CIBFM Stakeholders Annual Retreat 2018

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Centre For Islamic Banking, Finance And Management (CIBFM) hosted its Annual Stakeholders Retreat at The Radisson Hotel, Brunei Darussalam last week
 

Centre For Islamic Banking, Finance And Management (CIBFM) hosted its Annual Stakeholders Retreat at The Radisson Hotel, Brunei Darussalam. The event began with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by a welcoming remark delivered by Yang Mulia Dayang Hajah Sufinah binti Haji Sahat, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer of CIBFM.

The event then continued with a presentation by Mr. Prashant Chadha, Managing Director, Aon Hewitt Malaysia and Philippines on the topic ‘Redefining Workspaces of the Future – Employees’ View’. Aon Hewitt was specially invited by CIBFM for their insights on career development and effectiveness of human resource development and management.

This presentation was then followed by an open discussion amongst participants regarding challenges in the workspace and working environment. Amongst the challenges brought up were the constantly evolving work environment and the organisations’ roles in facilitating their workers in adapting to these changes.

The objectives of the event were to foster better relationships between CIBFM and its stakeholders, as well as to share the latest developments in human resource performance and management.

For your info, CIBFM is a training institution under the purview of Autoriti Monetari Brunei. CIBFM offers a variety of learning and development programmes ranging from financial literacy to leadership and management. For more information on CIBFM’s development programmes, members of the public may visit our social media accounts, @cibfm.brunei on Instagram and CIBFM Brunei page on Facebook, visit their website at www.cibfmbrunei.com, or call CIBFM’s hotline at +673 8271140.

Ramesh, Hamid win almost 1 million in damages

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Finally justice has been served. A civil court case that lasted for almost 6 years and now the verdict/judgment has been handed down. Co-plaintiffs Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani and Abdul Hamid bin Abas won the biggest libel suit in Brunei Darussalam against the Indian Chamber of Commerce as the 1st defendant and Mohamed Zackiriah Nazeer Ahmad & 23 others as the 2nd defendant. They are: Mohamed Zackiriah Nazeer Ahmad, Jamnu Punjabi, Abdul Malick Mohamed Batcha, Abdul Rahim Kamaldeen, Mohamed Zubair Hamim Basheer, Mohamed Abdulla Inamulla @ Yunus, Venugopal Jayakumar, Abdul Packir Maideen, Punjabi Vishnu Tarachand, Noorsa Ahmad Sultan Noor Mohamed, Dawoo Batcha Mohd Jafarullah, Shaikh Mohamed Saburdeen, Abdul Sheik Dawood Munaff, Muthiah Chettiarmani, Vadakoot Sankunni Azhutchan Ramesh Chandaran, Poondiyar Shaik Peer Mohamed Sheik Dawood, Asiqurahman bin Haji Abdul Haleem, Haji Badurudeen S/O Tn Mohamed Ismail, Ubayathullah Hamim Basheer, Hidhayatulla bin Tajudden, Mohamed Hussain Mohamed Ali, Sulaimanayub Khan, Haji Mohamed Ali and Haji Mohamed Asraf @ Abdul Kader Asraf Ali.

The defendants are to pay BND 650,000 and BND 300,000 in damages to Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani and Abdul Hamid bin Abas respectively.  This was announced in the written judgment prepared by Judge James Kerr Findlay, Judicial Commissioner.

How it all happened?

5th April 2010 – Indian Chamber of Commerce sent a letter addressed to the Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, publishing defamatory matters on Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani and Abdul Hamid bin Abas.
29th November 2010 – Indian Chamber of Commerce sent a letter addressed to the Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam and Ramesh alleged he was libelled in that letter.
2012 – The case was brought to the court by Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani and Abdul Hamid bin Abas and were represented by Pg Izad and Too Shu Vun of Messrs Pengiran Izad and Lee.
2018 – During the 6 years, the case went back and forth until it reached the High Court. The defendants lost the case and the written judgment was handed by 24th March 2018.

What was the content in the letters?

It mentioned that Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani “has recently been increasingly involved in various malicious activities which in our opinion warrants investigation by the appropriate body in India”. It was also mentioned that Ramesh was engaged in money laundering and was a “Mafia style gangster”.

