Lest We Forget


Compiled by Lina Gapar

British Council holiday programme

Bahreen Hamzah

DECEMBER 23, 2000 – Give them the right tools and a healthy dose of care and attention, and children aged four or 14 can realise their dreams and ambitions. Be it a doctor, architect or simply a writer.

By listening to them and giving them a lot of freedom to express themselves at an early age, children can use this as a platform to start realising their dreams and moulding their ambitions.

The British Council in Brunei Darussalam pride themselves in giving children that little ‘edge’ needed to keep those dreams alive as well as to keep them occupied with activities during the holiday season.

The Council is also at the forefront in nurturing children with talent and is known world-wide as a respectable institution with a track record, second to none for working with young children.

This year’s Fun Holiday programme was entitled “Pack your suitcase” where children explored interesting places around the world through songs, stories, language games and computers.

Patricia Prescott, a teacher at the centre, told the Bulletin that every year there is a different theme for the holiday programme and this year it was about foreign countries and travelling.

“The children really enjoy themselves and we have with us a lot of resources they can use, plus the fun part is when we let them use our computers,” she said.

“We have special software developed in-house to make it easier for children to use the computer,” she added.

The children in a group photo. PHOTOS: RUDOLF PORTILLO
Students busy with their work

New Boyz to enthral Brunei fans

Mohd Bahrin

DECEMBER 26, 2000 – Malaysia’s hottest teenage sensation group New Boyz responded to the numerous Hari Raya cards from their fans in Brunei Darussalam. They will be arriving in the country in January for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri fans’ outing.

The Hari Raya treat for the fans is scheduled on January 6 at the De Hayat Café at the JK Sports and Recreation Complex, Simpang 15, Jalan Airport Lama in Berakas at 8pm.

The New Boyz group comprises of five teenagers namely Shah Indrawan Ismail (Tomok), Mohd Syukri (Syuk), Mazlan lsmail (Lan), Mat Shah Mat Saleh (Along) and Shahrizan Mat Saleh (Jay).

Fans are able to take the opportunity to get together at a Hari Raya dinner with the New Boyz. The dinner is organised by De Hayat Cafe with the cooperation of De Hayat Musical Production. Traders’ Inn, Kristal, CK Tang Record and De Fountain Cafe and Lounge also come in as sponsors for the event.

According to the organisers, Tomok who is the lead singer of the group said they were very excited to be invited to meet their fans especially since it is the festive season of Hari Raya and the New Year.

Malaysia’s New Boyz

“This is the chance they have been waiting for since the fans in Brunei Darussalam have been pouring them with Hari Raya greetings inviting them to visit especially at this jovial moment,” said Haji Tajuddin bin Haji Mohammad from De Hayat Musical Productions.

“Meeting personally their fans in Brunei Darussalam is their way to appreciate all the Hari Raya greetings and support given to them.

“Furthermore, they will be performing two Hari Raya songs dedicated to their fans in Brunei Darussalam at the dinner alongside their other musical numbers,” he added.

The group’s appearance in Brunei Darussalam is for the second time since last August.

Their previous concert at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas attracted an incredible turnout of 5,000 fans watching them on stage. Among their current hit songs are Meraung, Hanya Tinggal Sejarah and Sejarah Mungkin Berulang.

The dinner food vouchers have started their sales at the moment pricing BND50 and BND30 available at De Hayat Cafe. De Hayat Construction, De Fountain Café, CK Tang Record at Yayasan Complex, Golden Music in Seria and the Traders lnn.

Vouchers purchased would entitle holders to dine together with members of the New Boyz group. Fans will also receive a free exclusive coy of magazine and the New Year calendar.