New salary scheme to be introduced for government servants in their pilot initiative for those under Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance by January 2018
I heard of the rumour a few weeks ago from a reliable source and yesterday’s briefing by Ministry of Finance confirmed that there will be a pilot initiative of twice-monthly salary payment starting January 2018. The first phase will be introduced to the officers and staffs under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance.
The briefing took place at two venues at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance led by Dato Paduka Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman, The Permanent Secretary (Policy and Investment) at the Ministry of Finance and Dayang Norliah binti Haji Kula, The Permanent Secretary (Performance) at the Ministry of Finance respectively.
The briefing discussed on the reasons on why the bi-monthly salary is being implemented. Firstly it is to enhance the effectiveness of officers’ and staff’s cash flow management when it comes to spending on their daily needs. This will encourage them to facilitate their spending plans. Secondly, it will help to sustain the commercial and economic activities happening in Brunei Darussalam. This will also help to increase the domestic spending and make the economy more resilient than before.
With the execution of the new initiative at the said ministries, this will enable the Treasury Department to assess and carry out feedback to ensure that the Computerised Payroll System and Daily Paid System are running smoothly.
Dato Paduka Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman, The Permanent Secretary (Policy and Investment) at the Ministry of Finance briefing officers and staff at Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.
The audience at the Prime Minister’s Office
The audience at the Prime Minister’s Office
Under the two ministries, the ones who will undergo the new system are officers and staff who hold permanent, contractual, monthly, open-vote and daily-paid status and also whose salaries are disbursed through the Treasury Department.
It was mentioned that those under the i-Ready Scheme and Capacity Buidling Centre will not be affected by the new initiative. Other exemptions are those under Service Pensions, Old Age Pension Allowance, Welfare Assistance and Allowance for the Disabled to name a few.
The financial institutions (banks and such) provide support to the initiative as they will divide into two payments of personal loans, housing loans, car purchasing loans and other loans which would mean that the salary deductions for loan payments would be applied twice a month.
If you are still unclear or need more information, you can visit www.mof.gov.bn or call their landline at 2383444. Images courtesy of MOF.
Dayang Norliah binti Haji Kula, The Permanent Secretary (Performance) at the Ministry of Finance briefing the officers and staff at Ministry of Finance
The audience at the Ministry of Finance
The Audi Q5 has won the 2017 “Golden Steering Wheel” in the “Large SUV” category and it’s an important award for Audi in a competition renowned throughout Europe
The Audi Q5 has won the 2017 “Golden Steering Wheel” in the “Large SUV” category. Prior to the selection, readers of the German automotive trade magazine Auto Bild, its 20 European sister publications and the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag had determined nominations from the new cars presented in 2017. An international panel of experts crowned the winner from these nominations. Peter Mertens, AUDI AG Board Member for Technical Development, accepted the prize for the Audi Q5 on Tuesdayevening in Berlin.
A total of 42 models competed in five categories in this year’s “Golden Steering Wheel” contest. After a Europe-wide reader survey, 20 cars made the final round and were judged by the experts: race drivers, engineers, designers, connectivity specialists, frequent drivers, critics and, not least, the editors-in-chief of all European sister publications of Auto Bild. They tested the finalists and determined which would win the coveted trophy. The Audi Q5 won through against seven other competitors in the “Large SUV” category. “The expertise and broad cross-section of opinions represented by the jury panel, as well as its renown throughout Europe, are what make the prize so coveted within our industry. The 2017 “Golden Steering Wheel” for the new Audi Q5 shows we have produced a worthy successor to the successful first generation of this SUV model line. We are proud of this prize,” said Peter Mertens at the award ceremony at the Axel-Springer-Haus in Berlin.
The new Audi Q5 was launched at the start of the year. The second generation of the best-selling Audi has established several new standards in the B segment of premium SUVs. The best drag coefficient in the competition, consistent lightweight design and modern engines ensure high efficiency, as does the new quattro drive system with ultra technology. In addition, the new Audi Q5 offers a broad portfolio of new driver assist systems, modern infotainment and connectivity equipment, and air suspension with damper control.
Check out the new promotion from Brunei Shell Marketing
Brunei Shell Marketing Co. Sdn. Bhd. (BSM) launches #BeliHelix promotion at Hall 2, Bridex in Jerudong. The event was officiated by BSM Managing Director, Pengiran Shamhary Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha.
