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Bridge linking Temburong, BSB could become reality

Azlan Othman

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 – A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Ove Arup and Associates for the feasibility study to construct a road and bridge linking Brunei-Muara and Temburong districts was signed yesterday at the Ministry of Development.

Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman said the decision to construct the bridge linking Temburong and the capital would be based on the outcome of the study.

“The outcome would later be discussed with the relevant agencies. If the parties involved agreed for it to be implemented, then we would commit ourselves to building the bridge. At present, we cannot comment whether to construct or otherwise,” the minister, who was the chief guest and witnessed the signing, added.

The government through the National Development Plan has allocated a sum for the feasibility study to be implemented.

The study costing over BND2.8 million is to make a thorough analysis on issues involved in plans to construct a road and bridge connecting the two districts.

Artist rendition of how the bridge based on Islamic architecture might look like

The study will identify several main aspects including socio-economic, technical, environment, financial and so on.

The government will decide whether to build a bridge in the near future, based on the information gathered for the study. The minister said the design of the bridge, if built, would be unique, using Islamic architecture. He said Ove Arup has a lot of experience in designing and building bridges in more than 30 countries.

Senior Director of Ove Arup Naeem U Hussain said, “We want the bridge to be unique, be recognisable in Brunei using Islamic architecture. The bridge will span 22 kilometres including 12km across the water and another 10km across the mangrove swamp. We will design in such a way the mangroves are preserved. It would be a dual two-lane road. We will look at the cost as the cost is a very important consideration and we will look at the possible phasing of the bridge,” he said.

First Bruneian lady softball umpire

Khairil Hassan

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 – Dayangku Rohhayati binti Pengiran Haji Hassan represented Brunei Darussalam Amateur Softball and Baseball Association (BASBA) as the first Bruneian lady umpire at the ISF/SCA certification course in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rosaini bin Saidin also attended the ISF/SCA Umpires certification course.

Jointly organised by the International Softball Federation (ISF), Softball Confederation Asia (SCA) and the Amateur Softball Association Thailand (ASAT), the course was held from September 2-6. The course included lectures, written exam and also valuation on the field.

Awangku Khairil Sapyri bin Pengiran Haji Hassan, BASBA’s Umpire-In-Chief said this was a very good opportunity for the ladies to participate as umpires.

He has seen lots of lady umpires during other international matches and believed Bruneians can also achieved the feat.

The umpires thanked the BASBA and Department of Youth and Sports for their support and opportunity that has been given to them.

Dayangku Rohhayati binti Pengiran Haji Hassan leads as a Plate Umpire to be evaluated. PHOTO: KHAIRIL HASSAN