Brunei marks World Meteorological Day; weather highlighted

Lyna Mohamad

As a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Brunei Darussalam through the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD) under the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) celebrated World Meteorological Day 2021 at the MTIC’s Amar Pahlawan Hall yesterday.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof marked the occasion by launching the BDMD Weather Awareness Campaign 2021 and the Brunei Young Meteorologists Club (BYMC).

Legislative Council members, Permanent Secretary at the MTIC Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Infocommunications) at the MTIC Haji Hairul Mohd Daud bin Haji Abdul Karim and directors were also present.

Representatives from different weather and climate services user groups and higher learning institutes as well as students also attended.

With activities planned throughout the year to highlight the importance of weather and climate, the campaign also encompasses the products and services provided by BDMD. Meanwhile, BYMC is an initiative driven by BDMD with students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) aimed at gathering weather enthusiasts from higher education institutions to raise public awareness on weather and climate matters.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof tours the exhibition. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI

Director of Meteorology and event chairperson Muhamad Husaini bin Aji said the BYMC was established to provide exposure, in addition to increase awareness and sensitivity among the public, especially the younger generation, on the importance of weather, climate and global issues.

BYMC hopes to be an effective platform for youth to get involved and benefit through activities designed to promote understanding and interest, while also shaping them into BDMD’s ‘weather ambassadors’ towards creating a weather-smart society.

The Weather Awareness Campaign meanwhile is one of the BDMD’s annual programmes that aims to increase public understanding of weather and climate in the country, while increasing awareness of weather services, information and products provided by BDMD.

The event also included a certificate presentation to BDMD for achieving ISO 9001:2015 standards for the compliance of Quality Management System. It was presented to the Director of Meteorology by Chief Executive of Bureau Veritas Brunei Mohd Rizan bin Dr Haji Abdul Latif.

A forum session was also held, with discussions on topics related to the theme of the celebration, as well as an exhibition at the MTIC lobby.

Activities planned for the campaign include roadshows and meteorological exhibitions, national weather briefings, weather career briefings, working visits with weather service users, virtual runs, public surveys and weather charity sales.

World Meteorological Day takes place every March 23 to celebrate the anniversary of the convention establishing WMO on March 23, 1950. It also commemorates the essential contribution of all the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services around the world, to the safety and well-being of society.

Each year, the celebration focusses on a theme of interest chosen especially by the WMO. This year, the theme ‘The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather’ highlights the central role of the ocean in influencing the world’s weather and climate, as well as climate change.