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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.

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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.

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The 67th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam began with a grand parade at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the heart of the capital yesterday. Hundreds of students from various schools were seen early morning enthusiastically waving mini national flags lined up to welcome His [...]

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The 67th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam began with a grand parade at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the heart of the capital yesterday.

Hundreds of students from various schools were seen early morning enthusiastically waving mini national flags lined up to welcome His Majesty and other members of the royal family, further enlivening the event with a great display of patriotism and love for the monarch.

In attendance to celebrate the joyous event at the Taman were His Royal Highness Prince Haji AI-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted with the Royal Salute followed by Brunei’s National Anthem and the firing of canons to mark the beginning of His Majesty’s 67th birthday celebrations at the Taman.

His Majesty later consented to inspect the Royal Guard of Honour that was mounted by personnel of the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force, Royal Brunei Police Force, including members of uniformed government departments and associations.

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The march past that followed after the inspection of the Royal Guard of Honour showed great patriotism as His Majesty, other royal family members, invited guests and the public that crowded outside the gates of the Taman watched in awe. The Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Royal Brunei Police Force personnel marched in simultaneous movement.

Concluding the morning’s events at the Taman was a colourful fly-past, a very fitting grand finale that included a number of aircraft from the Royal Brunei Air Force such as the Black Hawk, PC-17, Bell Helicopters, headed by the CN-235, leaving trails of colourful smoke in the air behind them.

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The 67th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam began with a grand parade at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the heart of the capital yesterday.

Hundreds of students from various schools were seen early morning enthusiastically waving mini national flags lined up to welcome His Majesty and other members of the royal family, further enlivening the event with a great display of patriotism and love for the monarch.

In attendance to celebrate the joyous event at the Taman were His Royal Highness Prince Haji AI-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted with the Royal Salute followed by Brunei’s National Anthem and the firing of canons to mark the beginning of His Majesty’s 67th birthday celebrations at the Taman.

His Majesty later consented to inspect the Royal Guard of Honour that was mounted by personnel of the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force, Royal Brunei Police Force, including members of uniformed government departments and associations.

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The march past that followed after the inspection of the Royal Guard of Honour showed great patriotism as His Majesty, other royal family members, invited guests and the public that crowded outside the gates of the Taman watched in awe. The Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Royal Brunei Police Force personnel marched in simultaneous movement.

Concluding the morning’s events at the Taman was a colourful fly-past, a very fitting grand finale that included a number of aircraft from the Royal Brunei Air Force such as the Black Hawk, PC-17, Bell Helicopters, headed by the CN-235, leaving trails of colourful smoke in the air behind them.

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A needy family of nine is seeking assistance as their current residence – a dilapidated hut with zinc roofing for walls and salvaged wooden planks for floors – has become unsafe, particularly in view of the number of people it houses. The family of converts comprises Reduan Abdullah, a Malaysian national, his wife Majidah Abdullah, [...]

Reduan Abdullah and family standing beside the dilapidated hut

Reduan Abdullah and family standing beside the dilapidated hut

A needy family of nine is seeking assistance as their current residence – a dilapidated hut with zinc roofing for walls and salvaged wooden planks for floors – has become unsafe, particularly in view of the number of people it houses.

The family of converts comprises Reduan Abdullah, a Malaysian national, his wife Majidah Abdullah, a Brunei permanent resident, their seven children and an elderly mother, all of whom have been staying in the hut located on a land with Temporary Occupational Licence (TOL) at Simpang 638-16, Kampong Tanah Tersusun Lumut ever since Reduan retired from the Kuala Belait Municipal Department in 2011.

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The sorry state of the entrance

The children have had to stop school since Reduan’s retirement as they could not afford the expenses. Their eldest child, a 22-year-old, is only Primary 6-educated, and survives by earning from bridal makeup jobs in Bandar Seri Begawan.

The family has attempted to seek help from the relevant authorities, however, their applications have been unsuccessful, except for the one-year basic food assistance from Dakwah Islamic Centre, which has to be renewed annually.

Reduan tries to make ends meet by taking on grass-cutting jobs, looking for young shoots in the jungle to be sold as vegetables. To feed the family, he occasionally fishes.

