The AMG Weekend at Autohaus

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Happening this weekend until 1st March 2020
 

 


Check out the AMG line at Mercedes Autohaus at Beribi
 


All the AMGs here are being displayed before handing over to the customers. My favourite of the lot is the AMG 53 😀
 


This is the first time that Jati Transport is hosting an AMG Roadshow at Mercedes Autohaus
 


Refreshments also provided by Jati Transport
 

 


Loving the nasi lemak
 

 


You can also test drive the Mercedes A35. Pretty solid ride.
 


Awesome G 63 AMG *Grrrrrr*
 

Mercedes-Benz CAM

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Stuttgart/Bergisch Gladbach. According to a study by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), Mercedes-Benz is the leading premium brand for innovations in the period from 2016 to 2019. CAM analysed the automotive innovations of 31 premium brands: Mercedes-Benz proved to be the most innovative, with around 180 new features in series production. These innovations included assistance systems such as the anti-theft warning system, the intuitive and intelligent multimedia system MBUX and ENERGIZING comfort control.

The “Anti-theft alarm system (ATA)” is available as optional equipment for many Mercedes-Benz model series. The latest generation of ATA in combination with the Mercedes me connect service Theft and parking damage notification is able to send an automatic message if the vehicle suffers a parking impact caused by a third party, or is towed away. The ATA sensors are able to detect such situations, and report them to the vehicle. The vehicle then sends a push notification to the Mercedes me App.

Mercedes-Benz first presented the multimedia system MBUX at the 2018 CES show. The name of this infotainment system signals that the user experience (UX) has first priority. A unique feature of this system is its ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. MBUX is customisable and adapts to the user. It thus creates an emotional link between vehicle, driver and passengers. Updates “over the air” are also possible. Its further strengths include the high-resolution Widescreen Cockpit with touchscreen operation, navigation display with augmented reality technology plus intelligent voice control with natural speech recognition, which is activated with the code word “Hey Mercedes”.

ENERGIZING comfort control networks various comfort systems in the vehicle, and uses musical and lighting moods plus a number of massage modes for a wide range of feel-good programmes. The ENERGIZING COACH is part of the comfort control system. This function based on an intelligent algorithm recommends one of the programmes depending on the situation and the individual concerned.If a Garmin® wearable is worn, personal details such as stress level or quality of sleep optimise the accuracy of the recommendation. The aim is for passengers to feel well and relaxed even during demanding or monotonous journeys. In addition, the pulse rate supplied by the integrated Garmin wearable is shown on the media display.

 

Roxana Station goes cashless

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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.

 

 

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Pg Fitri Pg Shahminan – Corp Communication, BIBD, tested BIBD’s QuickPay over the service counter to pay for his petrol
 

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Abby Chu, Segment Manager, Progresif Cellular, successfully paid her petrol through Progresif Pay
 

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Congratulations Roxana Shell Service Station for making it convenient for customers and hopefully the trend will pick up in the coming weeks
 

Record-breaking figure for Audi in November

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RCanada and U.S. generated strong demands for the new Audi Q3 which will be available for sale in Brunei soon


AUDI AG delivered around 163,350 cars (+23.1%) to customers worldwide last month, more than ever before in a single month of November. Apart from the strong growth in Europe (+33.0%), which is still due to prior-year effects, record figures in the core regions of North America (+17.3%) and China (+16.8%) contributed to the new record-breaking figure. In turn, the company also exceeded the prior-year cumulative figures for the first time since the start of the year: From January through November the brand with the Four Rings delivered around 1,669,600 premium automobiles (+0.7%).

“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.

BSM 60th celebration promotion

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#BELIHELIX
 

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.

 

BIBD SEED expands at MoFE

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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, with the BIBD SEED (Special Underprivileged Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development) at the atrium of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) yesterday
 

Participants of BIBD’s Special Underprivileged Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development Programme (BIBDSEED) will now have a new marketplace to offer their products to the public after being provided with a retail space at the building of The Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE).

Located at the Atrium of the ministry’s building, the marketplace will be occupied by participants of the current cohort 2 of BIBDSEED.

The new space will fit three businesses at a time and the participants will rotate to occupy the space on a monthly basis.

