Negara Brunei Darussalam: obituary 2007.
Sultan Hashim (d 1906) = Pengiran Chendera Kesuma
Pengiran Muda Omar All Saifuddin (d 1905) = PA Siti Katijah
Pengiran Bendahara PA Abdul Rahman (d 1943/4) = Pengiran Fatimah
Pengiran Pemancha PA Haji Muhd Alam (1918-82) = Pengiran Babu Raja PA Hajjah Besar
Pengiran Maharaja Anakanda PH Ahmad
Pengiran Anak Hajjah Damit (d 2007) = PA Mohammad Ayub
Judging from an application for probate by her widower, Pengiran Anak Haji Damit bin BPAH Matassan (Code No. LA/195/2006, in PBI 17.1.2007: 15b #I), another member of the royal family also died not later than 2006. This was Pengiran Hajjah Siti Kula binti Pengiran Bendahara Pengiran Anak Abdul Rahman (the same Pengiran Bendahara cited in the genealogy above), a great grand-daughter therefore of Sultan Hashim. No further details (including the precise date of death) are available.
In early 2007 the government suffered a grievous blow following the demise on 20 January 2007 of Dato Paduka Awang Haji Yaakub bin Abu Bakar DPMB PSB PIKB PJK (1947-2007), who had held office as Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sport since 20 September 2004. Born on 31 August 1947, he was educated at Harvard and commenced government service in 1973 as an Administrative Officer, first in the Department of Education and then at the Economic Development Board. He became Postmaster-General in September 1980. Gradually broadening his experience (including a spell in the fledgling Brunei diplomatic service in London), he became Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance between 1 September 1989 and 19 October 2001 before being upgraded to Deputy Minister of Finance for the next three years. He held various secondary offices, for example as acting Chairman of the Brunei Investment Agency between 28 November 2001 and 8 February 2003. He also served for awhile as Chairman of Brunei Shell Tankers Sdn. Bhd. (e.g. BBO F.12.3.2004). On occasion he also acted as Minister of Finance (references to 5 January 2002, 12 June 2002, 18 June 2002, and 19 October 2003), the substantive minister being HM the Sultan from 1984 to 1986 and again from 1997 onwards. Dato Yaakub died in Singapore at the early age of fifty-nine. The sultanate is not so blessed with talent that it can afford the untimely loss of a gentleman of this stature.
Slightly less exalted than the foregoing was Yang Berhormat Mejar (B) Awang Haji Abu Bakar bin Haji Ibrahim (1943-2007), who had been Penghulu of Kota Batu mukim for several years until he died on 16 September 2007 at RIPAS Hospital in the capital. From 2 September 2005 he had also been a nominated member of the Legislative Council, hence the honorific Yang Berhormat. He was survived by his widow, six children (four sons, two daughters) and various grandchildren. He was buried at the Masjid Jame Asr' Hassanil Bolkiah cemetery (BBO M. 17.9.2007). Born in 1943 in Kampong Sultan Lama, he worked as a teacher of academic subjects and sports at a number of schools, both primary and secondary. He then served with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces for more than five years, rising to the rank of Major, and on 1 May 1995 he became headman of Serdang, a settlement of more than one thousand inhabitants (PB 7.6.1995:3). From 2 September 2005 until his death he was a nominated member of the Legislative Council, hence the honorific Yang Berhormat.
