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01
Feb

Truthiness

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

DPMM FC fanfare 
 


His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office handed out medals to the winners at DPMM FC Football Fanfare 2016 at Jerudong Mini Stadium last Sunday.
 

 

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, graced the DPMM FC Singapore League (S-League) Football Fanfare 2016 at the Jerudong Mini Stadium last Sunday.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim took part in the fanfare playing under team International School Brunei (ISB) Sharks in the competition.
DPMM FC vice-chairman YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Haji Abdul Rahim Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj was also present at yesterday’s event.

Academy Kilanas B emerged the winner of the tournament after defeating Savilla Junior 2-0 in the final.

Among the teams that took part were AAG Junior, Academy Kilanas A, Brunei Sports School Soccer Academy (BSSSA) A, BSSSA B, BSSSA C, BSSSA D, ISB Baycats, ISB Thunder, ISB Quoka’s, Perda FC Junior, Setia Bakti, Super Junior Zaidana and SMS Jangsak.

 


Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim (right) played for the ISB Sharks
 


Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim in action
 


DPMM FC vice-chairman YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Haji Abdul Rahim Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj (center) with the committee of S•League and DPMM FC management and sponsors
 

 

 

 

 

DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean saw the fanfare as an aspiration for the young talents in the country.

“Today’s event was great. We had it last year. It gives the young players a taste of what it is like to come to Jerudong where we train every day,” said Kean.

“It gives them a little taste and hopefully gives them the enthusiasm and the application to push hard through their age groups and get into their final team.

The head coach also added that the club are close to bringing in three new young players to fill up the rest of the slots in the squad.

“It has not been finalised yet but we are getting close… we have brought in some players who are from the club’s Under-19 team, a goalkeeper, a centre midfielder and an attacking player who are going to push hard to try to get into the final squad,” continued the Scot. “I always think that if you’re old enough to push to the end of the squad, it doesn’t matter if you are young (17, 18 or 19)… if I think they are good enough, they will play.

“They are not just here to make up the numbers, they are here to get to the start of it,” he added.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainuddin Nordin was on hand to give a speech prior to the matches yesterday.

“It is great to see so many eager boys and girls at this annual Brunei DPMM FC S-league fanfare and this is indeed a special kickoff to the S-League season,” said Zainuddin in his speech.

“It is super special because Brunei DPMM FC are the reigning champions of the S-League as we go into the 21st season of the S-League. On behalf of the Football Association of Singapore and the S-league, I would like to extend my greatest and heartiest congratulations to Brunei DPMM FC for winning the 20th edition and in doing so, the club has won the distinction of being only the second foreign team to have won the S-league in the 20 year history of Singapore professional football league.

“It is indeed a highly commendable achievement for Brunei DPMM FC and one that it thoroughly deserves,” he added.

The DPMM FC S-League Football Fanfare is the club’s annual programme held before they start off their S-League season. The country’s only professional club claimed their first S-League title last year after finishing second best in 2014 and 2012. They will face Singapore Cup holder Albirex Niigata FC (S) in the community shield on February 13 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. Text courtesy of Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Khairil Hassan.

 


Steve Kean being interviewed by the media
 


DPMM FC players at the Fanfare 2016
 

 

 

 

  

 

Progresif opens 3rd store 
 


Progresif Chairman Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim (C); Progresif Chief Sales Officer Bob Gill (L); and the Managing Director of Times Square Shopping Complex, Tan Kah Boon (R) cutting off the ribbon during the opening of Progresif’s fifth flagship store cutting off the ribbon during the opening of Progresif’s fifth flagship store. Image courtesy of Progresif Celluar Facebook Page.
 

Progresif have been gaining traction especially last year where they have increase number of new customers. The free sim card and the delivery have been a good marketing gimmick. Also the Progesif customers at one stage get 100% bonus credit when they top up last November. So there are many interesting promotions along the way.

This time, they have a new promotion that I believe will drive more new clients is the “Handset Plan Promotion”. Now you can pay as low as BND 9 to enjoy a new phone such as the VIVO Xshot or the Huawei P7 and pick and Postpaid Plan from BND 25, BND 40 or BND 60. You can check out the Handset Plans here.

A few days ago, Progresif also relaunched their flagship store at Times Square Shopping Centre. Present were Progresif Chairman Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, Progresif Chief Sales Officer Bob Gill and the Managing Director of Times Square Shopping Complex, Tan Kah Boon. Congratulations Progresif on the relaunch.

