Last Sunday 22nd December 2019, Madam Tan Yok Chin, the spouse of Chong Ain Hong, passed away peacefully. She was 91 years old.
Hundreds of the family’s relatives, VIP guests and friends showered their warmth presence at the residence at Kampong Salambigar during the 5 days of the wake. More than 80 wreaths were delivered to the residence.
The funeral proceedings took place last Thursday, 26th December 2019. Hundreds turned up to show their final respect. Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji ‘Abdul Wadood Bolkiah paid respect to the late Madam Tan Yok Chin. Also present were Yu Hong, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam, Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin, Yang Berhormat Ong Tiong Oh, a member of the Legislative Council and the Chairman of Chung Hwa Middle School, Malcolm Lim Tiong Han, the President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Lau How Teck of Hua Ho Manggis.
During the funeral, donations were made to 17 non-profit organizations including nine private schools.
The late Madam Tan Yok Chin was known for kindness and generousity. She is deeply missed by her families and friends. May she rest in peace.
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Law Siew Vui, Head of Merchant Services, BIBD, Atika Hj Mahadi, Station Manager, Roxana Shell Service Station and Radi El Fassed, Head of Product Development, Progresif Cellular during the press conference for the launch of the first cashless payment system at Roxana Shell Service Station recently
Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sendirian Berhad (BSM) has collaborated with Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) and Progresif to provide a cashless payment solution for customers at Roxana Filling Station in Seria.
The BIBD QuickPay and ProgresifPay cashless payment methods will provide convenience to customers who visit the self-service station. Customers can just pay via scanning of the QR code using their BIBD QuickPay or ProgresifPay mobile app inside the Roxana Kedai at the cashier. These cashless payment methods can be used for both fuel and non-fuel purchases.
This is in line with BSM’s efforts towards digitisation and commitment to provide the best service to customers by giving them convenience and safe fuelling at the stations. The newly added service will create an enhanced next generation customer experience by enabling them to pay with their mobile phones at the counter.
BSM Head of IT, Hajah Natrah Hj Ahmad said: “Roxana Station is our pilot project with the objective of providing an alternative cashless payment option to the Roxana station customers. This new mode of payment will provide ease for both our customers as well as to our daily operations at the Station where this will help mitigate risks relating to cash handling at stations.
For further information, please call BSM 24 hours Call Centre at 2244739.
Pg Fitri Pg Shahminan – Corp Communication, BIBD, tested BIBD’s QuickPay over the service counter to pay for his petrol
Abby Chu, Segment Manager, Progresif Cellular, successfully paid her petrol through Progresif Pay
Congratulations Roxana Shell Service Station for making it convenient for customers and hopefully the trend will pick up in the coming weeks
RCanada and U.S. generated strong demands for the new Audi Q3 which will be available for sale in Brunei soon
“Our model initiative is gaining traction globally at the year-end,” says Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “North America has been reaping the benefits of the full availability of the new Audi Q3 for the past few months; the two electric models, the Audi e-tron and Audi Q2 L e-tron*, as well as the Audi Q8 bolstered our portfolio in November in China. Despite the increasingly difficult environment, we therefore still expect our deliveries to customers to perform robustly and to see slight growth for 2019 as a whole.”
Deliveries in Europe increased to around 707,650 cars since January, a year-on-year increase of 2.2 percent. The sharp increase of 33.0 percent to around 58,300 units in November is once again also down to prior-year effects associated with the WLTP switchover and model changeovers. In Germany, Audi handed over 19,526 cars to customers in November, an increase of 24.3 percent. Deliveries rose 4.1 percent to 253,443 cars since January. The Audi Q3 (23,303 cars, +67.7%), the Audi A6 (41,899, +18.4%) and the Audi Q8 (5,751 cars, +131.2%) contributed positively to growth in the domestic market.
