Lest We Forget


Compiled by Lina Gapar

May 3 – No Plastic Day

Azaraimy HH

May 2, 2010 – The upcoming week-long customer day held annually by the Ministry of Development (MoD) will feature activities for the public to promote environmental awareness, the media was told during a press conference yesterday.

Annother unique feature this year is the “No Plastic Day” on May 3, where three shopping outlets, Hua Ho (Kiulap), Supasave (Beribi) and Giant Hypermarket will provide and promote the use of “reusable bags” at their respective outlets. Other shopping outlets, including small ones have been urged to join the initiative in order to help reduce plastic wastes in the country.

The theme for customer day is “Clean, Green and Beautiful Brunei Darussalam” with the MoD promoting the “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” slogan to the public. The customer day will be held at the MoD.

Permanent Secretary at the MoD Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Md Yunos in a press conference said besides exhibits on the services given by MoD, talks and forums will be held throughout the week. There will also be fun activities, especially for children.

‘On another front, the ‘Beach Bunch’ has collected 220kg of discarded plastic bottles in a 12-hour operation.

Haji Mohd Rozan showing a sample of reusable bags to be distributed to shoppers. PHOTOS: AZARAIMY HH
‘Green’ decoration depicting this year’s theme of ‘Clean, Green and Beautiful Brunei Darussalam’ for the upcoming customer day

‘No Plastic Day’ is a unique feature this year, he said, where shopping outlets will be participating in. Three main shopping outlets, Hua Ho (Kiulap), Supasave (Beribi) and Giant Hypermarket pledged their support to the initiative by encouraging the use of “reusable bags” among shoppers.

All the three shops will be giving away limited number of free “reusable bags” to their customers at the opening day of the week-long MoD customer day on May 3. The Minister of Development is also scheduled to hand out 200 “reusable bags” at each shopping outlet as follows: Hua Ho, Kiulap (7.30pm), Supasave, Beribi (8pm) and Giant Hypermarket (8.30pm).

The preparation for the customer day at the MoD main premises is on the way, including landscaping works for the activities.

During the opening ceremony on May 3, prize presentation for the winners of drawing competition, digital art competition, sculpture competition and photography competition organised in conjunction to the customer day will also be held.

Several activities have been lined up throughout the week-long event. The activities include community sculpturing, quizzes, horse riding, flying fox (BND2 for students, BND3 for the rest), ATV (BND5), maze and water game, net fishing and fish spa.

In the afternoon of the opening day, a briefing on “BioPlastics Industry” will be delivered by Dr Frank Glatz, Cardia Bioplastic Limited, Australia at Dewan Beratbur, MoD. It is open to government staff, industries, banks, plastic makers and members of the public.

On Tuesday, a seminar from JASTRe will be held. A motivational talk on South Pole expedition by Dayangku Eradah “Polar Girl” will also be held.

On Wednesday, a special talk from State Mufti entitled “Environmental Pollution & No Plastic Day” will be held in the morning, while in the afternoon, a workshop on “compost” will be held by JASTRe.

On Thursday, there will be a dialogue session with the public from Housing Department, Town and Country Planning, Land Department and Survey Department. The dialogue session is open to penghulus, village heads, companies and government departments. In the afternoon, there will be a dialogue session relating to JASTRe, JKR, DDS, DWS and DOR.

On Friday, staff at MoD will hold a cleaning campaign at Jerudong Beach.

On Saturday, there will be a briefing on contractor registration regulation from BGDU, while in the afternoon, there will be a career talk for students.

On Saturday night, 8-9.30pm, there will be a talk on “The Impact of Plastic to the Coastal Environment” for the public.

On Sunday, a closing ceremony will be held with activities including aerobic exercises, “poco-poco” competition, karaoke competition and origami using recycled paper.

3,000 participate in May Day Walkathon

Syafiq Affendy

May 3, 2010 – Some 3,00 people comprising employers, company managers,and foreign national employees as well as members of the public yesterday participated in the World Labour Day or May Day Walkathon 2010, to commemorate the event that falls on May 1.

Present to lead the participants throughout the walkathon was the Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Mohd Yusof.

The participants were also given free drinks along the way at designated checkpoints in numerous spots along the walkathon trail.

May 1 is celebrated every year as Labour day where member countries of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) commemorate the day by organising various events and activities.

Firemen nab two pythons

Mohd Bahrin

May 14, 2000 – Firemen from the Bandar Seri Begawan Fire Station captured two pythons in the houses of separate callers living in Kampong Kiarong and Kampong Tungku, Gadong last night.

The python in Kampong Kiarong was hiding among flower pots, while the one in Kampong Tungku was found near a poultry pen.

The pythons measured four to five metres long.

“Just this week, we have captured three pythons. Earlier this month, another python was caught at the Brunei Museum after it gobbled up a cat,” said ABK 51 Mohd Salleh bin Apong, leader of Team “B” of Operation “A”.

“Snakes tend to appear mostly during this time of the half moon.”

The firemen with the pythons