 


Group photo with the Progresif associates. Image courtesy of Progresif Facebook Page.
 


Now you get a VIVO Xshot for BND 9
 


Check out their in-house Progresif magazine
 

  
 

21
Apr

The Hashtag era

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

UBD Street Shutters 


Joon Man and Sophia Siu with their photo booth for the attendees
 


Allen Ang drawing some cartoons
 

I attended the UBD Street Shutters event last weekend and the event was part of the assessment for UBD students taking a final year course for Communication and the Creative Arts. It was held at Muti-Purpose Hall at UBD. As a guest, I was kinda expecting more from event itself because I’m into photography but there were a few missed opportunities such as the lacking of framed photography and even large scale photos. Instead there were only compilations of 5R photos that didn’t manage to grab my attention to an extent. Overall, it was still a great effort from the students. Last year was still better, in my opinion, with the Film Festival UBD and that had a little more impact.

UBD Street Shutters also had lucky draws for the delight of the attendees. The prizes were flight tickets to Thailand, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, sponsored by AIA BR – Kelvin Pong. There was also a photo competition organised by Interhouse Company (Canon) where first place Rahim Jamil received a Canon DSLR EOS 1200D, lens kit, Canon parcel and 8GB card. The two day event concluded last Sunday.


Dean Kassim showcasing his portfolio
 


Pranika Lama with her work
 


Ikhwan Salleh’s photography
 


Posing the camera at the lucky draw booth
 


 


 


Guest of honour was Programme Leader of Communication and the Creative Arts Associate Professor Shui (6th L) as well as representatives from Canon Interhouse John Tiang (5th L), and AIA BR – Kelvin Pong, Kevin Onn (7th R) with the winners for both contests during the closing ceremony. Image Courtesy of Jekizan Ching
 


 Image Courtesy of Jekizan Ching
 


Ak Fauzi sharing his stories of his photography
 


 


Under water casing for Bahzi’s camera.

  

 

APEC CBET 


Click image to enter and register
 

APEC CBET (Cross Border E-Commerce Training) eLearning program is a knowledge sharing and entrepreneurship fostering platform, designed for global SMEs to receive the most professional and most practical cross border e-commerce related knowledge and sights, as well as entrepreneurship guidance on a wide range of startup concepts on this new global value chain.

As the explosive growth of e-commerce, a new global value chain is forming to revolutionize traditional business, and empower global SMEs with opportunities to access international markets and build global brands, like never before. CBET workshop is initiated and implemented by APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), designed to convey industry knowledge and insights, enable global SMEs to capture these golden opportunities, transform and upgrade their business to a whole new level.

To meet the demand of global SMEs, CBET eLearning program is initiated by ABAC China in 2014, with joint support from multiple APEC economies. APEC CBET eLearning will focus on two core concepts – “Cross Border e-Commerce” and “Entrepreneurship”, to serve as a mobile platform to exchange ideas and experience, convey knowledge and insights, and foster entrepreneurship through its online incubator.

A variety of formats will be adopted to offer a wide spectrum of contents in the most engaging manner, from ecosystem introduction to major components illustration, from Internet thinking to industry best practices, from mind-sets sharing to skill-sets training, APEC CBET eLearning will cover a wide range of topics from different angles and perspectives, to provide the most professional, most practical industry knowledge, and build the most influential online community on e-commerce to encourage entrepreneurship and incubate innovative business solutions across APEC economies.

Partners of APEC CBET eLearning will not only join the honor of empowering SMEs with most advanced business models to access international markets, but also branding itself to APEC economic leaders, ministers, senior officials, and local SME business owners, associations, and other related organizations. It is not only a socially valuable program to join, but also an economically beneficial program to participate.

You can click here to find more information.

 

 

  

The Rising Underdog 
 


Chairman of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif), Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, handing out certificates to a staff of PCSB for completing a nine-day training course while Paul Hyde, CEO of Progresif looks on. Image courtesy of Ridhwan Kamarulzaman of The Brunei Times.
 

Last year, b•mobile almost pull the plug and there were doubts among the staff with rumours circulating that the company will ceased its establishment. In comes Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd and they turned things around and renaming b•mobile communications to Progresif Cellular while retaining the existing customers of b•mobile. It’s never an easy road to rise from a challenge and further they are up against a 20 year old establishment, their direct competitor DST.