Another former soldier, Othman Muhammad, aged sixty, was reported to have been gored to death by a bull in February 2007 while he was on his way home from a fishing trip with four friends at Kampong Gajah in Perak. He had served in the Royal
Brunei Armed Forces for seven years and left nine children (BBO Sa. 10.2.2007). In the cultural sphere, Yahya Mat Zain (d 2006) was killed in a car accident in Limbang on Saturday 4 November 2006 and buried on the following morning. After making his acting debut in 1981 he went on to appear in more than fifty plays on stage and television, with several more roles yet to be broadcast. He was an active member of the Rumpun Seni Lakon (RUSILA) theatre group and a vice-president of GAPHAR, the Affiliation of Drama, Entertainment, and Creative Artists. He had retired as a welfare official at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport earlier in 2006. After the accident, Awang Yahya was eventually brought to RIPAS Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, aged fifty-five. He is survived by his widow and three sons (BBO M.6.11.2006). Awang Yahya was the third major NBD actor to die within a year or so. Hajjah Kasumawati binti Haji Buntar, a comedy actress known as "Dang Kasum," recalled that Awang Yahya was "a nice and easy person to mix with." His untimely death came as a "real shock" (BBO W.15.11.2006).
Chia See Mee, a Chinese pharmacist in Seria, died on 5 January 2007 at the age of fifty-nine; he was "a well-known figure in the Chinese community" (BBO Sa.6.1.2007).
On Friday 30 March 2007 lightning struck at Bukit Agok in Tutong District, killing two unnamed army recruits and injuring thirteen of their colleagues (BBSO 1.4.2007). The survivors were visited at RIPAS Hospital on 31 March by HM the Sultan himself, who is Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
Hajjah Siti Aishah binti Haji Ali, 43, a nurse from Seria, was killed in a road accident involving three vehicles in Kampong Sungai Lalit Lumut on Tuesday 20 February 2007; her eight-year-old daughter survived the accident (BBO 22.2.2007).
Among Britons connected with the sultanate, Professor Reginald Hugh Hickling CMG QC PhD (1920-2007), died on 11 February 2007 (DTTu.20.2.2007:24e #8); a memorial to him by Dr G.E. Saunders appears in this issue.
Nigel Turton (1949-2007) was a lecturer in the English Language Department at the University of Brunei Darussalam from July 1986 until July 2004. He was educated at the University of Leeds, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree. Before coming to Bandar Seri Begawan he worked at the National University of Singapore and then "on the Cobuild dictionary project headed by Professor John Sinclair at Birmingham University." Turton died on 16 January 2007 at his home in Pickering (Yorkshire). He is survived by his widow and by three children (BBO Sa. 10.2.2007).
Joseph Mathews (d. 2006), a teacher of English and history at St Angela's Convent School in Seria between 1968 and 1984 and at St James's School in Kuala Belait from then until 1992, died on Monday 23 October 2006. One of the longest-serving expatriate teachers in the sultanate, he held a master's degree in English literature and was a Licentiate of Philosophy and an Associate of the College of Preceptors. He leaves a widow and a daughter (BBO Sa. 11.11.2006).
John Cecil Maidment MBE, of Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Irian Jaya, Fiji, and Bournemouth, died on 3 February 2007 (DTTh.8.2.2007:25b #2).
The Revered Arthur James Maxwell Saint died on 29 November 2007 at the age of ninety-six. He served the Anglican Church in Sarawak between 1937 and 1941 and later wrote historical works relating to the Brooke era (DT Th.6.12.2007:29; Saunders 1992:278). A memorial by Bob Reece appears in this issue.
Several distinguished visitors to the sultanate also departed the stage during 2007. Here pride of place should probably go to Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007), assassinated at Rawalpindi on 27 December 2007, who paid a three-day State Visit to Negara Brunei Darussalam in March 1996 as Prime Minister of Pakistan (PB 13.3.1996:1). On 28 December Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah sent a message of condolence to President Musharraf upon the sad demise of the stateswoman. His Majesty, speaking on behalf of the entire people of Negara Brunei Darussalam, condemned the suicide bombing and offered his deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased (PB 2.1.2008:1).
Sir John George Melvin Compton Kt KCMG PC LLB (1926-2007), the first Prime Minister of Saint Lucia (February-July 1979 and 1982-96) was one of the special guests on the occasion of celebrations at the Istana Nurul Iman marking the fiftieth anniversary (15 July 1996) of the birth of HM the Sultan (PB 17.7.1996:11). Compton, a barrister by profession, was Chief Minister of the island from 1964 until 1967 and Premier from then until 1979, when he led his country into independence. He was knighted in 1997 (DT M. 10.9.2007:25*; DT W.19.9.2007:22; Chambers Dictionary of World History 2000:198).
