His Majesty urges RKN to focus on efficiency, productivity

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:20

Azlan Othman

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 said all National Development Plan (RKN) meetings should be based on thorough research supported by facts with open discussions, focussing on issues relevant to socio-economic growth, in addition to the development of the oil and gas sector.

In delivering a titah at the first National Development Plan Executive Committee Meeting yesterday at Istana Nurul Iman, His Majesty said, “I see that any planning under the upcoming National Development Plan project, especially the 12th National Development Plan will not only focus on the provision or construction of infrastructure, but it is also necessary to focus on projects that can contribute to efficiency and productivity.”

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office was also in attendance.

The monarch who chaired the meeting added that in implementing any plan, several factors need to be taken into account such as the resilience of the project, its contribution to industrial and economic development as well as its ability to stimulate the fiscal resilience of the nation.

In addition, matters that need to be included in the planning are to provide employment opportunities to the locals by emphasising on in-country value as well as improving skills.

“As an independent and progressive nation, we do not have to rely too much on foreign labour. This method is not a solution in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), but locals need to be given exposure to all environments including construction and so on,” the monarch said.

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 during the meeting. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI 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 and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office at the first National Development Plan Executive Committee Meeting. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR ABOVE & BELOW: Cabinet Ministers at the first National Development Plan Executive Committee Meeting. PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI

His Majesty also expressed appreciation to His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah for His Royal Highness’ leadership, service, energy and ideas that have contributed during His Royal Highness’ tenure as Chairperson of the National Development Plan Executive Committee.

“I would like to congratulate all the members for their re-appointment and new appointment in the National Development Plan Executive Committee. Similarly, I would like to express appreciation and gratitude to the former Members of the National Development Plan Executive Committee for their contributions.

“The change in the position of Chairman and members of the National Development Plan Executive Committee is a strategic platform for a common good. It is hoped that it will continue to bear the responsibility of triggering big thoughts or ideas for the benefit of national development,” the monarch said.

His Majesty also stressed on share facilities method which should not be neglected. “Every ministry needs to ensure that available facilities are shared. It is important to remember that development does not mean the number of buildings owned by each ministry, but more importantly the integration to achieve the objectives of the Whole-of-Government Approach.

Planning should also be for the long term to avoid wastage and duplication in the use of government resources,” the monarch added.

His Majesty also said, in the meantime, it is also reminded that the design and tender for the 11th National Development Plan projects that are still in the planning process must be re-examined to ensure that they are still relevant to be implemented.

“Furthermore, in line with the current trend, I also see that government agencies need to strengthen the potential of the digital economy through the implementation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the Whole-of-Nation approach that has already begun to be applied in this nation with the development of several applications such as BruHealth, MoHcares, Pengguna Bijak (Smart Users), Transport BN and so on.

“This is important for us to be able to deal with the challenges ahead, including an effort to maintain peace, prosperity and harmony,” His Majesty added.

“Undoubtedly through the National Development Plan, some achievements have been enjoyed, but I see it is time for us to move forward more to make reforms as a continuation between the planning process and project selection.

“We also consider this as strategic planning aligned as a guiding principle to facilitate each agency to plan and prepare projects in a more orderly manner.

“In this way, it will further strengthen cooperation between stakeholders in both the government sector and the private sector including government-linked companies (GLCs), public private partnerships (PPPs) and also foreign direct investments.”

The monarch also noted that the Economic Blueprint for the Third Goal in Brunei Vision 2035 has been prepared.

“In this regard, I hope to see the existence of Manpower Blueprint for the First Goal in our Vision which will be led by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Manpower Planning and Employment Council, and Social Blueprint for the Second Goal, will be led by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the National Council on Social Issues (MKIS),” the monarch said.

His Majesty hoped that the National Development Plan Executive Committee Meeting will be able to focus more on strategic matters for development. Appointed members are hoped to be more open in giving their views without hesitation. This is the main role of each member to ensure the success of the National Development Plan.

