Lest We Forget


Compiled by Lina Gapar

Kids help save the environment

Mohd Bahrin

May 5, 2000 – The Environment Unit in the Ministry of Development held a press conference yesterday in response to an article in the Sunday Bulletin dated April 3, entitled “Brunei Skips Kids’ Environment Talks”.

The article claimed that Brunei Darussalam has yet to confirm its participation and that no organisation is coordinating the country’s participation in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Millenium International Children’s Conference on the Environment (MICC).

A news item aired over RTB on the May 3 also claimed that the British Council has chosen two schoolchildren to represent Brunei Darussalam at the conference.

The Environment Unity of the Ministry of Development wished to clarify the situation and outlined the following steps, which had been taken.

In October 1999, UNEP wrote to the Ministry of Development inviting participation from Brunei Darussalam.

The two schoolboys who will attend the UNEP MICC: Hazim bin Haji Mohd Yusof and Danial bin Haji Mahmud

In January 2000, the Environment Unity, Ministry of Development approached the CfBT (Council for British Teachers) Education Services (B) Sdn Bhd in order to enlist their collaboration.

February 2000, the CfBT confirmed their collaboration in identifying suitable Bruneian schoolchildren as well as sourcing sponsorship and the Environment Unity agreed to the proposal.

In April 2000, the CfBT submitted the names of two schoolchildren and an adult escort for the children to attend the conference.

On April 27, 2000, the Environment Unity, Ministry of Development informed the organiser of the MICC of Brunei Darussalam’s participation in the conference via e-mail.

On the same day, Miss Angee Addison, MICC Event Administrator informed the Environment Unity, Ministry of Development, via e-mail, that the delegates had been accepted.

Eddie Dato Paduka Haji Sunny, Special Duties Officer in the Environment Unit said that the efforts and initiatives put in thus far, by non-governmental originations such as the CfBT and their potential sponsors should be lauded and not ignored.

“Other interested parties such as the British Council and potential sponsors are welcome and indeed encouraged to contact CfBT to help make the UNEP Millenium International Children’s Conference on The Environment a success.”

Two schoolboys were selected to participate in the conference. They are Hazim bin Haji Mohd Yusof, aged 11 from SMJA and Danial bin Haji Mahmud, also aged 11 from PDS School.

Brunei fans mob their singing idols

Suriani Garip

MAY 14, 2000 – Some lucky fans had their dreams come true just few hours before Westlife performed in Brunei yesterday.

They managed to meet their singing idols face to face at a meet the fans session at the Dewan Shahbandar in the Holiday Lodge. Besides the bunch of screaming fans there were also invited guests such as the Ambassador of Germany and the Director of Tourism and Development, Sheikh Jamaluddin as well as sponsors of the concert.

The Dewan Shahbandar was spilling out with enthusiastic teen fans. There were also quite a number of them waiting outside the room just to take a closer look at their idols.

Earlier on at the press conference, the group Trademark was introduced.

Trademark has a couple of hit songs to their name and has made their debut in Asia back in 1998 but this was their first time in Brunei. They also sang with Westlife last night. At the Dewan Shahbandar, they sang a song to tune up the crowd. This mesmerised most of those who had just learned about their existence. As Westlife entered the room, the fans went crazy with joy. They just jumped out of their seats screaming their names of Shane, Mark, Bryan, Nicky and Kian.

Speaking to the press. PHOTOS: SURIANI GARIP

Fans waiting at the airport for Westlife