Archive for September, 2018
This is quite common in Brunei Darussalam. News, better it good or bad, spread like wildfire. Of course, for the sake of the community, a good valued viral message would be a winner. Somehow, more bad news tend to spread like wildfire. Now here’s the thing. Sometimes we don’t even really know if that news (bad or good) are really true but it’s already in our culture that spreading any kind of information is kinda normal or harmless.
Now things have changed and there have been many cases where fake news made headlines when the Royal Brunei Police Force has repeatedly warned such offenders that actions will be taken against anyone who is either using oral, written or any other means to distribute false information or making false statements that may cause interference with the public’s peace under Section 34, Chapter 148 of the Public Order Act, RBPF said, adding that the offence carries a penalty of imprisonment of three years and a fine of BND3,000.
Now the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) has also help in reducing such fake news as the members of the public can also report fake or malicious information circulated on social media thru means of Darussalam Hotline 123.
Besides dialing the Darussalam Hotline number (123), members of the public can also report instances of social media misuse, via WhatsApp to 8333123. Coolio 😀
So think twice before you post. Verify your source and make sure it’s legit.
The most powerful social media tool for viral purposes – thanks to screenshots and forwarded messages
Vincent Pao, General Manager for Concepts Group of Companies receiving the award for Microsoft Top Cloud Mix for SEA New Markets FY18
Microsoft, a globally renowned provider of ICT solutions for the last three decades, has awarded Concepts Technologies, a subsidiary of Concepts Group of Companies, with the Microsoft Top Cloud Mix for SEA New Markets FY18.
Microsoft and Concepts Technologies have been working hand-in-in hand for the past year to promote Microsoft Cloud-based solutions including products like Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. The award ceremony was held during the Microsoft SEA New Markets 2018 Partner Summit at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, and present during the awardpresentation was Vincent Pao, General Manager for Concepts Group of Companies.
Vincent Pao, speaking to the media, said, “Concepts are beyond honoured to be recognized for our contribution in this Microsoft journey on Digital Transformation, not just locally in Brunei Darussalam but globally in the South East Asia region.” He continued, “This award is unexpected but is recognized as the result of the effort put out by the team behind Concepts Technologies, with the support of Microsoft Brunei, and the team’s unwavering focus into making Microsoft cloud technology a priority in our initiatives for the Small-Medium Enterprise market in Brunei.”
Afif Mohamed Ali, Country Manager for Microsoft Brunei Sdn. Bhd., mentioned to the media, “Congratulations to Concepts Technologies for winning the Microsoft Top Cloud Mix for SEA New Markets FY18 during the Partner Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.” Afif added, “It’s been a great partnership between us at Microsoft Brunei and Concepts Technologies. And since Microsoft is a partner-led company, we are delighted to see our Brunei Distributor championing this course and getting recognized for it. We hope this partnership can grow better together.”
The Microsoft SEA New Markets Partner Summit is an annual Microsoft summit which includes representative companies from 9 countries that are regarded as new markets; these 9 countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The summit is held in varying locations in South East Asia and this year was held in Bangkok, Thailand on the 19th of September to 20th of September 2018.
PEUGEOT PARTNER was elected International Van Of The Year 2019
The new PEUGEOT PARTNER was elected International Van Of The Year 2019 on Wednesday 19 September in Hanover. This award recognizes the PEUGEOT teams’ commitment to a project that is at the heart of the brand’s development strategy.
This prestigious trophy has been awarded even before the launch, which is scheduled to take place in a few weeks. The new PEUGEOT Partner is the fifth PEUGEOT Van of The Year since the trophy was created in 1992.
The new PEUGEOT PARTNER has unprecedented dynamic and acoustic qualities, a high technological and safety content, two lengths of bodywork (4.40m and 4.75m), and a wide range of engines and equipment designed to make life easier for its users.
Two major innovations attracted attention: the overload indicator for safe charging and the Surround Rear Vision that provides blind-spot camera vision.
The PEUGEOT PARTNER stands out through the exclusive and world-first adoption of this segment of the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, offering a new driving experience for greater productivity.