Progresif Cellular have been investing their time in training their staff, improving the network infrastructure and even hiring suitable candidates to be part of the Progresif team. They have come up with great marketing campaign such as offering free calls from 8pm to 12am or even introducing FREE Sim Card for new subscribers. These gimmicks have paid off handsomely as according to the article from The Brunei Times that Progresif Cellular have new 8,000 subscribers. One of the reasons is due to the company’s willingness to waive the BND 25 fee for new registration. This information was disclosed by PSCB’s Chief Marketing Officer Devin Edwards and their approach paid off, hitting the “more price-sensitive customer segment”.

PCSB have also upped their network a few nights ago on certain areas. This shows that baby steps of being progressive will slowly pay dividends especially towards PCSB’s customers. Patience is the key and it’s good to see how the new management has turned the company around and restoring confidence slowly.

I have yet to subscribe for PCSB but then again, I don’t know if I want to carry two phones with me. Anyway, great good, PCSB. I’m already anticipating more progressive things to come from PCSB.

 


One of the reasons why Progresif have a high spike of new subscribers. This free calls also valid to other networks until 1st May 2015. Click image to enter Progresif’s Facebook Page. 
 

  
 

LSL Water Tanks 
 


The leading brand for water tanks in Brunei – LSL

If you go around many local household, there’s one brand that sticks to your mind when you see a water tank and that has the label “LSL”. Yes, we always take everything for granted when it comes to water supply but we forgot how important the water tanks are as well. The LSL water tanks have been around for decades and for me, if I was to trust a strong brand, it will be no other than LSL. I even paid a visit to their industrial area at Tanah Jambu and everything is fabricated from there. What’s great about LSL tanks are that they are stainless steel water tank.

Now do you know that not all water tanks that you see are top notch in terms of quality. You may come across different brands but we simply just assume that as long as it can store and pump water, it’s good enough for the household. Well, one thing for sure, you will never know if the type of tanks you used can be corrosive or even leakage. There are some cases also that fungus or algae might develop and this might not make water consumption drinkable or safe. With the LSL brand, you needn’t worry about all these issues as they have all the attributes to prevent these from happening.

I’m sharing you this story is because I became aware how much difference in quality even in water tanks and LSL stands at the top of the chain in terms of quality. Furthermore, the LSL water tanks have been around for 25 years. You can check out their Facebook page which is pretty active and or you can contact 2393200 or email us at metal@lsl.net. Do visit their showroom and factory at Salambigar industry area.

 


Click image to enter Facebook page of LSL.
 

  

15
Sep

Nooooo…

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


Click image to enter Peugeot Brunei’s website
 

 

Citroën Brunei 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

   
 

BIBD’s latest promotion


Top up tia. Click image to enter website.
 

  
 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Our podcast review of Summer Box Office with my co-host Del Goh

 

  
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

”Building a Nation” 
 


Click image to find out more from Butra HeidelbergCement
 

  
 

 

PCSB FB competition 
 


Click image to enter Progresif Cellular Page and like the Page
 

 

Progresif Cellular is giving away a brand new Huawei MediaPad X1 for FREE. To join, you can simply go their Facebook Page and ‘Like’ Progresif Cellular Page (www.facebook.com/progresifcellular). This is open to all Facebook users in Brunei. The contest will run from 15th September to 30th September 2014. There will only be one winner, and judges’ decision is final. To make it fair, there is only once per Facebook account.

Want to know more about the Huawei MediaPad X1. It looks to be a strong contender against the likes of the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX who currently dominate the small form factor tablet market. The MediaPad X1 packs in a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 4G connectivity and a 5000mAh battery – far bigger than the 3950mAh offering in the Nexus 7. The IPS screen is up to scratch, boasting a full HD 1200 x 1920 resolution with 322 ppi pixel density keeping it in line with its competitors.

With measurements of 183.5 x 103.9 x 7.18mm it’s one of the smallest 7-inch tablets out there, increasing its portability and you will find it comfortable in your palms.

So peeps.. You have nothing to lose and just like their Progresif Cellular Page and stand a chance to win this amazing phone.

 


Do you want to win this awesome gadget?
 