Admiral William James Crowe Jr (1925-2007), Commander-in-Chief of the US Pacific Fleet 1983-5, was granted an Audience of HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on 10 October 1984, shortly after the sultanate achieved full independence. Born in early 1925, Admiral Crowe subsequently became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1985-9) and a "jovial and admired" Ambassador of his country to the United Kingdom (1994-7) (obituary in DT Th.29. 11.2007:29*).
Field Marshal Sir John Wilfred Stanier GCB (1925-2007), professional head of the British Army between 1982 and 1985, visited Brunei on 20-21 November 1982, then ranking as a General (Brunei '82:26). He was Chairman of RUSI from 1986 until 1989 and Constable of the Tower of London from 1990 until 1996. He died on Saturday 10 November 2007 (DT Tu.13.11.2007:27*).
Major-General Derek Thomond Horsford CBE DSO* (1917-2007) (not "Horsfield" as given in Harfield 1977:112), visited Brunei in May 1971 as Major-General Brigade of Gurkhas, 1969-71. He retired from the Army in the latter year, and died on 5 October 2007 (DT Th. 11.10.2007:27*; DT M. 14.1.2008:24; Who's Who 2005:1081).
The highly-decorated General Sir Anthony Heritage Farrar-Hockley GBE KCB DSO* MC MLitt (Oxon) (1924-2006) was Chief of Staff (1965) to the Director of Operations in Borneo, "where he helped to organise secret operations inside Indonesian territory which brought about the end of President Sukarno's 'Confrontation' with Malaysia" (DTM.14.3.2006:21). A soldier in the regular Army from 1941 to 1982, he ended his substantive career as Commander-in-Chief of NATO Forces in Northern Europe from 1979 until 1982. A prolific author, he was ADC General to HM the Queen (1981-3) and Colonel Commandant of the Parachute Regiment (1977-83). His eldest son is also a general (DT M. 14.3.2006:20g #1; DT M. 14.3.2006:21).
Major-General Sir John Jeremy Moore KCB MC* OBE (1928-2007) was Adjutant and Company Commander in 42 Commando, Royal Marines; in this capacity he was awarded a bar to his Military Cross (won during the Malayan Emergency in 1952) in recognition of his services during the Brunei Revolt of 1962. To be precise, he led operations in the town of Limbang, freeing all the rebel-held hostages, including the Resident (Richard Holyweli Morris OBE, 1915-2000, an Australian) and his wife, at a cost of five marines killed and eight wounded. Out of the rebel force at Limbang, fifteen were killed and fifty captured; the remainder escaped into the jungle (DT Tu. 18.9.2007: 25; James and Sheil-Small 1971:32-7). Born on 5 July 1928, Moore later achieved greater fame as Commander of British Land Forces during the Falklands Campaign of May-July 1982, for which he was knighted. He was Colonel Commandant of the Royal Marines from 1990 to 1993. He died on Saturday 15 September 2007.
General Sir Joseph David Mostyn CBE (1928-2007) reached the last post on 20 January 2007. At the same time as Captain Moore was commanding operations in Limbang, Major Mostyn, OC "B" Company, first Battalion, Royal Green Jackets, was recapturing Bekenu, which he achieved without suffering a single casualty. Six insurgents were killed, five captured, and about a dozen escaped. Mostyn, who continued to serve in Borneo during the "Confrontation" with Indonesia, subsequently rose to become Major-General in 1978 and Adjutant-General from 1986 until 1988, when he retired (DT M.29.1.2007:25*).