Every professional will be able to set up their own configuration that will allow them to work effectively, including with the Grip version to meet a need for robust services in all circumstances, or the Asphalt version for those who spend a lot of time in their vehicle.
The new PEUGEOT PARTNER strengthens our ambition to undertake to master the impossible.
By command of 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, it is hereby announced that His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to change the name of the following Ministries:-
Ministry of Finance has been changed to the Ministry of Finance and Economy; and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been changed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
His Majesty has also consented to the appointment of Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin as Deputy Minister of Finance at the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the appointment and transfer of senior officers.
Yang Mulia Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office has been transferred as Permanent Secretary (Performance and Corporate) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy;
Yang Mulia Awang Haji Khairuddin bin Haji Abdul Hamid, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance has been appointed as Permanent Secretary (Investment) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy;
Yang Mulia Dr Dayang Hajah May Faezah binti Haji Ahmad Ariffin, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance has been appointed as Permanent Secretary (Economy) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy;
Yang Mulia Awang Haji Adanan bin Haji Mohd Jaafar, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam overseas;
Yang Mulia Pengiran Haji Saiful Rizal bin Pengiran Haji Razali, Acting Director of Protocol has been appointed as Deputy Permanent Secretary (Administration and Protocol) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin as Deputy Minister of Finance at the Ministry of Finance and Economy
Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani as Permanent Secretary (Performance and Corporate) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy
Haji Khairuddin bin Haji Abdul Hamid as Permanent Secretary (Investment) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy
Haji Halidi bin Haji Mohd Salleh as Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism
Yang Mulia Pengiran Indera Jaya bin Pengiran Haji Shamsu, Acting Director of Administration has been appointed as Deputy Permanent Secretary (Security and ICT) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Yang Mulia Hajah Norazlianah binti Haji Ibrahim, Director of ASIA, AFRICA Department has been appointed as Deputy Permanent Secretary (International Organisations) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Yang Mulia Pengiran Norhashimah Binti Pengiran Mohd Hassan, Acting Director of Political Department has been appointed as Deputy Permanent Secretary (Politics) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Yang Mulia Haji Mohd Yusra bin Haji Mohd Salleh, Deputy Permanent Secretary (International Organisations) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been transferred to Ministry of Religious Affairs as Senior Special Duty Officer;
Yang Mulia Dayang Hajah Mardiana binti Haji Omar, Deputy Permanent Secretary (politics) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been transferred to Ministry of Development as Senior Special Duty Officer;
Yang Mulia Dayang Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari, Deputy Permanent Secretary (trade) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been transferred to Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as Senior Special Duty Officer.
Yang Mulia Pengiran Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak, Senior Special Duty Officer, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism has been appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism;
Yang Mulia Awang Haji Halidi bin Haji Mohd Salleh, Director of Fisheries has been appointed as Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.
The changing of the Ministry’s name and the appointment of Deputy Ministers as well as the appointment and transfer of several senior officers are effective from Thursday, 10th of Muharram, 1440 corresponding to 20th of September, 2018.
Some interesting facts:
1) After gaining independence in 1984, Brunei Darussalam established the Foreign Ministry and it was known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2005, the Brunei government renamed it as The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT). By the way, “Trade” used to be under the portfolio of Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. Only recently it has been reverted back to the original – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA?) – Source Wikipedia.
2) The Ministry of Finance. This is an interesting one. When Brunei became a British protectorate, Brunei only had a few ministries and once the 1959 constitution was established, Brunei was given the authority to build an internal self-government. I am not quite sure when the Ministry of Finance was created but it could be during that era. Now the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MOFE?) Source: Brunei Resources
Who would have thought I will get exclusive access INSIDE an F1 paddock and only this VIP pass is possible. I also managed to get the Sauber F1 drivers to sign on them. Priceless tag 😀
The beaut of Alfa Romeo Giulia. With a V6 engine powered with a 2.9 litre, this is a powerful car. Had the honour to be chauffeured in this car 😀
I can’t believe it!!! I’m back in the Singapore for the F1 event. In fact, I went to the inaugural Singapore F1 back in 2008. That’s like 10 years ago. Now I’m so fortunate to be back here in Singapore and thanks to @alfaromeobrunei for sponsoring the trip and it was special indeed. Let me tell you why.
