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On Thursday 20 September 2018, the British High Commissioner hosted a farewell reception for Mr Abdul Azim Bin Haji Abd Kassim who has been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2018–2019 and will be pursuing his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom next month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the [...]

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On Thursday 20 September 2018, the British High Commissioner hosted a farewell reception for Mr Abdul Azim Bin Haji Abd Kassim who has been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2018–2019 and will be pursuing his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom next month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.

Mr Azim Kassim, a Research Officer in the Directorate of Defence Policy at the Ministry of Defence, will be pursuing a MA in Security, Terrorism and Insurgency at The University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom.

Mr Azim Kassim said, “No words can truly describe how much the Chevening Scholarship means to me. This is a great honour and one in which I acknowledge is far from an individual effort.

This award would not have been possible without the lessons learned from my respected mentors and colleagues; both from when I was a reporter at a local newspaper, and now with the Ministry of Defence.”

Mr Azim Kassim explained, “The University was chosen based on its excellent student satisfaction levels in which it was named the Sunday Times University of the Year in 2017. It also ranked in the Top 10 Universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and in the Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings for 2019.

The course was selected because it will enhance my understanding on national, regional and global security threats. My hope is that this course will be of relevance to my role and responsibilities at the Ministry of Defence particularly to contribute towards providing reliable and holistic policy analysis to benefit my organisation and my country.

Upon my return, I will do my best to ensure that my learning and knowledge is shared, and to continue to strengthen the defence relations between Brunei Darussalam and the United Kingdom. This scholarship is also a contribution towards Vision 2035 in its pillar of achieving a highly skilled workforce.

The British High Commissioner H.E. Richard Lindsay, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to present the 2018-19 Chevening Scholarship to Azim Kassim. This competitive scholarship is given to individuals who have proven that they have the potential to be future leaders. Azim will be one of over 2000 Chevening Scholars who receive this award for a fully-funded year of postgraduate study in the UK each year. He will also be joining a global alumni network of over 50,000 Chevening Scholars. In this country, the Brunei Chevening Youth Forum is a very active alumni group which is dedicated to sharing their expertise and discussing how to meet some of the biggest challenges facing the country. In due course, I am confident that Azim will use his experiences to make a very significant contribution back into Brunei. Many congratulations to him, and to his very supportive family and colleagues”

Mr Azim was welcomed into the Chevening family by the President of the Brunei Chevening Alumni Association YB Khairunnisa, who was a Chevening scholar herself in 2016-17, together with other alumni members. (picture attached).

The High Commissioner said that applications for the 2019/20 Chevening Scholarships were currently open to citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam. The ideal candidate would be in early to mid career, with at least 2 years’ work experience and an excellent record of achievement with evidence of leadership qualities. Applicants should be committed to returning to contribute to Brunei’s social and economic development by using the skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

All those interested in applying for the 2019/2020 Chevening scholarship should visit www.chevening.org/Brunei where potential applicants can find information on how to apply, register interest to receive alerts about their application and candidate guidance, as well as to see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline for applications is 6 November 2018.

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On Thursday 20 September 2018, the British High Commissioner hosted a farewell reception for Mr Abdul Azim Bin Haji Abd Kassim who has been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2018–2019 and will be pursuing his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom next month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.

Mr Azim Kassim, a Research Officer in the Directorate of Defence Policy at the Ministry of Defence, will be pursuing a MA in Security, Terrorism and Insurgency at The University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom.

Mr Azim Kassim said, “No words can truly describe how much the Chevening Scholarship means to me. This is a great honour and one in which I acknowledge is far from an individual effort.

This award would not have been possible without the lessons learned from my respected mentors and colleagues; both from when I was a reporter at a local newspaper, and now with the Ministry of Defence.”

Mr Azim Kassim explained, “The University was chosen based on its excellent student satisfaction levels in which it was named the Sunday Times University of the Year in 2017. It also ranked in the Top 10 Universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and in the Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings for 2019.

The course was selected because it will enhance my understanding on national, regional and global security threats. My hope is that this course will be of relevance to my role and responsibilities at the Ministry of Defence particularly to contribute towards providing reliable and holistic policy analysis to benefit my organisation and my country.

Upon my return, I will do my best to ensure that my learning and knowledge is shared, and to continue to strengthen the defence relations between Brunei Darussalam and the United Kingdom. This scholarship is also a contribution towards Vision 2035 in its pillar of achieving a highly skilled workforce.

