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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News



His Majesty launched Energy Week 

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam officially launched the Energy Week 2014 and he was accompanied by Yang Berhormat Pehin Yasmin, the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday at BRIDEX

It was wonderful to see His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei officiating the Energy Week 2014 and visiting all the booths and exhibitors involved in Energy Week 2014. The program went over time because His Majesty spent quite some time at some booths and engaging with the people and students involved in Energy Week 2014 held at the BRIDEX Hall.

It was nice to see His Majesty mingled with the youth and students especially and it shows his concern and interest in our youth. I also realised that His Majesty became more interested if Universiti Brunei Darussalam is involved in the project and also graduates from UBD.

His Majesty quoted the Energy Week was very good and he congratulated the organiser on the event during the short interview by Rachel Thien of The Brunei Times. It was also nice to see His Majesty spent more time during the exhibition despite His Majesty’s busy schedule as he had to fly to Myanmar the same day.

I shall be flooding this post with tons of pictures from the opening of Energy Week 2014. I suggest you drop by BRIDEX this week and for those, jobseekers especially, the best time to come and see what they have to offer at oil and gas as well as maritime.

More updates on Energy Week later. I know I have many information to share so do bear with me. Congratulations to Yang Berhormat Pehin Yasmin and his team from Energy Division at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) on the successful launch and hopefully the whole week will run smoothly.



His Majesty the Sultan launches Energy Week 2014 at BRIDEX yesterday. Video courtesy of The Brunei Times.


His Majesty with the Top 3 winners of the Youth Energy Video Competition organised by EDPMO

His Majesty with watching the winning video of the Youth Energy Video Competition

His Majesty at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

His Majesty being briefed about Talian Darussalam, a project initiative by EGNC

His Majesty at the Ministry of Communications booth

Students with their solar powered cars that represented Brunei in the recent Shell Eco-Marathon in Manila, the Philippines

His Majesty signing on one of the cars

His Majesty being briefed by Hamidah, a UBD student on their research

His Majesty being briefed by another UBD student

His Majesty paid a visit at Brunei Shell Marketing booth

His Majesty toured around BSM

His Majesty signing a plaque at Idar booth

His Majesty with Yves Grosjean, GM of Total explaining of the solar panels

His Majesty greeting the associates of Total

His Majesty opportunity with Green Brunei

His Majesty receiving a book from His Excellency Todd Mercer, Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam

His Majesty being brief by Microsoft Brunei

His Majesty at Bureau Veritas

His Majesty having a light drink at the Oman booth

His Majesty visiting Multitrons Sdn Bhd


His Majesty being briefed by Dr. Hj Abdul, Manaf, CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board on the updates and progress of BEDB’s projects in Brunei Darussalam

His Majesty checking out the hybrid Lexus

His Majesty at the energy saving smart home



His Majesty impressed 

with Energy Week 2014 

Text from Rachel Thien of The Brunei Times. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday said he was pleased to see more locals joining the oil and gas industry.

After launching the Energy Week 2014 at BRIDEX International Conference Centre, Hall 2, Jerudong, the monarch said it was a “very good” sight to see, after speaking to hundreds of Bruneians explaining their roles in contributing to the economy.

His Majesty, who launched the Energy White Paper and Oil and Gas book, later toured both exhibition halls to meet the players in the industry, as well as viewed initiatives by the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) and other agencies to create more jobs.

“The exhibition was very well-established, and I would like to congratulate the Energy Department, His Majesty told The Brunei Times prior to completing the tour.
Throughout the Sultan’s visit, all one could see was a big smile on his face as he interacted with not only industry players, but also mingled with students from various energy clubs. His Majesty even tested one of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP)’s bicycles.

The static bicycle was meant for demonstration purposes to show the monarch how humans could generate power just by cycling.

All eyes and sounds of cheer were directed toward His Majesty when he agreed to give it a try and cycle for about a minute.

This year’s theme for the Energy Week is “Sustainable energy for Brunei Darussalam’s prosperity”.

The Energy White Paper was designed to support Brunei’s Vision 2035, promote career, employment and business opportunities in the energy industry.
It also sets out the targets the oil and gas industry have to meet by 2035, including hiring more Bruneians.

The Brunei Darussalam Oil and Gas Book, on the other hand, is a publication on the role models who encourage more Bruneians to tap into the energy sector. Apart from sharing their experiences, their main call is for youth to join them in contributing to the country’s development.

Jobseekers are encouraged to visit the Energy Week until Saturday, to gain more insight into potential careers. The EDPMO is looking to recruit more than 1,000 individuals at the oil and gas job fair.

