Tuesday, May 22, 2007

HM's police outrider suffers injuries

Waleed PD Mahdini and

Hadi DP Mahmud



A POLICE OUTRIDER of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's escort sustained serious injuries during rush hour traffic late yesterday afternoon after a collision with another vehicle at Jalan Beribi.

According to witnesses who saw the incident, the collision occurred between one of the police riders on His Majesty's motorcade, which was moving from Jalan Telanai to Sengkurong with another vehicle that was moving from the intersection at Beribi to Sengkurong.

His Majesty, who was driving closely behind the police rider swerved immediately to avoid the collision that unfolded in front of his vehicle.

Witnesses then reported seeing His Majesty stop his vehicle and climb out, which ground rush hour traffic to a standstill. A good samaritan, who according to witnesses said was driving a blue Suzuki Vitara, was approached by the monarch, who then climbed into the vehicle.

It was unclear where the vehicle with the monarch in it was headed for.

According to a reliable source at Ripas Hospital, the fallen rider suffered serious head injuries as a result of the collision and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, where he was put on life support.

Several onlookers had earlier described that the rider skidded from his motorcycle upon colliding with the car.

There has been no official word from the authorities but according to reliable onlookers at the scene, it is believed that His Majesty is safe and well.

Authorities have in the past repeatedly advised motorists to pull their vehicles to the side of the road and allow emergency vehicles, such as ambulances and fire-engines as well as official motorcades to pass through.

The Brunei Times

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Attention to all Bruneian engineering students: Schlumberger visit to Melbourne (19th August) and Sydney (24th and 26th August 2006)

We (Schlumberger Recruiting Team) planned to make a trip to Melbourne (19th to 22nd August) and to Sydney (24th to 26th August 2006) for Recruitment sessions. We actually would like to find some high profile students to join our company as Field Engineer, Geologist and Geophysics and Mathematics. Our target students is from any Engineering and Science back ground. These positions are for international and home country assignment and offered to Bruneian nationals. Of course, we will need to screen the candidates and will surely need your help in advertising the post and inform your friends who is interested.

What we look for …
Every year, Schlumberger hires young degree graduates. We are looking for someone with a strong foundation in an engineering and science discipline, resilience and have a strong motivation to succeed. In addition, you must be prepared to deal with people from all walks of life, and enjoy tackling problems. You will be encouraged to be creative and must be prepared to take the initiative and responsibility that come along with it.

In Oilfield Services, you are immediately faced with the reality of the oil industry through comprehensive training, which combines schooling with fieldwork. Within a year, you will be responsible for operations as part of a larger team of dedicated professionals focused on delivering best-in-class services to our customers.

What we can offer …
One of our essential philosophies is to promote from within – most of our top managers have grown through the company. We offer each new employee the chance to be an individual contributor.

To cultivate the skills and experience to achieve this, we provide constant on-the-job development and structured training at all levels. Every day is a new learning experience at Schlumberger; individuals who have the drive, initiative and talent to take up professional challenges are given every opportunity to shine. Furthermore, your hardwork and perseverance are rewarded with a benefits package that others could only envy.

In summary, the following awaits the new employees:
§ Comprehensive training and development programme
§ Overseas training and exposure
§ Challenging and dynamic work environment
§ Top salary and benefits package
Or, in other words, a truly challenging and rewarding career.

We invite you to come and visit our booth during the Job Fair in Melbourne and Sydney. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to call me at +6-03-21694286 or via email at
fauziah@kuala-lumpur.oilfield.slb.com . In addition, if you would like to learn more about the company, please visit our website at http://www.slb.com/. We encourage you apply online at the same website.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

new look on BSAWA website

check out the new look of http://bsawa.cjb.net

The wesbite now includes a chatroom whereby it is like mIrC :). feel free to have a look

Monday, May 15, 2006


BSAWA will be having its general meeting on Saturday 20th May 2006 and is inviting all members (and non-members) to join in.

The meeting will be about discussing the aims and objectives of the association, ways to improve it, planning on the upcoming and the first formal event of Sultan's birthday and official launching in July/August etc.

Any queries about the association will be answered at its best by the comittee members.

Venue will be at Curtin (exact room will be TBA).

Please call 0416967655 or 0422845188 for further inqueries.

Thank you and on behalf of the comittee, looking forward to see you guys there.

Price Check

Reporter: Graeme Butler

Managing the family budget is like riding a roller-coaster - interest rates go up - tax rates go down - petrol prices go up and so it goes on and on., with prices, going up and up. Barry Urquet says “it seems to be that the treasure gives and the supermarket take away“

We're all feeling the pinch with the petrol prices and it's going to go right across the board but if you want to be healthy you've got to pay the price While the soaring price of petrol is easy to track - two years ago unleaded was 98cents a litre - yes remember that? today it's $1.34 .. but have you really noticed the slowly creeping prices at the supermarket check-out?