This is the space where the family of 9 rests, eats, and sleeps

This is the space where the family of 9 rests, eats, and sleeps

Basic facilities such as electricity and water are not available. The family makes use of a generator which was contributed to them a few years ago, and collects water in drums for their daily domestic and cooking usage.

State Legislative Council member YB Haji Shafiee bin Ahmad, who is also the Lumut 1 Village Head, when interviewed, noted that with the cooperation of Lumut 11 Village Head Haji Abd Rahman Hashim, they had submitted an application form to obtain a residence for Reduan’s family, and that it is currently pending. YB Haji Shafiee also said that they will conduct a follow-up of the application.

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Reduan Abdullah and family standing beside the dilapidated hut

Reduan Abdullah and family standing beside the dilapidated hut

A needy family of nine is seeking assistance as their current residence – a dilapidated hut with zinc roofing for walls and salvaged wooden planks for floors – has become unsafe, particularly in view of the number of people it houses.

The family of converts comprises Reduan Abdullah, a Malaysian national, his wife Majidah Abdullah, a Brunei permanent resident, their seven children and an elderly mother, all of whom have been staying in the hut located on a land with Temporary Occupational Licence (TOL) at Simpang 638-16, Kampong Tanah Tersusun Lumut ever since Reduan retired from the Kuala Belait Municipal Department in 2011.

The sorry state of the entrance

The sorry state of the entrance

The children have had to stop school since Reduan’s retirement as they could not afford the expenses. Their eldest child, a 22-year-old, is only Primary 6-educated, and survives by earning from bridal makeup jobs in Bandar Seri Begawan.

The family has attempted to seek help from the relevant authorities, however, their applications have been unsuccessful, except for the one-year basic food assistance from Dakwah Islamic Centre, which has to be renewed annually.

Reduan tries to make ends meet by taking on grass-cutting jobs, looking for young shoots in the jungle to be sold as vegetables. To feed the family, he occasionally fishes.

This is the space where the family of 9 rests, eats, and sleeps

This is the space where the family of 9 rests, eats, and sleeps

Basic facilities such as electricity and water are not available. The family makes use of a generator which was contributed to them a few years ago, and collects water in drums for their daily domestic and cooking usage.

State Legislative Council member YB Haji Shafiee bin Ahmad, who is also the Lumut 1 Village Head, when interviewed, noted that with the cooperation of Lumut 11 Village Head Haji Abd Rahman Hashim, they had submitted an application form to obtain a residence for Reduan’s family, and that it is currently pending. YB Haji Shafiee also said that they will conduct a follow-up of the application.

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Hundreds of people visited the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam‘s (AITI) Carnival yesterday. It was held to commemorate 10 years of its establishment. AITI said it was aimed to promote and create public awareness on the roles and functions of AITI as Brunei Darussalam’s telecommunications regulator and promoter of ICT industry. At [...]

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Hundreds of people visited the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam‘s (AITI) Carnival yesterday. It was held to commemorate 10 years of its establishment.

AITI said it was aimed to promote and create public awareness on the roles and functions of AITI as Brunei Darussalam’s telecommunications regulator and promoter of ICT industry.

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At the carnival held at its premises in Kampong Anggerek Desa, information booths promoting AITI’s functions and achievements were set-up, including the AITI SMART Gallery showcasing the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) technologies.

AITI’s industry partners such as TelBru, DST, B-Mobile and NiAT Sdn Bhd supported the event with displays and promotion of their products and services along with other stakeholders such as SMARTER, Pusat Ehsan, Persatuan Gemilang Daerah Tutong and the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association.

Visitors to the whole-day carnival also enjoyed fun filled activities, games and competitions including magic performance by SPADES, Xbox Kinect for children, mini-golf and AITI quiz competition.

For the gaming community there were game console competitions for FIFA and Street Fighter. Other highlights of the carnival were Lego displays by Brunei Usergroup Lego And Technic (BULAT), fitness demonstration by Getfit Crossfit, face-painting, bouncer and Yoda Obstacles Course and special meet and greet appearances by “Ada Apa Dengan Rina” cast and Nina Iskandar, the first Bruneian to sign a contract with MIG, Malaysia.