The promotion is in line with BSM’s appreciation towards Shell Helix Passenger Car Motor oil (PCMO) users and is held for a period of three months from 1 November 2017 to 31 January 2018. There will be five (5) monthly draw prizes which will be announced in December and January respectively and the grand draw has been set for February 2018. The grand prize for this promotion will be a unit of BMW 1 Series, first runner up will be Dubai tour packages for 2 persons and second runner up will get B$2,500 cash card. The date and venue for the grand draw shall be announced by BSM in due course.
Yang Mulia Awang Wardi bin Hj Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Marketing with the associate of Brunei Shell Marketing during the recent 2017 Brunei Motor Show at Bridex. The BMW 1 Series will be the grand prize of the 3 months promotion from Brunei Shell Marketing.
End user will be entitled to one (1) entry form for each purchase of 4L of Shell Helix Motor Oil which comprises of Shell Helix Ultra, Shell Helix HX7 and Shell Helix HX5. Drop boxes are available for completed entry forms at participating BSM Authorised Distributors, Dealers and Retail Stations which can be located from www.bsm.com.bn.
According to independent worldwide consulting and research firm, Kline & Company’s Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment 2016 report, Shell has been named the world’s lubricants No.1 global supplier for the 10th consecutive year in 2015.
Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is a next-generation, fully synthetic premium motor oil made from natural gas making it stronger and less volatile at the molecular level than those made from traditional crude. Key benefits include performance through engine stress, superior protection against wear, protecting the engine in extreme temperatures and it is designed for ultimate power and performance. Engine manufacturer partners including BMW Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport, Maserati and Scuderia Ferrari use and trust Shell Helix Ultra.
The Shell Helix portfolio is suitable for both Diesel and Gasoline engines.
For any enquiries and feedback, please email BSM-External-Affairs@shell.com and you can also follow them on instagram @bruneishellmarketing
Some of the Shell products on display
Who’s gonna win the BMW 1 Series come 2018?
With the representatives from Moh Hack & Partners, Valor Property and Syensai Design & Co during the lunch media awareness
Finally, a new concept to look forward to in Brunei Darussalam. More like an open concept which is something new and refreshing. It’s called LIVE Gallery, the latest commercial project by Design Architect & Project Producer, Moh Hack & Partners. Their vision is simple – to become the first one-stop construction, lifestyle design and home concept store under one roof.
Currently Moh Hack & Partners are in collaboration with their marketing team; Valor Property (the popular real estate in Brunei) and Syensai Design & Co. Guess what? They will be hosting an Open Day for LIVE Gallery this coming Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November from 10am to 4pm at Spg 388 at Jalan Pasir Berakas.
According to Moh Hack the founder of Moh Hack & Partners, he wanted to provide a different concept for businesses and startups especially in the retail industry that an open concept of retailing in reaching out their customers. The non-traditional approach of owning a retail shop may benefit SMEs and startups as capital costs will be lowered. You don’t have to worry about major renovations and such. There will be consultants to assist the customers to their needs and wants relating to home products.
Well, you want to find out more, do pay them a visit this weekend.
One of the interiors inside LIVE Gallery
The showroom is strategically located close to major residential areas and Muara-Tutong Highway. Hence it has fantastic potential to attract customers. It is a 4 storey with a net area of 60,000 sq feet, furnished with a reception area, escalator, lifts, loading bays, a cargo lift, ample parking spaces and many others.
Moreover, the showroom includes facilities such as an event hall, seminar room, interaction areas as well as information counter. The open concept of the building space offers a unique experience and also flexibility for potential tenants for rent from as little as 200 sq feet.
LIVE Gallery Business and Retail Categories include Architectural & Design Solutions, Home Improvement & Interior, Outdoor Fixtures & Landscaping, Office Products & Solutions, Electrical Appliances & Lightings, Décor, Furniture & Furnishings, Living & Lifestyle Products, Food & Beverages outlet and any related products and service businesses.
In addition, the in-house marketing team will actively market the showroom such as creating monthly events and workshops offering the public with curated experiences specifically in the home and lifestyle arena.
Interested businesses can call 729 0969 or 877 4213 for RSVP for this weekend’s Open Day or you can follow their IG at @live.gallery
Mei Ting, Pilihan FM Mandarin DJ, Cecilia Lee, founder of IA Salon, Madam Ahn Seung Mee, the wife of Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam and Saffana Tariq, the wife of the High Commissioner of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam
Cecelia Lee with the VIPs and invited guests
IA Salon celebrated its 13th year anniversary and hosted an exclusive health talk at the salon premise located at The Mall, Gadong. The themed health talk entitled: “Grow your mushroom, grow your healthy scalp” will be held last Friday.