The other letter dated 29th November 2010 urged “stern action” against Ramesh as the defendants were “pretty sure that something worthwhile will be unearthed”. This letter repeated the serious allegation that Ramesh’s “business activities are in actual fact a sham to cover his illegal money-laundering operations”.

The second plaintiff Abdul Hamid bin Abas was alleged in the first letter where he had abused his position as an officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In their defence

Back in 2014, at the Court of Appeals, the defendants claimed that  the civil suit libel action “could not be maintained as the court was not competent to entertain a suit relating to communications relating to matters of State”. This was based on the provision of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (the Convention).

The Court of Appeals discussed the question of “whether a letter written by a private person to a diplomatic mission may be adduced in evidence” and considered the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.

In the decision, the court said the letters referred to in the libel suit are admissible.

“The Convention does not assist the appellants who have failed at this stage to show that either copy delivered anonymously to the respondents was taken from the original in the archive,” the Court of Appeals said.

“They have also failed to show that the respondents were complicit in the act of making either copy. On the evidence as it stands at present we find that the letters are admissible.”

The Indian Chamber of Commerce’s motion to strike out the civil suit libel action was earlier dismissed by the registrar and then by the Chief Justice before the matter was brought up to the three-panel judges at the Court of Appeal and then recently to the High Court.

From this case, it seemed that the defendants ) 1st defendant and Mohamed Zackiriah Nazeer Ahmad & 23 others as the 2nd defendant) were seeking for immunity.

Fast forward to the present moment

In the high court, the defendants wanted the judge to believe that the defamatory statements were published only to the Indian High Commissioner himself then. The second defendant told the judge the the letters were hand delivered and no copies were kept by the first defendant. Later in his evidence, he retracted this and said the first defendant had kept copies but he could not remember where they were. It is not possible to believe that the High Commission (then) on receiving these letters and even assuming he opens official letters personally, kept them to himself. The letters by the defendants are not marked as personal, confidential or otherwise to restrict their circulation.

In his judgement, Justice Findlay said “Benjamin Franklin said that three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead,” adding that human nature is such that statements like those made by the defendants, especially when they contain juicy gossip are bound to be spread. He also said that they were spread because the second plaintiff, who was a credible witness, told him of people speaking to him of the statements in the letters, where one of them asked him why he was working for a money-launderer and a gangster.

The defendants wanted the judge to find that there was no malice involved in making the defamatory statements. Judge replied by saying, “Frankly, it is difficult to think of a case in which malice is more obvious than this tone. The defendants admit that they had no basis at all for making defamatory statements. The second defendant was totally unable to give any explanation for this vicious attack on the characters of the plaintiffs. Malice must be found where defendants make defamatory statements knowing full well that there is no justification for making them.”

“I find as a fact that he was motivated by spite and malice and seeking to harm the plaintiffs. Apart from anything else, one only has to read the defamatory letters to detect that they reek of malice. My conclusion is that the defendants are liable to the first plaintiff for the publication of the defamatory matter contained in the 5 April 2010 and the first defendant and the fourth defendant are liable to him for the publication of the defamatory matter contained in the letter of 29 November 2010. I also conclude that the defendants are liable to the second plaintiff for the defamatory matter contained in the letter of 5 April 2010.

The judge concluded, “There remains the matter of the quantum of damages. I regard this as a serious case of defamation. The baseless allegations by the defendants were of the upmost gravity. It is difficult to think of a case more serious than the statement that the first plaintiff, a prominent businessman in Brunei, was a professional criminal or that the second plaintiff, as a senior government official, was corrupt and prepared to abuse his powers. It cannot be otherwise than that the plaintiffs suffered a loss of reputation, anxiety and stress. An aggravating factor is that the defendants sought to present a case that the defamatory statements were true until the case was on trial and continued to argue that there was no malice.

The judge also made the following awards of damages in favour of the plaintiffs. Justice Findlay also granted judgement in favour of the plaintiffs in these terms against all the defendants, jointly and severally, the one paying, the others to be absolved. The plaintiffs are entitled to their costs, to be taxed if not agreed. Furthermore, the judge will also consider interest if he receives a written submission on this issue.