The British High Commissioner H.E. Richard Lindsay, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to present the 2018-19 Chevening Scholarship to Azim Kassim. This competitive scholarship is given to individuals who have proven that they have the potential to be future leaders. Azim will be one of over 2000 Chevening Scholars who receive this award for a fully-funded year of postgraduate study in the UK each year. He will also be joining a global alumni network of over 50,000 Chevening Scholars. In this country, the Brunei Chevening Youth Forum is a very active alumni group which is dedicated to sharing their expertise and discussing how to meet some of the biggest challenges facing the country. In due course, I am confident that Azim will use his experiences to make a very significant contribution back into Brunei. Many congratulations to him, and to his very supportive family and colleagues”

Mr Azim was welcomed into the Chevening family by the President of the Brunei Chevening Alumni Association YB Khairunnisa, who was a Chevening scholar herself in 2016-17, together with other alumni members. (picture attached).

The High Commissioner said that applications for the 2019/20 Chevening Scholarships were currently open to citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam. The ideal candidate would be in early to mid career, with at least 2 years’ work experience and an excellent record of achievement with evidence of leadership qualities. Applicants should be committed to returning to contribute to Brunei’s social and economic development by using the skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

All those interested in applying for the 2019/2020 Chevening scholarship should visit www.chevening.org/Brunei where potential applicants can find information on how to apply, register interest to receive alerts about their application and candidate guidance, as well as to see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline for applications is 6 November 2018.

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The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark Field MP visited the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, one of the most impressive and beautiful examples of modern Islamic architecture in Southeast Asia. Minister Field was received by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji [...]

The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark Field MP visited the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, one of the most impressive and beautiful examples of modern Islamic architecture in Southeast Asia. Minister Field was received by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, the Acting Minister of Religious Affairs and Permanent Secretary Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof. Accompanying Minister Field was the British High Commissioner, H.E. Richard Lindsay. Also present during the visit were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religion) Awang Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang, and senior officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Following a tour of the Mosque, both Ministers met to discuss shared values and religious understanding. Minister Field was interested to hear about the arrangements taking place for Eid al-Adha in Brunei, and noted how many of his constituents in London were also busy planning for the festival. Minister Field was taken on a tour of the main prayer hall by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom and visited the Abdul Aziz Library and had the opportunity to view some of His Majesty’s personal collection of Qur‘an manuscripts and scriptures.

The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark Field MP visited the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, one of the most impressive and beautiful examples of modern Islamic architecture in Southeast Asia. Minister Field was received by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, the Acting Minister of Religious Affairs and Permanent Secretary Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof. Accompanying Minister Field was the British High Commissioner, H.E. Richard Lindsay. Also present during the visit were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religion) Awang Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang, and senior officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Following a tour of the Mosque, both Ministers met to discuss shared values and religious understanding. Minister Field was interested to hear about the arrangements taking place for Eid al-Adha in Brunei, and noted how many of his constituents in London were also busy planning for the festival. Minister Field was taken on a tour of the main prayer hall by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom and visited the Abdul Aziz Library and had the opportunity to view some of His Majesty’s personal collection of Qur‘an manuscripts and scriptures.

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Hey folks! Today I’d like to feature a local startup which provides “context-based coaching” geared specially for youth who would like to overcome their fear of public speaking and also increase their employability through the creation of CV’s and presentations that stand out. The man behind this venture is Edwin Lim, a former colleague and [...]

Hey folks! Today I’d like to feature a local startup which provides “context-based coaching” geared specially for youth who would like to overcome their fear of public speaking and also increase their employability through the creation of CV’s and presentations that stand out. The man behind this venture is Edwin Lim, a former colleague and a good friend of mine. I managed to sit down with him amid his busy schedule to find out more about Soapboxer Company.

Hi Ed, tell me a bit about yourself. Your journey up to this point.

My career has been an interesting and adventurous one. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Software Engineering, my career began as a software developer for Royal Brunei Airlines, to becoming one of 3 RBA’s first Flight Simulator engineer and subsequently become RBA’s first Bruneian Project Leader.

After RBA, I became the Connectivity Delivery Lead for Ministry of Finance’s TAFIS Project under Accenture, becoming the first Bruneian Unit Lead for Accenture Brunei.

I went on to be an Assistant Chief Executive for E-Government Technical Authority Body (EGTAB), a technical think-tank for His Majesty’s e-Government initiatives.

My last professional career was with TelBru where I project managed MoF’s e-Payment Gateway and program managed TelBru’s FTTH initiatives. My last post with TelBru was General Manager for Access Network Department.

Having accumulated over 20 years of experiences as an IT consultant, running several large scale projects and heading technical operations, I felt it’s time to change my career direction from Services Delivery to Providing Services … I chose to become a Coach! I created SOAPBOXER COMPANY.

Why the name Soapboxer?

Soapboxer came from Soapbox – a platform for public speaking whereby someone literally stands on a box as their stage giving a speech to audiences who both agree and disagree with their views. At the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th centuries, these were common sights and practices which often resulted in a scuffle.

Hence, my flagship program SOAPBOX that coaches those with speech anxiety overcome their fear of public speaking. Soapbox’s mantra “A Soapboxer is one who has overcome their fear of public speaking”.