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Majority of Brunei Alzheimer’s, dementia sufferers undiagnosed

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:19

James Kon

It is estimated that there are 1,200 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and 2,000 suffering dementia in Brunei Darussalam. A majority of them are unidentified.

According to findings by Geriatric and Palliative Unit of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital in 2015, 36.8 per cent of geriatric patients have dementia and additional 20 per cent may have cognitive impairment needing further assessment before giving diagnosis.

The rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country also led to increasing rate of vascular dementia patients.

This was revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar in a message on Sunday to mark World Alzheimer’s Month and World Alzheimer’s Day. The awareness campaign called on the public to talk more about dementia and better understanding to overcome stigma on the condition. The minister said dementia is a group of brain related diseases that can affect memory, thinking, behaviour and feeling.

For patient with dementia, 90 per cent of them are Alzheimer dementia and vascular dementia.

The signs and symptoms of dementia are memory loss, difficulty in speaking accurately or understanding other people’s words, confusion, difficulty in carrying out daily tasks and experience changes in personality and withdrawal from social activities. To date, there is no cure but treatment, advice and support are available for patients and their family members
or caregivers.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: MOH

Brunei, the minister said, marks World Alzheimer’s Month in September and World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21. The theme for this year is ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’ to encourage the public to understand the importance of recognising Dementia and overcoming the stigma related to the condition.”

According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, he said it is estimated that in every three seconds, an individual will have dementia. The number of individuals with dementia is expected to reach 152 million by 2050. It is believed that two out of three people in the world have little or no understanding of dementia. This caused dementia to be declared as one of the most significant health crisis of the 21st Century.

Dementia, the minister said can cause the function of the brain to deteriorate resulting in difficulty carrying out daily activities. Dementia normally is associated with senior citizens. However, dementia can happen to anyone regardless of age.

The minister said practising a healthy lifestyle from an early age can reduce the risk of dementia. He recommended healthy eating, regular physical exercise and to quit smoking.

For senior citizens, mental stimulation and social interaction needs to be maintained.

The effect of dementia is not only on the patients but also their family members or guardians as well as the society. Family and the society play a vital role because dementia patients need constant assistance in daily activities. This year’s COVID-19 outbreak increases the challenge as social distancing adds to the difficulty for those experiencing loneliness, depression and social isolation possibly worsening dementia symptoms.

Dementia patients’ family and society need to be more patient and caring during this period.

The minister encouraged the public to talk about dementia and share information about the symptoms of dementia so that signs can be detected early and seek early treatment.

The minister said the outbreak of COVID-19 revealed shortcomings in the provision of daily services and support for dementia patients and the Ministry of Health (MoH) will prepare a system offering easy access to fair and high quality healthcare to the population of Brunei.

The MoH will also ensure that dementia awareness and intervention programme will continue to be implemented in places like Senior Citizen Activity Centres with cooperation from Demensia Brunei, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to the illness.

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Thai national park mails rubbish back to tourists who litter

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:19

NDTV – A national park in Thailand, tired of tourists littering, has decided to send their rubbish back to them.

The popular Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok is known for its diverse wildlife and lush forests. But tourists have been blamed for spoiling the natural landscape by leaving behind empty bottles, cans and food packaging, according to the Independent.

In a series of Facebook posts, Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa has said that any rubbish left behind will be packed up and posted back to litterbugs. The offenders will also be registered with the police, reported the BBC.

To make it easier for authorities to track offenders down and ship them any rubbish they leave behind, visitors to the Khao Yai National Park will have to register their addresses. Silpa-archa also shared photos of rubbish collected in boxes and ready to be shipped, as warning. “Your trash – we’ll send it back to you,” he wrote, reminding people that littering is an offence punishable with up to five years in prison and fines.