The participants enjoyed a series of activities such as scalp scanning and consultation, “Grow your own” edible mushroom workshop and its benefits to hair and scalp, introduction to organic hair and scalp care products, and more basic care tips sharing.
Light refreshments featured Italian inspired mushroom dishes such as Garlic Truffle Mushroom, Spinach Filled Mushroom, Magic Mushroom Chicken Pastrami, Mushroom Bread Pudding and Fried Tortellini Mushroom.
As a one stop specialty salon, Cecilia Lee of IA Salon designed the salon for the comfort of women and men, and the staff expertly designing hair from professional trendy haircut to colours and treatments. IA Salon also offers nail, makeup and beauty services.
In line with the month long celebration, IA Salon has marked down offers on hair services for both men and women clients.
Additionally, the upscale salon only uses a luxury line of nutrient-rich products and treatments. Currently, the salon welcomes clients to enjoy their special promotions and grab on-sale selected hair and scalp care products with 50% off.
IA Salon is open from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm, for inquiries and reservations: call 2423232 / 8738232 or visit them at #G32, Ground Floor, The Mall, Gadong.
Madam Ahn Seung Mee with her niece who was in Brunei for a few days
Food served by Chef Salvo
With the staff of IA Salon and ambassadors of IA Salon
Among the lady influencers
Chef Salvo also joined the photo oppportunity
Pehin Capitan Lela Diraja Paduka Goh King Chin and Datin Chang Nyuk Kee celebrating their milestone in their 50th wedding anniversary. This is such a cute moment.
Last night marked a special occasion for Pehin Capitan Lela Diraja Paduka Goh King Chin and Datin Chang Nyuk Kee as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in style. Pehin Goh is no stranger in the Brunei community. He is the Managing Director of Goh Hock Kee Sdn Bhd (Mitsubishi, Chevrolet) and also a former Legislative Council member. He is also well loved by the Brunei community.
Last night’s celebration was held at the ballroom of Manggis Mall and present to witness the special celebration were diplomatic corps, business partners and associates, family friends and members of the media.
His son, Jake Goh, delivered a speech and shared his gratitude to his parents and also to the invited guests for attending the special event.
There were also donation being presented to various associations with a total sum of BND 50,000. The beneficiaries were Chung Hwa Middle School Bandar Seri Begawan, Tutong and Kuala Belait, Chung Ching Middle School Seria, Pai Yuk School, Temburong, Chung Hwa School, Kiudang and Labi, Ching Lian School, Sungai Liang, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajah Maryam and the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei.
The 50th wedding celebration were officiated by the cutting of their anniversary wedding cake by the couple.
Pehin Capitan Lela Diraja Paduka Goh King Chin and Datin Chang Nyuk Kee cutting the anniversary cake. Image courtesy of Bahyiah Bakar of Borneo Bulletin.
Family picture with Pehin Capitan Lela Diraja Paduka Goh King Chin and Datin Chang Nyuk Kee
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism in his welcoming remarks during the launch of brunei.events portal
The guest of honour with other stakeholders under Brunei Festival 2017
Who says that Brunei has nothing to offer especially during the holiday period? According to Yang Mulia Awang Wardi bin Hj Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, there are plenty of events to look forward to and not necessarily those who are traveling during the holidays will be away for the whole of December. Hence there are enough activities for the residents of Brunei Darussalam to enjoy from late November to December 2017.
Yesterday marked the launch of the www.brunei.events, a portal and application for tourism services for the general public as well as incoming tourists to be aware of any events in Brunei Darussalam. So what kind of events will be posted? There will be events such as roadshows, exhibitions, conferences, cultural activities, festivals and workshops. Just imagine it as the Time Out version of Brunei Darussalam.
The portal which will be available soon for mobile apps is a collaboration with Brunei Tourism Board, Progresif Cellular and Mixmediaworx.
The official launch took place at the Tourism Information Centre, Galeri Sini at the Royal Wharf and it was graced by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.
Some of the main events lined up for December includes Brunei Film Blitz, Brunei E-Sports Tournament, Muslim Youth Camp, The Alpha Race, The Autofest, The Superwoman Run, Spotlight finals, Larian Festival Seni Belia Diri 2017, International Food Fair and not to forget the Bandarkuceria in all districts.
Wardi highlighted that this will be a yearly calendar for the upcoming Brunei December Festival. He hopes the objective of this event is to spur the growth of international tourist arrivals to Brunei Darussalam and also by having a yearly event, this will hope for a repeat participation from current vendors. Having these events in Brunei will also help to stimulate the domestic growth within the economy.