I was given access to enter the paddock of the Sauber team who partners with Alfa Romeo in this season of the F1 Grand Prix. This access is different to that of Paddock Club ticket holders (ranging from BND 1,300 to BND 8,000). Those paddock holders can allow walk outside the paddock line to view all the constructor cars. They will be given a specific time to tour around and take pictures and videos.
Now for my pass, it’s a special pass where I have the privilege to enter inside the paddock of Sauber and witness the operations of the engineers on how they deal with the car and the driver when he pits the car. Each driver have their dedicated engineers and support team and I can see why it’s important to be meticulous when it comes to F1 racing. The car and its conditions have to be in perfect, mint condition every time it’s being pitted so the driver can drive to the best of his ability with a highest optimum specs from the car.
We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the paddock and that is quite understandable. We did have a chance to take videos and photos but only outside the perimeter of the Sauber paddock.
The best part of the Friday tour activity was the 5 minute moments with both drivers of Sauber F1 team – Marcus Ericsson (29) and Charles Leclerc (20) whom will be driving for Ferrari next year. This, for me, was an amazing feeling. To be up close and personal to an F1 driver is not an easy feat alone. So a huge thanks to @alfaromeobrunei for making this dream come true.
I also had the privilege to be driven in the Alfa Romeo Giulia, a 2.9 litre with V6 engine. It was launched in Singapore and that car alone costs a hefty BND 380,000. Gulp!!!! That’s Singapore for you. As for Brunei, Alfa Romeo will be making its comeback pretty soon and I shall keep you posted.
Thank you once again @alfaromeobrunei for making this memorable trip for me. I can’t wait to see a Giulia on a Brunei road. Many of you will be impressed. Trust me.
The meeting point before being sent to the paddock
Inside the Alfa Romeo Giulia
The catalogue. I should have taken one with me.
Blessed!!!! With future Ferrari driver, Charles Leclerc, from Poland
A humble driver, Marcus Ericsson, from Sweden
Outside the paddock of Sauber F1 team
Cleaning out the debris and dirt from the F1 tires
Our hospitality area for the paddock team.
How the steering looks like inside the Sauber car. Buttons galore.
Charles didn’t had a good run in the first practice session. His tire hit at turn 13 of the track.
Thank you once again, @alfaromeobrunei for this opportunity
Test drive some of the models of Jaguar. Today is the final day.
INDERA MOTORS Sdn Bhd the official retailer of Jaguar and Land Rover kicked off the month of September with a Test Drive Event held at the Chill Café, Mall Gadong from 10am to 6pm. The Roadshow starts today until 16th September 2018.
The public can personally test drive and experience the stunning vehicles crafted by Jaguar and Land Rover. Models present are Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar XE, Jaguar XF, Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport. In addition, there will be food and beverages provided by the Chill Cafe.
During the event period, members of the public are invited to register and test-drive a selected range of Jaguar or Land Rover Vehicles. The event’s objective is to create an awareness and gather with their sales team to let customers learn more about Jaguar and Land Rover models.
Drove the Mercedes-Benz E200 the other day. Gonna post my experience soon and why this is one hell of a ride!!
now until 30th Sep 2018, stand a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to participate in the AMG Performance Drive Event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when you book and register any Mercedes-Benz! Only a total of 10 tickets are available to be won. So hurry up and seize the opportunity by giving us a call at 2441763/2441777 or visit Mercedes-Benz Autohaus today! Terms & conditions apply.
High power, a discreet understatement, ample features and a high degree of everyday practicality – all of these strengths come together in the Audi S models. Each model applies its power to the road with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 6.4 (33.1 – 36.8 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 163 – 148 (262.3 – 238.2 g/mi)
In the Audi S3 Sedan, the 2.0 TFSI produces 213 kW (290 hp) and in combination with S tronic, torque increases to 380 Nm (280.3 lb-ft) between 1,800 and 5,100 rpm. The Audi development engineers further improved the steering characteristic and exhaust system management, making the Audi S3 Sedan very dynamic.