His photos show empty plastic bottles, cans and packets of chips along with a note that reads, “You forgot these things at Khao Yai National Park”. Khao Yai was established as Thailand’s first national park in 1962 and covers an area of over 2,000 sq kilometres. It is famous for its waterfalls and wildlife, which includes bears, elephants, jackals and civets. Littering, authorities said, is dangerous for animals who may try to eat it.

Khao Yai National Park will send litter back to the litterbugs. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ TOPVARAWUT

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Alpaca invades football pitch in West Yorkshire

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:18

SKY NEWS – A football match in West Yorkshire was forced to stop for around 20 minutes after an alpaca invaded the pitch.

Oscar apparently galloped into the game between Carlton Athletic and Ilkley Town last Saturday from a nearby farm, and footage of what happened has gone viral.

Claire Armstrong, Ilkley’s COVID-19 officer and wife of the first-team coach, filmed the invasion on her phone, according to club chairman Richard Giles. He said, “Claire was on a call with someone and said ‘I’m so sorry, I’ve got to put the phone down, there’s an alpaca on the pitch’.”

The animal appeared five minutes before half-time and brushed off attempts to usher it off the pitch for so long that players were left feeling cold by the time play resumed.

“I’ve been watching football and playing football 40 years and never seen anything like this,” added Giles. Despite the delay, Ilkley, who play in the seventh tier of English football, went on to win the game in Wakefield 2-0 with goals from Tom Fleming and Joe Chilaka.

Oscar invaded the pitch during a match between Carlton Athletic and Ilkley Town. PHOTO: SKY NEWS

The club hopes to achieve promotion to semi-professional status this season after narrowly missing out on a step up last year.

With Oscar proving a lucky charm for the club, the chairman said they are now considering recruiting an alpaca as a mascot to spur the team on.

“There’s a farm closer to where we are that we plan to get in touch with,” continued Giles.

However, according to Carlton fan Gavin Shoesmith, the allegiances of Oscar himself lie elsewhere. “Oscar the alpaca is an avid Carlton fan and often is spotted engrossed in the games on a Saturday,” said the 46-year-old, who was at the game.

“This week he’d had enough after a shocking first half by the referee and decided he was having none of it and vaulted the fence.”

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Brunei facing rising temperatures, rainfall

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:18

Azlan Othman

Brunei Darussalam has an equatorial climate with year-round high temperature, rainfall and humidity. Currently the nation is prone to four key risks – floods, forest fires, strong winds and landslides.

Changing climate patterns may exacerbate weather-related disasters leading to more frequent and intense natural disasters. Studies indicate that, due to global warming, Brunei will likely experience an increase in temperature at a rate of 0.4 degrees Celsius per decade with rainfall projection increasing at a rate of 5mm per year in the next 30 years.

This was said by Acting Director of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) Shahrin bin Haji Mohd Jawie when officiating a two-day workshop on the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) Operational Document Task Force (ODTF) Strategy 8: Climate Resilience and Adaptation yesterday.

He added that we must not turn a blind eye to rising sea-levels. By 2100, global sea levels can rise up to 1.2 metres. Climate change and rising sea levels are inevitable. The workshop seeks to find practical solutions to minimise or avoid risks to increase resilience and adaptability to the problem.

He highlighted that although there are several initiatives taking place at all levels, Brunei must be prepared for this change and has more initiatives to reduce risks to ensure a safe and resilient community.

About 70 participants from stakeholders such as government agencies, private sector, research institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) attended the workshop.

The workshop was co-organised by NDMC and the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat as co-lead agencies, and by external facilitators from the Ministry of Development (MoD), Brunei Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) and the Public Works Department (JKR).

Acting Director of the National Disaster Management Centre Shahrin bin Haji Mohd Jawie. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

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Keeping Brunei beaches free of trash, debris

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:17

Daniel Lim

Some 275 bags of trash weighing up to 1,214 kilogrammes were collected during a monthly Starts From You Beach Clean-Up campaign over the weekend near Jalan Maulana, Belait District.

The event was organised by RYS Entertainment in collaboration with Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD), Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) as the first aid team.

It was joined by 270 participants including Village Head of Kampong Lorong Tiga Selatan and Acting Village Head of RPN Lorong Tengah Haji Saidin bin Haji Ibrahim, Penghulu of Mukim Kuala Belait and Acting Village Head of Pekan Kuala Belait Haji Pungut bin Ali, Village Head of Kampong Mumong A and Acting Village Head of Kampong Mumong B Haji Mohd Yusof bin Haji Dulamin and BSP Social Investment Lead Haziq bin Abdullah Lim.

This month’s campaign was held to mark the International Coastal Clean-Up Day 2020, an Ocean Conservancy global initiative observed annually on the third Saturday of September for over 30 years to encourage volunteerism in cleaning and removing washed-up debris from beaches and coasts around the world.

In support of the global cause, volunteers also used Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app during the campaign to catalogue and record the amount of trash collected to provide the agency with useful data needed to build a snapshot of ocean trash for researchers and policymakers.

ABOVE & BELOW: A volunteer carries bags of trash towards the collection point near Panaga Club; and Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Social Investment Lead Haziq bin Abdullah Lim (R) lends a helping hand during the beach cleaning campaign near Jalan Maulana. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM

ABOVE & BELOW: Volunteers comb through the beach for washed-up debris and trash; and bags of trash at the collection point

RYS Entertainment expressed hope that the public will continue to support the Starts From You Beach Clean-Up initiative as it not only encourages the spirit of volunteerism but also promotes a sense of unity among participants in working towards a common goal – keeping Brunei beaches immaculate.

It also revealed that the next cleaning campaign will be held at Jerudong Beach on October 25.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Panaga Club teamed up with Last Straw to clear the coast of washed up debris and trash in conjunction with the International Coastal Clean-Up Day.

Joined by members of the Panaga Club and Last Straw, six bags of rubbish were collected during the campaign that aimed at promoting the importance of cleanliness in public spaces, especially beaches, to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Panaga Club said more beach clean-ups are in the pipeline.

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Taj Mahal re-opens even as virus cases soar

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:17

AGRA, INDIA (AFP) – The Taj Mahal re-opened to visitors yesterday in a symbolic business-as-usual gesture even as India looks set to overtake the United States (US) as the global leader in coronavirus infections.

India, home to 1.3 billion people and some of the world’s most crowded cities, has recorded more than 5.4 million COVID-19 cases. Around 100,000 new infections and over 1,000 deaths are reported daily.

But after a strict lockdown in March that devastated the livelihoods of tens of millions of people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reluctant to copy some other nations and tighten the screw on activity again.

Instead in recent months his government has eased more and more restrictions including on many train routes, domestic flights, markets, restaurants – and now, visiting the Taj Mahal.

The world-famous white-marble mausoleum in Agra south of New Delhi is India’s most popular tourist site. It usually draws seven million visitors a year, but has been closed since March.

Officials said strict social distancing rules were in place and daily visitor numbers capped at 5,000 – a quarter the normal rate. Tickets can only be bought online.

A small number of tourists visit as the Taj Mahal monument is re-opened after being closed for more than six months due to the coronavirus pandemic in Agra, India. PHOTO: AP

“So many people lost their jobs during the lockdown. People have suffered a lot and it is time the country opens up fully,” said bank official Ayub Sheikh, 35, visiting the Taj with his wife and baby daughter.

“We are not afraid of the virus. If it has to infect us, it will,” Sheikh told AFP. “Not many people are dying now. I don’t think it is going to go away soon. We have to get used to it now.”

Elsewhere, particularly in rural areas where infections are soaring, anecdotal evidence suggests that government guidelines on avoiding the virus are more often ignored than adhered to.

“I think, not just in India but all over the world, fatigue with extreme measures that were taken to restrict the growth of the coronavirus is setting in,” said professor of physics and biology at Ashoka University Gautam Menon predicting that infections will keep rising as a result.

Many experts said that even though India is testing more than a million people per day, this is still not enough and the true number of cases may be much higher than officially reported.

The same goes for deaths, which currently stand at more than 86,000, with many fatalities not properly recorded even in normal times in one of the world’s worst-funded healthcare systems.

There is however some resistance to Modi’s unlocking of the world’s second-most populated country, which saw its economy contract by almost a quarter between April and June.

Schools were meant to resume yesterday on a voluntary basis for students aged 14 to 17, but many Indian states such as Maharashtra and Gujarat have said it is still too soon.

“Cases are still increasing rapidly… I have no idea how we can re-open educational institutions now,” West Bengal’s Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said.

Elsewhere schools are refusing to open or parents are wary of sending their children in.

“I am prepared for my son to lose an academic year by not going to school rather than risk sending him,” said Nupur Bhattacharya, the mother of a nine-year-old boy in Bangalore.

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Protecting marine ecosystem, one ghost net at a time

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:16

Reef Check Brunei, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), recently organised a ghost net removal dive to promote Dive Against Debris surveys under the Project Aware initiative in the country.

According to a statement, Dive Against Debris is “a citizen-science programme that empowers scuba divers to remove marine debris from the ocean and report data on the types, quantities and locations of materials collected”.

Reef Check Brunei has its eye set on strengthening the conservation of coral reefs in Brunei Darussalam.

“The Sultanate’s marine ecosystem has largely been unstudied,” said the NGO.

“Surveys conducted have been few and far in between.”

Divers showcase ghost nets removed from the waters. PHOTO: REEF CHECK BRUNEI

Should more studies been carried out on a regular basis, it added, the data collected can be used “to discover new coral reefs that could become diving sites”.

A dive was made on August 30, joined by Future Ocean Borneo Miri and the Jolly Roger. The two organisations have been actively going around Borneo Island to assist local dive centres in protecting the marine environment.

Twelve divers removed nearly 55 kilogrammes of ghost nets from the waters surrounding Pulau Pelong-Pelongan, located within the marine protected zone.

According to Reef Check Brunei, most coral reefs have been given a reprieve due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Over the years, coral reefs have been subjected to a tremendous amount of damage. But since the onset of the outbreak, the restrictive measures implemented have allowed most coral reefs in Brunei time to heal and regrow.”

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UK science advisors warn public on COVID-19 rates

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:16

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s (UK) top medical advisor said the country, in a “very bad sense”, turned a corner on COVID-19 infection rates, with figures suggesting there will be an exponential growth in the disease unless action is taken.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty told the public yesterday rates are going in the “wrong direction” amid expectations the government is preparing to announce new measures to control the pandemic.

“We have in a very bad sense, literally turned a corner,” after weeks of increasing infection rates.

Whitty said if nothing is done, new infections will rise to 49,000 a day by mid-October. Hospitalisations are also doubling in seven to eight days — leading to more deaths.

There was also no indication that the virus lessened in severity, he said. “We see no evidence that this is true.”

People in the Piccadilly Circus area of central London. PHOTO: AP

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson huddled with ministers over the weekend to discuss how the government will respond to the recent rise in cases, which has pushed infection rates to levels last seen in May. Later this week the government is expected to announce a slate of short-term restrictions that will act as a “circuit breaker” to slow the spread of the disease. The government is hoping to keep that number from climbing back to the peak levels of early April, when over 5,000 cases a day were being reported.

While death rates remained relatively low so far, public health officials warned that deaths are likely to rise in coming weeks.

The UK reported a seven-day average of 21 deaths a day last week, compared with a peak of 942 on April 10.

The government last week imposed tighter restrictions on communities in northeastern England, where the infection rate first began to rise. Restaurants in those areas must now close between 10pm and 5am and people are prohibited from socialising with individuals from other households.

The rise in infection rates comes as lawmakers across the political spectrum criticise the government’s testing programme. While government ministers tout the record numbers of tests being performed, there are widespread reports of people having to travel hundreds of miles for tests and tests being voided because it is taking labs too long to process them.

An effective testing programme is seen as essential to controlling the pandemic because it allows the government to track infections and inform people when they should self-isolate.

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Be seeds for technology progress, friendly ties, envoy tells students

Borneo Bulletin - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:15

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Entering the Bruneian market in 2005, Huawei contributed to Brunei Darussalam’s 3G and 4G Internet construction. Since its launch in April 2019 on, a well-known Chinese e-commerce platform, Brunei National Pavilion has been gradually increasing supplies of Bruneian marine products to Chinese consumers, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong said.

Ambassador Yu Hong shared this at the Huawei Brunei Seeds for the Future programme launch at the main Lecture Theatre 2 of the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB) Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) Extension Building of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday.

“Last September, Beep, a local emerging Internet enterprise brought Alipay into the country for the first time. So far, over 100 Bruneian firms employed this new payment platform. In March, Chinese company Yidu Cloud arrived in the Sultanate one week after the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country. It contributed to the Brunei government’s efforts to set up an A1 data platform which functioned outstandingly in Brunei’s successful battle against COVID-19. During the epidemic, Huawei Brunei donated teleconference equipment and software to the Ministry of Health (MoH) for remote medical consultation,” she said.

The ambassador also expressed her hope for the students to not only become the seeds for the future technology progress, but also the seeds for the friendly relations and cooperation between China and Brunei.

“Huawei’s HQ team has continuously refined the course quality by focussing on industry-leading technologies and offers students the chance to work in a global environment and participate in numerous cultural exchanges. Let’s work together to sow the seeds of hope and create a brighter future for the ICT industry in Brunei,” said Huawei Brunei Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Zhang Jianwei.

Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh officiated along with the ambassador and CEO of Huawei Brunei.

Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong and Huawei Technologies in Brunei Darussalam Chief Executive Officer Kevin Zhang Jianwei at the Huwai Brunei Seeds for the Future programme launch. PHOTO: HUAWEI Brunei

Thirty-five Bruneian students from UBD, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), Politeknik Brunei (PB), Insitute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), Micronet International College, Laksamana College of Business and Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology are participating in the programme.

Proramme participants are exposed to Huawei’s cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), building and configuring their own stations as well as other cutting edge solutions. The programme is delivered through technology workshops and networking events at the Huawei headquarters in China.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Seeds for the Future will be conducted virtually with support from UBD. Participants are undergoing the five-day programme at the computer laboratories of UBD’s PAPRSB IHS Extension Building from September 21 until 25.

Following the launch, guests were invited to tour the Seeds Programme Session venue.

Participating student Nur A’ishah binti Haji Khairul Amir Shahrin, a second year Bachelor of Engineering majoring in General Engineering in UBD, shared her gratitude for the opportunity by providing them with industry knowledge and skills to complement their studies. She said she is looking forward to learning skills towards becoming Industrial Revolution 4.0-ready.

Mohammad Ammar Shafwan bin haji Abkri, a fourth year Bachelor of Science student, majoring in Computer Science in UBD, shared that he was grateful to Huawei for giving the students the opportunity and was excited to immerse himself in trending tech topics.

Seeds for the Future is Huawei’s flagship global corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme launched in 2008. The programme aims to develop skilled, local information and communitcations technology (ICT) talent and bridge communication between countries and cultures. By sharing ICT expertise and experiences in the global business environment, young people from different countries can learn about advanced technologies in the ICT industry.

Participants can accumulate ICT expertise and skills through the programme and contribute to the global ICT industry progress.

UBD Vice-Chancellor Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Rector Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, senior officials from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam and Huawei Technologies attended the launch.

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Program dedah pelajar celik IT

Media Permata - Lun, 21/09/2020 - 22:13
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