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April 2010

ISSN 1609-4271

Nurturing an informed society UPCOMING PESTA BUKU DAN ICT BLA is organising a 6 day Book and ICT Fair with the theme ’Knowledge Empowers Society’ to be held from 21-26 May 2010 from 9am to 9pm at Dewan Muhibbah, Bandar Seri Begawan. We are inviting book sellers, publishers, ICT vendors, information providers, educational advisory agencies, library stationery and equipment suppliers to join the fair. Joining forms are available from or email Closing date is 21 April 2010.

There will also be storytelling and childrens workshops and family involved activities to nurture the love of books and reading as a family activity. We welcome librarians, information professionals and providers, teachers, families and the public to come to the fair. The Fair involves the participation of the BLA Youth Members in publicity promotions and activities during the Fair. The 1st Organising Committee Meeting was held on 5 February 2010.

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A 4 day Cataloguing and Indexing Course was held on 1 to 4 March 2010 and was one of a series of customised courses run by the Brunei Darussalam Library Association It was led by Mr Haji Abdul Talip, Library Officer Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Brunei and coordinated by Ms Hajah Pusparaini, BLA Secretary Training Committee. It was held at the SEAMEO VOCTECH. The course allows the participants hands-on-experience in cataloguing and indexing. This is one of the subject areas BLA has prioritised based on member’s feedback, in which training is most in demand.


BLA President Nellie Sunny had a brief meeting with Mr Ramachandran Executive Director of the National Book Development Council Singapore (NBDCS) on 3 March 2010 in Singapore. The discussion was to explore ways of developing a partnership between BLA and the NBDCS. The Book Council is a nonprofit charitable organisation set up in 1969 to promote storytelling, reading, writing and publishing through various programmes. It has been organising the Asian Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference (ACWIC) for the past 10 years and this time will take the lead and launch the inaugural Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) 6-9 May 2010 in Singapore. Its goal is to develop the writing and the illustrating of Children's stories and content. Its conference will feature new programmes, including the Asian Children's Media Market, Children's Book Award, Children's Writers Award as well as workshops and master classes.

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LOUGHBOROUGH UNVERSITY GET TOGETHER A number of our Loughborough trained librarians including BLA President Nellie were present at the Loughborough University Get Together Dinner hosted by Mr Haji Sapawi Hj Bolhassan on 16 March 2010 held at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club. Among the graduates were YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Kol DSP Hj Muhamad Yasmin Hj Umar, Deputy Minister of Defence and Maj Gen Hj Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Dato Hj Abidin, Commander of RBAF, graduates from Loughborough University, Loughborough Technical College and Loughborough Cooperative College.

eBUNDA.ORG LINK TO BLA SITE BLA is honoured to be a part of BAG Networks will link eBunda to BLA site. It is a women’s portal developed by BAG Networks targeted at women to provide a platform in which information can be shared and also to create awareness on issues affecting women. It also has a world cafÊ and e-learning modules.

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BRUNEI NEWSPAPERS PART II By Nellie Dato Paduka Haji Sunny This article briefly descibes Brunei Newspapers in alphabetical order. BERITA BRUNEI Berita Brunei which was first published in March 1957. It was printed in Malay and also partly in Jawi. It was a weekly publication and was published every Thursday and sold for about 10 cents each with a print run of about 5,000. By July 1958, the Jawi was dropped and by October 1959 it was renamed as Berita Borneo. However the newly named Berita Borneo only lasted for 5 editions and the last publication was in December 1958. BINTANG HARIAN / DAILY STAR The Bintang Harian/Daily Star published in both Malay and English first appeared in March 1966. It appeared everyday except Sunday and costed 15 cents each. More than 10,000 copies were printed daily as it was published not just for Brunei, but also for Sabah and Sarawak, West Malaysia and Singapore. More than 15,000 copies were printed in January 1971 before it stopped publication when the publishers The Star Press became a subsidiary of The Brunei Press. BORNEO BULLETIN For well over half a century the Borneo Bulletin has remained the leading local newspaper in this country. The Borneo Bulletin was first published in 7 November 1953 as a weekly news-sheet community English newspaper for expatriates working with British Malayan Petroleum Company later known as the Brunei Shell Petroleum in the Belait District and sold for 20 cents each. At first most of its news concentrated more on news in Borneo with special emphasis on Brunei and its first publication run of about 3,500 was the largest in Borneo then. Six years after its inception in 1959, the founders of the Borneo Bulletin sold the weekly newspaper of 12 pages with a mere 3,500 circulation to the Straits Times Singapore. The first bulletins were published with different covers for the three different editions for Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak. Its publication increased to about 10,000 by 1957 but was reduced to about 6,000 in 1970 as a result of both Sarawak and Sabah being incorporated in Malaysia. However by 1983, production had increased to about 30,000 before gradually reducing to about 10,000 by 1997. In 1985, Brunei Darussalam's first public listed company, QAF, took over part of the shares of Brunei Press from the Straits Times. In September 1990, the Borneo Bulletin became a full-fledged daily newspaper in Brunei Darussalam with QAF acquiring full ownership. The change saw remarkable growth in circulation with an average current readership of 100,000 readers daily while the Weekend and Sunday edition have an average of 125,000 readers. Today the Borneo Bulletin remains the foremost source of information, providing extensive coverage on local and foreign affairs, and the region’s business news, detailed stock market reports of the Singapore and Kuala Lumpur stock exchanges. In addition to the more serious news, sports, lifestyle and leisure pages are also included. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM DAILY DIGEST Brunei Darussalam Daily Digest was first published in January 1990 by the Information Department and had since 1993 ceased publication. Go to page 5

