Postal services will continue to develop and be to date

National 2 minutes, 7 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

DESPITE the popularity of emails and the Internet, the postal service remains undeterred and will continue to provide services to the general public and customers alike.

Speaking during an event to commemorate the World Post Day, Hamir Mohd Salleh, the chairman of the event's organising committee said

that despite fears and expectations of the postal services' demise due to the advancement of emails and Internet, postal services have remained consistent in providing services to the public and customers. "In fact, the (emails and internet) services complement the post services," he said.

"In this developing era of globalisation, liberalisation and open market, the post services have successfully proven that it is the one service that would continue to develop and stay current through the test of time," he added.

He said that the celebration has been part of a culture within the department with the post office administration regionally or internationally under the world post association.

In conjunction with the World Post Day, the Post Office has organised several activities to enliven the event by awarding Post Office branches throughout the district with the highest sales, and commemorating retired and retiring post office officers for their services.

The Kuala Belait Post Office branch took the overall winnings for highest seller and first covers followed by the Bandar Seri Begawan Post Office branch.

The Kuala Belait won the highest in Filatelik sale, the highest sale for the month of July to September, the 40th Puspa August 1 issue and the 50th Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque anniversary September 26 issue.

Meanwhile the Bandar Seri Begawan Post Office branch won the 100th anniversary of Health Service October 9 issue.

On hand to present the awards was Hj Abdul Tengah, postmaster general at the Ministry of Communications at a ceremony held at the Post Office Headquarter in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Following the award presentation, officers and staff were invited to attend a lecture on "Stress Prevention and Education Centre" which focused on the causes of coronary heart diseases, stress and breast cancer.

Also present were Hj Mohamad Manan Hj Lakim, deputy postmaster general, officers and staffs at the Post Office D0epartment and its branches.

World Post Day is celebrated each year on October 9, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969.

This year's World Postal Day carries the theme: "The Global Network: Stay Connected". (SHS1)

The Brunei Times