Why the switch to training and motivational consultancy?

I have two wonderful children who were very introverted to a point of being painfully shy. To ready them for their future and for the unforgiving business world, I need my children to stand out and have an edge. Having good grades are simply not enough – you are one of many. IQ alone just does not cut it anymore. Personally, I weigh in heavy on EQ. I have hired and seen individual with high EQ outperform those with high IQ.

Being vocal, heard and seen are the edge that I believe they desperately need. Not long after the birth of my eldest child, I felt I need to do something to make these happened. Over the course of my career, I was fortunate to see  the challenges, gaps and expectations in today workforce. So I started to develop my own coaching program for my children. They have come a long way. No longer afraid of speaking in public but still much we can work on to improve (like effectiveness). Next, I took my program and implemented it at work. The results were awesome and encouraging. It dawned on me that there are many more I can help and benefit from my program.

After TelBru, I realised it was time to put a name and brand on my program hence SOAPBOX was born.

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Hey folks! Today I’d like to feature a local startup which provides “context-based coaching” geared specially for youth who would like to overcome their fear of public speaking and also increase their employability through the creation of CV’s and presentations that stand out. The man behind this venture is Edwin Lim, a former colleague and a good friend of mine. I managed to sit down with him amid his busy schedule to find out more about Soapboxer Company.

Hi Ed, tell me a bit about yourself. Your journey up to this point.

My career has been an interesting and adventurous one. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Software Engineering, my career began as a software developer for Royal Brunei Airlines, to becoming one of 3 RBA’s first Flight Simulator engineer and subsequently become RBA’s first Bruneian Project Leader.

After RBA, I became the Connectivity Delivery Lead for Ministry of Finance’s TAFIS Project under Accenture, becoming the first Bruneian Unit Lead for Accenture Brunei.

I went on to be an Assistant Chief Executive for E-Government Technical Authority Body (EGTAB), a technical think-tank for His Majesty’s e-Government initiatives.

My last professional career was with TelBru where I project managed MoF’s e-Payment Gateway and program managed TelBru’s FTTH initiatives. My last post with TelBru was General Manager for Access Network Department.

Having accumulated over 20 years of experiences as an IT consultant, running several large scale projects and heading technical operations, I felt it’s time to change my career direction from Services Delivery to Providing Services … I chose to become a Coach! I created SOAPBOXER COMPANY.

Why the name Soapboxer?

Soapboxer came from Soapbox – a platform for public speaking whereby someone literally stands on a box as their stage giving a speech to audiences who both agree and disagree with their views. At the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th centuries, these were common sights and practices which often resulted in a scuffle.

Hence, my flagship program SOAPBOX that coaches those with speech anxiety overcome their fear of public speaking. Soapbox’s mantra “A Soapboxer is one who has overcome their fear of public speaking”.

Why the switch to training and motivational consultancy?

I have two wonderful children who were very introverted to a point of being painfully shy. To ready them for their future and for the unforgiving business world, I need my children to stand out and have an edge. Having good grades are simply not enough – you are one of many. IQ alone just does not cut it anymore. Personally, I weigh in heavy on EQ. I have hired and seen individual with high EQ outperform those with high IQ.

Being vocal, heard and seen are the edge that I believe they desperately need. Not long after the birth of my eldest child, I felt I need to do something to make these happened. Over the course of my career, I was fortunate to see  the challenges, gaps and expectations in today workforce. So I started to develop my own coaching program for my children. They have come a long way. No longer afraid of speaking in public but still much we can work on to improve (like effectiveness). Next, I took my program and implemented it at work. The results were awesome and encouraging. It dawned on me that there are many more I can help and benefit from my program.

After TelBru, I realised it was time to put a name and brand on my program hence SOAPBOX was born.

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On 21st April 2018, a local NGO, Anak IT, organised a workshop called “Cyber Security Workshop (I) – Cryptography” at the offices of Techone Global at K-Hub, Anggerek Desa. The objectives for this workshop were to have the basic understanding of cryptography and the different types of cryptography such as encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation. [...]

On 21st April 2018, a local NGO, Anak IT, organised a workshop called “Cyber Security Workshop (I) – Cryptography” at the offices of Techone Global at K-Hub, Anggerek Desa.

The objectives for this workshop were to have the basic understanding of cryptography and the different types of cryptography such as encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation. The speaker was Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT).

The workshop was attended by 30 participants comprised of UTB, IGS, Politeknik, LCB and several private companies. The workshop started with opening speech by Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT) to brief what Anak IT is all about and followed by safety briefing by the representative from TechOne Global.

The participants were taught the basic knowledge of cryptography which is categorized into 4, consisting of encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation.