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A wide selection of vendors also made their appearance at the carnival such as Cotton Candy Mobile, Enya Bijoux, Hayaa Musfirah, Beebo’s Bakers, KaPow burger, Na Forrer Boutique, Shiiz Candies, Sip N Tell, The Sandwich Club and Vanilla Kitchen.

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Star Wars fans had the opportunity to take photos with Star Wars’ Storm Troopers. AITI also took this opportunity to spread road safety messages through Road Safety mascots.

In conjunction with the 10th year anniversary, AITI organised a series of activities, including a mass prayer held earlier this month at the Ash-Shaliheen Mosque and an Instagram competition held between May 6 and 20 with the theme “Celebrating 10 years Of AITI”.

The most anticipated event of this carnival was the prize-presentation ceremony for the winners of the Girls in ICT Day “Clip-IT” video-making competition which closed on May 17 as well as AITI Instagram, Quiz and Console competitions.

“It is hoped that the carnival will further unite the AITI management and staff, ICT players, key stakeholders and members of the public towards a memorable celebration that will mark another chapter of AITI’s history” it said in a press release. — Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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Hundreds of people visited the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam‘s (AITI) Carnival yesterday. It was held to commemorate 10 years of its establishment.

AITI said it was aimed to promote and create public awareness on the roles and functions of AITI as Brunei Darussalam’s telecommunications regulator and promoter of ICT industry.

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At the carnival held at its premises in Kampong Anggerek Desa, information booths promoting AITI’s functions and achievements were set-up, including the AITI SMART Gallery showcasing the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) technologies.

AITI’s industry partners such as TelBru, DST, B-Mobile and NiAT Sdn Bhd supported the event with displays and promotion of their products and services along with other stakeholders such as SMARTER, Pusat Ehsan, Persatuan Gemilang Daerah Tutong and the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association.

Visitors to the whole-day carnival also enjoyed fun filled activities, games and competitions including magic performance by SPADES, Xbox Kinect for children, mini-golf and AITI quiz competition.

For the gaming community there were game console competitions for FIFA and Street Fighter. Other highlights of the carnival were Lego displays by Brunei Usergroup Lego And Technic (BULAT), fitness demonstration by Getfit Crossfit, face-painting, bouncer and Yoda Obstacles Course and special meet and greet appearances by “Ada Apa Dengan Rina” cast and Nina Iskandar, the first Bruneian to sign a contract with MIG, Malaysia.

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A wide selection of vendors also made their appearance at the carnival such as Cotton Candy Mobile, Enya Bijoux, Hayaa Musfirah, Beebo’s Bakers, KaPow burger, Na Forrer Boutique, Shiiz Candies, Sip N Tell, The Sandwich Club and Vanilla Kitchen.

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Star Wars fans had the opportunity to take photos with Star Wars’ Storm Troopers. AITI also took this opportunity to spread road safety messages through Road Safety mascots.

In conjunction with the 10th year anniversary, AITI organised a series of activities, including a mass prayer held earlier this month at the Ash-Shaliheen Mosque and an Instagram competition held between May 6 and 20 with the theme “Celebrating 10 years Of AITI”.

The most anticipated event of this carnival was the prize-presentation ceremony for the winners of the Girls in ICT Day “Clip-IT” video-making competition which closed on May 17 as well as AITI Instagram, Quiz and Console competitions.

“It is hoped that the carnival will further unite the AITI management and staff, ICT players, key stakeholders and members of the public towards a memorable celebration that will mark another chapter of AITI’s history” it said in a press release. — Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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TelBru is bringing High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) connectivity to more local households as the much-anticipated fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) makes its ‘first phase deployment’; with 1,000 homes already connected. TelBru CEO, David Kay, said they are targeting another 6,000 homes this year and sees an encouraging increase in the number of online and counter applications for the service. [...]

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TelBru is bringing High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) connectivity to more local households as the much-anticipated fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) makes its ‘first phase deployment’; with 1,000 homes already connected.

TelBru CEO, David Kay, said they are targeting another 6,000 homes this year and sees an encouraging increase in the number of online and counter applications for the service.