 

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Amount payable to Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani
 

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Amount payable to Abdul Hamid bin Abas
 

Rano’s thoughts: This is the biggest defamation (libel) case in Brunei Darussalam with a total of BND 950,000. Previously it was a case for defamation where Abrahams, Davidson and Co. won a case against the defunct News Express back in 2002. The plaintiff was also represented by Pg. Izad and & Lee and the total award was BND 550,000. Finally after six years, the case can put to rest after a series of hearings in the court and even through the court of appeal. It’s the final straw but the defendants still have one card to play – appeal to the High Court.

It is important for all of us to know that defamation – libel and slander – can be damaging to one’s reputation. When you defame someone, it means you claim something that is false and untrue as they are no evidence to support that claim. In this case, the Indian Chamber of Commerce claimed that Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani is a “Mafia style gangster” in a written document and this will fall under libel category.

So ladies and gentlemen, be careful what you write online. All assumptions and accusations can be brought to justice. I know they are many keyboard warriors out there especially on reddit. So think twice before you post or simply don’t post at all.

Plus-EXP launched

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Aiman Minorhadi, Co-Founder of Grominda Group
 

Recently Grominda Group launched a new platform called Plus-EXP at the Design & Technology building.

Plus-EXP is an online platform that provides work experience opportunities powered by Grominda Group. Grominda Group is a research company that focuses on fostering the development of human capital through the early stage of career development. Grominda Group’s vision is to be the leading centre for youths’ development in the region. They pledged to develop leaders of the future by believing in their core values, to instill youths with integrity and be competitive in any market conditions by empowering them with innovation thus inspiring them to be ambitious.

Hence, Plus-EXP is created to enable talents (youths) to apply for internships directly from work experiences offered by companies. This platform is intended to make it easier for talents to connect with companies to gain working experiences thus tackling the issue of lack of working experiences. They are also working with both institutions and companies to align university courses in Brunei Darussalam with job market demands.

Another feature included in the website is trainings and workshops. For instance, their own Recruitment Consultant provides CV Clinics and Interview Techniques workshop and talents can apply for this workshop by signing up on Plus-EXP. They will also be looking to cooperate with other companies to provide trainings that will improve work experiences.

For now, registration for both companies and talents are already available. However, they are still consolidating the data for the website thus the full features of the platform will only be available at the end of April.

For more information or any further inquiries, call +6738297027 or e-mail grominda@gmail.com.

 

 

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Firdaus Bohari, Co-founder of Grominda Group
 

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Plus-EXP team
 

 

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Anthony Sigar, CEO of Grominda Group
 

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Brunei makes a mark on CUCKOO’s 40th celebration

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Mr Brian Koo, CEO of CUCKOO Korea and Mr. K.C. Hoe, CEO of CUCKOO Malaysia doing the honours for the Cuckoo’s 40th anniversary celebration at Seoul Dragon City, Korea last Wednesday.
 

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CUCKOO unveiled the new ambassador for CUCKOO, Lee Seung Gi, who sang two numbers to delight of the attendees
 

 

2017 was an excellent year for CUCKOO Brunei. The year in which Cuckoo International Brunei reached many milestones, including the successful introduction of a flexible dual package plan, known as CUCKOO’s UP PLAN, which was launched in January 2018.

These plans were thoughtfully designed to allow Bruneian families from all walks of life to effortlessly own CUCKOO appliances – and enjoy the higher standard of life that comes with them – without overburdening themselves financially. The market’s response was positive beyond expectations, allowing CUCKOO Brunei to achieve results that were Beyond Standards:


 “We wouldn’t have been able to achieve such results without the efforts of my highly supportive team, who believed in our vision,” said Mr Wong Kim Guan, Managing Director of Cuckoo Brunei. Within 18 months, CUCKOO Brunei has already opened 9 brand stores, and Garnered over 3,500 households, generating a revenue of 2 million Brunei dollars.

“Greater plans are coming ahead in 2018 for Cuckoo Brunei, where we aim to provide better plans and services to meet greater expectations,” Said Wong Hui Ting, Marketing Director of Cuckoo Brunei.

 

 

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The priceless selfie taken by the Korean celebrity
 

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Mr Wong Kim Guan, Managing Director of CUCKOO Brunei receiving award for the Country Arising Sales Award. I’m quite proud to see Brunei on the map.
 

