Lest We Forget


Compiled by Yazid Aji

Kampong Ayer – a flashback

M K Anwar & CT Hj Mahmud

JULY 18, 2005 – It was definitely a day to remember for residents of the Brunei-Muara District yesterday as they got up close and personal with 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 at the get-together ceremony held at the Taman Jubli Perak Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.

One of the highlights of the get-together ceremony was the re-enactment of scenes from Kampong Ayer of the old, showing how people used the waterways for trade and day-to-day living.

The ‘blast from the past’ showcased the environment and history of the people living in Kampong Ayer.

Eight replica houses on stilts from the past and present were featured during yesterday’s event along the Sungai Kedayan riverbank. A scenario featuring activities held during the olden days such as berzikir, Al-Quran recitation as well as kite-flying were also enacted.

In the past, activities such as fishing and trade by the padian were a common sight.

Padians at the get-together event. PHOTO: RUDOLF PORTILLO

His Majesty also showed interest in water activities such as the mode of transport of the past and present.

Yesterday’s presentation included 33 small fishing boats that were given to residents of Kampong Batu Marang by His Majesty. With the current resettlement programme of the Kampong Ayer being carried out by His Majesty’s Government, the popularity of Kampong Ayer, just as in the olden days, will once again be rekindled among tourists who hopefully will see it not only as a residential area but also as a recreational centre.

Bruneians 4th most frequent users of Internet in SEA

Rosli Abidin Yahya

JULY 16, 2005 – Bruneians are the fourth most frequent users of the Internet among Southeast Asians according to statistics compiled by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

The Sultanate has 1,023 registered Internet users per 10,000 people compared to Singapore with 5,088 registered Internet users per 10,000 inhabitants, Malaysia with 3,413 users per 10,000 people, and Thailand with 1,105 users per 10,000 people.

The Philippines with 440 registered users per 10,000 placed fifth in the survey conducted in 2003.

Brunei Darussalam has 34,782 registered Internet users for its population of 340,000.

However, local industry observers said the given statistics did not reflect the true figures of Internet users as many people here logged into the Internet using prepaid cards, which are not registered.

More users with laptops armed with wireless capabilities preferred to log in to the Internet at Wi-Fi hotspot zones, which offer free surfing on the net.

“Even many Internet-registered households usually have a computer set armed with wireless capabilities so family members and occupants could have free access to the Internet,” they said.

“There are also other users who bring their wireless-armed laptops to their offices to access the Internet,” they said.

More cafes, lounges, star-rated hotels, conference venues, schools, libraries, and office buildings now have Wi-Fi hotspots.

Some of these hotspots are commercial and require you to pay for using the Internet access service.

A day to remember for Pusat Ehsan kids

Hj Ahmad Shaheeb

JULY 1, 2010 – Two hundred Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB) employees yesterday celebrated the TAIB half-year closing event with a fun-filled dat at the Jerudong Park Polo Club in the company of children and tutors from Pusat Ehsan.

TAIB Acting Managing Director Haji Mohd Zain bin Pengiran Haji Damit officiated the event, which opened with a motivational talk delivered by Lilly Suzana binti Shamsu.

In her speech, she said, among other things that “we should always have a positive outlook in life, and continually learn from the mistakes we make”.

The children who arrived on buses sponsored by Bengkel Kereta Berakas (BKB) were treated to a day lined up with fun games, bouncers and ATV riding.

Meanwhile, TAIB employees joined their newly made friends in games of musical chairs and hitting the piñatas.

The outing proved to be an enriching opportunity for attendees to get to know each other better, mingling over sumptuous food and drinks.