On encoding, it was commonly used to transform data that can be properly consumed by any type of system. Examples of encoding are Base64, URL encoding, etc. On Encryption, participants were taught the difference between encoding and encryption. Where the difference is the goal of encryption is to ensure the data cannot be consumed by anyone other than the intended recipient. Examples of encryption are AES, 3DES, DES, etc. Meanwhile, for hashing, participants were taught that hashing is to take any input and produce a fixed-length string and it is a one way encryption. On obfuscation, participants were taught that it doesn’t securely hidden the source code but rather to add obstacle to the source code.

After the sharing session by the speaker on cryptography, the participants were given basic challenges on the subject intended.

To conclude the workshop, majority of the participants have acquired the basic understanding on cryptography which could benefit them for the upcoming capture the flag.

The workshop is supported by TechOne Global, ITPSS and BruCert.

On 21st April 2018, a local NGO, Anak IT, organised a workshop called “Cyber Security Workshop (I) – Cryptography” at the offices of Techone Global at K-Hub, Anggerek Desa.

The objectives for this workshop were to have the basic understanding of cryptography and the different types of cryptography such as encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation. The speaker was Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT).

The workshop was attended by 30 participants comprised of UTB, IGS, Politeknik, LCB and several private companies. The workshop started with opening speech by Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT) to brief what Anak IT is all about and followed by safety briefing by the representative from TechOne Global.

The participants were taught the basic knowledge of cryptography which is categorized into 4, consisting of encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation.

On encoding, it was commonly used to transform data that can be properly consumed by any type of system. Examples of encoding are Base64, URL encoding, etc. On Encryption, participants were taught the difference between encoding and encryption. Where the difference is the goal of encryption is to ensure the data cannot be consumed by anyone other than the intended recipient. Examples of encryption are AES, 3DES, DES, etc. Meanwhile, for hashing, participants were taught that hashing is to take any input and produce a fixed-length string and it is a one way encryption. On obfuscation, participants were taught that it doesn’t securely hidden the source code but rather to add obstacle to the source code.

After the sharing session by the speaker on cryptography, the participants were given basic challenges on the subject intended.

To conclude the workshop, majority of the participants have acquired the basic understanding on cryptography which could benefit them for the upcoming capture the flag.

The workshop is supported by TechOne Global, ITPSS and BruCert.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 27th February 2018, recognised Iqbal Damit, of Brunei as the 19th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his work mobilising Bruneian contributions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – [...]

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 27th February 2018, recognised Iqbal Damit, of Brunei as the 19th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his work mobilising Bruneian contributions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

By sharing these stories of service, the Heads of Government meeting will celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.

Iqbal Damit is the founder of ‘Hand4handbn,’ an organisation providing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with food and donations. After raising over $15,000 for the organisation, Iqbal bought over 1,000 food packs and travelled to Balukhali refugee camp to distribute this food and other essential items. He distributed these packs, as well as thousands of items donated by other charities, to Rohingya refugees across the region, winning a National Youth Award in 2016 for his volunteer work.

Each Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. The award for Iqbal Damit will be presented on 27th February by Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner in Brunei.

Iqbal Damit said: “I am honoured and extremely humbled to be accepting this award. To be honest, I never saw this coming. What started off as something that I like to do, that is to travel and to help people, to then be given an award and recognition by Her Majesty The Queen and the selection team for something that I really enjoy doing gives me great honour. I would like to dedicate this award to the people that I have given assistance to. This is because they are the ones who have helped me instead. They have helped me to appreciate what I have and also be thankful with what I have. Until today, the assistance and aid that I have delivered in all my projects and charity work have taught me and reminded me daily to appreciate life better and to see beyond my own shoes and learn to walk in theirs.”

Richard Lindsay, UK High Commissioner in Brunei said: “On behalf of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I am delighted to present Iqbal Damit with a Commonwealth Point of Light Award, in recognition of his service in providing humanitarian relief for Rohingya refugees. Through his work, Iqbal has demonstrated great compassion for fellow Muslims, and is a great role model for other young people across the Commonwealth.

There will be 52 Commonwealth Points of Light awarded – one from each nation in the Commonwealth. Iqbal is already an inspiration to others in Brunei, and will now inspire others across the whole of the Commonwealth.”

The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 52 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The Heads of Government meeting will bring together leaders from all the 52 Member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people. Voluntary service is a vital part of this agenda, which is why Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to recognise outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way.

Pic from Borneo Bulletin

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 27th February 2018, recognised Iqbal Damit, of Brunei as the 19th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his work mobilising Bruneian contributions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

By sharing these stories of service, the Heads of Government meeting will celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.

Iqbal Damit is the founder of ‘Hand4handbn,’ an organisation providing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with food and donations. After raising over $15,000 for the organisation, Iqbal bought over 1,000 food packs and travelled to Balukhali refugee camp to distribute this food and other essential items. He distributed these packs, as well as thousands of items donated by other charities, to Rohingya refugees across the region, winning a National Youth Award in 2016 for his volunteer work.

Each Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. The award for Iqbal Damit will be presented on 27th February by Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner in Brunei.

Iqbal Damit said: “I am honoured and extremely humbled to be accepting this award. To be honest, I never saw this coming. What started off as something that I like to do, that is to travel and to help people, to then be given an award and recognition by Her Majesty The Queen and the selection team for something that I really enjoy doing gives me great honour. I would like to dedicate this award to the people that I have given assistance to. This is because they are the ones who have helped me instead. They have helped me to appreciate what I have and also be thankful with what I have. Until today, the assistance and aid that I have delivered in all my projects and charity work have taught me and reminded me daily to appreciate life better and to see beyond my own shoes and learn to walk in theirs.”

Richard Lindsay, UK High Commissioner in Brunei said: “On behalf of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I am delighted to present Iqbal Damit with a Commonwealth Point of Light Award, in recognition of his service in providing humanitarian relief for Rohingya refugees. Through his work, Iqbal has demonstrated great compassion for fellow Muslims, and is a great role model for other young people across the Commonwealth.

There will be 52 Commonwealth Points of Light awarded – one from each nation in the Commonwealth. Iqbal is already an inspiration to others in Brunei, and will now inspire others across the whole of the Commonwealth.”

The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 52 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The Heads of Government meeting will bring together leaders from all the 52 Member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people. Voluntary service is a vital part of this agenda, which is why Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to recognise outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way.

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Thoughts on Socmed today

Thought I’d share this online interview I gave to Azim a couple of years ago. Do share your thoughts and comments on the issues. Azim: With the ubiquitous use of social media now, what are your thoughts on the importance of the public knowing what and not to say – social media etiquette? How to [...]

Thought I’d share this online interview I gave to Azim a couple of years ago. Do share your thoughts and comments on the issues.

Azim: With the ubiquitous use of social media now, what are your thoughts on the importance of the public knowing what and not to say – social media etiquette? How to manage it?

Examples of bad socmed etiquette:

  • Sarcastic comments and negative sentiments towards the governments.
  • A comment on Cerita Panas Brunei saying: “Mentri brunei ane talor2″, the person perhaps not realising that His Majesty himself is the Prime Minister, Defence and Finance of Brunei.
  • UBD students on a Facebook page venting out on a lecturer.

Me: Although I am a keen supporter of the Internet as a platform for free speech, the key word here is decorum. The problem is people believe that the internet is some place where they can be anonymous and so behave in ways they would never dream of doing in real life. We all know this is often not the case. But what’s important here is that the public should be educated on taking responsibility and being accountable for their actions online.

Azim: Why do you think that interest in blogging has faded over the years?

  • A lack of love to write in Brunei?
  • A lack of understanding of the importance of blogs that it can be read by everyone and our legacy is cemented so long as the internet/web is not replaced by something even more sophisticated.
  • Or Bruneians prefer the simpler ease of Twitter and Instagram to express their ideas or arguments?

Me: I think blogging is just another tool for people to express their views and ideas. Tools evolve and become better and more efficient. But not everything can be expressed in 140 characters or less. So there will always be room for long-form expression like blogs. For all we know, twitter and instagram may go the way of blogs pretty soon.

Azim: Do you think that the only path for blogs to sustain its course is by means of making a commercial value out of it?

  • Is there no social or academic value for blogs in Brunei?
  • Can blogs be an infant industry or platform to an academic think tank such as http://www.e-ir.info/?

Me: I disagree. Apart from reaping some commercial value (if any), bloggers also post entries with a view towards collective recollection for the public at a future point in time. For example, my posts on Brunei’s National Day celebrations have become a visual and historical record of the atmosphere during those events, which will allow future generations of Bruneians to see how National Day was celebrated in the early 21st century.

Azim: Can the country rely on bloggers to uphold new aspirations regarding MIB or the Syariah Penal Code?

  • Or are bloggers or social media users entitled to challenge their legitimacy?
  • Because some Bruneians are constantly rocked over any online articles without even realising that these stories are not of concrete reports or proper research papers such as thewww.miricommunity/com.
  • Perhaps proper blogs on explaining these things can pave the way for a better understanding and act as a standardised source of national information.

Me: Yes of course bloggers and the social media can be harnessed as a tool for upholding any sort of ideology. But they must always be prepared for opposing views and opinions. Healthy debate and conversations are always the best way to steer public opinion in a particular direction but it must be done transparently in order to maintain credibility.

Thought I’d share this online interview I gave to Azim a couple of years ago. Do share your thoughts and comments on the issues.

Azim: With the ubiquitous use of social media now, what are your thoughts on the importance of the public knowing what and not to say – social media etiquette? How to manage it?