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From page 4 BRUNEI DARUSSALAM NEWSLETTER The Brunei Darussalam Newsletter was published in October 1985 with 2.500 copies and its circulation was mainly through foreign missions. Since Oct ober 2005 an e-edition of the month’s compilation is available. BRUNEI TIMES The Brunei Times is an independent English-language daily compact broadsheet newspaper first published on 1 July 2006 together with an on-line news. Ssome 10,500 copies are printed. On 1 July 2009, Brunei Times official e-paper which is a digital version of their actual daily print edition was introduced. On 1 October 2009, the Brunei Times was re-vamped with new presentation and new content. The weekday edition includes such new sections as Art & Culture, and Science & Technology. A Timeout section provides a bit of humour and some useful information, such as "Info Brunei" which is a daily platform to convey important details and information to our readers. The Sunday edition carries changes as well. MALAYSIA In April 1958, a second newspaper in jawi started named Malaysia printed by the Budaya Press. It sold for 20 cents each. It ceased publication in September 1958. MEDIA PERMATA In January 1995, an independent Malay weekly paper, Media Permata was launched. On 30 July 1998, Media Permata was re-launched as a daily Malay newspaper and remained so until today with an average 12,000 copies printed. Media Permata is available from Monday to Friday and a weekend edition is also available for Saturday and Sunday. NEWS EXPRESS News Express started when the 20th Southeast Asian Games was hosted in Bandar Seri Begawan towards the later end of 1999 but by early 2001 it ceased publication. PELITA BRUNEI Pelita Brunei was first published in 15 February 1956 in cyclostyle by the government. It carried a Titah by the then His Highness Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien inaugurating the publication. In 1957, Pelita Brunei was produced twice monthly and was at first produced using A4 size paper before increasing in size to 9 inch by 14 inch in 1959. It was not until July 1965 that Pelita Brunei became a weekly Malay newspaper. About 3,000 copies were printed by the 1990s on every Wednesdays. The content of the newspaper increased from about 4 pages to about 24 pages now and with a second part ‘Aneka’ being added to it containing all the government job vacancies and tenders being awarded in the government as well as other interesting features and articles. Today it is published twice a week and about 16,000 copies of Pelita Brunei are distributed free to the public at government departments, shopping malls and some petrol stations. On 19 July 2008 an on-line Pelita Brunei Harian was launched. Go to page 6.

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On 24 Feb 2010, Pelita Brunei was given a new mast head. SALAM In 1953, Salam Seria continued as Salam until today. Its Malay and English e-edition from Dec 2004 are available. SALAM SERIA Salam Seria was the first newspaper published in Brunei Darussalam in 1952 by the British Malayan Petroleum Company. As an official company publication it delivered news and information to its staff. SUARA BAKTI A publication by a former political party named Suara Bakti was published on October 1961 and printed every Friday. It called itself ‘the largest weekly newspaper in North Kalimantan’ and sold for 20 cents each. However the newspaper came out sporadically and by December 1961 it only had about 10 editions. A new editor took over and that too lasted for only about 5 editions before ceasing in January 1962. Sources: A.B. Ahmad Pasang Surut Perkembangan Akhbar di Brunei Beriga Bil.10, Jan-Mac 1986, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Newspapers: an International Union List by Patricia Pui Huen Lim, ISEAS, 1992; History of Brunei Newspapers by Rozan Yunus in Golden Legacy Column, BT 7 jul 2007; the Borneo Bulletin Brunei Yearbook 2008 15th edition; Head of English News and Media IT Division, Information Department; ASEAN COCI Brunei Darussalam website;;; e-Salam Editorial, Brunei Times Circulation & HR Executiv .


