Lest We Forget


Compiled by Zaleha Jalil

Brunei College opens new era in teacher training

PJQ Fernando

MAY 8, 1971 – The opening of the new Brunei Teachers’ College (BTC) in Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan, is a step forward in the state’s educational system and fulfils a long-felt need.

The BND5-million complex situated in pleasant surroundings away from the noise and bustle of the capital has been planned to produce the quantity and quality of trained teachers the state needs for its fast increasing school-going population.

In past years the teachers the college had been able to send out to the schools had fallen far short of the country’s requirements both in numbers and standard.

This arose from a lack of a proper residential college big enough and with adequate facilities for teacher training.

The old BTC was a “mobile” institution which shifted between Berakas and the town almost every year. Very little could have been expected from such a situation and the position was not helped by the recruitment of students with a low standard of education. Now, however, those times are past and with the opening of the new college the government has decided to recruit better quality students with higher educational attainments.

Apart from well-planned classrooms and offices the complex includes a spacious auditorium, a modern gymnasium, a well-equipped language laboratory, audio-visual room, science laboratories, arts and crafts rooms, domestic science rooms and two libraries.

There are also two hostels capable of accommodating 400, a dining hall and a surau and across the padang, a practising school.

A general view of the college with the main building, the auditorium in the foreground

Trainees use microscopes during science lessons

Beauty contest for police stations

Achong Tanjong

MAY 4, 2001 – A prize presentation ceremony for the most beautiful Police Station and Posts 2000 was held yesterday at the Police Royal Guard Headquarters in Beribi, Gadong.

The chief guest at the function was Acting Commissioner of Police Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Johan who presented the prizes and certificates.

SAC Pengiran Datin Hajah Noralam binti Pengiran Haji Mahmood, Chairman of the competition said that the Beautifying Contest for Police Stations and Posts is an annual project.

There were a total of six categories, which covered nearly all the Royal Brunei Police Force buildings in the district. SAC Pengiran Datin Hajah Noralam said that the beautifying competition was aimed not only at enforcing regulations but also at creating an awareness among police personnel of the importance of cleanliness, in ourselves as well as our environment.

She added that the maintaining of cleanliness is the joint responsibility of all parties in the civil service as well as the private sector.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Rahman placing a plaque at the premises of the Police Royal Guard
The winner in Category A – Office and Housing of the Police Royal Guard. PHOTOS: HJ MOHD SAID

By maintaining a high level of cleanliness and beauty, the police posts and police stations will present an image of efficiency and reliability.

The winner in Category A was the Office and Housing of the Police Royal Guard, Beribi.

The winner in Category B was the Barracks and Flats of Company ‘A’ Police Reserve Unit. The winner in Category C was the Sungai Liang Police Station and its Barracks.

The winner in Category D was the Andulau Post and Police Housing as well as Barracks.

The winner in Category E was the Amo Police Post and its areas. The winner in Category F was the Lamunin Police Station Barracks.