Examples of bad socmed etiquette:

  • Sarcastic comments and negative sentiments towards the governments.
  • A comment on Cerita Panas Brunei saying: “Mentri brunei ane talor2″, the person perhaps not realising that His Majesty himself is the Prime Minister, Defence and Finance of Brunei.
  • UBD students on a Facebook page venting out on a lecturer.

Me: Although I am a keen supporter of the Internet as a platform for free speech, the key word here is decorum. The problem is people believe that the internet is some place where they can be anonymous and so behave in ways they would never dream of doing in real life. We all know this is often not the case. But what’s important here is that the public should be educated on taking responsibility and being accountable for their actions online.

Azim: Why do you think that interest in blogging has faded over the years?

  • A lack of love to write in Brunei?
  • A lack of understanding of the importance of blogs that it can be read by everyone and our legacy is cemented so long as the internet/web is not replaced by something even more sophisticated.
  • Or Bruneians prefer the simpler ease of Twitter and Instagram to express their ideas or arguments?

Me: I think blogging is just another tool for people to express their views and ideas. Tools evolve and become better and more efficient. But not everything can be expressed in 140 characters or less. So there will always be room for long-form expression like blogs. For all we know, twitter and instagram may go the way of blogs pretty soon.

Azim: Do you think that the only path for blogs to sustain its course is by means of making a commercial value out of it?

  • Is there no social or academic value for blogs in Brunei?
  • Can blogs be an infant industry or platform to an academic think tank such as http://www.e-ir.info/?

Me: I disagree. Apart from reaping some commercial value (if any), bloggers also post entries with a view towards collective recollection for the public at a future point in time. For example, my posts on Brunei’s National Day celebrations have become a visual and historical record of the atmosphere during those events, which will allow future generations of Bruneians to see how National Day was celebrated in the early 21st century.

Azim: Can the country rely on bloggers to uphold new aspirations regarding MIB or the Syariah Penal Code?

  • Or are bloggers or social media users entitled to challenge their legitimacy?
  • Because some Bruneians are constantly rocked over any online articles without even realising that these stories are not of concrete reports or proper research papers such as thewww.miricommunity/com.
  • Perhaps proper blogs on explaining these things can pave the way for a better understanding and act as a standardised source of national information.

Me: Yes of course bloggers and the social media can be harnessed as a tool for upholding any sort of ideology. But they must always be prepared for opposing views and opinions. Healthy debate and conversations are always the best way to steer public opinion in a particular direction but it must be done transparently in order to maintain credibility.

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In its continuous support of Brunei Vision 2035 in the country’s pursuit of highly skilled human resources, Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) yesterday signed a training agreement with its second batch of Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) students in the run-up to the academic completion in December of the company’s first batch of apprenticeship trainees, [...]

In its continuous support of Brunei Vision 2035 in the country’s pursuit of highly skilled human resources, Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) yesterday signed a training agreement with its second batch of Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) students in the run-up to the academic completion in December of the company’s first batch of apprenticeship trainees, according to a press release.

Yesterday’s Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) ceremony witnessed the inking of documents between TelBru and 10 IBTE students under the HNTec Apprenticeship Training Scheme programme for Telecommunications and Information Technology all of whom started their educational training on July 13, 2016 on the grounds of IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus.

This second batch follows a successful two years of 11 of TelBru’s first batch of sponsored students whose training, which commenced in January 2015, included a total of one year of formal education and another year of on-the-job training with Telbru’s own team of technical professionals. Following their graduation next month, these students will begin their young careers with TelBru commencing in January next year.

Much like their predecessor, the latest batch will undergo the same routine with potential employment prospects with TelBru upon the completion of the programme subject to a number of conditions including performance as well as discipline throughout their two years.

David Kay looks on as IBTE student signs agreement

Chief Executive Officer, David Kay, who signed on TelBru’s behalf, expressed hope that these selected students will seize the opportunity to enhance their skills to cater to an industry that is expected to grow over the coming years.

“As part of our responsibility to the country, TelBru will continue to take proactive measures in a variety of ICT fields in terms of providing young Bruneians with the right skills and knowledge. Our partnerships with several local educational institutions, including IBTE, is testament to our long-term commitment to ensure that Brunei’s ICT industry is equipped with the right manpower to carry out the nation’s ICT ambition forward.”

In its continuous support of Brunei Vision 2035 in the country’s pursuit of highly skilled human resources, Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) yesterday signed a training agreement with its second batch of Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) students in the run-up to the academic completion in December of the company’s first batch of apprenticeship trainees, according to a press release.

Yesterday’s Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) ceremony witnessed the inking of documents between TelBru and 10 IBTE students under the HNTec Apprenticeship Training Scheme programme for Telecommunications and Information Technology all of whom started their educational training on July 13, 2016 on the grounds of IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus.