“This clearly indicates the demand and need for a more efficient and high-speed Internet connection from the public,” he said during an official launching ceremony at The Times Square Shopping Centre yesterday.

Officiating the event as the guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications.

To demonstrate how powerful and reliable the FTTH connection is, TelBru initiated an online gaming tournament for “The League of Legends” game.

Times Square is also the first commercial area to be connected with the HSBB, allowing businesses access to high-speed connectivity and reliability, thus paving the way to conduct business with ease.

David Kay revealed that the first phase of the HSBB project covered areas in Madang, Gadong and Central areas. “By the end of February itself, a further 1,000 homes will be connected,” he said.

Those mentioned areas are only the beginning of TelBru’s major infrastructure project. Homes that have not been ‘plugged in’ at other areas will be part of the deployment plan, which he described as a huge undertaking and investment – a gradual process that requires meticulous planning and implementation.

By the end of the year, he said most homes in the mainly densely populated areas will be able to connect to FTTH. It is hoped that it will close the gap and bring us at par-with Brunei’s ICT enhanced neighbours.

“By way of conclusion, it is not just about fast broadband speeds but rather providing 100 per cent of the Bruneian household with access to HSBB that ultimately underlines Brunei’s Vision 2035. TelBru is working extremely hard to fulfil this vision,” he explained.

The HSBB experience and campaign will be opened to the public until tomorrow and they can further explore HSBB, including the FTTH technology whilst comparing the new broadband with current copper cables. The development and milestone of Internet and communications technology from the past, present and also TelBru’s future planning will also be highlighted.

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TelBru is bringing High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) connectivity to more local households as the much-anticipated fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) makes its ‘first phase deployment’; with 1,000 homes already connected.

TelBru CEO, David Kay, said they are targeting another 6,000 homes this year and sees an encouraging increase in the number of online and counter applications for the service.

“This clearly indicates the demand and need for a more efficient and high-speed Internet connection from the public,” he said during an official launching ceremony at The Times Square Shopping Centre yesterday.

Officiating the event as the guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications.

To demonstrate how powerful and reliable the FTTH connection is, TelBru initiated an online gaming tournament for “The League of Legends” game.

Times Square is also the first commercial area to be connected with the HSBB, allowing businesses access to high-speed connectivity and reliability, thus paving the way to conduct business with ease.

David Kay revealed that the first phase of the HSBB project covered areas in Madang, Gadong and Central areas. “By the end of February itself, a further 1,000 homes will be connected,” he said.

Those mentioned areas are only the beginning of TelBru’s major infrastructure project. Homes that have not been ‘plugged in’ at other areas will be part of the deployment plan, which he described as a huge undertaking and investment – a gradual process that requires meticulous planning and implementation.

By the end of the year, he said most homes in the mainly densely populated areas will be able to connect to FTTH. It is hoped that it will close the gap and bring us at par-with Brunei’s ICT enhanced neighbours.

“By way of conclusion, it is not just about fast broadband speeds but rather providing 100 per cent of the Bruneian household with access to HSBB that ultimately underlines Brunei’s Vision 2035. TelBru is working extremely hard to fulfil this vision,” he explained.

The HSBB experience and campaign will be opened to the public until tomorrow and they can further explore HSBB, including the FTTH technology whilst comparing the new broadband with current copper cables. The development and milestone of Internet and communications technology from the past, present and also TelBru’s future planning will also be highlighted.

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Featuring 25 participating companies and government agencies, the Road Safety Fair 2012 is hailed as the biggest road safety event of the year in the Brunei-Muara District started today. With this year’s theme of “Drive Smart. Drive Safe”, organisers are combining their efforts to maintain and strengthen road safety to curb road traffic accidents in [...]

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Featuring 25 participating companies and government agencies, the Road Safety Fair 2012 is hailed as the biggest road safety event of the year in the Brunei-Muara District started today.

With this year’s theme of “Drive Smart. Drive Safe”, organisers are combining their efforts to maintain and strengthen road safety to curb road traffic accidents in the country, and are welcoming all Bruneian road users to visit the mega fair and learn how to improve their safety on the roads and potentially save lives.

