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Permission for any entertainment – a pre-requisite

January 14, 2008

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I heard the news that Bruneian residents need to apply for permit if they are to organise any form of entertainment even in their own private premises.

Weekend in Brunei is normally filled with all sort of wedding-related ceremonies – basuruh (fact-finding mission); batunang (engagement); basanding (newly-weds sitting on a special dais); etc. This is part of our Brunei way of life – family gathering. So you can imagine if one have to obtain permit as usually there are some form of entertainment which might either be a memukun or gambus or local band playing at a private function during a wedding ceremony. I imagine that our elders who love to do a badondang (poetry recital with the aid of rabanna) would also need one before they carry on with their generations-long tradition of entertainment.

I think it is too much of a hassle to obtain a permit if you are having an entertainment in your own private place. Maybe hotels and restaurants do have to but not private individuals. So, maybe a courtesy letter to the local authority such as the police would suffice to say that there would be some sort of entertainment at one’s house at so and so date and place. Period.

I just hope that the authority are not slow in giving out a permit as understandably, they must be receiving applications by hundreds every week.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    January 15, 2008 11:52 am

    Am I hearing this right? Instead of forward we are going backward!

  2. winx permalink
    January 16, 2008 6:12 pm

    Courtesy letter pun menyusahkan lai. They might ask us to ‘formally’ write lagi itu ini.

    Why don’t we just get to the Police Station, to fill in a log book or some kind; and enter as what you suggested – ‘event’ organiser, occassion, date and place.

    Better still, make life easier – ketua kampung saja. After all, when it comes to wedding, they usually becomes the ‘wakil berharap.’ Plus, apatah lagi keraja bisdia kan?

  3. Alibaba permalink
    January 22, 2008 4:45 pm

    Imagine if you live in areas like Lambak or Gadong. The police have to work overtime to entertain to this permit requests. They asked for it.

  4. Ramble On permalink
    January 23, 2008 8:10 am

    U heard (or rather, read it) right, Anon. Winx, dats a brilliant idea babe. Biar ia byk g kerajanya ketua kg atu dpd ia pot pet pot pet d gincu…:p. And Alibaba, yes they asked for it…biar dorang keraja 24/7 sampai nda sampat begambus ujung klinik….ahak!

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