By James Kon, BB 19 July 2010
Pelita Brunei, the official newspaper of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will be publishing three times a week starting from this week, with the first Monday edition already out today.
The move marks yet another milestone for the paper since it began publication on February 15, 1956. The Monday edition, which will sport a magenta-coloured dateline on the front page, is an addition to the existing Wednesday (Yellow) and Saturday (Blue) papers.
Today’s edition of Pelita Brunei is published in view of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 64th Birthday celebration.
The newest edition was officially launched yesterday by the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Dato Paduka Awg Hj Abd Wahab bin Juned.
The Director of the Information Department, Dr Hj Mohd Hadi bin Mohd Melayong in his remarks said “With the new Monday edition, we hope that Pelita Brunei will become more relevant and possess the integrity and competitiveness in the world of IT and modern media, as well as manage to acquire a place in the heart of the daily live in Brunei’s community.
“With the move, Pelita Brunei will continue on to play a major role, as the official newspaper for the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in disseminating information to the citizens and residents of the country, which has been lauded by Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien when Pelita Brunei was launched on 15th February 1956.”
The Director of Information further said that “by publishing three times a week, Pelita Brunei would be able to present up-to-date news or news that has been obsolete after being published by other local media to the public.
Dr Hj Mohd Hadi said the Information Department is also spreading information through its “Web Pelita” online at http://www.pelitabrunei.gov.bn. The initiative is one of the strategies to make sure that the department “plays its role in spreading government information to not only people in the country but also anywhere,” he added.
Also present at the ceremony were Permanent Secretaries at the Prime Minister’s Office, Pg Hj Haris bin Pg Hj Shahbudin and Awg Sa Bali bin Abas; the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, Awg Hj Mahrub bin Hj Murni; the Acting Director of the Government Printing Department, Pg Hj Zainal Abidin bin Pg Seri Wijaya Pg Hj Ahmad; and other officials.