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CUCKOO Brunei team witnessing the 40th anniversary
 

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Members of the media from Brunei 😀
 

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I made great connections with these bunch 😀
 

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I’m proud of Guan and Hui Ting for your efforts in making CUCKOO a household name in Brunei Darussalam
 

In 2016, CUCKOO has penetrated into the south east Asian markets like Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, and Indonesia. “Our sights are set on expanding the CUCKOO brand to Vietnam, India and Indonesia in 2018. We estimate that our overseas ventures will bring in an annual revenue of USD150 million in 2018, and a total of USD1 billion in the next 5 years. So, we will continue to increase our presence in overseas markets and focus our efforts on the global expansion of the CUCKOO brand,” revealed Mr Brian Koo, CEO of CUCKOO Korea, at CUCKOO’s 40th anniversary celebration.

Held at Seoul Dragon City, CUCKOO’s 40th anniversary celebration was attended by over 500 CUCKOO employees and media personnel from Korea, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Indonesia on 7 March 2018.

CUCKOO is a well-known home appliance brand from South Korea. In South Korea, a CUCKOO water purifier is sold every minute and a CUCKOO rice cooker is sold every 10 seconds. Today, CUCKOO has successfully extended its operations to 30 countries across 5 continents. In 2017, CUCKOO’s global turnover hit a record of USD $760 million.

In August 2016, CUCKOO Brunei joined the CUCKOO family. Within 18 months, CUCKOO Brunei has sold countless water purifiers to Bruneians through a revolutionary ownership plan, and also introduced multi-cookers and air purifiers to the Bruneian audience. In 2017, CUCKOO Brunei accumulated 3,500 Bruneian customers and thus, opened over 9 brand stores nationwide.

For more information about CUCKOO, please call the CUCKOO Careline at +673 2333330 or visit www.cuckoobrunei.com or CUCKOO BRUNEI’s official Facebook page.

 

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Unveiling three new markets for CUCKOO – India, Indonesia and Vietnam
 

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Hello Seung Gi
 

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Does this count as a selfie? haha
 

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He is the new ambassador and I can’t believe loads of Bruneians are crazy for him
 

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I’m impressed with the JS Drummers on the opening segment
 

Junaidah drives home a BMW

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Junaidah binti Abdullah celebrating with her family after winning the grand prize – brand new BMW 118i from the #belihelix promotion
 


The top 5 winners with the management of BRUNEI Shell Marketing Co Sdn Bhd (BSM) during the prize presentation
 

49-year-old Junaidah binti Abdullah from RPN Kampong Mentiri is now the new owner of the brand new BMW 118i after she became the sole winner of the BRUNEI Shell Marketing Co Sdn Bhd (BSM) #belihelix promotion that had more than 20,000 entries. According to the interview, she sells delicacies from home and of all person, she didn’t expect to win a prize, let alone the grand prize.

During the games, she had assistance from her husband who signalled her to choose the right key. From six possible keys (to unlock the BMW), it went down to the wire as Junaidah and Izzah Hazwanah Harun squared off in the final phase. The first two guesses from both finalists brought no luck until the 3rd attempt by Junaidah settled the tension as she managed to start the BMW in front of the huge crowd at Times Square Shopping Centre.

Izzah settled for second prize which was fitting for her as she can go on a honeymoon as she won a Dubai tour package for two persons. Mohamad Daud bin Taha won himself a BND 2,500 cash card while the consolation winners Nur Musaddad bin Hadanan took home, a Samsung 55’’ Smart LED TV and Ling Wah Hwang won a 13.3″ Macbook Air.

Presenting the prizes and motor oil to the winners was Pengiran Shamhary bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha, BSM’s Managing Director.

Not to worry for those who didn’t win any prizes as BSM launched another #beliheix promotion for the public. This time you have a chance to win the latest Nissan X-Trail followed by other prizes such as a Hong Kong Travel Package, BND 2,500 cash prize and consolation prizes too.

According to BSM representatives, their promotion has been a success and the public are gaining more confidence with their (shell) products. Keep up the great work and hope the branding of Shell remains strong in Brunei Darussalam.

 

 


Izzah Hazwanah Harun winning a Dubai Tour package for two
 


Nur Musaddad bin Hadanan won a Samsung 55’’ Smart LED TV
 


A historic moment for the grand winner
 

 

 


Now you can stand a chance to win the latest Nissan X-trail
 


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Beli Helix Round 2

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Brunei Shell Marketing Co. Sdn. Bhd. (BSM) launches another round of #BeliHelix promotion after the great response from the last promotion which commenced from 1st November 2017 until 31st January 2018. The Grand Prize for the first promotion is a BMW 1 Series with the first runner up getting Dubai tour packages for 2 persons and B$2,500 cash card for the second runner up, in addition to other consolation prizes. The prize presentation will be held on 25th February 2018 at Times Square. Monthly draw winners have been announced in previous months and all of them are also eligible for the grand draw.