 

 

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The Minister officiating the launch of the new market place at MoFE
 

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The Minister handing out certificates to the underprivileged mothers under the BIBD SEED programme
 

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The Minister trying out the lok-lok stall
 

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The Minister trying out the spaghetti
 

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My favorite of the lot – the Rendang, cooked with no sugar and no salt. Oh yea, all vendors use QuickPay and Progresif Pay
 

BIBD’s Head of Government Relations and Special Projects, Haji Mohammad Yusri bin Haji Wahsalfelah, said: “This placement will provide first-hand and real-life entrepreneurship experiences to our BIBDSEED participants. Through this marketplace, they will now have a level playing field and face healthy competition from established businesses who are currently based there. This can also be a stepping stone for them to grow further.”

He added being based at the new retail space will be crucial and beneficial for the participants’ development as entrepreneurs as it will test their resolve to apply their knowledge and learning from the previous phases such as pricing, marketing, communications, sales pitching to customers and promotion of their products.

“We would like to express our appreciation to the Brunei Government for their strong support and providing the opportunity for us to further develop the BIBDSEED programme. The programme is already a multi-agency initiative actively supported by the government through the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport.”

“The provision of this new retail space symbolises the huge support of the Ministry of Finance and Economy in collaborating with BIBD to empowering the underprivileged to become successful entrepreneurs. This also reflects our commitment and dedication to become the nation’s partner in progress.”

The launch of the new marketplace was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, who also presented certificates to the ten participants of BIBDSEED cohort 2 to mark the completion of Phase 5 of the programme.

Also attending the launching ceremony were permanent and deputy permanent secretaries at MoFE, BIBD’s Deputy Managing Director Hjh Noraini binti Haji Sulaiman, as well as other senior management and officials from the ministry and BIBD.

 

Audi SQ5

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The enhanced version of the Audi Q5 – the SQ5
 

The popular Q5 is Audi Brunei’s top selling mid-sized SUV and now a performance enhanced version is available in the SQ5.

The 3.0 litre V6 TFSI high-performance engine with 260 kW hits the 100 km/h mark after a mere 5.4 seconds. Accompanied by the striking sound of the S-specific exhaust system with dual-branch twin tailpipe look. Underpinned by the turbocharger for impressive driving dynamics. Thanks to the quattro drive with self-locking center differential and sports suspension with damper control, the SQ5 is in top form even on bends and uneven roads.

Like every S model from Audi, the SQ5 comes standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. In normal driving conditions, its self-locking center differential distributes torque between the front and rear axle in a 40:60 ratio. When slip is detected, the majority of the power is directed to the axle with the better traction. Depending on the driving situation, a maximum of 70 percent can flow to the front or 85 percent to the rear.

The new Audi SQ5 offers a broad portfolio of driver assistance systems. The predictive efficiency assistant provides specific tips to help the driver save fuel. Audi side assist also enhance safety in everyday driving. The same applies to the pre sense systems; Audi pre sense rear comes as standard.

 

 

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Numerous exterior design details hint at the sporty character of the Audi SQ5. The bold bumpers feature strongly contoured air inlets up front and a diffuser insert with a honeycomb grille at the rear. The Singleframe grille features double aluminium slats and contrasting trim elements in twilight gray matt. The S logo with red rhombus is used in numerous locations to set additional accents.

The headlights and rear lights of the Audi SQ5 come standard in LED technology; the dynamic turn signals at the front and rear send unmistakable signals. The exterior mirror housings and the clasp on the diffuser sport a shining, aluminium-look finish. Door trim strips in the body color underscore the sportiness.

Standard equipment for Brunei includes 21-inch cast aluminium wheels in a 5-twin-spoke V design, Matrix LED headlights and suspension with S-specific damper control. The eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, sport seats in leather/Alcantara and a three-spoke, leather-covered multifunction steering wheel are also standard equipment. B&O Premium is also standard.