Today Tonight's price-check regularly survey's prices across Perth supermarkets - we've just checked them again and compared them to what you were paying two years ago .. the results are startling. Some basic items have skyrocketed by as much as 60% that's right! 60% - that shocker a bit later but first some good news - lets look at basic groceries - 10 everyday items.

Two years ago the average basket cost was $35.22 today you'll pay $36.66 not too bad just 3 % up but predictions are that's about to change.

Here's some examples of the price shift -

  • Cold power 1kg averaged $4.84 in 2004 today it's up 25% to 5.21

  • Heinz baked beans 420g averaged $1.24 in 2004 today $1.40 that's up 13%

  • A 6 pack of Bakewell pies was $6.79 now it's $7.48 that's up 10%

“price increases should be about 3% as reflected in pre-packaged dry grocery market when you're going into fresh food fresh wraps and fresh packs all of a sudden the increment goes into double digits and in some instances 60% increases”, says marketing expert Barry Urquet's right on the money when it came to our survey of fruit and vegetables.

The average basket cost has shot up by an incredible 31%

In 2004 it cost $ $15.78 today expect to pay on average $20.64

  • Navel Oranges had the biggest single rise at 60% from $2.91 a kilo two years ago to $4.65 today

Every item in the basket went up -

  • broccoli up 24%

  • Tomatoes up 50%

  • Avocado up 27%

Vegetable growers say we're still getting a good deal and despite spikes in demand prices have barely moved in 10 years.

Barry Urquet says “many growers of this merchandise will be saying but hold on it's not coming back to me, it's the retailers who seem to be getting the bigger profit margains”

The biggest shocker of all, thanks to cyclone Larry in Queensland, bananas - so dramatic was the rise we didn't include bananas in our basket average -and here's why - the cost has gone up by 317% - from an average of $2.98 in 2004 to $9.46 today

Lisa Baker says “it's creeping up each month probably each week in many respects but they're essentials so you tend to take it a little less seriously cos you know you've got to have it” For families on a budget price rises like this have to pinch - lisa baker from the w.a council of social services..”clearly if you've got a lot of money and doing well in our booming economy it's not going to worry you but if you are doing it tough at the moment it is going to make it harder to make ends meet“

The final basket in our survery was meat -

In 2004 it averaged $ 49.12 today it's up by 18% to $ 57.73

  • Two years ago lamb chops averaged $14.68 a kilo today they're up 21% to $17.87

  • T-bone steaks have gone up 21%

  • Skinless chicken breast up 12%.

Barry Urquet says “consumers are looking for two things convenience and healthy food consequently fresh food is a great appeal this does not necessarily represent good value“ So how do you beat the rise - here are the cheapest stores in our survey this time around

For our grocery items IGA Como came up cheapest it's basket price was $33.29 compared to the most expensive store at $36.99

For fruit and vegetables the cheapest store in this survey was Coles in Bicton with a basket price of $24.64 the most expensive basket was $35.93 more than $10 more - though with fruit and vegetables quality is hard to compare.

For meat the cheapest basket was at Dianella meats at $51.16 compared to the most expensive basket at $63.96 - again quality of meat is hard to compare in a price only survey.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Luanching new website

Hi guys,

Great news.... we are able to luanch our new wbesite. at BSAWA.cjb.net

check it out... :) Place your comment at our forum okies.....

Friday, April 14, 2006

Input on how to improve BSAWA

Hi everyone,

On behalf of BSAWA organising committee, i would like to ask how do all of you think that we should do in order to improve communication amongst Bruneians in Western Australia. I beleive there is a lack of communications and willingness of some Bruneians to see BSAWA grow, however i believe there is some of you out there who want to see this organisation become successful and able to grow in the coming months and years.

Feel free to drop a comment at the link below this blog, or create a discussion in our forum how we can improve to better serve the needs of all the bruneians in Western Australia. Hope to hear from all of you soon. Thank you

Monday, April 03, 2006

Futsal & Basketball.

Anyone interested with playing futsal or basketball during the Easter holidays?

* a team of 5, plus 1 or 2 substitutes.

* a team of 3, plus 1 substitute.

Individuals are welcome, we'll try to group the individuals to teams later on.

Venue: Lords Sports Club, Subiaco (http://lords.com.au/)
Entry Fee: TBA later.
Date: 22/23 April 2006.

Email to info.bsawa@gmail.com or leave a comment.