The launch of the Road Safety Fair 2012 was officated by Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong, Minister of Education and Hj Salleh Bostaman bin Hj Zainal Abidin, the Acting Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP).

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Among the many exciting exhibits awaiting visitors this weekend are the Photobooth, “Seeing Is Believing” booth, Road Games, Proper Way of Tyre Changing, Fatal Vision, the Seat Belt Convincer, Spot The Hazard, The Dark Room, `Spin The Wheel’ and the Games Area.

Another major attraction at the road safety carnival will be Brunei’s very own energy-efficient vehicles – designed, built and driven by local students – which competed against more then 100 teams from 12 countries in the recent Shell Eco-marathon Asia held at Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.

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The Shell Eco-marathon is an all-student competition to design and build a fuel efficient vehicle using the least amount of fuel to travel the furthest distance.

Visitors will also be entertained with tonnes of fun and educational activities including the Road Safety Questionnaire, Children’s Road Safety Colouring event, as well as the attractive lucky draws held throughout the weekend.

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The 25 organisations featured in this year’s Road Safety Fair include government agencies such as the Brunei National Road Safety Council, the Royal Brunei Police Force, the Fire and Rescue Department, and the Public Works Department ( JKR). There are also local companies participating such as RTC, Astrata, Megalift, Baker Hughes, Megamas, Champion Technologies, Halliburton, NBT, GHK Motors, Setia Motors, TCY Motors and Tyremart.

The public can follow the Road Safety Fair on Twitter @RoadSafetyFair.

The Road Safety Fair 2012 is a joint effort to further support the nation’s efforts in attaining the goals of the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, following the launch of the BSJV Road Safety 2012 which was graced by Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Patron of the Brunei National Road Safety Council, in June this year, in Seria.

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Featuring 25 participating companies and government agencies, the Road Safety Fair 2012 is hailed as the biggest road safety event of the year in the Brunei-Muara District started today.

With this year’s theme of “Drive Smart. Drive Safe”, organisers are combining their efforts to maintain and strengthen road safety to curb road traffic accidents in the country, and are welcoming all Bruneian road users to visit the mega fair and learn how to improve their safety on the roads and potentially save lives.

The launch of the Road Safety Fair 2012 was officated by Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong, Minister of Education and Hj Salleh Bostaman bin Hj Zainal Abidin, the Acting Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP).

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Among the many exciting exhibits awaiting visitors this weekend are the Photobooth, “Seeing Is Believing” booth, Road Games, Proper Way of Tyre Changing, Fatal Vision, the Seat Belt Convincer, Spot The Hazard, The Dark Room, `Spin The Wheel’ and the Games Area.

Another major attraction at the road safety carnival will be Brunei’s very own energy-efficient vehicles – designed, built and driven by local students – which competed against more then 100 teams from 12 countries in the recent Shell Eco-marathon Asia held at Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.

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The Shell Eco-marathon is an all-student competition to design and build a fuel efficient vehicle using the least amount of fuel to travel the furthest distance.

Visitors will also be entertained with tonnes of fun and educational activities including the Road Safety Questionnaire, Children’s Road Safety Colouring event, as well as the attractive lucky draws held throughout the weekend.

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The 25 organisations featured in this year’s Road Safety Fair include government agencies such as the Brunei National Road Safety Council, the Royal Brunei Police Force, the Fire and Rescue Department, and the Public Works Department ( JKR). There are also local companies participating such as RTC, Astrata, Megalift, Baker Hughes, Megamas, Champion Technologies, Halliburton, NBT, GHK Motors, Setia Motors, TCY Motors and Tyremart.

The public can follow the Road Safety Fair on Twitter @RoadSafetyFair.

The Road Safety Fair 2012 is a joint effort to further support the nation’s efforts in attaining the goals of the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, following the launch of the BSJV Road Safety 2012 which was graced by Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Patron of the Brunei National Road Safety Council, in June this year, in Seria.

–Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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BIBD re-opens PGGMB Building

Revamping Of A Modern Icon The Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) building, regarded as among the most modern infrastructures that can be found in the capital, yesterday officially opened its doors following a one-year facelift that was expected to aid in boosting Bandar Seri Begawan and the country’s image as a prime business location. Spearheaded [...]