Equipped with the seven-speed S tronic which comes with a freewheeling function, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 5.3 seconds in the Audi S3 Sedan. The models’ top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.3 mph).
The firmer S sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 25 millimetres (1.0 in). Large brakes operate behind the 18-inch wheels with their S-specific design; the brake callipers are painted red (or optionally black) and adorned by S logos. The ESC electronic stabilization control acts with particular sensitivity. The electrically assisted progressive steering varies the steering ratio – it is somewhat more indirect in the center position, but increasingly more direct as the steering wheel is turned. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard, with Audi magnetic ride suspension available for Brunei standard.
The Audi S3 Sedan is currently the top model in the A3 range from TCY Motors, other variants include the entry level A3 Sportback and A3 Sedan, all available for viewing and test drive at Audi Kiarong showroom.
Looking for something fun to do during the weekend? Well, why not spend it at the Family Day Out Event this 28th – 30th September in Times Square, Berakas!
Exciting free activities awaits you and your families like Baby Crawling Contest, Mega Blok Competition, Balance Beam, Face Painting, Coloring Competition by Global Arts, Stroller Fitness for Mothers, Gaming Activities from Hasbro and so much more!
So save the date, bring the kids, and join the Family Day Out event!
For more information, contact us at 898-2811 or message us here on Facebook.
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Check out BIBD Aspirasi. Click image to find out more.
AMBD Managing Director Yusof bin Haji Abdul Rahman being introduced to BIBD’s latest savings product – BIBD Aspirasi at last weekend’s event
BIBD Aspirasi is an awesome product introduced by BIBD (Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam). Launched last weekend during the AMBD National Savings Day Roadshow, it created a great hype and their limited BIBD Digital Coin Boxes have ran out of stock as they are only exclusive for BIBD Aspirasi customers.
So what’s so special about BIBD Aspirasi?
1) You can earn a lucky draw coupon for every BND 50 you deposit into BIBD Aspirasi. The more you invest, the better your chances.
2) The lucky draw prizes are awesome!! Monthly prize is BND 2,500, quarterly prize is BND 25,000 and the grand prize is BND 250,000. AWESOME!!!
3) You can earn 0.2% per annum if I’m not mistaken
4) You have better returns than the normal savings deposit
5) It has a flexible savings scheme allowing you to participate and withdraw anytime and no withdrawal fee imposed
6) You can open the Aspirasi account through your BIBD app and online. So easy!!! I got mine done on BIBD App.
All these are good enough to make me open an BIBA Aspirasi account and I was one of the early subscribers and I’m happy to get a Digital Coin Box of my own 😀
The BIBD Aspirasi was launched by AMBD Managing Director Yusof bin Haji Abdul Rahman last weekend.
In a nutshell, BIBD accountholders can start their ‘BIBD Aspirasi’ journey to financial freedom by subscribing to an initial ‘BIBD Aspirasi’ e-certificate for as low as BND500 with a one-time subscription fee of BND5.
So what are you waiting for? I have signed up and hundred others. Do join the bandwagon and this is also great initiative to start saving.
As for the grand prize, the BIBD Aspirasi subscribers will have a cut of date on 31st August 2019 and the grand draw will be announced maybe in September 2019 or later.
Let’s start saving and it’s never too late 😀 Thank you, BIBD, for this awesome savings product. For more information, you can click here to read more.
Group photo with AMBD and BIBD management during the launch of BIBD Aspirasi
Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Md Jaafar, BIBD Head of Retail Banking. during the press conference of BIBD Aspirasi
Adinah binti Haji Janudin, BIBD Head of Product Management Department, explaining the mechanism of BIBD Aspirasi and its benefits
Seng Yee was also on the early subscribers of BIBD Aspirasi
You will also get a digital certificate of deposit once you register for BIBD Aspirasi