This second promotion is to give our customers another chance to win more exciting prizes. It will be held for a period of three months starting from 8th February 2018 until 30 April 2018. Similar to the first promotion, there will be five (5) monthly draw prizes to be won for the months of March and April. The Grand Draw of the #BeliHelix Promotion II is set to be held in May 2018. The date and venue for the grand draw shall be announced by BSM in due course.

The #BeliHelix promotion II comprises of monthly consolation prizes such as air tickets, latest gadgets, electrical appliances and more. For this round, the Grand Prize will be a unit of the latest Nissan X-Trail. First runner up will be a Hong Kong Travel Package for two persons and the second runner up will receive B$2,500 cash card. Other consolation prizes will also be available for the lucky customers.

Shell Helix customers will be entitled to one (1) entry form for each purchase of 4L of Shell Helix Motor Oil which comprises of Shell Helix Ultra, Shell Helix HX7 and Shell Helix HX5. Drop boxes for completed entry forms are available at participating BSM Authorised Distributors, Dealers and Retail Stations which can be located from www.bsm.com.bn.

According to independent worldwide consulting and research firm, Kline & Company’s Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment 2017 report, Shell has been named the world’s lubricants No.1 global supplier for the 11th consecutive year.

Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is a next-generation, fully synthetic premium motor oil made from natural gas making it stronger and less volatile at the molecular level than those made from traditional crude. Key benefits include performance through engine stress, superior protection against wear, protecting the engine in extreme temperatures and it is designed for ultimate power and performance. Engine manufacturer partners including BMW Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport, Maserati and Scuderia Ferrari use and trust Shell Helix Ultra. The Shell Helix portfolio is suitable for both Diesel and Gasoline engines.

For further information, customers may visit our website www.bsm.com.bn, Instagram bruneishellmarketing or contact us at BSM Call Center 2244739.

20th Consumer Fair

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Presentations of tokens to the loyal exhibitors of the Consumer Fair during the launch of 20th Consumer Fair
 

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Jennifer of AIA (Brunei) receiving a token from the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, the guest of honour for the 20th Consumer Fair.
 

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Her Excellency Nicola Rosenblum, Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam
 

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Check out Cuckoo’s latest promotion. You can simply top up $10 to add another product. Awesome deal 😀
 

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Guess what? Those who spend at Cuckoo during Consumer Fair, you will stand a chance to fly to Korea with the local media in March 2018
 

 

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At BIBD Booth
 

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One of the most interesting concept introduced in Brunei Darussalam as Khal explained to the minister on the latest modular home/space. You can follow @fabuar.co on IG for updates.
 

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Drop by BIBD booth at CF if you are interested on Fabular
 

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This is how it looks like #fabular 😀
 

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At Takaful Brunei booth
 

 

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The young blood, entrepreneurs with the minister
 

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Check out YMRM Gallery
 

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Check out Rubine kitchen products hosted by Bobby Electrical
 

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The Banquet Hall of the ICC will be the main place to dine
 

 

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Happy to see Pan & Wok’s presence at Consumer Fair
 

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I will be needing this soon for my car. More info on February once it is officially launched.
 

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Royal Brunei Airlines with their promotional fare
 

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Minister receiving a token from Amarda Properties
 

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Brunei Halal is back again at Consumer Fair
 

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Nimanja showcasing during the Consumer Fair
 

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A new online portal for shopping – Babakimpo. Register and you will get a free keychain 😀 I got mine yesterday.
 