INSTITUTIONS/LIBRARIES Arizona State University Libraries University of California at Berkeley Library Go to page 7

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NAME OF COLLECTION Description of Southeast Asian Studies Collection South/Southeast Asia Library


From page 6 University of California Los Angeles Colombia University Cornell University Library Harvard University University of Hawaii at Manoa Library Library of Congress Library of Congress Office University of Michigan Northern Illinois University Libraries New York Public Library Ohio University Libraries University of Washington Libraries University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library Yale University Library

Asian Studies South and Southeast Asia Echols Collection Library RARC The Rubel Asiatic Research Collection Southeast Asia Collection Asian Reading Room Jakarta, Indonesia Harlan Hatcher Library Southeast Asia Division Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection The Oriental Division Southeast Asia Collection Southeast Asia Section Southeast Asia Guide Southeast Asia Collection

International Collections Australian National University Library KITLV Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land-en Volkenkunde University of London School of Oriental and African Studies Monash University National Library of Australia Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Asian and Pacific Studies Collections and Services National Library Board Singapore Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology Library Library Guides South East Asia and Pacific Studies Asian Studies Research Library (ASRL) Asian Collections Library

Internet Resources

University of Hawaii Manoa Australian National University University of California at Irvine Center for Research Libraries Hytelnet Library Catalogs MARLC Melbourne Asian Research Libraries Consortium WWW Virtual Library University of Manchester Go to page 8

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Asian Studies Development Program. Syllabus and Bibliography Collection Online Asian Serials Database Southeast Asian Archive Foreign Newspaper Database Southeast Asia Microform Project Asia/Pacific/ South Africa Guide to Asia-related Resources Southeast Asian Studies COPAC


From page 7 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Southeast Asian Images and Text Project (SEAiT)

Dr. T. M. Ciolek Australia National University

Asia Pacific Research Online


HAPPENINGS 1 Mar 2010 2 Mar 2010 4 Mar 2010 4 Mar 2010 6 Mar2010 6 Mar 2010 6-13 Mar 2010 8 Mar 2010

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Brunei Darussalam established diplomatic ties with Georgia Launch of Baiduri Bank’s China UnionPay card. Launch of MOH’s Counseling Unit at 4th floor Ong Sum Ping Condominum Launch of the Land Transport Department’s Driving Test and Training Complex at Kg. Sg Akar. Girl Guides World Thinking Day Launching of the School Leadership Programme by Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement of Universiti Brunei Darussalam. th Sports Festival among ministries to mark the 16 Civil Service Day 2009. Bakti Hijrah Awards 1431 at Special Women’s Gathering to mark Prophet Mohammad’s birthday presented to Dayang Hajah Zainab binti Abdullah @ Periau, Dayang Hajah Marhani Abdul Latif, Datin Dayang Hajah Hindut binti Haji Lamat and Datin Dayang Hajah Zaharah binti Abang Sulong @ Olong. Handing over of the fully-equipped $84,000 mobile eye clinic, a Mitsubishi Rosa Bus, a contribution from Goh Hock Kee Motors Sdn Bhd, as well as other donors to the Ministry of Health. Golden Jubilee of Fire and Rescue Department. 6th State Legislative Council Meeting. th 12 Borneo Ladies Golf Challege Trophy, Brunei Opening of Legal Year 2010 Brunei becomes member of Asia Directory Publishers Association Launching of UBD Intellectual Property Policy and Opening of the Innovation and Enterprise Office at UBD. Special Olmypics Brunei Darussalam 5th National Games. Five sprots were contested. RBA 1st direct flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Shanghai

CONFERENCES IN BRUNEI A list of Conferences and Seminar are posted on BLA website.

CONSAL XV, Bali 2012 BLA menjemput ahli-ahli untuk menyertai Persidangan CONSAL ke-15. Maklumat lanjut akan menyusul.

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