  
 

STGCC 2014 
 

Late post: Below are some of the pictures taken during my recent trip to Singapore for the Singapore Toy Games Comic Convention 2014 which took place at the Sands Expo & Convention, Marina Bay Sands. It was another fun-packed event though I could see a drop in Marvel presence apart from the popular hit Guardians of the Galaxy. I almost bought a collectible which was a mini figurine of Transformers Megatron and I regretted that decision of not purchasing it.

This year, @delgoh and I were supposed to dress up for the occasion in our alter egos but that didn’t materialise in the end. Most likely, it will be an assurance that both of us will be cosplaying 😀 However, we might need to find an assistant or a chaperon to help us carry our stuff *lol*

Enjoy the first batch of pictures and I wished I stayed longer to take more pictures of cosplay people.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

 

PETRONAS Scholarship 
 


Scholarship recipient Dk Nur Farhanah Pg Hj Roslan (2nd L) and PETRONAS country manager, Ahmad Faisal Bakar, holding the signed scholarship document, while Permanent Secretary (Upstream) of the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office Hjh Rosmawatty Hj Abdul Mumin (R) looks on during the PETRONAS scholarship signing ceremony. Image courtesy of Asdeny Yakub of The Brunei Times.
Two former students of Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College were offered scholarships from PETRONAS Carigali Brunei following a signing ceremony last Friday. Dk Nur Farhanah Pg Hj Roslan and Nur Fatin ‘Izzati Hj Abdul Rahim will be sent off to Perak to pursue their studies at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS on September 19.

Dk Nur Farhanah said she was selected out of 30 applicants for the PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme.

“We were told that about 30 students had applied and 12 were shortlisted to undergo written examinations and interviews,” said the 18-year-old who will be studying Petroleum Geoscience.

The recipient said she could apply for work at other places once she finished her studies, as she is not bonded under the programme and due to the possibility of no job vacancies at the company.

Another recipient, Nur Fatin, said PETRONAS would allow her to work at other companies if there are no job openings.

“At the university, they have sponsors like Halliburton Co,” said the scholar who will be studying Petroleum Engineering.

She hoped to apply for industrial attachment at the company during the summer holidays.

PETRONAS country manager, Ahmad Faisal Bakar, said Bruneians made up 62 per cent of the total 45 staff working at the company.

“The pool of staff at PCBL has grown from a modest 27 in 2011 to 45 staff today. Out of this number, 28 staff are Bruneians,” he said.

The country manager added that the sponsorship programme received an 80 per cent increase in applications from Bruneian students.

Witnessing the signing ceremony between the recipients and PETRONAS Carigali Brunei Ltd yesterday were Permanent Secretary (Upstream) of the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office Hjh Rosmawatty Hj Abdul Mumin and Managing Director of PetroleumBRUNEI Dato Paduka Matsatejo Sokiaw.

PETRONAS Carigali Brunei is one of the subsidiary companies of Petroliam Nasional Berhad Malaysia. Text by Ak Md Khairuddin Pg Harun of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Md Asdeny Yakub of The Brunei Times.

 


Scholarship recipient Nur Fatin ‘Izzati Hj Abdul Rahim (2nd L) and PETRONAS country manager, Ahmad Faisal Bakar. Image courtesy of Asdeny Yakub of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

The 5th Audi quattro Cup Brunei 
 


It’s happening on 17th to 19th October. Registration to open soon.
 

  
 

 

The NJ & KJ connection 
 


Hamdi Metussin aka NJ, creative director of Mixmediaworx and Keeran Janin, founder of #CHRENDS with Hadi Shafie, the co-founder of Tru Synergy at The Knowledge Hub last August


Late post:
This was another Startup Founder 101 activity that took place late August at The Knowledge Hub. It was such a great turn out probably because they were treated to two charming speakers – Keeran Janin of #CHRENDS and Hamdi Metussin (NJ), Creative Director of Mixmediaworx. The event was organised by Tru Synergy who are championing to charter the Founder Institute in Brunei. The Founder Institute is the world’s largest training and startup launch program which helps aspiring founders across the globe to build enduring technology companies.

This program has been successful where Tru Synergy have created numerous forums and dialogues by inviting founders and speakers to share their experiences and their journey so the audience can benefit from the discussions.

Both lads gave an insightful presentation and I was more intrigued by NJ’s delivery because we hardly take into account the design of business or logo or marketing material. We just take for granted that “designs” are secondary and they don’t matter much. To me, design in an integral part of your brand and it’s always vital to invest in design if not your branding.