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Chill Chill serving drinks at Banquet Hall
 

 

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Another online portal – J3smart 😀
 

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Some incentive for CF goers
 

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TelBru has a nice booth btw
 

Audi closes 2017 with new record-breaking sales

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1,878,100 automobiles sold: Audi closes 2017 with new record-breaking sales
 

• Following a difficult start, successful year-end closing with sales up 0.6 percent

• Sales chief Bram Schot: “Demonstrated strength and brand attraction”

• Q models take off with over 685,000 deliveries

AUDI AG has increased its global sales for the eighth year in a row. Despite a turbulent first half of the year, the company achieved a new record-breaking figure: Around 1,878,100 deliveries represent an increase of 0.6 percent. The Four Rings sold more than in the previous year in all three core markets in 2017: In the United States, Audi achieved new record-breaking sales month by month and closed the year 2017 with growth of 7.8 percent. In China, Audi not only managed to offset the poor delivery figures from the first half of the year, but even achieved a cumulative increase of 1.1 percent in the year-end spurt. In Germany, sales built on the very high level in 2016 with an increase of 0.4 percent.

“Despite a very challenging situation we achieved positive growth in all core markets in 2017 and achieved a new record-breaking sales result worldwide. Every single market contributed to this outcome. This demonstrates the attractiveness of our product portfolio to our customers,” says Bram Schot, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG.

Since June, Audi has managed to return to growth in China, steadily reducing the cumulative year-on-year decline month by month and ultimately achieving a positive sales balance. In the period January through December, the brand increased its deliveries by 1.1 percent to 597,866 automobiles. With this new all-time high, the company continues to maintain its lead in the Chinese premium market. Following on from its similar achievement in November, China also posted the highest volume growth of any individual market in the last month of 2017. Here the sales figures once again increased sharply, up 34.3 percent to 69,160 automobiles year-on-year. Never before had so many Chinese customers taken delivery of an Audi in a single month.

 

 

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The new Audi Q5 will be launched in Brunei in February 2018. Stay tune 😀
 

Audi of America also achieved another successful year despite the declining overall market.Audi was the only premium manufacturer in the United States to grow steadily in 2017: up 7.8 percent to 226,511 units. In December 2017, the company also celebrated its 84th record-breaking month in a row (+16.3% to 26,977 units).

With high growth throughout the year, Audi Canada (+17.9% to 36,007 cars) also established itself as a firm fixture among the top ten largest markets.

Despite numerous political and economic uncertainties, sales in Europe rose 0.4 percent to around 860,600 cars. In addition to Germany (+0.4% to 294,544 cars), Italy (+10.5% to 68,954 cars) and France (+3.6% to 63,980) achieved new annual record-breaking figures. The market downturn in the UK had a negative impact on overall results: With 175,217 deliveries and a drop of 1.3 percent, total Audi sales in the United Kingdom, however, comfortably outperformed the declining overall market.

The global increase in demand for the Q models (+10.8% to around 689,150 cars) was a major factor in the growth of the Four Rings in 2017. More than one out of every three Audi models sold was therefore an SUV. The best-selling Q model in Europe is the Q2. Apart from Germany (23,167 units), other major buyers here included the UK (12,636 units) and Italy (11,068 units). Global sales of the Audi Q3 once again increased in December (+11.3% to around 20,950 cars). In 2017, the most successful member of the Q family was the Audi Q5 with around 281,850 automobiles delivered. The most Audi Q5 models were delivered to the individual market China. The successor model will go on sale at Chinese dealers as a long-wheelbase version in spring 2018. The Audi Q7 also saw sales increase by 3.9 percent in 2017. Since the start of the year, sales of the full-size SUV have increased in North America alone by about a fifth to around 43,800 units.

 

Are you ready for 20th Consumer Fair?

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Partners and sponsors of the 20th Consumer Fair with D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd Adviser Pengiran Salleh Abdul Rahaman Pengiran Haji Damit and D’Sunlit’s Operations Manager, Mr. Ngu Tiing Siang last weekend
 

A decade into its inception, the most highly anticipated and popular consumer event is back and celebrating its 20th edition! The Event Organiser and Manager, D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, held a Signing Ceremony for the Official Event and Activity Partners for the upcoming 20th Consumer Fair that is set to celebrate its milestone from the 24th – 28th January 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas.

The Signing Ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at Starbucks Beribi and was attended by representatives of the Official Event and Activity Partners. On hand during the ceremony to sign on behalf of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd was the Company Adviser Pengiran Salleh Abdul Rahaman Pengiran Haji Damit who was accompanied by D’Sunlit’s Operations Manager, Mr. Ngu Tiing Siang.

