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Press Release: Department of Information / Photo: Muhammad Asri Haji Awang Abas
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Friday, November 2. – The 28th Joint Technical Committee Meeting Concerning Co-operation in the Field of Broadcasting and Information between The Government of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the Government of the Republic of Singapore held at the Prime Minister's Office, Bandar Seri Begawan.
Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office, Pengiran Datin Shazainah binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Sharifuddin stated at the Opening Ceremony of the JTC states that media is a tool that has the ability to influence human opinions and behavior.
She added that in the era of rapid and sophisticated digital development and technology, we need to follow the dynamic environment and circulation. For those involved with the media, this means that the response at the right time is necessary in educating and ensuring an informed society.
However, in the ever increasingly connected digital era, we face many challenges, where information is easily accessed through the internet and provides an opportunity for the public to acknowledge as informal media.
This is seen through increased dissemination of uncontrolled false news and information, which could undermine the well-being, security, social solidarity in society and can cause long-term consequences, she added.
The issue we are facing is to find ways to educate and equip ability with the capabilities and skills to distinguish between real facts and false news.
She also expressed the confidence of Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Singapore to work more closely through the sharing experiences and gained in the Broadcasting and Information field, in which both countries have long collaborated in these areas in producing many joint-issue programmes.
It is important for agencies involved in this collaboration to review the effectiveness and impact of such publish programmes to ensure maximum benefit and further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
In a remark by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore, His Excellency Gabriel Lim stated that although these two countries are small in size, but close cooperation, they are strengthening, especially in the face of new challenges such as false news.
He also praised efforts to strengthen bilateral ties with involving the youth of both countries in the publication of a TV exchange programme entitled 'Action' and Staff Exchange Programme of Information. This bilateral collaboration is not limited to the broadcasting and information fields, but it is also hoped to be leveraged for other cooperation as in the field of training.
Earlier in his speech, he noted that the value of friendship between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Singapore was countless especially through sharing knowledge and experience platforms.
The meeting discussed some of the topics that were touched on the direction, projects and activities that had been and will be shared in the field of broadcasting and information disseminated by agencies involved such as Brunei Radio Television Department and the Department of Information, Brunei Darussalam with the Ministry of Communications and Information, Republic of Singapore; Media Authority for Info-Communication and Media Development and Republic of Singapore Broadcasting Company, MediaCorp Pte. Ltd.
Also present at the ceremony were the Director of Radio Television Brunei, Awang Haji Muhammad Suffian bin Haji Bungsu; Acting Director of Information, Awang Mawardi bin Haji Mohammad and officials from Brunei Darussalam and Republic of Singapore.