I look forward to more forums and dialogues hosted by Tru Synergy.

 


It was good to see such young enthusiastic students in attendance
 


NJ with the attendees
 


NJ sharing some tips on design with Ida of Mars Enterprise
 

  
 

25
Jul

We need to diversify…. quickly

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Cheerful patients at JPMC 
 


Abd Latif bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusof, the guest of honour with Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Burc Bassa, Deputy Head and Head Consultant of the Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) and Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC with the management and the stroke and cancer patients of Jerudong Park Medical Centre. Click image to enlarge.

With Hari Raya around the corner, every walk of life can enjoy a festive season whether be it small or big. Sometimes we take things for granted that Hari Raya or in this case, pre-Hari Raya is just an excuse for the spirit of celebration and unity. But little do I know that even the smallest of celebration can bring the warmth and joyful feeling to others and I felt that yesterday during my visit at Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC).

My coverage was on JPMC’s Rehabilitation programme organised by JPMC’s Rehabilitation Department and after the 5-week programme, the patients were awarded with certificates of achievements and judging from the explanations by the occupational therapists, these aren’t easy feats. Stroke patients are bound to lose some of their movements or lose their ability to fee touch, pain or position. Hence the therapists come into the picture and educate and train the patients to regain back some of their body movements as well as coordination.

Apart from the presentation of certification, JPMC organised a short “ceramah” session for the invited guests and JPMC stroke and cancer patients. It was conducted by Ustaz Haji Haslan bin Hj Shabudin from the Isalamic Da’wah Center, Ministry of Religious Affairs and he was kinda of entertaining too and brought some laughter to the audience. He shared about the essence of fasting during Ramadhan and added some general info that we normally take for granted that we know all. It was a pretty interesting session indeed.

The guest of honour of the event was Abd Latif bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusof, a member from Board of Directors of Jerudong Park Medical Centre. Also present were Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Burc Bassa, Deputy Head and Head Consultant of the Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) and Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC.

After the “ceramah”, Vivian shared a brief description on the Therapeutic Group Activity (TGA) and she was pleased to share that the 5-week program was a major success as the patients had improved ability to converse and sing and a progress in regaining their strengths, stamina and physical functions. She also thanked family members of the patients who contributed in the program by providing emotional and social support. I believe this is the most challenging aspect for stroke and cancer patients as they need consistent moral support.

The JPMC patients then performed a Selawat and Nasyid for the invited guests and it was heart warming to see them performing and feeling cheerful with the Raya spirit in them. According to Vivian, having a collective group of stroke patients singing together is challenging in terms of synchronizing with the music because stroke can also affect their speech. However, the task is not impossible and not many hospital in other countries practice this approach and I applaud the rehab team and the patients to show that this is achievable and it takes practice.

 


Ustaz Haji Haslan bin Hj Shabudin from the Isalamic Da’wah Center, Ministry of Religious Affairs conducted an insightful “ceramah” on fasting during Ramadhan
 


Guest of honour attending the event
 


Guests and the patients at JPMC
 


Guests and the patients at JPMC
 


Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC, shared the progress of the patients and thankful to those involved and supporting the initiative
 


The patients performing Selawat and Nasyid for the audience
 


This was a very touching experience and I felt the happiness when they performed
 


The background music performers

The guests also witnessed the patients conduct demonstrations of their activities such as baking Hari Raya treats and building the replica of Kampong Ayer, which is made out of furnished wooden sticks. Kampong Ayer is one of the main tourist attractions in the Sultanate.

Since the year 2012, the Rehabilitation Department has been putting together intensive Therapeutic Group Activity Programs during the month of Ramadhan in preparation for the upcoming Hari Raya festivities and at year’s end in celebration of the holiday season. The Therapeutic Group Activity Program gives patients a goal to achieve in duration of five weeks and help the patients relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is impaired. The patients together with their family members are taught new ways of performing tasks to compensate for any residual disabilities.

Among other activities conducted last year was the beautiful replica of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque built by the patients, which is currently displayed outside Outpatient Department. It’s really good to see JPMC creating such activities and these provide patients with a sense of belonging while improving their health and body condition.

Rehabilitation Department offers treatments available that includes Falls Prevention, Geriatric and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedics and Sports Injury. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.cm.bn.