 

Mercedes-Benz “Hungry for Adventure”

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Mercedes-Benz “Hungry for Adventure” from Bandar Seri Begawan to Miri
 

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The participants that took part in the recent “Hungry for Adventure”
 

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Off we go after being flagged off at the Mercedes Autohaus
 

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Passing midway point towards Miri and there were around 21 Mercedes-Benz vehicles convoying on the adventure
 

 

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First check point after the Miri toll to make sure everyone was in good hands
 

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This was our destination, Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort in Miri
 

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After the entrance, it was a 4 KM gravel ride before we reach the actual resort area
 

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Yay, we finally made it after the long gravel ride 😀
 

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Briefing for the guests upon arrival at the resort
 

 

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Customary group photo at the resort
 

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We had a tour after lunch, walking around the resort area
 

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We had a short boat ride
 

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They were trying to look for dolphins but it was just a rumour
 

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Jati Transport hosted a BBQ Dinner for the traveling guests and we also had two birthday celebrants
 

 

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The energetic emcee during dinner
 

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Group photo before our night nature walk
 

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It was an hour walk with no lights apart from our phones and flash lights
 

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It was pretty dark but it was a great walk
 

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The following morning we had flying fox and water park activities
 

 

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Rozetta becoming the first person to try the flying fox
 

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They all had fun indeed on the flying fox
 

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There was also the water slide at the water park
 

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Test driving the latest Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV 300. Niiceeeee!!!
 
 
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Zim, one of the participants, enjoyed the “Adventure” and he was glad to meet up with newer people and he enjoyed the nature

 
 
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Justina Wang had high praises for Jati Transport and she loved how the event trip has been arranged. She recommended that Jati Transport customers to participate in their future events.

 
 
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Hj Awang (left) hopes for a longer adventure with Mercedes-Benz owners and he was impressed with Jati Transport for the recent trip

 

Sabre Travel Fair 2019

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With the organizer and partners for Sabre Travel Network Travel Fair 2019 held at Mulia Hotel
 

Coming soon to your neighbourhood is Sabre Travel Network (Brunei) Sdn Bhd’s Annual Travel Fair which will be located at the OneCity Shopping Centre on August 3-4. This will be the first time that the travel fair will be having their presence at the new mall.

Further more, Hua Ho OneCity will be having special deals for travel accessories and also discounts on luggages to make it more convenient for potential travelers.

Abdul Halim bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing at Sabre Travel Network Brunei, has been very appreciative of the past customers for the past decade.

“As expected, The Sabre Brunei Travel Fair always attract large crowd because it is able to offer travelers better deals and packages for their dream vacation. Just last year, the Sabre Brunei Travel Fair welcomed over 13,500 visitors. By continuing to provide exclusive opportunities to travelers, and with the support of our partners and travel agents, we are confident that we will record incremental growth again this year.”

That number is actually a 14% from 2017’s statistics. I’m pretty sure that it won’t be a surprise to see another huge crowd, this time at OneCity Shopping Centre.

It’s also good to note that Royal Brunei will be playing a major part in the travel fair and furthermore, with new routes, this gives more choices for travelers to discover newer destinations. Fresh from obtaining the Skytrax 4-Star airline accreditation, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) as the official airline partner for the Sabre annual travel fair will be offering attractive travel deals, with irresistible fares and prizes to be won.

RB Country Manager Brunei Lim Guat Wen said, “Any customer who purchases an RB ticket is entitled to a lucky draw featuring air tickets, Royal Skies miles and RB merchandise as prizes. They can be won daily with 7 draws each day. We also have an attractive travel deals with irresistible fares and prizes to be won during the travel fair.”

“In addition, we are giving away RB tickets to London, Brisbane or Melbourne and Tokyo bundled up with Baiduri MasterCard cash card pre-loaded with BND 900, BND 500 and BND 300 respectively sponsored by Baiduri Bank. The grand draw will be announced soon after the travel fair.”

“We also have an attractive Customer Reward programme for our guests who will receive limited edition RB merchandise in the form of a luggage belt, luggage protector and a travel pouch set.”

This one, I have to say are really superb RB merchandise. I had a look at them myself and makes me want own one. I believe if you purchase a minimum of $500, you are entitled to an RB luggage belt merchandise and the more you spend, you will be entitled to more RB merchandise (while stocks last).

