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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Setia Motors feted in Europe 

Pengiran Haji Mohd Suhaimi bin Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Haji Alauddin, General Manager of Setia Motors holding the International Century Quality ERA Award at the International Century Quality ERA Awards, Geneva, Switzerland

Brunei company stood out in Geneva competing among the global players. Business Initiatives Directions (BID) Group One International Convention took place in Geneva, Switzerland last weekend. The event included the presentation of the International Century Quality ERA Awards (CQE and this year, the award was held at the InterContinental Convention Center, Geneva, Switzerland. Leaders of companies and institutions from 73 countries made the journey to Geneva to receive this distinction. The Award honors an organization’s merits in Total Quality Management (TQM) which includes leadership, innovation, quality, excellence,processes and good practices.

Jose E. Prieto, Executive President of BID (Business Initiative Directions) presented the award and certificate to Pengiran Haji Mohd Suhaimi bin Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Haji Alauddin on behalf of Setia Motors Sdn Bhd in recognition of outstanding commitment to Quality and Excellence wIth merits. The International Century Quality ERA Award was evaluated in the realm of Leadership, Strategic Planning, Business Excellence, TQM implementation, Training, Quality, Profitability, Growth and Benchmarking as established in the QC100 TQM system.

Since 1986, companies in 178 countries around the world have implemented the technology of B.I.D QC100 Model in order to manage total quality. The symbol of B.I.D. adorns the corporate image of their companies as a seal of commitment to quality before their clients and the rest of their constituents.

The members of the international committee for selection of candidates are responsible for the selection of companies nominated for the BID CQE Award. The committee is made up of successful corporate leaders from more than 90 countries who meet annually in London, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Moscow and Geneva.

Amongst the most outstanding companies from around the world that have received the award in the BID Convention since 1986 are:

•  Turner Construction, the company which managed construction of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai;

•  Alcoa Howmet Gennevilliers, the aeronautics division of France, belonging to Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of primary aluminium, ranked at 461 in the Fortune Global 500 with turnover of $5.2 billion USD;

•  Reliance Industries Ltd, Hazira from India. Ranked 264 in the Fortune Global 500;

•  Tata Auto Elxsi and VSNL Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd., part of the Tata Group, one of India’s largest and most respective business conglomerates;

•  Indian Oil Corp. Ltd., ranked 125 in the Fortune Global 500;

•  Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, which works for the Russian Space Agency;

•  Walmex, subsidiary of Walmart, largest global retailer and #1 on the Fortune 500;

•  King Fahd Industrial Port in Jubail, Saudi Arabia;

•  Al-Yamamah Press Est “Al-Riyadh Newspaper”, Saudi Arabia;

•  ICICI Bank Ltd, India

•  Istanbul Natural Gas Distribution Co Inc – Turkey

•  SAFCO and Saudi Iron & Steel Company (HADEED) – SABIC, ranked 293 in the Fortune Global 500

•  ANKOL, Poland

•  CBA Kereskedelmi KFT, Hungary

•  LUMERO, Angola

•  Alumina do Notre do Brasil S.A, Brazil


Pengiran Haji Mohd Suhaimi receiving awards from Jose E. Prieto, Executive President of BID accompanied by Craig Miller, President of QC100

Pg Hj Mohd Suhaimi with other guests during the event

Pg Hj Mohd Suhaimi with other guests during the event

In an interview, Pg Hj Mohd Suhaimi commented that Setia Motors Sdn Bhd is committed to continue this Quality Culture with employees, suppliers, clients and the community, supported by the QC100 Total Quality Management Model and the principles of which have been practised by delivering quality, a consequence of valuing customer satisfaction and obtaining positive business results.

Another commitment is maintain and meet the quality levels established in the company in accordance with the QC 100 Points of Quality by encouraging participation and teamwork for decision-making enabling to deliver clients and customer satisfaction and needs to meet their expectations.

This practice will continue to provide human resources, both technical and economics, to achieve continuous improvement and respect for the environment while simultaneously managing human resource in the company to achieve the maximum potential by creating awareness of the importance of concentration on the most profitable areas of activity, to achieve the best business results.

The achievement of these principles by Setia Motors Sdn Bhd will foster improvement for clients, employees, suppliers and all of the other persons who make up the company. Text and images courtesy of Setia Motors.

Congratulations Setia Motors on the milestone.