Guest of honour presenting certificate to patients for completing the program
 


A great achievement for the patients of JPMC and I’m glad there was a token of appreciation
 


Mr. Maidin bin Tinggal was given a special token for his passion and dedication in helping out during the program. He lives in KB and also recovered from stroke. He also borrowed the musical instruments for the purpose of the performance yesterday.
 


Another patient being awarded
 


A demonstration by some of the stroke patients and they also made cookies. Awesome!!
 


Vanessa, an occupational therapist at JPMC, explaining how her patients have improved on their movements and able to contribute in terms of preparation for baking
 


The guest of honour and guests were impressed with the progress
 


Another patient who contributed in building the Kg Ayer replica
 


The Kg Ayer replica being displayed at JPMC, created by the patients themselves
 


Guest of honour impressed with the creation
 


Mingling with the patients after the event at JPMC
 

 

New CEO of PCSB 
 


Paul Hyde, the new CEO of Progesif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB)

The vacancy was up for grabs for the past few months. It was tough to speculate who will be the chief executive officer of Progesif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB) who acquired the business and operations of B-Mobile Communications. Finally, the chairman and board of directors of PCSB have appointed Paul Hyde. Image courtesy of PSCB.

Paul Hyde has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including in West Africa. In a statement, Hyde said that among his priorities would be to develop a customer-based organisation that delivers an innovative range of services.

Hyde, in a statement, said that among his key priorities would be to develop a customer-based organisation delivering an innovative range of services with high level of customer service. This is so as to build a strong, unique and reliable brand, he said.

“It is important that we carve a strong position for ourselves in a small market such as this that brings value to our customers,” said Hyde, adding it can be achieved with a strong and highly-competent workforce backed with a sound network infrastructure.

He also said the transformation cannot be done overnight and that much needs to be done before changes can be made.

“My goal is to turn Progresif Cellular into the operator of choice in Brunei, and while it takes time to achieve, I am confident that it is possible with the guidance and strategic direction from the chairman and board of directors,” he added.

Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, the chairman of PCSB, in the statement said that Hyde’s experience and track record would have a positive effect on the operation of the organisation.

Hyde has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including in West Africa.

“I am confident that he will be able to inculcate an organisational culture that will realise our vision for PCSB,” said the chairman.
He added that Hyde is in a strong position to impart best global practices, management expertise and marketing strategies which would benefit the company.

For updates, you can follow their Facebook page and also on instagram @progresifcellular

  
 

What’s next after oil? 
 


What’s happening to our export on Crude Oil?
This is not good news for Brunei Darussalam. Our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) comes from crude oil and natural gas. We are able to produce about 167,000 barrels of oil every day, which makes it the fourth largest producer of oil in Southeast Asia. The information given on the press release wasn’t enough but it can either be a few factors that’s leading to this.

Well, it’s just my opinion and thoughts based on the information given, so don’t shoot the messenger :p One could be that the demand may not be as high as before and other parties could have chosen other suppliers. The other reason could be that Brunei might not be producing enough crude oil. Then again, I could be wrong as these are just assumptions based on the limited information given by JPKE.

Whatever it is, it’s not a good sign for Brunei if it exports on crude oil maintain the same as now or even lower on the next shipment. It’s about time we need to find other source of revenue and income to our economy.

  

24
Jun

#ProgresifCellular

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

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Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, Chairman of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (center) with Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz, directors of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd and Ang Han Kee, Head of Network Management & Planning, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd at the press conference yesterday at Radisson Hotel

The past is the past. Now it’s about moving forward. You may have heard or seen in the news about the new developments that B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd was going through a few months ago. A new company under the name of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd will run the operations of B-Mobile Communications effective 1st July 2014. This would mean the name of B-Mobile won’t be used anymore and it will be known as Progresif Cellular from 1st of July 2014.

A press conference was held yesterday, led by the chairman of Progresif Cellular, Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim. Also present during the press conference were the board of directors of Progresif Cellular, Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz.

I believe the great news about the press conference is the assurance that B-Mobile will not ceased its operation. Instead the service will be sustained and the everyday operations will be under a new management of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd. Acquiring an existing telco company is never an easy feat as they have to deal with many issues and paperwork. So it’s no surprise that the acquisition process took many months before it can be a successful one.

Hj Abu Bakar highlighted three important points which are important as their core values in achieving their vision as the most innovative mobile service provider in Brunei Darussalam. The first point he stated is the “People” which means the customers and their employees. It’s important to understand the needs and wants of customers and at the same time, it is important to train and develop the associates of Progresif Cellular so they can meet the demands of the customers in the best and most efficient ways possible.