Other than shopping, we also have highly anticipated and exciting activities to make our 20th installment of the Consumer Fair series an enjoyable event for all. Aligning with the theme of Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Envisioning the Future, the main activity highlight for the event is the After Glow Neon Gallery where several local mural artists from ARTTRALIA were brought in to create unique masterpieces in relation to the theme for this installment.

In addition, there is be a 90s-inspired Vintage Shop which will bring consumers back to past as the reminisce on their childhood through games such as tamagotchi, candies that we popular back in the 90s, fun activities such as sand art, and so much more!

You may have also heard about The Missing Endangered Campaign which is the first ever international collaboration established between WWF Malaysia and D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd. The final pit-stop will be held at the 20th Consumer Fair where 2000 mini ceramic elephant figurines will be on display and are available for purchase. All proceeds made will go to WWF Malaysia. 400 uncolored will also be available at the fair for the general public to purchase and try their hand on colouring the elephants. What more, prizes will be given away to the ‘Wildlife Heroes’ who have successfully completed the scavenger hunt adventure that commenced last October 2017. Come by and support this campaign and don’t miss out the opportunity to be a wildlife hero!

 

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D’Sunlit Adviser Pengiran Salleh Abdul Rahaman Pengiran Haji Damit handing over t-shirt to representative of Starbucks Brunei last weekend
 

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The second signing ceremony with partners and representatives from D’Sunlit
 

Furthermore there will be plenty of eating competitions brought to you by Olive Tree Corporation, Hui Huang Enterprise, and more! DST will having special promotions, free giveaways, and other fabulous prizes, while Starbucks will also be having promotional offers during the event. To add on to the hype for this 20th instalment or our Consumer Fair series, corporates such as AEC Sdn Bhd and Cuckoo International (B) Sdn Bhd and will also be conducting their own grand draws. Nothing says “New Year” like an unforgettable getaway – that’s why Cuckoo International (B) Sdn Bhd are giving out a pair of flight tickets to join their CUCKOO Media Trip to South Korea! Sign up and get a chance to win a pair of flight tickets now! Terms and Conditions Apply.

Moreover, the most highly favoured and anticipated 20th Consumer Fair Grand Lucky Draw will see one lucky winner to walk away with a brand new Toyota Vios, while others stand a chance to win Royal Brunei Airlines tickets to long haul destinations! Additionally, Royal Brunei Airlines will be offering discounted fares exclusively for the 20th Consumer Fair.

 

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Brett McDougall, Executive General Manager – Sales & Marketing of Royal Brunei Airlines hinted of good discounted rates for RB during the 20th Consumer Fair. The fair will be announced one day prior to the actual 20th Consumer Fair
 

Speaking of Royal Brunei Airlines, they are happy to announce that there will be a special discounted prices exclusively during the 20th Consumer Fair itself. Brett McDougall, Executive General Manager – Sales & Marketing of Royal Brunei Airlines, hinted that the discounted prices will be announced one day prior to the 5-day event. Currently RB has already given special offers in January. So do expect a better one and it will be on selected destinations based on the market demand. Apart from that, you will still a chance to win short haul and long haul destinations as part of the 20th Consumer Fair Grand Lucky Draw sponsored by D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd.

 

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Jackson Ting, Managing Diretor of D’Sunlit exchanging documents with Dona Eldeyana Johan, Acting Senior Manager Group Marketing, DST 
 

As for DST, do expect special bundles on the iPhone and Samsung contracts for its customers. If you missed out the December bundle launch for iPhones, fret not 😀 They will be readily available registration and payment service for their customers. There will be activities hosted by DST and do look forward to their current Augmented Reality competition for iPhone users and guess what? the one with the highest points will win an iPhone X. Who’s up for that? Maybe I can own another iPhone x

The 20th Consumer Fair is Organised and Managed by D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas from the 24th – 28th January 2018 from 10am – 10pm daily except on Friday where doors will temporarily be closed from 12pm – 2pm due to the Friday prayers.

For further inquiries regarding the 20th Consumer Fair, please do not hesitate to contact the Event Organiser, D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd at 2453 666. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook at “Brunei Consumer Fair” and follow their on Instagram @consumerfair.bn for more regular event updates! Use the hashtag #consumerfairbn and #consumerfair20 to share your Consumer Fair experiences with us as we celebrate a milestone event.

