood days when we disagreed on things, or rules on how to play a game. It’s the “I don’t friend you anymore” kind of squabbles, and we stop talking for a few days, or even...

Monday, 21 July 2014

Jerudong Park comes alive again

2014-07-21 THERE was a time when weekends meant carousel rides, go-karting, dancing fountains and the occasional superstar singing songs from yesteryear. It was 1994 when Jerudong Park Playground first opened its gates and left the people of Brunei and those...

Monday, 14 July 2014

Western media and art of distorting narrative

2014-07-14 “ISRAEL under renewed Hamas attack”, says BBC while CNN headline is more dramatic “Rockets rain on southern Israel”. The front page of USA Today reads “Israel: rocket fired every ten minutes” and “How Hamas reached deeper into Israel”. The New York...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

A worthy move on Syariah Law

2014-06-05 A GROUP of young Bruneians are signing a declaration today in a symbolic gesture of support for the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013. This is a welcome development coming from the youth who vow to voice out their unwavering...

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Gender crimes

2014-06-04 BADAUN, a district town, some 300km from Lucknow, capital of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, renowned for producing India’s best lyricists and poets, took a beating last week. Two teenage Dalit, lowest caste in Indian social hierarchy,...

Monday, 2 June 2014

TPP could be anti-Islamic banking

2014-06-02 THE introduction of Syariah law on May 1 in Brunei is another step in the country’s bid towards becoming a Zikir nation, but that could spell more potential trouble for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has already seen more than 20 rounds...

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Enhancing mutual trust, growth

2014-05-20 THE Fourth Summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) will be held in Shanghai, China from 20 to 21 May. High level delegations from more than 40 countries and international organisations, Brunei included,...

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

ICRC: Making lives better for 150 years

2014-05-07 THIS May 8, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, come sit and read about the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, otherwise known as the ICRC or just the Red Cross, and what this day is all about. Perusing its history reveals that,...

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A new era begins today

2014-04-30 Inshaa Allah, today, by the Grace of Allah, we will start a momentous episode in the long history of Negara Brunei Darussalam, marking its full sovereignty over its legal affairs — the right to enforce the laws prescribed by the Almighty within the...

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Breaking the litter habit one childat a time

2014-04-29 THE sight of irregularly-shaped multicoloured confetti is very common in the country. This is not meant to be a compliment – actually, this “irregularly-shaped multicoloured confetti” applies to the amount of litter strewn about on roads, around...

Monday, 28 April 2014

Tricky Asian tour for Obama

2014-04-28 ALL EYES this week are scrutinising US President Barack Obama as he conducts his four-nation regional tour of the Asia Pacific, a region many experts say is facing ongoing geopolitical tension, particularly with regards to the overlapping...

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Malaria: Let’s not breed complacency in Brunei

2014-04-23 THE incoming whine of a mosquito is one sound that we can probably agree is all too familiar to us. The sound usually triggers a wilder and more erratic rendition of the clapping verse of “If You're Happy and You Know It” as a response, or...

Maybe revise job requirements?

2014-04-23 EVERYTIME, or should I say, most of the time, whenever I flip through the newspaper pages to check the job vacancies section, there will always be a requirement of a minimum of 2 years working experience. As a university student about to graduate...

Brunei’s scary ‘treasures’

2014-04-23 BRUNEI is indeed the kingdom of unexpected treasures. Just this afternoon a black cobra – am not sure what type of cobra it is, just that it was black in colour – wandered into the garden of a close friend of mine.It naturally terrified his entire...

Robbery rumours unsettling

2014-04-23 IT SEEMS that a lot of falsified information has been distributed creating stirs among the public especially the recent bogus robbery that has allegedly took place in the new Tanah Jambu Housing Scheme.When I heard about the robbery initially, I...

Monday, 21 April 2014

The pain of rumours in disasters

2014-04-21 HUMANS love gossiping. Put rumours into the equation, you will get many rumour-mongers doing their rounds to spread bogus information, just like those of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and the ones involv-ing the sunken South Korean ferry “Sewol...

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Privacy vs security

2014-04-17 THE coveted Pulitzer Prize won by The Guardian and The Washington Post for public service on Monday reflects the greater weightage given by a respected organisation, that measures excellence in journalism, to transparency and freedom of information...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

MH370: Online squabbles not affecting Sino-Malaysia relations

2014-04-02 PROBABLY for the first time ever, innocent Malaysians experienced the brute force of the Chinese online community, the wrath that can be unleashed via Sina Weibo, following a less than convincing handling by the Malaysian government on the search...

Monday, 31 March 2014

Editorial

2014-03-31 THE historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on March 27 in Manila between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is seen by many as a positive development that would open a new chapter...