Also in attendance were Foreign Dignitaries
YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali bin Apong visited the organiser of the Superwoman Run slated for December
Siti Kaprawi briefing the minister on Larian Festival Seni Belia Diri 2017
Suherdy bin Suli, Managing Director of Andika Samudera Event Management will be organising a Hotwheel Bike and Car Show from 29th to 31st December
The BMW X5 cars will be the official car for Brunei Festival 2017
Traditional music is always soothing to the ears
How the portal looks like. Click image to find out more.
Last night T.C.Y. Motors exclusively hosted invited customers and prospects to celebrate Audi’s success year in the Formula E series. It’s good to know that Audi drive Lucas di Grassi (Brazilian) was crowned the new champion of the worldwide Formula E electric racing series back in July.
Audi is the first German automobile manufacturer to race in Formula E. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler started the fourth Formula E season in Hong Kong in December last year and captured the second place in the team’s standings this season.
For the Audi dealer/importer, T.C.Y. Motors, it was also a great opportunity to launch a few models – the new Audi A5 quattro and the sexy Audi S5 at its showroom/headquarters in Kiarong last night.
John Tan, the Marketing Manager of T.C.Y. Motors (Audi), was very engaging and descriptive in teasing the audience in unveiling the new Audi A5 and the new Audi S5.
For Brunei, the refreshed Audi A5 (available in 2 and 4 door versions) is the most “car tech” packed vehicle on offer featuring the Audi Virtual Cockpit, the navigation with voice command, Smartphone interface including Apple’s CarPlay and an impressive Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The new A5 also features a new petrol engine (252hp/370Nm) with exhaust turbocharger. Both 2-door coupe and 4-door Sportback models come with quattro permanent all wheel drive as standard for Brunei.
Check out the Audi A5 Sportsback
John Tan gave away an Audi fidget spinner to a young fan
An Audi A4 driver won herself an Audi phone charger
Quite a crowd at Audi Showroom at Kiarong last night
The Audi S5 has much sexier appeal – quick, nimble and stylish. The Audi S5 combines quattro all-wheel drive with precise steering, adept brakes and sharp handling. It is powered by a 354-hp turbocharged 3.0 litre V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The S5 has a more sporty design and design than the Audi A5. The wheels are more exclusive for the 5S edition.
It also comes with the Audi Virtual Cockpit and similarities with the Audi A5 – be it the Smartphone interface and the Bang & Olufsen sound system.
In a nutshell, the Audi S5 is a levelled up performance equivalent of the Audi A5.
Guess what? The 3 units of the Audi S5 were quickly bought even before the unveiling. Now that’s an encouraging news for Audi and its dealer.
So much to love about the Audi S5 and if you want to view the Audi A5 and the Audi S5, do drop by the Audi showroom at Kiarong. The sales person will be there to assist to your inquiry and hopefully you will be able to test drive both cars.
Check out the Audi S5
The Audi Virtual Cockpit
The Smartphone interface and the Bang & Olufsen sound system
Many have been eyeing the Audi S5 and three have been sold so far as we speak
Great food by @e.a.t_bn last night. Impressive!!
Apart from the A5 and the S5, the big hit Audi Q2 still looks damn sexy and affordable too
9 more days to go. Golden Jubilee Celebration 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’s Accession to the Throne. Click image to enter the official website.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office in his capacity as Patron of the Golden Jubilee Celebration Advisory Committee; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, member of the Golden Jubilee Celebration Advisory Committee during the full dress rehearsal last Sunday. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Congratulations to Aziz Haru on his latest single and music video, “Jangan” and it’s currently No.1 in Brunei’s iTunes chart. More on Aziz soon.
Applications for the 2018 Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program are now open! A2ELP is a three month leadership program for social entrepreneurs from ASEAN and Australia. The program includes a ten-day intensive program in Melbourne and Sydney with workshops, networking events, field visits and cultural activities. Applications close 13 October 2017. Click image to read more.
Awesome deals from SugarBun. I managed to get a free meal by using my Baiduri Platinum Debit Card on Paywave. Terms and conditions apply.
The children were the VIPs during the medal award ceremony held by @kumondilligent
Congratulations Rhyanna on receiving a medal from Kumon and hope you enjoyed your birthday celebration 😀
The newly open T•K Restaurant and I love the food too. Serving seafood as well. Located at the same building as Thien-Thien Gadong.
The app for The Mall Cineplex is quite convenient now. I believe this is the first of its kind for Brunei to use barcode to enter the cinema. Kudos, Mall Cineplex on this feature.