The North America region saw deliveries increase in November to a new record-breaking figure of 25,230 cars (+17.3%), with around 241,100 vehicles delivered to customers (-3.3%) since the start of the year. In the United States, deliveries increased by 20.7 percent to 20,618 cars in November. Audi delivered 198,261 cars in the United States since January, almost on a par with the prior-year figure (-1.1%). Deliveries in Canada were once again up in November (3,416 cars, +4.4%), with the company delivering 31,829 cars (-10.0%) since the start of the year. Both countries generated strong demand in November for the new Audi Q3, which went on sale in July, (USA: 2,497 cars, +256.7%; Canada: 929 cars; +231.8%) along with the new Audi Q8, which remains market leader in its segment.
In China, 67,402 cars delivered (+16.8%) in November set a new record-breaking figure. Cumulative deliveries were up 3.5 percent to 618,596 units. Growth was driven in part by the high demand for the A6 L (16,559 cars; +9.3%). The Audi Q2 L was also introduced in China as an all-electric model in November. Apart from the locally produced Audi Q2 L e-tron, the Audi e-tron also went on sale in China in the middle of last month.
Baiduri Bank received the coveted Bank of The Year award from The Banker magazine in an awards ceremony in London. The latest achievement marks the fourth international banking award this year for Baiduri Bank and is the fourteenth time that the Bank has received this accolade. This achievement also marks Baiduri Bank’s sixth consecutive year of receiving the Bank of The Year award.
The Banker’s twentieth annual Bank of The Year awards were presented at a gala black- tie dinner at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, London on Thursday 28 November 2019. Mr Ti Eng Hui, CEO of Baiduri Bank received the award on behalf of the Bank.
Speaking about the Bank’s latest achievement, Ti said, “This award is yet another testament to the strides and accomplishments the Bank has made over the past 18 months. This year alone, the Bank has taken significant steps towards moving the organization to greater heights by investing heavily in cutting-edge technology, customer data security and its human resource capabilities.”
Among recent strategic initiatives undertaken by Baiduri Bank is a new digital banking platform targeted for launch in the first quarter of 2020. Other initiatives include enhancing the Bank’s human capital capabilities and the launch a local business skills training series as a long-term commitment to helping develop local business in partnership with Darussalam Enterprises (DARe).
Elaborating on a recent strategic business move, Ti said, “Baiduri Bank has the largest card merchant base in the country. By partnership with DST, Brunei’s premier telecommunications provider to launch an e-Wallet, the synergistic effect will be the creation of the largest digital payment ecosystem in the country with connectivity to regional and international payment platforms.”
Mr Ti Eng Hui, CEO of Baiduri Bank received the award on behalf of Baiduri Bank at the Bank of the Year Awards at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, London recently
On the topic of human capital, Ti said, “We invested in a world-class online training platform to upskill our personnel with the intention to certify them to global industry standard; and we will soon be moving onto a cloud-based human capital management platform provided by another global service provider.”
“Under our recently launched Management Associate Programme, two candidates will undergo 12 months of intensive development aimed to maximizing their potential and advance in their career within the Baiduri Bank Group.”
Speaking on the latest award, Ti stated, “It gives us great pride in being recognized as the Bank of the Year for Brunei by a leading international financial publication. I would like to thank our customers, business partners and associates for the trust and support they have given us over the years making us the award-winning bank that we are today.”
In determining the award winners, The Banker, the world’s premier banking and finance resource, looks beyond raw data. The editorial team looks for evidence of banks setting new standards for their local industries whether it is through the use of new technology or innovative ways of expanding their business. The judging is carried out by an editorial committee on the basis of submitted entries, data from The Banker’s database and the editor’s personal knowledge of the market.
Earlier this year, Baiduri Bank received three other international awards, the ‘Domestic Retail Bank of the Year for Brunei 2019’ from the Asian Banking and Finance magazine, the ‘Best Banking Group for Brunei 2019’ from World Finance magazine as well as ‘Best Bank in Asia Pacific Region for Brunei 2019’ from Global Finance magazine.
