Lest We Forget


Compiled by Yazid Aji

Major haul by Customs

Bahreen Hamzah & Ayu Sulaiman

February 2, 2001 – In the latest effort to combat growing smuggling of undeclared fruits and vegetables into the country, the Preventive Section of the Royal Customs and Excise in a joint operation with the Enforcement Section of the Immigration Department, yesterday morning successfully apprehended 28 mostly Malaysian nationals together with their 14 boats said to be carrying undeclared fruits and vegetables bound for Brunei.

Out of the 28 apprehended, 13 of them were produced in court today. The rest of them were transferred to the Immigration Department. The next hearing will be on February 6.

The joint operation was conducted around the waters off Pulau Cermin at the mouth of the Brunei River and Kampong Putat. Heading the operation was the Deputy Superintendent of Customs Haji Rosli who made the discovery at around 6.50am.

A Customs official said that the approximate weight of all the goods was about 7,000kg with the valve of the goods involved said to be a staggering BND10,000. This is the largest discovery of undeclared goods made by the department this year and credit should go to officials from both departments for this latest discovery.

Among the fruits and vegetables that were seized were bananas, local longans, coconuts, rambutans, jackfruits and various other local vegetables. An undisclosed amount of chicken wings were also found in two of the boats.

The customs official added that among the 14 boats that have been seized, one was registered locally. The Malaysian nationals were then taken to the Royal Customs Depot in Kampong Sungai Lampai along Jalan Residency and questioned. It is understood that Customs officials are expected to charge the foreign nationals of knowingly conveying undeclared goods which is an offence under Section 126(1)(e) of the Customs act.

Immigration Department officials are also expected to charge them with illegal entry into the country.

Some of the seized items. PHOTO: BAHREEN HAMZAH

Media reminded to report responsibly

Ishan Ibrahim

February 5, 2011 – Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong said yesterday the media have a responsibility to produce news reports based on facts and to be fair and unbiased.

He was speaking as the guest of honour at the reception to fete members of the media yesterday. The Media Appreciation Ceremony was held at Emperor’s Court Restaurant in Hua Ho Manggis Mall.

He added that news reports have to be checked for their authenticity from the relevant authorities in order to avoid any confusion and misunderstanding.

He added that the growing popularity of the Internet has provided a platform for people to freely voice their opinions, and this has added a challenge and a responsibility for the print and broadcast media for accurate reporting and interpretation of the facts of the news in line with the views of the society towards certain issues.

He lauded the media for the implementation of columns participated by youth and students to voice their ideas and publish their own articles to be shared with readers.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong presenting a token of appreciation to RTB Acting Director Idris bin Haji Mohd Ali. PHOTO: ISHAN IBRAHIM

As a social institution that is actively involved in the provision of services and contributions to the society, the Yayasan realises the importance of good relations and cooperation, and strategic alliance with the media in disseminating the maxim of the Yayasan as a charitable organisation founded by 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 and the royal family.

He added that the existence of Yayasan is a testimony to the care and concern shown by His Majesty as a caring monarch towards the people.

He hopes that young news reporters and journalists can enhance their skills and knowledge and gain more experience to sharpen their analytical skills in producing exemplary news coverage.

Around 80 personnel from media organisations attended the lunch reception. Certificates of appreciation were presented to representatives of eight media organisations by Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Abu Bakar.

Managing Director of Yayasan Dato Paduka Haji Ali Hashim bin Haji Daud and other senior personnel also attended the event.