Rafhanah Salleh’s thought of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I believe even my peers felt the same way and so did I. Apparently one person loved it so much he watched it three times. My final verdict: 6.5/10
So the censorship board has enforced this ruling and cinema operators have been playing their best to not allow kids or children below 17 years to watch movies for matured audiences. This can be a bit tricky but it will be a culture that families will be accustomed to. I do agree with the ruling and it’s just a bit more of awareness and publicity for parents to be aware of the ruling of catching movies with children in the cinemas.
Epipeople Consultants had their first sneak at It’s A Grind at Citis Square. The responses have been great so far and more workshops to come in the near future.
Game On’s PS4 FIFA 17 Tournament will take place at The Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium from the 29th September to 1st October 2017. This tournament alone will be the BIGGEST prize pool in our eSports history, at over BND1,000 – all thanks to @battlepromms Will the current champion (Hanif Hamzah) successfully defend his title or will we be seeing a new champion for FIFA 17? We’ll find out together on 1st October 2017 during The Festival Hari Belia 2017. Image taken from ETA Games @ Cineplex.
Something I can’t wait – FIFA18 will be out this weekend while W2K18 will be sometime in October. Check out ETA Games for updates.
Nuriskandar was a bit sakai when he saw the new facelift of KFC at Giant, Rimba.
I saw this yesterday in the papers and I thought it was quite unnecessary since he was not involved in any business transaction as his role was purely a photographer. I know of some people who even have higher positions or even dealing with clients from that company and had left but never been published in this manner. What gives? I do support the paper but this one thing that I don’t support.
My favourite dish at Sate House – Chicken satay. Very tender and juicy 😀
For your information at Bang & Olufsen (Brunei).
Something I learnt as a speaker and an evaluator on stage. If I take things seriously, I can see my growth. Thankful for the people around me who have helped and supported me all these years.
Taken during our recording greetings for the #HMjubliemas few weeks ago. Catch us on RTB on our greetings to His Majesty the Sultan.
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hajah Nurul Amal Munjiatul Athirah, Junior Producer at Origin Film, Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT)and the Secretary of the Brunei Tourism Board, Siti Kamaluddin, co-founder of Origin Films and Din Kamaluddin, co-founder and producer of Origin Films during the press conference of Brunei Film Blitz at Progresif Headquarter
Wanna win cash prize for showcasing your talent? There are two categories – The Open Category for BND 5,000 and the 48 Hour Film Blitz for BND 10,000. The respective winners will also walked away with a camera.
This was announced by Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT)and the Secretary of the Brunei Tourism Board and Siti Kamaluddin, the founder of Origin Artistic Management at Progresif Headquarters last weekend.
The event known as Brunei Film Blitz will be finale for the Brunei December Festival 2017 and it will be held on 29th to 31st December 2017. The three day event includes a screening of shortlisted films, master classes with industry professionals, a 48-hour Film Blitz and an awards night.
So let’s go in-depth with the categories: the open category is where film makers can submit their films of any genre (fiction, documentary or animation). It must be shot in Brunei Darussalam and the entry can be of length below 12 minutes duration inclusive of titles and credits. You can send in your older clips but short films made before 2016 will not be accepted. You can send in as many short films as possible. Of course, the more the merrier. The first prize will be BND 5,000 prize and a camera.
As for the 48-hour Film Blitz, it’s new of its kind film competition. The challenge comes when the participants were only given 48 hours to create a short movie. The other catch is that the participants will be given a “secret ingredient” that has to be included in their films. The grand winner of this category will win BND 10,000 and a camera.
The interesting thing is that both categories are open to all walks of life – meaning it’s open to Bruneians, Permanent Residents and everyone, and I mean, everyone, be it tourist. The condition is simple. Just make sure the videos/films are shot in Brunei Darussalam to be eligible. This also means all film makers in Brunei can partake in this contest. Don’t be shy 😀
On Friday 29th September, Origin will host a workshop with industry professionals. For your info, the juries for the competition will be international film makers and sponsors.
Wardi was very excited that this event will help to spur the creativity among the locals and at the same time, showcasing what Brunei Darussalam has to offer. He also hopes tourists will join in the contest. Siti Kamaluddin wants the entries to be creative and open, unearthing their talents in film making in Brunei context. So you can even talk about things like ambuyat, durian, kampung ayer, simply anything.
Registration is already open and you can download the form here and then submit to Origin Artistic Management, Unit 7 BT Complex, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa BE2513, Brunei Darussalam.
You can also follow @bruneifilmblitz on instagram for updates.