Those looking for a job and register at the EDPMO booth, will be able to obtain a copy of the oil and gas book, as well as the chance to interact with the role models in Hall 1.

Over the week, a series of conferences, meetings, a forum and a youth dialogue will take place. The energy exhibition and oil and gas job fair will run concurrently.

His Majesty was all smiles as His Majesty cycled as an example of creating energy in different forms at the BSP booth. Image taken by @chimp289

BSP representatives show His Majesty on how energy and power can generated by cycling

His Majesty at TSK booth

His Majesty visiting Philips booth

His Majesty was impressed with the energy saving Hue Lights. I highly recommend it too as I’m using them for my bedroom 😀

His Majesty with representatives from PetroleumBrunei. Do check out their booth as they have Energy Chat and ongoing competition as well

The public trying to get a snapshot of His Majesty during the tour

His Majesty at Masrojaya Electrical

His Majesty at Brunei Gas Carrier booth

His Majesty at BLNG booth

His Majesty being briefed at Brunei Methanol Company booth

His Majesty looking at the hybrid cars on display

His Majesty being briefed by Japanese counterparts on FDI

His Majesty consented on the request from Earth Hour Brunei representatives to shut off the lights outside Istana Nurul Iman during Earth Hour this Saturday. Cool 😀

His Majesty with representatives of Earth Hour Brunei

His Majesty at Berakas Power Station booth

His Majesty signing a plaque at Hengyi Industries booth. More news on Hengyi tomorrow.

His Majesty with Mitsubishi Corporation

His Majesty at Petronas Booth

The Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office booth

A great gift for His Majesty in officiating the prestigious Energy Week 2014 at BRIDEX


MH370 ended in  

southern Indian Ocean 

Prime Minister Najib Razak officially announced the misfortune of MH 370 at 10pm, Monday 24th of March. Image taken by Edgar Su, Reuters

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s speech last night to announce the heart breaking news of MH370: “This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.

Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.”

My heart and my deepest condolences goes to the families and friends of the MH 370 passengers. Now the biggest challenge, apart from the families related, is finding the debris to help further in the investigation of flight MH370. This is such a national tragedy and after 17 days, the mystery has finally concluded. Al-Fatihah.


Aladdin on skates 

Aladdin on skates in April. Click image to buy tickets online.
Watch a beloved fairy tale come to life on roller skates next month at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas.

‘Aladdin on Skates’, which will be held from April 18 to 20, is set to enthrall audiences with graceful and riveting performances by the international roller skating professionals from Australia.

Join them as they recount Aladdin’s tale from his magical adventure at the mysterious Arabian desert to his transformation from a street lad to a mighty prince, with the help of a genie.

Organised by Forevershine Events, Media and Management Services in cooperation with Rakan Tiga, a total of seven shows are scheduled. Showtimes for April 18 and 19 are at 4pm and 8.15pm while on April 20, there will be three shows: 10am, 4pm and 8.15pm. One of the shows on April 18 will be dedicated for charitable organisations such as JAPEM, SMARTER Brunei, Learning Ladder, Pusat Ehsan, YASKA and KACA to name a few.

Tickets are priced at $15, $28 and $35. For ticket enquiries, visit Forevershine Events, Media and Management Services’ office at 1st Floor, Unit 5, Block E, Bangunan Lim Seng Kok, Spg 624, Jalan Tutong, Kg Madewa or contact 8808833. Tickets are also available at The Mall, ground floor outside Utama Grand.

Alternatively, see print advertisements for more details or visit the event management company’s Facebook fanpage at facebook.com/forevershineBrunei. You can also purchase tickets from Socialmart.com.bn too.

So be there with the family to discover the magical adventure of ‘Aladdin on Skates. Text from The Brunei Times.

The official poster for Aladdin on Skates

The show times in April

One show will be dedicated to charitable organisations

You can purchase your tickets at The Mall


Message of Hope  

The Malaysian Citizens Association (PWM) and the Malaysian High Commission collaborated in the initiative of the “Wall of Hope” where well wishers from Brunei can write down their hopes for finding the missing flight of MH 370. The banner is located at The Airport Mall and by night time, the wall page is already full of written and signed messages from members of the public.

James Lee, President of PWM, shared his sadness of the incident and his heart goes out to the family of the passengers. Also present were His Excellency Datuk Hj Awang Sahak Hj Awang Salleh, Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam and a representative from the Embassy of China to Brunei Darussalam.

Now with the heart breaking news just announced last night by Prime Minister Najib Razak, all hope is gone.

James Lee, President of PWM with the Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei His Excellency Datuk Hj Awang Sahak Hj Awang Salleh, being interviewed by the local media

Members of the PWM and representative from China Embassy and Airport Mall









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