In 1961-2 Vice-Admiral Sir Roy William "Gus" Halliday KBE DSC (1923-2007), as he became, was senior officer of the 104th Minesweeping Squadron in the "Far East," where he swept left-over Japanese mines and chased pirates in the Celebes Sea. In 1964 he learned to fly helicopters in order to give him status as Commander (Air) among the youthful Wessex pilots of the commando carrier HMS Albion (1947-73). The crews took part in operations in the Radfan [the capture of which in 1964 was "perhaps the greatest feat of arms" in the career of General Farrar-Hockley, just mentioned]; later they flew sorties to British and Commonwealth troops fighting the Indonesian Konfrontasi. He was Commander of UK Amphibious Forces 1971-3 and ended his career as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence) from 1978 until 1981. He died on 23 November 2007 (DT W.26.12.2007:27*; WW 2006:946).
Major-General Francis William Edward Fursdon CB MBE BSc (1925-2007) was Defence Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph (London) from 1980 until 1986. Earlier, he "set up a staff college course on supplying by air, after joining an operational crew in the Borneo campaign and single-handedly making a film about it, which won an amateur film award" (DT W.17.1.2007:21*). He died on 3 January 2007.
Colonel Wallace Pryke (1915-2007), an "officer whose Army career included two campaigns against the wily Fakir of Ipi," also served during the Confrontation era at the Singapore headquarters (DT F.11.1.2008:29*).
Air Commodore Henry Probert (1926-2007), who died on Christmas Day 2007, was head of the RAF's Historical Branch. His works included a History of Changi (1965; updated 2006), referring to the airbase.
Diana Adair Hargreave, Baroness of Kirknewton, who died in the Republic of Ireland on 17 September 2007, was the widow of Arthur Robin Adair CVO MBE (1913-81), High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Brunei from 6 May 1968 until he retired in August 1982. Among other things, he represented HM the Queen at the coronation of His Highness (as he then was) Hassanal Bolkiah in August 1968 and was one of the signatories to the Brunei-UK Treaty of 1971. His widow, who remarried after his death, was survived by her son, Robin Adair, and three step-children (DT Th. 20.9.2007: 26f #8).
Liliana Burgess (1929-2007), translator and literary agent, was the second wife of Dr. Anthony Burgess, and, if her mother's genealogy is to be believed, a descendant of Attila the Hun. Known as "Liana," "her prize-winning Italian translations of Burgess's Malayan Trilogy and The End of the World News did much to secure his reputation as one of the major European writers of the twentieth century. By the time he died in 1993, her shrewd negotiations with publishers and film companies had netted a fortune of more than [US] $3,000,000 and eleven houses all over Europe."
Born Liliana Macellari, at Porto Civitanova, on 25 September 1929, she died on Monday 3 December 2007. Daughter of the Contessa Maria Lucrezia Pasi della Pergola, an amateur poet and painter, and Gilberto Macellari, a photographer and actor who died during the Second World War, she was educated at the University of Bologna and went on to win a Fulbright Fellowship to the USA in 1953. A marriage (dissolved 1967) followed to Benjamin Johnson, translator into English of ltalo Svevo's short stories. She founded an English-language theatre company in Rome in the late 1950s and wrote as "Liana Johnson." She briefly taught at King's College, Cambridge, in 1967.
Liliana met Burgess in 1963 and gave birth the following year to his son, Paolo Andrea (later known as Andrew Burgess Wilson, d 2002). The couple married in 1968, following the death of Anthony's first wife. Liliana Burgess left no surviving relatives, "but her commitment to scholarship has led to the creation of the Anthony Burgess Centre at the University of Angers and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester" (DT W.5.12.2007:25*).
Mrs. Ruth Mather, who died at home in Edinburgh on 6 December 2007 at the age of eighty-one, was the widow of Richard Mather, former Director of the Meteorological Services of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo, and Brunei [and Sarawak as well, presumably] (DT F.14.12.2007:30).