This second batch follows a successful two years of 11 of TelBru’s first batch of sponsored students whose training, which commenced in January 2015, included a total of one year of formal education and another year of on-the-job training with Telbru’s own team of technical professionals. Following their graduation next month, these students will begin their young careers with TelBru commencing in January next year.

Much like their predecessor, the latest batch will undergo the same routine with potential employment prospects with TelBru upon the completion of the programme subject to a number of conditions including performance as well as discipline throughout their two years.

David Kay looks on as IBTE student signs agreement

Chief Executive Officer, David Kay, who signed on TelBru’s behalf, expressed hope that these selected students will seize the opportunity to enhance their skills to cater to an industry that is expected to grow over the coming years.

“As part of our responsibility to the country, TelBru will continue to take proactive measures in a variety of ICT fields in terms of providing young Bruneians with the right skills and knowledge. Our partnerships with several local educational institutions, including IBTE, is testament to our long-term commitment to ensure that Brunei’s ICT industry is equipped with the right manpower to carry out the nation’s ICT ambition forward.”

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Projek Amal 1 Baju 1 Senyuman terus mendapat perhatian orang awam semenjak projek itu dilancarkan pada awal April yang lalu oleh Yang Mulia Awang Misle Bin Hj Abdul Karim, Pemangku Pegawai Daerah Brunei dan Muara. Hari Jumaat 27/05/16, projek Amal Satu Baju Satu Senyuman telah mendapat tajaan berupa 23 kayu kain untuk didermakan bagi menjalankan [...]

Projek Amal 1 Baju 1 Senyuman terus mendapat perhatian orang awam semenjak projek itu dilancarkan pada awal April yang lalu oleh Yang Mulia Awang Misle Bin Hj Abdul Karim, Pemangku Pegawai Daerah Brunei dan Muara.

Hari Jumaat 27/05/16, projek Amal Satu Baju Satu Senyuman telah mendapat tajaan berupa 23 kayu kain untuk didermakan bagi menjalankan projek ini.

Menyampaikan Derma tersebut ialah YM Dayang Sufina Binti Dr Hj Jumat, Pengarah bagi Syarikat Hj Idris Kalong Sdn Bhd (SHIKA) dan disampaikan kepada Pengasas Battle Pro Group, yang Mulia Hj Syed Mohd Yassin B Hj Syed Anayatullah Shah, selaku penganjur bersama program amal Satu Baju Satu Senyuman yang diadakan pada bulan April yang lalu.

Sebanyak 579 pasang telah berjaya didermakan untuk anak yatim melalui projek amal yang pertama iaitu pada 4hb – 7hb April dan 268 pasang melalui projek amal yang ke dua, iaitu semasa Karnival Kembara Islam 1437H.

Walaubagaimanapun, menurut Hj Syed Mohd Yassin, jumlah derma waqaf kain tidak mencukupi untuk menampung keseluruhan tempahan.
“Ahamdulillah masih ada yang ingin menderma untuk projek amal ini, jadi kami cadangkan untuk wang derma tersebut dibelikan kain untuk menampung projek ini”.

“Semoga berkat derma tersebut, syarikat SHIKA akan diperluaskan rezeki dan dipermudahkan segala urusan” tambahnya lagi.

Pengarah Shika, YM Dayang Sufina (Tengah) menyampaikan derma kain kepada Ym Hj Syed Mohd Yassin Bin Hj Syed Anayatullah Shah

Pengarah Shika, YM Dayang Sufina (Tengah) menyampaikan derma kain kepada Ym Hj Syed Mohd Yassin Bin Hj Syed Anayatullah Shah

Projek Amal 1 Baju 1 Senyuman terus mendapat perhatian orang awam semenjak projek itu dilancarkan pada awal April yang lalu oleh Yang Mulia Awang Misle Bin Hj Abdul Karim, Pemangku Pegawai Daerah Brunei dan Muara.

Hari Jumaat 27/05/16, projek Amal Satu Baju Satu Senyuman telah mendapat tajaan berupa 23 kayu kain untuk didermakan bagi menjalankan projek ini.

Menyampaikan Derma tersebut ialah YM Dayang Sufina Binti Dr Hj Jumat, Pengarah bagi Syarikat Hj Idris Kalong Sdn Bhd (SHIKA) dan disampaikan kepada Pengasas Battle Pro Group, yang Mulia Hj Syed Mohd Yassin B Hj Syed Anayatullah Shah, selaku penganjur bersama program amal Satu Baju Satu Senyuman yang diadakan pada bulan April yang lalu.

Sebanyak 579 pasang telah berjaya didermakan untuk anak yatim melalui projek amal yang pertama iaitu pada 4hb – 7hb April dan 268 pasang melalui projek amal yang ke dua, iaitu semasa Karnival Kembara Islam 1437H.

