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NCB launches anti-drugs posters with local slogan

JUNE 11, 2009 – A presentation and launching ceremony for the publication of the new ‘NDA’ poster at the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Headquarters was held yesterday.

The Information Department and the NCB issued the poster with the cooperation of the Municipal Department and Department of Schools.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah followed by welcoming remarks from Acting Assistant Director of Anti-Narcotics Education Osmawi bin Haji Osman. In his speech, the Acting Assistant Director of Anti-Narcotics Education said the ‘NDA’ or ‘No Drugs At All’ slogan is a local phrase which is hoped to become popular with the local community in the country.

“Both the NCB and the Information Department have developed a strong cooperative relationship where the Information Department has given priority to the printing of around 6,000 of these ‘NDA’ posters,” he said.

The Acting Assistant Director of Anti-Narcotics Education thanked the Information Department for the cooperation and expressed gratitude to the Municipal Department and the Department of Schools for their commitment to the success and launch of the programme.

ABOVE & BELOW: Director of NCB Haji Abd Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maha Bijaya Haji Othman with Director of the Information Department Dr Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayung during the presentation and launching ceremony of the new ‘NDA’ poster; and the Director of the Information Department views an exhibit. – PHOTOS: AZROL AZMI

Acting Assistant Director of Anti-Narcotics Education Osmawi bin Haji Osman speaks at the event

After the speech, Director of the Information Department Dr Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayung presented the ‘NDA’ poster to the guest of honour, Director of NCB Haji Abd Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maha Bijaya Haji Othman.

The guest of honour then presented ‘NDA’ posters to Ali Ajis bin Haji Rasil and Haji Mohiddin bin Haji Yahya, representatives of the Municipal Department and Department of Schools respectively.

In an interview, the Acting Assistant Director of Anti-Narcotics Education said the poster was actually their first national slogan with a local flavour and language.

“The slogan was launched last year during International Drugs Day 2008, and we have been promoting it since. The Information Department has recently printed these posters to be put up in schools and business premises in Bandar Seri Begawan, ” he said.

“The aim of this poster is to make ‘NDA’ synonymous with our society, so that just by looking at it, people will be discouraged to get involved in the illicit activity.

“All this while, we have been using international slogans, but now we have our own,” he said. – Danial Norjidi

RBA switches into big computer link

JUNE 3, 1989 – For the first time, Royal Brunei Airlines’ (RBA) flight information will be appearing on computer terminal screens across the world.

A major milestone in the growth of RBA, the historical event took place on Tuesday this week when the airlines’ Managing Director Pengiran Tengah signed a letter of intent to join a new USD100 million regional computerised reservations system (CRS).

Called ABACUS, the development will make Royal Brunei an equal partner owner of Abacus Distribution System Pte Ltd – a company jointly set up by Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

Royal Brunei described the new system as a sharp contrast to the former days, where agents rented a number of different computer terminals, each dedicated to a single airline reservation system.

With the new computer system, Brunei’s agents will be able to book and confirm customers’ tickets on a ‘real time’ basis from the flight information and price data of a growing list of partners and associated airlines.

Even the most complicated multi-sector booking, involving many airlines, will be transacted by a simple keyboard entry on the agent’s single Abacus computer terminal, the statement added.

The new system also enables agents to quote and book hotel accommodation, car rentals, rail travel and theatre performances, providing customers with valuable information about visas, passports, customs, airport tax and health requirements related to their printed itinerary.

Pengiran Tengah said, “At a time of unprecedented growth in the travel industry, we are committed to matching the best in service to our travelling customers and to our friends in the travel trade.

“As an equal partner in the Abacus Mega-CRS, our product distribution will be guaranteed worldwide.”