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Green book on Brunei makes dramatic entry
Malai Hassan Othman
NOVEMBER 14, 1990 – The initial 2000 copies of book entitled ‘In the Brunei Forest’, produced by Brunei Forestry De- partment sold like hot cakes yesterday, only a few minutes after it was officially launched.
At least three hundred copies went off the shelves grabbed by enthusiastic guests attending the ceremony held at Sheraton Utama. The 108-page book depicting the rich natural heritage of Brunei forest and focussing on the variety of rare and exotic plant life discovered in the virgin jungle of the oil-rich country introduces readers to a new experience into the natural treasures of Brunei.
Most importantly, the book priced at BND40 is an end result of various programmes implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources through its Forestry Department in developing scientific information necessary for forest and environmental management and education.
Perhaps the happiest man of the day, was Wong Khoon Meng, of the Forestry Department who played a significant role in producing this first such book on Brunei’s ecosystem.
It took him and his team almost two years to produce the quality book, needless to mention the time spent in the deep jungle of Brunei when they made their research and inventory of many rare plants species.
Congratulatory greetings poured in from environmentalists for Wong and his team.
An official recognition was made earlier by the Director of Forestry Dr Moni in his speech at the start of the event – jointly organised by the department and the Sheraton Hotel.
All system go for APEC 2000
Azlan Othman & Achong Tanjong
NOVEMBER 8, 2000 – With only four days away to the 21st the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders, otherwise also known as the 8th Apec summit, various agencies are now undergoing their final touches of preparations at several venues The Bulletin survey yesterday showed workers busily setting in place related items or facilities, particularly at the summit venue International Convention Centre, and other venues including the Jerudong Park Country Club, Royal Brunei Polo and Country Club.
At the International Convention Centre (ICC) that also houses the International Media Centre, Apec workers were engaged with various preparations.
Security screening devices were already in place at several places inside the ICC.
Along the main roads, banners and billboards are erected underlining the country’s enthusiasm in welcoming the delegates and hosting is biggest ever international gathering and assignment whereby leaders of Apec’s 21 economies will meet.