Oman Information Minister visits Brunei Press

BRUNEI Press Sdn Bhd sees the digital age as a fantastic opportunity that could drive newspapers to capture readers beyond the reach of traditional print media at home and abroad and should be embraced with optimism to enhance its role as a responsible and ethical news provider.

This was said by the General Manager of Brunei Press, Reggie See, during a visit by Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour bin Said Al Hasani, the Minister of Information of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Press Sdn Bhd yesterday.

In response to a query by the Oman Minister of Information about the impact of digital information evolution on print media as Brunei Press Sdn Bhd is the publisher of the oldest and leading independent newspaper in the country, Reggie See said Brunei Press sees the digitalisation era as a boon towards an integrated media platform rather than a threat.

During the visit, the Oman delegation was shown a video presentation of the newspaper’s 60-year history. Borneo Bulletin has documented historical events in the country, from witnessing the discovery of oil and development of the petroleum industry in the country, Brunei’s independence and post independence developments.

It also documented the joy of the whole nation when His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s late father, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien echoed ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Allah is Great) signalling Brunei Darussalam’s independence in 1984, and captured the nation in mourning when the Sultan’s late father, dubbed as the Architect of Modern Brunei, passed away.

The Oman delegation included Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashel bin Rashed bin Hashel Al-Maskari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam; Sayyid Salim Hamed, Deputy Head of Mission, Oman Embassy; Mr Khalifa Hamood Al-Tubi, Office of the Minister; Mr Badar Saif Al-Kindi, Management Development Consultant; Mr Moosa Ali Al-Duhli, Coordination and Follow up Specialist; and Mr Khalid Saud Al-Aamri, Editor Al Watan.

The Oman minister and delegation were also shown the history of Media Permata from its inception as part of the Borneo Bulletin newspaper to a fully independent Malay daily.

In an interview at the end of his visit to the Brunei Press office, the Oman Minister of Information praised the work both Brunei Darussalam and the Sultanate of Oman have accomplished over the years in the field of information and said he hopes to see more cooperation being extended in the future.

Both countries signed their first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of information in September 1997 and this was renewed in October 2013, encompassing areas of exchange programmes including in radio and television reports and exchange of training programmes.

“We are very honoured to visit Brunei to extend the excellent and historical relationship between both countries that have long been established,” he said while adding that they are looking at sending journalists from their side to Brunei and vice-versa for exchange of information.

He also said he had a very successful meeting with Pehin Datu Singamanteri Col (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) last Saturday to build on the relationship and to see how they can implement the existing agreement.