Feeling cut off due to poor Internet connection

As someone from the Temburong District, I feel it’s a great time to be alive.

Thanks to 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’s Government and its efforts to connect Brunei-Muara and Temburong districts, it now takes only 30 minutes to travel between the two zones, compared to the previous two hours.

Due to the convenience the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge has afforded us, Temburong is now seeing more visitors, with weekends usually packed with out-of-towners who either want to sample local products or enjoy the scenery. The economic boost, as a result of the bridge, is very much welcomed and appreciated.

However, are there also plans to provide better Internet access in the district?

I live in a populated area, with a school and a mosque nearby. But the Internet connection is abysmal. It makes me wonder if I’m living back in the day when smartphones did not exist.

We have been waiting for the installation of fibre optic cables in the district for so long that it’s now somewhat of a fable.

Whenever the residents ask for the Internet provider to fix our almost non-existent Internet connection, all they will get is a shrug or an “I don’t know”.

On a good day, I get one bar of signal. Most days, there’s no Internet access at home. In order to get connected, I have to walk out of the house and onto the main road.

Are there at least plans in the pipeline to upgrade the infrastructure of our district?

I love my district but it is a quiet place. With poor Internet connection, there’s no other way of connecting with the rest of the country.

I hope the authorities could at least look into expediting the development of Temburong.

Feeling Like A Caveman