Pg Hj Mohd Suhaimi with Jose E. Prieto, Executive President of BID (Business Initiative Directions)

Setia Motors winning an international award


Legal Year 2014 

The guard of honour from the Royal Brunei Police Force after being inspected by Chief Justice

Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Hj Kifrawi bin Dato Paduka Hj Kifli (3rd from right)

Watching the guard of honour last weekend

Heading into the High Court for the annual report by the speakers

Did you know that the Brunei legal system has the same birth as Brunei’s national day? March the 15 was the first existence of the Supreme Court building in the capital. I attended the Legal Year organised by the Judiciary. I didn’t stay long as I had other commitments but I managed to get most of the essence of the speeches shared by the Attorney General, Datin Seri Paduka Hjh Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohd Salleh, Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Hj Kifrawi bin Dato Paduka Hj Kifli and President of the Law Society of Brunei Darussalam, Haji Mohamad Rozaiman DSLJ Haji Abdul Rahman.

The speeches highlighted that electronic legal system has help to expedite and improve the legal systems though it will have some teething problems in the beginning. The courtrooms (Technology Courts) have computer systems in placed and even digital recording of oral testimonies. According to the Attorney General, it is at 70% in the implementation stage.

A proposed idea was introducing “E-Filing” concept as this can help reduce costs and fasten the process such reducing backlogs and delays in the administering of cases, and provide court users with a workable system all round.

Taken at the High Court

One managed to caught me taking a shot 😀

A photo opportunity before the report kicked off

YAM Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Al-Mokhtar in attendance

Chief justice (3rd from left) reading out his report for 2013

Also present was the Police Dato Seri Pahlawan Bahrin Mohd Noor

The annual report was also presented as the Chief Justice shared the statistics of cases in limitation for both civil and criminal cases in Brunei Darussalam. Here are some quick statistics for your perusal.

Revenue collected – $5,430,245.55 in 2013 compared to $6,810,368.73 in 2012.

Bankruptcy cases – 338 recorded in 2013, 661 cases recorded in 2012 (huge drop)

Marriages – 89 in 2013, 184 in 2012

Divorces – 33 in 2013, 32 in 2012

Criminal cases (High Court) – 41 in 2013, 28 in 2012.

Civil cases (High Court) – 82 in 2013, 97 in 2012

Receiving orders – 919 in 2013, 661 in 2012

Adjudication orders – 67 in 2013, 49 in 2012

Criminal cases (Magistrate) – 574 in 2013, 852 in 2012

Civil cases (Magistrate) – 895 in 2013, 1,182 in 2012

Juvenile court – 23 in 2013, 24 in 2012

Ambassadors, High Commissioners and diplomats also attended Legal Year 2014

Ambassadors, High Commissioners and diplomats also attended Legal Year 2014

If I’m not mistaken, this is where the defendant will be situated during the hearing. I could be wrong

RBAF Commander Pehin Major General Dato Mohd Tawih also present and the Chief Justice gave many praises on the Royal Brunei Armed Forces

Haji Mohamad Rozaiman DSLJ Haji Abdul Rahman raised concerns on the Power of Attorney, Equitable Ownership and Conversion on conditions of land from perpetuity to 60 years lease and these have been a sensitive issue for the past few years and I would say that it’s in the stage of being inconclusive especially it comes to the Land Code.

He pleaded for Government Link Companies to give recognition to the local law firms and practitioners especially those members of the Brunei Bar. This issue have been put to rest or have gone off the radar. Who knows that this will be another topic to be discussed in the ongoing LegCo (Legislative Council). We shall wait and see.

You also can view last year’s coverage here of the Legal Year 2013.

Placing the podium before the Attorney General read out her report

The Attorney General highlighted about the new technology in placed to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of the court procedures

Representatives from the Royal Brunei Police Force

Haji Mohamad Rozaiman DSLJ Haji Abdul Rahman, the President of the Law Society of Brunei Darussalam

It was good to see some smiles after some light humourous pointers by Rozaiman

The view of the High Court

They also had law books for sale at the lobby area

Hello Zubaidah 😀


Photos from White Cane Charity Run 

This was the first run I did this year and I haven’t been running for quite some time. It does say a lot about my dedication to fitness and exercise *lol* Anyway, good job to the organisers and those involved in the recent White Cane Charity Run or also known as Larian Amal Tongkat Putih. More than 2,000 participated in the said event and it’s also the first competitive run event in 2014. The next run will be the National Day Run which is set for 30th March.

Below are some of the photos from the event and I will be posting more soon. This is the first time that the National Association of the Blind organised such event and this is a great awareness on the significance of the white car to the visually impaired. As you know the White Cane is the universal symbol of the access for the blind and visually impaired people. You can check out more pictures and updates on @larianamaltongkatputih on instagram and Facebook.







































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