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The Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) building, regarded as among the most modern infrastructures that can be found in the capital, yesterday officially opened its doors following a one-year facelift that was expected to aid in boosting Bandar Seri Begawan and the country’s image as a prime business location.

Spearheaded by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) in the wake of a landmark lease agreement between the bank and PGGMB that was signed in October last year, the renovations and upgrades to the building could perhaps become the benchmark for future office buildings within the country as the structure has taken into account the needs of not just local but international tenants as well.

The ceremony, which was held at the PGGMB building lobby, was attended by the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources in his capacity of BIBD chairman, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, along with Deputy Minister of Finance, Dato Paduka Awg Hj Bahrin bin Abdullah and other various senior representatives from the private sector.

An interview with BIBD’s Chief Operating Officer Gyorgy Ladics as well as Property Manager for the building Ahmad Nazmie Hj Omar on the sidelines of the officiating ceremony, explained that the “prime office space” has already started garnering the attention of globally established businesses including Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, whose Managing Director Ken Marnoch signed with BIBD for the leasing of office space.

Next year will see the moving in of another company from Singapore as well.”PGGMB is a highly respectable organisation in Brunei and we see it as an initiative for a local bank like ourselves to actually engage this building, to recognise it as one of the capital’s landmark, to attract all these international and local companies and bring them into the capital,” they said, which in turn, could also increase Foreign Direct Investment due to easy access to facilities.

With a price tag pegged as being “not an expensive building”, the affordability of leasing space even for start-up companies is realistic, and future features such as restaurants, cafes and possibly even a gym, will further increase the building’s value.

“If a company thinks they need a new office space be it large or small, this building will be the first thing they will think of We’d like to ensure that this is what will be called the best choice, the first choice, for companies who are looking for space.”

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In his welcoming speech, Managing Director of BIBD, Javed Ahmad, explained that the changes had cost an approximate B$7 million, which includes an increase of over 70 per cent of office space available to let that was made possible by the conversion of parking spaces and cinemas into offices. “This expansion,” he said, “has helped improved occupancy rate that has risen from 20 to 50 per cent”.

Addressing the car park problem, which was among the complaints of past tenants, the parking lot has been “optimally designed to house better safety features along with the instalment of new machines” and “better access points for easy entry”.

Another interesting aspect to the refurbished building will come in the form of a banquet hall situated on the top floor of the building, which will have the capacity to host large scale events such as meetings, seminars, conferences and weddings with a 160 degree view of picturesque Kg Ayer.

After 60 years of this “win-win solution” regarded by both parties, the building will be returned to PGGMB and the bank has plans to see the returns of its investment, to be shared with the association, over the next six decades.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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Revamping Of A Modern Icon

The Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) building, regarded as among the most modern infrastructures that can be found in the capital, yesterday officially opened its doors following a one-year facelift that was expected to aid in boosting Bandar Seri Begawan and the country’s image as a prime business location.

Spearheaded by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) in the wake of a landmark lease agreement between the bank and PGGMB that was signed in October last year, the renovations and upgrades to the building could perhaps become the benchmark for future office buildings within the country as the structure has taken into account the needs of not just local but international tenants as well.

The ceremony, which was held at the PGGMB building lobby, was attended by the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources in his capacity of BIBD chairman, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, along with Deputy Minister of Finance, Dato Paduka Awg Hj Bahrin bin Abdullah and other various senior representatives from the private sector.

An interview with BIBD’s Chief Operating Officer Gyorgy Ladics as well as Property Manager for the building Ahmad Nazmie Hj Omar on the sidelines of the officiating ceremony, explained that the “prime office space” has already started garnering the attention of globally established businesses including Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, whose Managing Director Ken Marnoch signed with BIBD for the leasing of office space.

Next year will see the moving in of another company from Singapore as well.”PGGMB is a highly respectable organisation in Brunei and we see it as an initiative for a local bank like ourselves to actually engage this building, to recognise it as one of the capital’s landmark, to attract all these international and local companies and bring them into the capital,” they said, which in turn, could also increase Foreign Direct Investment due to easy access to facilities.

With a price tag pegged as being “not an expensive building”, the affordability of leasing space even for start-up companies is realistic, and future features such as restaurants, cafes and possibly even a gym, will further increase the building’s value.