On the afternoon of Saturday 3 February 2007 three young foreign workers (two Filipinas, Maria Estella Pancho Lopez, 21, and Maralla Raya, also in her early twenties, plus an unnamed Malaysian man) drowned after going for a dip in the sea whilst enjoying a birthday picnic near Tungku Beach, Berakas Forest Reserve. A fourth member of their group (Violeta Apote), initially reported to be in a critical condition at RIPAS Hospital, was said later to be stable. The victims had been pulled under by rough waters (BBSO 4.2.2007; BBO M.5.2.2007).
A fisherman, Abdul Kahar bin Tamin, 34, was reported missing, feared drowned in the Belait River near the Kampong Pandan waste treatment plant on the evening of Wednesday 1 August 2007 (BBO F.3.8.2007). (1)
Shahul Hameed was murdered on 14 January 2006. On 16 January 2007 the High Court jailed five Indian nationals after they pleaded guilty to causing the death of their fellow countryman in a fight at Jalan Kebangsaan (BBO W.17.1.2007).
'Edgar Puzone E' (thus), who converted to Islam as Ibrahim bin Abdullah Puzone, a Filipino migrant worker found guilty on 3 February 2005 of murdering his girlfriend (Vilma Taalal Misal, 25, waitress) on 27 May 2003, lost his appeal against the death sentence at the end of August 2007 (BBO Sa. 1.9.2007).
On Tuesday 11 July 2006 Mohmmad bin Usin, a Malaysian cook aged twenty-eight working at Kuala Belait since 2003, was sentenced to death for smuggling syabu (narcotics) from Sarawak into Negara Brunei Darussalam on the evening of 21 February 2005 (BBO W.12.7.2006).
ABBREVIATIONS * denotes an illustrated article (but see also DSO*) 25b #2 page 25, column 2, paragraph 2 ADC aide-de-camp B bersara/retired BBO Borneo Bulletin, online BBSO Borneo Bulletin, Sunday edition, online BPAH n/a CB Commander of the Order of the Bath CBE Commander of the Order of the British Empire CMG Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CVO Commander of the Royal Victorian Order d. died DPMB Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei Yang Areal Mulia, Darjah Kedua/Crown of Brunei Order, second class (carrying the style Dato Paduka) DSC Distinguished Service Cross DSO Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (UK) DSO* DSO (and bar) DT Daily Telegraph (London) GAPHAR Gabungan Penerbit Drama, Hiburan TV, dan Karyawan Seni GBE Knight Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire GCB Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Bath HM Her Majesty/His Majesty HMS Her Majesty's Ship KBE Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire KCB Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath MBE Member of the Order of the British Empire MC Military Cross NBD Negara Brunei Darussalam (1984-) OBE Officer of the Order of the British Empire PA Pengiran Anak PB Pelita Brunei (Bandar Seri Begawan) PBI Pelita Brunei, Iklan section PIKB Pingat Indah Kerja Baik / Meritorious Service Medal PJK Pingat Jasa Kebaktian / Loyal Service Medal. PSB Darjah Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia Darjah Keempat / Order of Setia Negara Brunei, fourth class QC Queen's Counsel RIPAS (HM) Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (wife of HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah) RUSII Royal United Services institute for Defence and Security Studies (formerly Royal United Service Institution) Sdn Bhd Sendirian Berhad (limited liability company) WW Who's Who
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Lenman, Bruce P (Consultant Editor) 2000 Dictionary of World History. Edinburgh: Chambers, 2000; reprinted, 2004.
Saunders, G.E. 1992 Bishops and Brookes: The Anglican Mission and the Brooke Raj in Sarawak, 1848-1941. Singapore, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.
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(1) There have been happier outcomes. Awang Jofri bin Ibrahim saved a child from drowning at the Anggerak Desa swimming pool on 13 August 2006 whilst Awang Bakrin bin Mat Yassin saved another person from drowning at the Pusat Belia (Youth Centre) swimming pool two years earlier. In October 2006 both of these heroes received awards for their bravery (BBO W. 18.10.2006).
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