HM Sultan Brunei: Action Plan must be in tune with Economic Situation

Call for action plan in tune with economic situation
October 17, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Chancellor of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) urged the Islamic varsity to prepare a plan of action that is in line with the uncertain economic situation.

Delivering a titah at 7th Convocation ceremony (Hafl Al-Takharruj) yesterday at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, the monarch welcomed UNISSA’s initiatives in improving the quality of study, research and governance as well as offering of new programmes and courses.

“I am optimistic about these developments which will make UNISSA more potent to attract more students from within and outside the country, and a hub of Islamic learning centre in the region.

“These initiatives will undoubtedly open-up wider opportunities to enhance th…

Raja dan Ulama DiPisah Tiada (MIB Series)

Raja dan ulama dipisah tiada
October 16, 2017

Oleh Dr. Muhammad Hadi Bin Muhammad Melayong,
Pejabat Sekretariat Majlis Tertinggi, Melayu Islam Beraja

MELAYU Islam dan Beraja adalah tiga entiti mantap yang diamalkan turun temurun dan diabadikan di dalam Perlembagaan Negeri Brunei 1959 pindaan 20014 dan 2008 yang menjamin dan mengekalkan tradisi sistem institusi beraja yang telah berpasak sekian lama di bumi Brunei Darussalam.

Ketiga-ketiga komponen ini saling berkait rapat dan berpisah tiada dalam kehidupan bermasyarakat dan bernegara. Inilah gambaran sebenar kehidupan yang diwarisi sekian lama di mana syiar Islam dijaga dan dipelihara berdasarkan kepada pemerintahan institusi beraja.

Perkembangan dan kemantapan amalan hidup bersandarkan Islam sebagai cara hidup lengkap lagi sempurna dapat dilakukan dengan wujudnya golongan ulama dan cendekiawan Islam yang sentiasa mendukung pemerintahan beraja dalam mengembangkan dan mengukuhkan syiar dakwah Islam demi kesejahteraan hidup dunia dan a…

New $139 million RIPAS Bridge Boon To Business & Commuters

New bridge a boon to business, commuters
October 16, 2017

| Rokiah Mahmud |

THE newly-opened Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge is expected to generate multiple spinoffs to bolster businesses in Brunei Darussalam besides easing commu-tation to the capital from Mukim Lumapas.

Till now the commuters had to travel at least 30 kilometres either via Jalan Bengkurong-Masin to Jalan Tutong – or take alternative routes to reach their workplaces or send their children to school. During peak hours, the travelling time can take at least 40 minutes to one hour.

The 750-metre long new bridge, constructed at a cost of B$139 million, reduces travelling time and also offers vast socio-economic development in the surrounding areas with better transportation and accessibility.

Haji Abu Bakar bin Mansor, Penghulu of Mukim Lumapas and a former Legislative Council member said that the completion of the bridge was one of the most awaited projects by many, especially the residents of Muk…

HM Sultan Brunei named new $139 million bridge after Queen - Queen Saleha Bridge - Jembatan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha

Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge inaugurated
October 15, 2017

| Hakim Hayat |

TENS of thousands of people converged in the Capital last evening to witness the opening of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge, yet another milestone in the five decades of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s reign.

The opening of the 750-metre bridge, the Sultanate’s first cable-stayed bridge that links the capital to Kampong Sungai Kebun in Mukim Lumapas presented a grand spectacle which saw the Brunei River, home to the iconic Kampong Ayer, transform into a sea of colours with a decorated floats and boats procession and a spectacular fireworks display that illuminated the new bridge.

People from all walks of life came in droves and lined the banks of the Brunei River to witness the much-anticipated event and the slight dri…

Brunei Top 8 Asia-Pacific Economies With High Level of Human Development

Brunei among toppers in human development
October 14, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

BRUNEI Darussalam is among the eight economies in Asia and Pacific with a “very high” level of human development, according to the 2017 edition of Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific.

The key indicators present the
latest statistics on a comprehensive set of economic, financial, social, environmental, and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators for the 48 regional members of the Asian Development Bank.

Besides Brunei, the other top tier economies include Australia, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and Singapore.

The ADB report has lauded the Sultanate’s initiatives for education and health development as well as environment protection.

The report indicated that the proportion of trained teachers in upper secondary education who have received at least the minimum organised teacher training exceeds 90 per cent in 10 out of 15 member economies, in…

UK Royal Couple Dazzled by Kampong Ayer Charms

UK royal couple dazzled by Kampong Ayer charms
October 10, 2017

THE scenic beauty combined with the thriving life of the iconic water village in Brunei enchanted the UK royal couple who are currently on a visit to the Abode of Peace.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, recently paid a visit to Kampong Ayer, one of Brunei’s oldest cultural heritage sites and one of the world’s largest water villages.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were received by Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, at the Bandar Seri Begawan Waterfront Promenade before starting their tour of the water village at the Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery, which was facilitated by Brunei Tourism.

The Earl and Countess were shown a short video about the history, culture and way of life of Kampong Ayer before being brought around the gallery whe…

Catalysing Independent Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB Series)

Catalysing independent Malay Islamic Monarchy
October 9, 2017

by Dr Muhammad Hadi Md Melayong,
Senior Special Duties Officer, Secretariat Office, MIB Supreme Council, UBD

AFTER the failure of the youth movement known as Barisan Pemuda (BARIP) and several local organisations that fought for the independence of Brunei from British Protection especially after the end of World War II, Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Akhazul Khairi Waddien strived to negotiate directly with the Secretary of State at the Colonial Office, in London about the political future of Brunei.

However, Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin’s entourage also encountered a failure. A telegram received by Pengiran Bendahara Permaisuara Pengiran Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien from Raja Isteri Tengku Ampuan Raihani on June 4, 1950 revealed that he had passed away on the way to London in 1950.

His body was brought back to Brunei through Labuan from Singapore on June 5, 1950. In the evening, a special meeting was held to determine the successor to the …