Walaubagaimanapun, menurut Hj Syed Mohd Yassin, jumlah derma waqaf kain tidak mencukupi untuk menampung keseluruhan tempahan.
“Ahamdulillah masih ada yang ingin menderma untuk projek amal ini, jadi kami cadangkan untuk wang derma tersebut dibelikan kain untuk menampung projek ini”.

“Semoga berkat derma tersebut, syarikat SHIKA akan diperluaskan rezeki dan dipermudahkan segala urusan” tambahnya lagi.

Pengarah Shika, YM Dayang Sufina (Tengah) menyampaikan derma kain kepada Ym Hj Syed Mohd Yassin Bin Hj Syed Anayatullah Shah

Pengarah Shika, YM Dayang Sufina (Tengah) menyampaikan derma kain kepada Ym Hj Syed Mohd Yassin Bin Hj Syed Anayatullah Shah

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By: Nazurah Noor All four of the Bruneian teams from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Pusat Latihan Mekanik (PLM) have now successfully completed and passed the tough pre-race Technical Inspections at the Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2015 competition in Luneta Park, Manila, in the Philippines on Saturday, 28th February 2015. Joining the ranks of yesterday’s [...]

Asia 2015 Day #1

By: Nazurah Noor

All four of the Bruneian teams from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Pusat Latihan Mekanik (PLM) have now successfully completed and passed the tough pre-race Technical Inspections at the Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2015 competition in Luneta Park, Manila, in the Philippines on Saturday, 28th February 2015.

Joining the ranks of yesterday’s Bruneian success in Manila were UBD’s GenNext Harapan and PLM’s Alpha 7 and their battery electric vehicles – the silver black ‘Nakhoda’ vehicles and the golden ‘Panglima Seventy One 77’, respectively.

GenNext Harapan’s vehicle, the ‘Mutiara’, qualified past the rigorous testing of Technical Inspection late on Saturday.

Rafi from team GenNext Harapan

Muhamad Rafiuddin Bin Maidin, who is currently a UBD student reading Masters in Physics by Research, explained his team’s developments: ” In the first attempt, the inspectors found a few issues. Today, we improved the enclosure wall of the vehicle shell to protect our driver from exposure to the brake and wheels. We also adjusted our brakes, seat belts and electrics of the motor.”

Sing Yew, team GenNext Harapan's electrical expert

Then Sing Yew, in charge of the electrical part of team Harapan, commented on this team’s much awaited inspection success on a third attempt: “It’s what we’ve been hoping for over the last few days. Most importantly, we explained very clearly what we have done. It was more to do with demonstrating the depth of our understanding of the car, rather than what we have actually built. The inspectors responded very positively and we even received very good comments.”

He added, “We are feeling excited and very happy. But we now need to focus on the next part, which is to break Mutiara’s previous SEMA record last year.”

In 2014, the ‘Mutiara’ made it to the Top 10 in the SEMA competition’s Battery Electric category, clocking in 112 kilowatts hour of energy for 10 laps in 24 minutes. [continue reading…]

Asia 2015 Day #1

By: Nazurah Noor

All four of the Bruneian teams from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Pusat Latihan Mekanik (PLM) have now successfully completed and passed the tough pre-race Technical Inspections at the Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2015 competition in Luneta Park, Manila, in the Philippines on Saturday, 28th February 2015.

Joining the ranks of yesterday’s Bruneian success in Manila were UBD’s GenNext Harapan and PLM’s Alpha 7 and their battery electric vehicles – the silver black ‘Nakhoda’ vehicles and the golden ‘Panglima Seventy One 77’, respectively.

GenNext Harapan’s vehicle, the ‘Mutiara’, qualified past the rigorous testing of Technical Inspection late on Saturday.

Rafi from team GenNext Harapan

Muhamad Rafiuddin Bin Maidin, who is currently a UBD student reading Masters in Physics by Research, explained his team’s developments: ” In the first attempt, the inspectors found a few issues. Today, we improved the enclosure wall of the vehicle shell to protect our driver from exposure to the brake and wheels. We also adjusted our brakes, seat belts and electrics of the motor.”

Sing Yew, team GenNext Harapan's electrical expert

Then Sing Yew, in charge of the electrical part of team Harapan, commented on this team’s much awaited inspection success on a third attempt: “It’s what we’ve been hoping for over the last few days. Most importantly, we explained very clearly what we have done. It was more to do with demonstrating the depth of our understanding of the car, rather than what we have actually built. The inspectors responded very positively and we even received very good comments.”

He added, “We are feeling excited and very happy. But we now need to focus on the next part, which is to break Mutiara’s previous SEMA record last year.”

In 2014, the ‘Mutiara’ made it to the Top 10 in the SEMA competition’s Battery Electric category, clocking in 112 kilowatts hour of energy for 10 laps in 24 minutes. (more…)

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