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Data collection goes digital for 2021 population census

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – The government has launched an online portal for the national population and housing (BPP) census, which will allow residents to submit their questionnaire online without having to undergo in-person interviews with census officers. The portal was launched on Tuesday by the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (DEPS) to mark World Statistics Day, which falls on October 20. The BPP census is conducted every 10 years to provide a new benchmark for Brunei’s population and housing profile, and helps shape public policy on education, healthcare, housing, land use and transport. The next census period is scheduled to begin in January 2021 and will cover all persons living in the sultanate, including citizens, permanent and temporary residents. What are the aims of the census? Data collected through BPP 2021 will provide a comprehensive look at Brunei’s population by various demographic, social and economic characteristics. It will also collect information on the total number of living quarters, disaggregated by housing characteristics and availability of household amenities. Under the Census Act, it is mandatory for the public to provide answers to the census questionnaire. The law also protects the confidentiality of any information furnished. Although DEPS provides an annual […]

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Gov’t inks contract with Progresif to provide network for national surveillance system

1 day 22 hours ago

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN –  Telco provider Progresif has inked an agreement with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to provide data transmission for the government’s National Surveillance Monitoring System. The network will transmit video data from surveillance cameras installed at several locations, including border control posts and the Brunei International Airport. The network is expected to be complete in four months. “The National Surveillance Monitoring System project was implemented in 2018 and involves the installation of surveillance cameras at strategic locations for crime prevention,” the PMO said in a statement Monday. “This is done in order to enhance public security and to create a more conducive living environment for all.” No further details were given as of press time.

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Abokado: Japanese-inspired variety store opens at Rimba Point

3 days ago

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Bruneian startup Abokado Japan Company opened its first Japanese-inspired lifestyle store at Rimba Point on Sunday, offering over 8,000 imported products that are priced $2.99 and below. With an extensive and carefully curated product range, the company aims to bring Japanese retail experience to Bruneian consumers. From affordable quality household items such as tableware and kitchenware to stationery, toys and digital accessories, there is something for everyone. The cost of all the Japanese-imported products are based on a three-tier pricing – $1.99, $2.49 or $2.99. The Rimba Point store features a Japanese-inspired retail layout, with green as the dominant colour of the Abokado brand. There will always be a reason to go back to Abokado as the store will bring in new items every month. Managing Director of Abokado Japan Company Wong Kim Guan said plans are already underway to set up its second store next year. Abokado said it aims to expand its store footprint to better serve customers in different residential areas. The next store is expected to accommodate a larger product variety and will be replenished on a monthly basis, creating more job opportunities for Bruneians in logistics and retail, Abokado said in […]

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Arrive in style with all-new ŠKODA Kodiaq

4 days 22 hours ago

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Searching for a luxury family car that doesn’t cost a fortune? Look no further than the all-new ŠKODA Kodiaq Style, a seven-seater SUV with a powerful engine and stylish looks. Maju Motors, the country’s sole distributor of ŠKODA vehicles, debuted the Kodiaq Style at its showroom on Jln Telanai on Friday, describing it as an adventurous all-rounder that ensures you have traction and power on any surface. The Kodiaq Style is the latest addition to the ŠKODA line-up at Maju Motors, which started bringing in the Czech car brand to Brunei in 2018. The ŠKODA Kodiaq Style is designed to impress, carrying the iconic crisp-cut crystalline lines synonymous with the brand.  Fitted with 2.0L turbocharged stratified injection (TSI) engine, the car pushes out 180 horsepower and 320Nm of torque. It is also equipped with a seven-speed direct-shift gearbox and active cylinder technology, which improves engine efficiency to save you fuel and money. Safety features The vehicle has a range of driver assistance features, including a radar sensor embedded in the grille for emergency braking. “When driving between five and 34km/h, the car uses the radar sensor to monitor the risk in front of you (eg. pedestrian). […]

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Ghanim sets sights on filling Brunei’s food import gap

5 days 22 hours ago

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – With exports of its bruneihalalfoods brand halted due to the global pandemic, Ghanim International Corporation is looking to fill Brunei’s demand for food imports. The state-owned enterprise on Thursday signed an agreement with Hamitan Marketing to distribute bruneihalalfoods products to over 500 retail outlets nationwide. The move means that Ghanim will now focus its business on the Brunei market, with global exports still experiencing supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19. As businesses try to find a way to adjust to operating in a “new normal”, Ghanim CEO Dr Nur Rahman expressed hope that the distributor agreement would take bruneihalalfoods to “new heights”. “COVID-19 has significantly challenged businesses globally including Ghanim as export is a significant business activity. “We have had to navigate around the impact of country lockdowns, travel restrictions and logistical limitations – forcing us to adjust our business priorities moving forward,” he said. Until the COVID-19 outbreak, the company was exporting a variety of products to markets such as China and Singapore, ranging from fresh meat and seafood to processed food, including the recently launched Serenitea. But with the pandemic also affecting food imports to Brunei, Ghanim saw a chance to fill local demand. “This […]

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COVID-19 tally rises to 147 with one new imported case

1 week ago

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Brunei recorded one new imported COVID-19 case on Wednesday, bringing the overall tally of coronavirus infections to 147. The health ministry said a 25-year-old woman tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving from Nepal via Royal Brunei Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur flight BI874 on October 7. She reportedly had a cough since October 11 and is currently the only active COVID-19 case being treated at the National Isolation Centre in Tutong. The latest patient becomes the sixth imported case since Brunei last detected a locally transmitted COVID-19 infection on May 6, said health minister YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Isham Hj Jaafar during a press briefing. A total of 143 people have made full recoveries from COVID-19 while three deaths were reported after Brunei confirmed its first case in March. Brunei has now gone 161 days without any domestic coronavirus cases despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions from May 16. However, tight border control has been maintained for over six months as Brunei residents are still banned from leaving the country except for urgent matters or essential travel. To date, 13.7 percent of Brunei’s population have been administered with the nasal swab test for coronavirus. […]

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