| James Kon |
BRUNEI Darussalam expressed keen interest to build further cooperation with Singapore in the field of Digital Broadcasting and providing detailed training in disaster management for broadcast and media personnel and media regulatory.
This was highlighted by Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office during his opening remarks at the 24th technical committee meeting.
Explaining the migration to digital broadcasting, the permanent secretary said, “It is clear that migration from analogue to digital broadcasting technologies have been progressing in both our countries as well as our Asean member states at varying pace, with 2015 -2020 as the target time frame. The digital switchover will leapfrog existing technologies to narrow the digital divide.
“Much has been said about the benefits provided by such a migration but let me reiterate that it also opens doors to new innovations such as mobile broadcasting, interactive services along with High-Definition Television while providing greater fixed and radio navigation services and the possibility of featuring early warning system. I believe Singapore has spearheaded such initiatives as ‘Over the Top’ technology.”
Meanwhile, speaking on the importance of disaster preparedness and response to the community, he said, “Our highly urbanised community, coupled with an open skies policy, means that we are also vulnerable to the outbreak of infectious diseases. We remain vigilant against the current Ebola virus scare.
“We may have learnt and done much to prepare for emergencies or disasters. Yet, given the serious consequences of a disaster, and no matter how thorough our preparations are, we should never be complacent.
“That is why we need to provide comprehensive and detailed training for personnel involved in disaster management, in this case our broadcast and media personnel.
“It will provide a platform to enhance co-ordination between responders, and help build a common language among all agencies and professionals. Close partnership with relevant players is essential to ensure a well co-ordinated disaster response. I believe in the line of media preparedness for disaster, Singapore has extensive expertise and training that can be shared.
“In the area of information, we would like to learn and study Singapore’s best practices in media regulatory framework for new and traditional media and also the training aspect for our broadcast and information personnel while identifying new ways to further strengthen our cooperation in both fields.”