Actually, I should have updated my blog on 1st November, to commemorate my 12th year with RTB. Due to hectic office schedule, only now I manage to do so.
Alright, I started my broadcasting career with RTB back in November 1st, 2000. Not only as a radio announcer, but my job scope includes producing a radio programmes as well being appointed as master of ceremonies (emcee), sports newscaster, sports reporter etc.
Be it at home or abroad, I am widely involved in broadcasting for Brunei state’s radio and tv. But most notably I am involved with sports event. I’ve been to many places for sports coverage and programme exchange.
Talking about my experience as an emcee, the first time ever I was appointed was back in August 2002, during the Inter-Borneo Rescue Games 2002.
A week before the event, my boss has called me in to his office asking me if I’m willing to be an emcee for the said event. It was a mixed feeling than, happy and nervous.
By looking at my surroundings, they are more reliable and experienced candidates. But the trust has been given, so why not I should give it a go.
My first try was a success and the sports event which was attended by a minister runs smoothly. It was an amazing experience and I’ve learnt a lot from it.
Sometimes, only the emcee or someone been an emcee knows the importance of an emcee. They are the master of ceremonies, they control the event. The flow of the event should run accordingly based on the emcee’s announcement.
But there is also funny moment about emceeing, when things gone wrong they took the blame and when things run smooth they rarely get the credits. This is normal as an emcee, not only me but others too I’m sure.
Throughout my career, I was also emceeing at Istana and functions involving the royalty. I was also the resident emcee for Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and DPMM FC.
Since I was under RTB (Government), I rarely get paid for my service. People’s mind set is that a government servant is not for hired. Normally I was appointed through my department, so I don’t have any hesitation to do the job.
But sometimes I do get tips from the organiser and I really appreciate that. (Thank you very much to those very kind people!)
I won’t agree if I was named as a popular emcee or presenter, but I would agree if one would name me as the most appointed emcee for formal/official function.
Talking about my travel as a tv presenter or narrator, I can hardly face competition years back but not these days, the likes of Rashid Rahman Hassan, Fahmie Metussin, Malik Jumat etc has been very promising.
Now, I see a lot of newcomers and new faces coming up. Beside their talents they came up with good qualification as well as their good look.
In my opinion, the most outstanding is Rashid Rahman Hasan. He rocks RTB radio and tv channels. There is also one girl name Mumtazah Jaafar, who has been very good in every aspect. The very first time I heard her voice, then I knew that she could go further up. Good voice, good personality and talented.
This line up of newcomers really impressed me, because broadcasting in Brunei Darussalam need those kind of broadcaster who came with good package or the so called ‘X’ factor.
Their voice is strong enough to attract listeners, their look is very good enough to stick the viewers infront of their television.
Although I’m not that often working or collaborating with Rashid, nor Mumtazah Jaafar but I know they are a frontliner a producer can rely on.
All the best to both of them and may Allah bless my career too. Amin ya rabbal alamin. Few pictures of my broadcasting travel posted below:)
During the launch of FIFA 1st GOAL Project Brunei
This is the guy I'm talking about, Rashid Rahman Hasan. He is very talented, gifted and bright. Talent is not something you get elsewhere, but it is from yourself and he got that.
Live voice over at RTB Studio Manila
Football match commentary abroad
Belting out some numbers should time permit you! *LOL*
George Michael's Careless Whisper!