Brunei Shell Marketing Co. Sdn. Bhd. (BSM) is pleased to announce an exclusive Shell Helix and Shell Rimula promotion in conjunction with the company’s 60th Anniversary celebration starting last Monday.
A total of 60 prizes will be given out during the promotion period of 6 weeks which commences from 25 th November 2019 until 05 th January 2020. Eligible products are Shell Helix Ultra, Shell Helix HX7 and Shell Helix HX5 in 4 litres pack and Shell Rimula R4X in 5 litres pack.
10 winners will be chosen during the weekly draw and the top 3 will get to choose a return air ticket from one of these destinations – Jakarta, Ho Chin Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore or Manila. There will also be 7 weekly consolation prizes of Vehicle Service Package at Shell Helix Branded Workshop which is inclusive of one pack of 4 litre Shell Helix Ultra, Oil Filter and Labour charges.
To enter for the lucky draw, customers who purchase one of the above-mentioned products are required to scan the QR code provided at our authorized outlets. The QR code will then direct them to a registration page where they need to fill up their details. Customers are also required to take a picture of their receipt and upload as proof of purchase.
Winners will be contacted to attend for the weekly prize presentation which will be held at BSM Head Quarters in PGGMB Building, Bandar Seri Begawan.
For further information, please call BSM 24 hours Call Centre at 2244739 or visit BSM website www.bsm.com.bn for the list of BSM Authorised Distributors, Dealers and Petrol Stations.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah chairing the 4th National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam Congress at NFABD House last weekend
With the newly installed executive committee of NFABD with representatives from Asian Football Confederation, Asean Football Federation and FIFA
In the recent turn of events, Pg Hj Matusin bin Pg Hj Matasan was elected as the President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) for the term 2019-2023 in the 4th NFABD Congress at NFABD House last weekend. Pg Hj Matusin was the former Secretary-General of the defunct Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) which was banned by the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) back in 2008.
Pg Hj Matusin is the 3rd President of NAFBD, replacing His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah who ran the presidency from 2013 to 2019. The first president of NAFBD was Dato Paduka Abdul Rahman Mohiddin where NAFBD was formed back in 2011.
The other executive committees that have been elected are Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Ibrahim, Bujang bin Haji Japar, Abdul Adib bin Haji Abdul Khani and Pengiran Haji Aliudin bin Pengiran Haji Tajudin.
In NFABD, there are 20 congress members which consists of those registered in the Brunei Super League Clubs. The 20 votes are from Brunei Muara clubs, Tutong football association, Kuala Belait clubs, Temburong clubs, MS PDBD, MS ABDB and referee. During the election process, 19 votes were casted with one spoilt vote and one absentee.
Pg Hj Matusin is no stranger in the football scene as he has vast experience and knowledge on the local football scene. I do hope he can carry the legacy of HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah and lead his team for the betterment of football in Brunei Darussalam. And yes, he is a Chelsea fan too.
Brunei Darussalam is also making their presence felt in the international scene as HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah was elected as a member of the organising committee for FIFA competitions, member to the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Social Responsibility Committee and Deputy President of AFF for 2019-2023 as well as Deputy Chairman of ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Financial Committee and Emergency Committee.
It was also interesting to see the official visit by Gianni Infantino, the President of FIFA recently to Brunei Darussalam. In all my life, I would have never thought a President of FIFA would pay a visit to our small country.
Let’s see what the new executive committees’ plans are for the next year or so. Change is the only constant and let’s hope for a brighter (football) future. All the best.
During the 4th NFABD congress
The newly elected NFABD executive members
The annual report of NFABD
A Congress member of NFABD from Brunei-Muara casting a vote
Pg Hj Matusin bin Pg Hj Matasan (2nd from left), the newly elected President of NFABD with the management of Indera SC. He is also the advisor of Indera SC.
Group photo after the 4th NFABD Congress