 

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I’m glad to be part of the Consumer Fair for the 20th time 😀
 

 

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When it first started back in 2008, it was called Consumer Food Fair. Image courtesy of anakbrunei.org
 

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The Minister of Home Affairs then graced the first Consumer Fair back in 2008. Image courtesy of anakbrunei.org
 

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One of the vendors during the first consumer fair. Image courtesy of anakbrunei.org
 

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One of the activities during the first consumer fair. Image courtesy of Kulimpapat.
 

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Before @gameon.bn, there was the first Brunei Cyber Game where it all happened. Image courtesy of Kulimpapat.
 

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The original group of Brunei Cyber Game. Really appreciated the team that helped me back then. Now Amar (2nd from left) has built a better team and growth of the gaming industry in Brunei Darussalam. Image courtesy of Kulimpapat.
 

Having logistics problem?

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in Business, Social News

 


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Have you heard of Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd? It’s one of the logistics company that offers door to door services and it aims to provide total logistics solutions to their valued customers.

You don’t have to worry as much as they cover your freighting matters, logistics, distribution and supply chain solutions. If you run a company, Sivli Logistics also offer you as a long term business partner. I suggest you check them out as they offer pretty competitive rates.

They also have a great team to look into your logistics needs. They provide consultations and updates to tailor to your needs. The team is also very open to ideas as it will be invaluable when it comes to sparking ideas for improvement and innovation.

So what kind of services do Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd offer?

Sea, Air And Land Freight Matters
(LCL, FCL & Conventional Modes)

Door To Door Freight Forwarding Services
(Free Survey And Price Estimation!)

LCL, FCL, Break Bulk Cargoes Clearance At Port

Air Cargoes Clearance At Airport

Import / Export Arrangements

Rental Of Transportation Services

Personal Effects Packing And Door To Door Delivery

Air Courier Arrangements

Manpower Supply

Warehousing

 

 


Check out the list of services they offer
 

 

There are a few companies that have already engaged with Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd and they are quite happy with their rates and services. One of the corporate companies distributes phone accessories having been using Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd service for a few months now. So Sivli Logistics is also looking for new partners to work with and do reach them and learn what they have to offer.

Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd is pretty strong when it comes logistics between China and Brunei as they do frequent shipping in a month to deliver their goods to their customers. Another advantage is that Sivli Logistics owns a huge warehouse in China for the convenience of their customers in terms of safety and security reasons.

They are also very ethical with their pricing and be transparent with their customers with the prices. As a token of appreciation for Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd customers, they will be offering special waiver fees with a promotional code from my blog and social media. Do check out their website at www.sivlilogistics.com for details. They also have a Facebook Page for your convenience.

So are you ready to partner with Sivli Logistics, your preferred logistics partner? Call +673 2654478  for details.

 

 


The logistics team unloading the item from the port
 


The logistics team taking care of the items upon arrival at Brunei port
 

Rano thoughts: This is definitely one of the best logistics partner to work with, be it Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or big corporations. There are a few logistics companies or forwarders in Brunei Darussalam. As for Sivli Logistics, they have one of the best services when it comes to handling logistics especially if you are ordering things internationally. Their services are quite commendable and they also competitive pricing.

I will highly recommended new SMEs or even existing ones to give Sivli Logistics a try and they can tailor to your needs and budget. Give them a call and let them be your problem solver for dealing with logistics.

 


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Now speaking forwarding company, Sivli Logistics have also a sister company that deals with online shopping. It’s good to know that online shopping is getting pretty popular in Brunei Darussalam and about time to. In the past few years, not many were confident on paying things online and hence online shopping didn’t had much progress.

It was nice to know that Sivli Logistics is working hand in hand with  J3smart.com for logistics purposes and it was launched earlier this year to give more shopping options for Brunei consumers.

There are items that might be of interest to locals as I had a quick browse on their e-commerce portal. The best part of shopping with J3smart.com are that 1) they are very efficient in their delivery (within a week) 2) the items are pretty competitive and cheap as compared to others and 3) they also provide warranty which brings confidence to the customers.

You can even buy things such as furniture as well. Amazing!! The other best thing about J3smart.com is that the fact that you can ask them to shop for you if the particular item you are looking for is not available on the website. All you have to do is send them an image of the product and its details and let them to the shopping for you.

So what are you waiting for? Ready to shop to the next level?

 


Many benefits shopping with J3smart.com
 


Some of the items available to order
 

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