The second point he shared was improving the network. This is no surprise that the existing subscribers of B-Mobile are experiencing inconsistent connectivity. He reassured that this issue will be put on a priority list and they have put on many countless hours in examining the problems that have been affecting the current network. Hj Abu Bakar hinted that the improvements of the network will be done in a gradual pace (in phases) and not instantly. I believe this is a great move by Progresif Cellular as I’ve seen telcos which focused too much on new services and products but forgetting the fundamental basics which is sustaining a good network.

The third point Hj Abu Bakar pointed out is building their brand. To me, it’s always important to create and make an impact, just by branding because it has a lasting impact and impression on consumers and that’s every entrepreneurs’ dream – to have a strong brand. From what I heard from the chairman’s speech is that the Progresif Cellular is very customer oriented and it wants to position itself to bridge that connection with its customers. Though this will take time to achieve such synergy and branding awareness to their customers, this is already a positive move by the company.

When asked about the 4G services, the chairman’s reply was simple – improve the existing network before upgrading their services and products. I’m quite excited what Progresif Cellular will be offering in the coming months and this will give a good competitive edge to their rival and of course, the winner here will be the consumers.

I’m also touched and honoured that the media was able to mingle with the chairman and the board of directors of Progresif Cellular after the press conference and this shows the trust they have on us and it’s also a good reflection of their vision and mission to create that relationship with their customers. In Brunei, it’s quite rare that we have an informal conversation during refreshments with directors of an organization. So I thank you for that opportunity and I’m sensing better things to come from Progresif Cellular.

 


Members of the media invited for the special press conference
 


If you see the balloons, I believe that’s the corporate colours of Progresif Cellular
 

  
 

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Present to officiate the opening were Chairman of Taiwan Business Association in Brunei Darussalam Lien Kon Sien, Executive Director of Planet Popcorn Ben Lee, Executive Director of Gecko Enterprise Alan Liew and Property Manager of Abdul Razak Holdings Muhammad Fadzillah

Planet Popcorn is the latest food trend to invade The Mall. Just as their name states, their selection of gourmet popcorn that will thrill your taste buds. The franchise from Taiwan was brought in by Gecko Enterprise opened it’s doors on Saturday and was a big hit with several customers queuing up to get their first taste.

With almost 50 stores in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China and Hong Kong, Planet Popcorn wins over their customers with a variety of flavours ranging from savoury to sweet, In their current line up, they have Original, which is slighty sweet and salty, Seaweed, Kimchi and Caramel, but that’s not all.. coming soon will be Double Cheese and Double Chocolate.

How does Planet Popcorn differ from others? According to Ben Lee, the Executive Director of the Planet Popcorn Franchise, that there are two kinds of popcorn, butterfly, which is the kind sold in cinemas and in the microwave packs, and mushroom, a premium kind. In addition, the popcorn is picked specially so that when popped each popcorn measures to about 1 cm. Add to that some delicious seasonings and flavours, and you have the perfect snack to enjoy while watching the world cup, while hanging out with friends, or any occasion. The popcorn is sold in two sizes, a vacuum sealed pack and buckets, with prices starting at $6.90 for a pack. And while visiting the store, you have the opportunity to taste test the different flavours

Check out their Facebook : Planet Popcorn Brunei and their Instagram @PlanetPopcornBrunei to keep apprised of the latest promotions and to know when their latest flavours are coming in.

 


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Fans of the Planet Popcorn queueing up
 


I believe they have four flavours to choose from
 


The ladies at your service at Planet Popcorn
 

  
 

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My biggest disappointment 

 


As I jogging pass the Adidas store at Pacific Plaza, Singapore earlier this morning, I was feeling devastated and heartbroken. I was so close yet so far. I missed the queue to get hold of the Adidas Flux Mulitcolour edition yesterday.


This pair was the most sought model among the Flux series. I can’t even buy on Adidas website as it stated “sold out”


The queue yesterday during the launch of the Flux series at Adidas store, Pacific Plaza. The queue started as early as 7:30am *sigh sigh*


This picture was taken the day before it was released and I thought I would have a great chance in owning a pair. Instead I ended up getting the other pairs of the printed Flux series. Boohoo

  

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