“If a company thinks they need a new office space be it large or small, this building will be the first thing they will think of We’d like to ensure that this is what will be called the best choice, the first choice, for companies who are looking for space.”

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In his welcoming speech, Managing Director of BIBD, Javed Ahmad, explained that the changes had cost an approximate B$7 million, which includes an increase of over 70 per cent of office space available to let that was made possible by the conversion of parking spaces and cinemas into offices. “This expansion,” he said, “has helped improved occupancy rate that has risen from 20 to 50 per cent”.

Addressing the car park problem, which was among the complaints of past tenants, the parking lot has been “optimally designed to house better safety features along with the instalment of new machines” and “better access points for easy entry”.

Another interesting aspect to the refurbished building will come in the form of a banquet hall situated on the top floor of the building, which will have the capacity to host large scale events such as meetings, seminars, conferences and weddings with a 160 degree view of picturesque Kg Ayer.

After 60 years of this “win-win solution” regarded by both parties, the building will be returned to PGGMB and the bank has plans to see the returns of its investment, to be shared with the association, over the next six decades.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical. The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre. The well-known and much [...]

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An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical.

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The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre.

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The well-known and much anticipated musical is very famous around the world and is popular for its characters – Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, pirates and of course TinkerBell.

Arranged with Samuel French and International Theatre and Music (IT&M London), this school production saw the largest audience the school has ever had for a show, said the organisers.

The cast “flew” to Neverland with the help of flying specialist from USA, Fly by Foy and internationally renowned flying specialist who has worked with hundreds of Hollywood and international stars and won prestigious awards.

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Peter Pan – The British Musical showcased the talents of students of SMSS and Seri Mulia Sarjana International School.

The show donated $18,000 to Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) and was accepted by the guest of honour of the night, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman.

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Proceeds from the Peter Pan copyright will also go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

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An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical.

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The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre.

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The well-known and much anticipated musical is very famous around the world and is popular for its characters – Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, pirates and of course TinkerBell.

Arranged with Samuel French and International Theatre and Music (IT&M London), this school production saw the largest audience the school has ever had for a show, said the organisers.

The cast “flew” to Neverland with the help of flying specialist from USA, Fly by Foy and internationally renowned flying specialist who has worked with hundreds of Hollywood and international stars and won prestigious awards.

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Peter Pan – The British Musical showcased the talents of students of SMSS and Seri Mulia Sarjana International School.

The show donated $18,000 to Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) and was accepted by the guest of honour of the night, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman.

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Proceeds from the Peter Pan copyright will also go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

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Attended a live performance by artiste Maher Zain at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre last night. The event also saw appearances made by local artistes Fakhrul Razi, The Seeds and Irfan Makki. Lebanese-born songwriter Maher Zain, belted out some of his more popular songs during the concert including the tracks ‘Insha Allah’, ‘Thank You Allah’ and ‘Ya [...]

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Attended a live performance by artiste Maher Zain at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre last night. The event also saw appearances made by local artistes Fakhrul Razi, The Seeds and Irfan Makki.

Lebanese-born songwriter Maher Zain, belted out some of his more popular songs during the concert including the tracks ‘Insha Allah’, ‘Thank You Allah’ and ‘Ya Nabi Salam’.

Among the highlights of the evening was an eight-year-old fan who sang one of Maher Zain’s hits ‘I Believe’, before the superstar was introduced on stage.

Maher Zain has a huge fan base in Brunei and his songs are popular requests on local radio airwaves.

— Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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Attended a live performance by artiste Maher Zain at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre last night. The event also saw appearances made by local artistes Fakhrul Razi, The Seeds and Irfan Makki.

Lebanese-born songwriter Maher Zain, belted out some of his more popular songs during the concert including the tracks ‘Insha Allah’, ‘Thank You Allah’ and ‘Ya Nabi Salam’.

Among the highlights of the evening was an eight-year-old fan who sang one of Maher Zain’s hits ‘I Believe’, before the superstar was introduced on stage.

Maher Zain has a huge fan base in Brunei and his songs are popular requests on local radio airwaves.

— Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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