Participating travel agents include Anthony Tours & Travel Agency, At-Taqwa Travel Tours, Century Travel Centre, Dar El Ehsan Travel, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel Services, Grace Travel, JJ Tour Service, Pan Bright Travel Service, Southern Cross Travel Agencies and Straits Central Agencies.

National tourism organisations attending the Brunei Travel Fair include the Brunei Tourism Board, the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Ministry of Tourism – Republic of Indonesia, Sarawak Tourism Board, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Taiwan Tourist Bureau.

Baiduri Bank Berhad, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Club Med, Korean Air, Standard Chartered Bank, Travel Recommends and RB will also be at the venue with their own booths, to support the participating travel agents.

Medical and insurance services will be represented by Bangkok Hospital, Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council and Takaful Brunei Am.

The other participating partners are Fitness Zone, Hua Ho Department Store, Kingston Beverage & Creamery (free ice-cream) and Progresif Radio (giving out perhaps one lucrative prize that’s worth more than $5,000).

Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines will also be supporting the travel fair by providing attractive fares to participating travel agents, as well as lucky draw prizes. Singapore Airlines will be promoting their Premium Economy seats (exiting Singapore sectors) and also their flight to cruise promotion with the support from Freme Travel. Singapore Airlines will be sponsoring a prize – a return economy class air ticket to Beijing via Singapore and 10 prizes for the quizzes. Malaysia Airlines will have a lucky draw of one return economy class air ticket to Kuala Lumpur and one return ticket to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur.

So come down to OneCity this weekend and check out the amazing fares the travel agents have to offer.

 

 

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During the press conference
 

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Awesome RB merchandise
 

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Now Pan Bright has stepped up their game by giving out more attractive prizes
 

 

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At-Taqwa giving away a car in commemorating their 5th year anniversary
 

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Travel Recommends making a presence, thanks to Grace Travel
 

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Now this is it!! The biggest package to be won that is worth more than BND 5,000 and it’s a Holiday for 4 to Club Meb in Bali. Just tune in to Progresif Radio to find out more.
 

Zero Waste Brunei campaign

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Zero Waste Brunei campaign where roughly 364 volunteers showed up at Muara Beach
 

Last Sunday, approximately 364 volunteers turned up for the Big Beach Cleanup Campaign at Muara Beach held in conjunction with the Zero Waste Brunei campaign and the worldwide ‘plastic free July’. Initiated to raise awareness on the impacts of single-use plastic and long term waste in our environment, this campaign was also hugely supported by the Department of Environment, Park and Recreation Brunei Darussalam, where they provided us support with the recycling companies.

This campaign garnered tremendous positive support from many local businesses and education institutions, like Land Rover Brunei, Rack & Brew, Laneige Brunei, Adxpert, Big BWN Project, Brunei Cement, IBTE, St. Andrew’s School, St.George’s School, and many others coming together to support this good cause. The 4 hour campaign managed to gather more than 200 cardboard boxes of different sizes filled with trash from the shore and at the beach, with many of the trash being single-use plastics such as plastic bottles, bags, straws and cutleries. This campaign aims to raise awareness to the public on the zero waste movement in order to reduce waste to the landfills, and also to educate the public through the volunteers on segregating their everyday waste into recyclables, reusables and those that can be degradable; and using degradable products like cardboard boxes instead of plastic trash bags.

‘Zero Waste Brunei’ was recently launched nationwide to reduce single-use plastic usage starting on the 25th May 2019, with the aim to collaborate with as many local stakeholders to stop or reduce using single-use plastic such as straws, plastic bags, plastic packaging, plastic cutleries, etc for one day in a month and slowly progressing to twice a month, weekly and eventually, daily. The main objective is to raise awareness for the impact of single-use plastic waste, and the impact it has on the environment, whilst spearheading the worldwide ‘zero waste’ movement in Brunei Darussalam. This initiative acts as a ‘call to action’ encouraging the public, the consumers and the local agencies to collaborate for a common goal to eliminate plastic usage and save the environment.

For more details on the next campaign or how to start living with zero waste, please follow @zerowastebwn on Instagram or Zero Waste Brunei on Facebook.

 

 

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The biggest debris found during the clean up
 

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Good job to the team and volunteers in making this possible
 

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