Bring home good practices, Discovery Year students told

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STUDENTS under the Discovery Year programme should adopt ‘healthy’ practices they observe during their stay abroad, said former students of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) programme.

Speaking to two former students of the programme who spent five months in South Korea – Mohammad Akmal Fauzan Abu Bakar and Zatil Izni Syamimi Hj Tengah - they noted that there are many practices that Bruneians can take from South Korea which can benefit the nation.

Mohammad Akmal said he noticed that the people of SOuth Korea place emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene, adding that people took care of themselves and their surroundings very well.

“What I really admire about the South Korean people is that they prioritise cleanliness and personal hygiene. The country is clean and its people make it a priority to recycle,” he said, adding that Bruneians should adopt this sort of mindset.

“People are polite... I notice that people there are raised to be mindful of their surrounding due to their culture putting more emphasis on the community over individuals,” he said.

The final year student also said that Koreans live a healthy lifestyle compared to Bruneians, noting that food there was either steamed or stir-fry.

“I think Bruneians should eat more vegetables like the Koreans, after all it is for our own good,” said the 22-year-old student.

Meanwhile, Zatil Izni said that for a small country like South Korea, she was quite impressed with how high-tech and advanced the country is.

“They are very tech-savvy and everyone pays everything with their credit cards,” she said.

Zatil Izni added that South Korea also has efficient local transport system.

“As a student it was easy for me to get around as local city buses provide a frequent and inexpensive service. Although rural buses provide a less frequent service, many run on an hourly or half-hourly basis and I think this is something Brunei could do too,” said Zatil Izni.

She said that one of the challenges she faced during her stay in South Korea was the language barrier, also adding it was difficult to find that halal food.

The Brunei Times