Lest We Forget


Compiled by Yazid Aji

Talentime still the talk of the town

Zaabah Har

July 2, 2005 – Since the revival of the Talentime contest in 2002, the event has been gaining strength each year, attracting more singing hopefuls to put their talents to the test.

It has been a few weeks since this year’s competition was held, at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre, but compliments of an event well organised can still be heard around the country.

Indeed, the Pilihan-Akira Talentime 2005 was astonishingly staged, mirroring the Radio Television Brunei’s missions to promote the English language and assisting local talents to leap into the music scene.

In addition, RTB’s 45th anniversary celebrations gave the event much-needed splendor, making the night an unforgettable experience for those who were there to witness.

Performances by local, more established artistes such as Fairuznizan, Sri Nazrina, Faizal Isahmuddin, Fakri and P2F champion Zul-F during the final not only allowed judges some breathing space to decide on the winners, they also served as a treat to the audience who were fans of the local music scene.

Junior category winners in a group photo. PHOTO: ZAABAH HAR

Finalists Hafizah Madihah Zakaria, Sri Maizan Haji Johari, Norhidayat Haji Ahim, Haji Zaidie Jainie, Laila Ratni Norshamsuddin, Haji Md Shukri Haji Mohd Yusof and Hajah Dewi Hairani Haji Thani showed plenty of talents and determination, raising the competitiveness to a new height.

In the junior category, Filzah Nabilah Haji Mohd Hamid, Chung Voon Voon, Nur Qasrina Tasruna and Putri Norizah Ibnor Riza proved that age was just a number, showcasing their talents as well as overt stage presence.

Hosted by Aaron Lee Rahman and Conia Kaur, the event also displayed strong commitment from sponsors such as Intracorp Sdn Bhd, Pilihan Network and Akira distributor to ensure the night was a success.

Korean media representatives in Brunei for exchange programme

Aziz Idris

July 1, 2010 – Ten media representatives from the Republic of Korea are currently in the Sultanate for a four-day ASEAN-Korea Media Exchange Programme in the hopes of enhancing understanding and appreciation between both nations.

To welcome the delegates, a dinner reception was organised by the Information Department last night at the Poolside Restaurant of Royal Brunei Recreation Club.

Present during the reception was the National Chairman of ASEAN-COCI Brunei Darussalam, Dr Mataim bin Bakar, who spoke on the objectives of the exchange programme.

“This year’s programme aims to enable ASEAN and Korean media people to learn about economic opportunities in each other’s country and to encourage them to report on the topic, which will in turn enhance the ASEAN and Korean public understanding on the vast potential for future bilateral collaboration in trade and investment,” he said.

As agreed in the 4th meeting of the ROK-ASEAN joint planning and review committee (JPRC) and reaffirmed in the 5th meeting of the ROK-ASEAN JPRC in 2003, specific themes have been assigned for the exchanges in order to achieve a more focussed programme.

This year’s programme focusses on the theme ‘Korean-ASEAN Economic Cooperation’.

The delegation will visit government and private departments including the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and the Brunei Economic Development Board as well as sites of attraction in Temburong District and Kampong Ayer.

Dr Mataim bin Bakar with the Korean representatives. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS