Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alai Pa Plern 2014 - Brunei-Thai Joint Performance

Bandar Seri Begawan, 19th September 2014 - Jerudong Park Amphitheatre burst with colourful lighting as Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) and National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) hosted a joint musical variety show - ‘Alai Pa Plern’. Artists from Brunei and Thailand took the stage and showcased their talents with traditional cultural performances.

The event started with the exchange of gifts from Brunei who was represented by the guest of honour, Hj Md Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) and Dr Charoon Chaisorn, Deputy Director, Public Relations Department, representing the Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Prime Minister Office.

This year’s event was held in conjunction with the 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Picture: BT/Billah Hasan

Monday, September 22, 2014

Brunei-Thai Meeting Ends on High Note


Friday, September 19, 2014 - BRUNEI and Thailand signed a Letter of Transmittal to mark the closing of the 13th Joint Technical Committee Meeting in the field of Broadcasting and Information held at the Centrepoint Hotel yesterday.

Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos signed on behalf of Brunei. The Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand was represented by Deputy Director General at the Public Relations Department Dr Charoon Chaisorn.

In his closing remarks, Hj Mohd Rozan listed out several of the areas that were discussed during the meeting which included the production of a “Joint Musical Variety Show”.

He hoped that the “new format can attract more youth” and is “able to deliver the key message” to a wider audience.

The permanent secretary also welcomed the proposal to produce a 15-year commemorative documentary showing the country’s cooperation in the broadcasting and information field.

The documentary which is set to be broadcasted in 2016, will hopefully encourage “the aspiration of the strengthening of the people-to-people contact”, he added.

On efforts to realise and increase awareness of the ASEAN Community, the permanent secretary said that he hopes that the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) and the National News Bureau of Thailand will continue to contribute in producing news features and items under the ASEAN Television News.

Hj Mohd Rozan also expressed his gratitude towards NBT for their continuous support in education, training and research proposal.

He said that NBT has been helping personnel from Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) archive, restore and preserve audio and video materials, as well as providing work attachments to RTB producers.

The producers were given the opportunity to be involved in the production of a children’s programme and in the designing of the set during the Joint Musical Variety Show in Thailand.

He also noted the progress in the field of information, especially in the exchange of publications, pictorials and features. He hoped that continued exchange visits of government personnel and private media can further enhance cooperation and understanding between both countries.

Members of the public are welcomed to attend the Joint Musical Variety Show, Alai Pa Plern, which will take place at the Jerudong Amphitheatre tonight.

The Brunei Times

Sunday, September 21, 2014

UN Human Rights Council adopts Outcome of Universal Periodic Review of Brunei Darussalam

On 19th September 2014, The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a press release of the universal periodic review of several countries including Brunei Darussalam. The Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Brunei Darussalam as follows:

Consideration of Outcome of Universal Periodic Review of Brunei Darussalam

ABU SUFIAN BIN HAJI ALI, Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations Office at Geneva, in opening remarks, said Brunei Darussalam attached importance to the Universal Periodic Review and its role to improve human rights in Member States. The Government of His Majesty remained people' centred in all aspects. Brunei Darussalam had received 189 recommendations that had been considered through extensive interagency consultations. Brunei Darussalam had accepted 97 recommendations, including those already in practice or implemented. It partially supported 14 recommendations and was unable to accept 78 recommendations that were against its Constitution.

Brunei Darussalam had submitted reports to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. It was considering ratifying the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Brunei Darussalam maintained reservations expressed to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Committee on the Rights of the Child. It said procedures were available for children of women citizens married to foreign nationals to be accorded Brunei citizenship. It highlighted that women contributed actively to the decision-making processes in the country, reaching senior professions, as a result of Brunei Darussalam's policy to give them equal access to education. The rights of women were protected through legislation such as the Islamic Family Law Act, the Married Women Act and the Women and Girls Protection Act. It thanked delegations participating in Brunei Darussalam's review and welcomed comments from delegations.

Singapore noted the large number of recommendations Brunei Darussalam had accepted and said it would continue to work closely with the Government on the implementation of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations Charter for Human Rights. Sri Lanka was encouraged that education and health remained priorities, and by the inclusion of development policies in the national plan for the environment. Sudan thanked Brunei Darussalam for accepting the recommendation made by Sudan and wished it all the best in the pursuance of human rights. Thailand welcomed the acceptance by Brunei Darussalam of the recommendations pertaining to the situation of the rights of women and urged the Council to adopt its outcome document. United States appreciated the commitment to protecting the rights of children and women and achieving gender equality and said that meaningful progress needed to be made in the legislation and policies concerning the freedom of expression and association. Uzbekistan noted the participation of Brunei in the Universal Periodic Review process and believed that the implementation of the recommendations would strengthen the national system of protection of human rights.

Venezuela said this review had shed light on achievements in the area of human rights for the people of Brunei Darussalam. Its open participation in the process was proof of its commitment to the human rights of its people and it was wished success in implementing the recommendations made during this cycle. Viet Nam said that Brunei’s thorough and responsible consideration of the Universal Periodic Review recommendations strongly confirmed its commitment to continue its endeavours in the promotion and protection of human rights. Viet Nam strongly recommended the adoption of the report of Brunei. Algeria welcomed that Brunei Darussalam had accepted most of the recommendations, including a recommendation by Algeria on ensuring the effective participation of women in the decision-making process in the country. Brunei was encouraged to continue its efforts in promoting and protecting human rights. Bahrain applauded Brunei Darussalam’s efforts to continue protecting vulnerable groups. It welcomed what was announced by the delegation and its readiness to consider all recommendations presented during the review. It was hoped that recommendations presented by Bahrain were also accepted and would be implemented.

Belarus welcomed the significant progress made by Brunei Darussalam in the field of education, health and women’s rights, as well as in combating human trafficking. Belarus wished Brunei Darussalam every success in implementing the new recommendations and recommended the adoption of the report. Bhutan took note of the additional 14 recommendations which Brunei Darussalam had accepted after further consultations. It recommended the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review outcome report of Brunei Darussalam and wished it every success in implementing accepted recommendations. Cambodia was encouraged by steps taken towards the promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Brunei Darussalam’s people. Cambodia commended efforts to enhance the welfare of the people, addressing the core issues of education, food and shelter, and welcomed the acceptance of its two recommendations.

China welcomed the constructive participation of Brunei Darussalam in the Universal Periodic Review process, and its acceptance of China’s recommendations to increase access to education and provide assistance to disabled women. Cuba welcomed that Brunei Darussalam had accepted a high number of recommendations, including those made by Cuba. Djibouti welcomed progress achieved in the area of economic, social and cultural rights and development in Brunei Darussalam. India commended the achievement of Brunei Darussalam for the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals and access to health. It was encouraging to note that Brunei Darussalam had accepted many recommendations, including the one made by India to ratify the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

British Humanist Association said that Brunei Darussalam accepted, during its first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, the recommendation to put its domestic legislation in line with international human rights law, which it had unfortunately failed to do. Brunei Darussalam’s courts had set legal precedents that could be interpreted to allow corporal punishment for children and marital rape in practice. International Humanist and Ethical Union said that the Sharia penal code of Brunei Darussalam threatened the right to freedom of expression as well as women’s rights. Marital rape was legal. Children were considered criminally responsible at the age of 7. It deeply regret that Brunei Darussalam had rejected recommendations to suspend the code. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative was concerned that the implementation of recommendations would not be possible with a comprehensive review of Brunei Darussalam’s legislation. Current legislation on freedom of expression was not in line with international standards, and there were disproportionate restrictions on the activities of journalists and on freedom of association. The situation of sexual minorities was also not compatible with international human rights law.

Amnesty International said concerns had been raised with regard to revisions to the Penal Code as its provisions violated key human rights. It was disappointed that all recommendations to ratify the Convention against Torture had been rejected. Laws introduced also discriminated against women and girls. Verein Verein Sudwind Entwicklungspolitik expressed concern that like many other countries, Brunei Darussalam also held back until the last minute to express the State’s views on recommendations received, which left very little chance for the non-governmental organizations to prepare their interventions and objections.

ABU SUFIAN HAJI ALI, Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations Office at Geneva, in concluding remarks said that Brunei Darussalam remained committed to the promotion and protection of human rights. Although its review ended today, its efforts did not. It would continue to work towards the betterment of human rights and face the challenges ahead. It reaffirmed its commitment to exchange views and experiences towards the fulfilment of the promotion and protection of human rights. As a small State of 400,000 people, Brunei Darussalam had limited human resources and would welcome any capacity building assistance.

Out 189 recommendations received, 97 were supported and the rest had been noted.

The Council then adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Brunei Darussalam.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Brunei Writers Urged to use New Media

Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the PMO Hj Mohd Rozan (L) delivering his keynote lecture, facilitated by Director of DBP Hjh Aminah during the opening ceremony of International Seminar on Southeast Asia’s Literature yesterday. BT/Billah Hasan


Thursday, September 18, 2014 - NEW media can help promote and develop literature, particularly Malay literature, in terms of improving interaction with readers, especially with the current cyber advances and multimedia interfaces.

“A writer is no longer tied to one medium in terms of publishing his works… There are now a lot of ways to publish (their work) such as websites, blogs and others using the (latest) appliances such as personal computers, tablets, phones and so on,” said Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.

Speaking during his keynote lecture at the opening ceremony of International Seminar on Southeast Asia’s Literature, he noted that the new cyber and multimedia have made it possible to connect writers and their readers.

He added: “The new media has given new opportunities and potential for writers to contribute to the development of Malay literature. However, writers must know and be aware to balance the risks and problems when publishing their writings and authorship (issues).”

Themed ‘Sastera dalam Media Baru, Potensi dan Sumbangan’ (Literature in New Media, its Potential and Contribution), the two-day seminar is organised by the Southeast Asia Literature Council (MASTERA), Brunei division.

Held at Sarmayuda Hall of DBP building, the seminar saw the presence of prominent international literature figures from France, Korea, German, England, Japan and Thailand, including those from MASTERA member countries; Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Director of Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) Hjh Aminah Hj Momin, in her welcoming remarks, said she hoped that the seminar can become a platform to discuss issues related to copyright, piracy and plagiarism, and benefit young and aspiring writers.

“The theme addressed the contribution and role of the media in raising literature across geographical boundaries. The new media in particular, is now a platform for writers to connect globally and worldwide,” said Hjh Aminah, who is also the chairperson of MASTERA.

The seminar is prelude to the two-day 20th MASTERA Conference which opens tomorrow at Rizqun International Hotel. The resolution will be presented during the conference.

The conference will see the presentation of MASTERA Literature Award 2014 and declaration signing of Thailand’s Malay DPB as the new country member of MASTERA.

The Brunei Times

Friday, September 19, 2014

Joint Exhibition Brunei-Thailand

The Permanent Secretary for Media and Cabinet, at the Prime Minister's Office, Awg Haji Mohammad Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yunos and the Head of Delegation as the representative of the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office of the Government of Thailand, Doctor Charoon Chaisorn, officiating the launching of the exhibition. | PHOTO: COURTESY OF PELITA BRUNEI (Azmah Haji Ahad)

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 16 September 2014 : The Joint Brunei-Thailand Exhibition is focused on the ASEAN aspiration to become a community by 2015 as well as the efforts that had been and are being carried out towards its realisation.

The Exhibition themed, 'One Heart, One Community' was declared open by the Permanent Secretary for Media and Cabinet, at the Prime Minister's Office, Awg Haji Mohammad Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yunos and the Head of Delegation as the representative of the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office of the Government of Thailand, Doctor Charoon Chaisorn.

This exhibition is one of the projects under the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Broadcasting and Information between the two countries. Held at The Mall, Gadong, the exhibition is open to the public until Friday. ©BRUDIRECT.COM

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