First of all I applaud Radio Televisyen Brunei (RIB) which is keen on improving its quality as the main provider of radio and television services in the country. However with the improvement I have noticed there are several aspects that should be looked into.
One of the programmes which is popular among Brunei viewers on RTB is the news. From what I see nowadays, rumours are spread through social media networks involving disasters, for example, heavy rainfall and thunderstorm.
I believe RTB can play its role here to correct such situations as it can inform members of the public through its news on the correct situation. Meanwhile, with the recent incidents which have occurred across the country in this month (November) alone such as flashfloods in the 'capital and other districts, fires and other incidents, where was RTB when such incidents occurred? Such incidents are reported "faster" on social networks thus creating speculation and rumours among the public which in the end conclude with fights, slanders and so forth in their comments.
I have been viewing RTB news since I was a kid and my suggestion is that the RTB news section should set up a special department which can be on standby to cover such incidents. At least with the formation of such a department it can be fully utilised by the public and government departments, especially emergency services, to report any incidents for the news.
RTB should cut down airing foreign programmes which the viewers are not interested in. Why not they use a foreign programme as a guidance to create a similar local programme? For example I have noticed that RIB airs foreign programmes on emergency services such as police, firefighters and paramedics. Why don't RTB producers create such programmes as it can show the public their everyday life and it can be some sort of promotion for the youths who would be interested in the profession.
Another issue on RTB's locally produced programmes is the rare usage of the Malay language. I notice that several programmes aired and produced by RTB are in English. Isn't RTB's identity in promoting as well as strengthening the usage of the Malay language? Why doesn't the producer use the Malay language in the first place? At least if the producers are using the Malay language in their programmes, it can help the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP)'s effort in strengthening the Malay language.
I hope RTB can consider my suggestions and improve every aspect of their coverage in line with its motto "Sentiasa Bersama Biskita".