When September ends

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It was been announced by the Minster of Health that the control measures will be extended until 3rd October 2021



Third week coming. Cases are still quite high considering our population. Even though in a 100 region cases, it’s considered high because of the high infection rate and it also has been confirmed that we already have the Delta variant which is a very infectious virus than the original variant. 

The control measures are to continue up until early October. There are still people who have no regards for the control measures as we speak. Some would appear in public places when they should have been isolated at their own homes. I just hope that one day Ministry of Health will share information on those who has been compound or prosecuted for breaking the Quarantine Act. So it will be a great example so they can take such law seriously. I am even shocked when James Kon of Borneo Bulletin shared how he came across a +ve person, trying to enter the fish market recently because he had a purple code on his BruHealth app. 

Yang Berhormat Dato Minister of Health also shared that if any government officer who broke the Quarantine Act Order will also be terminated from his or her employment. Hence this is regarded as a serious offence. So let’s play our part to fight and flatten the curve.

The virus is definitely here to stay and will be part of our daily lives. Only once we manage to get pass the mitigation stage and contain the virus, then only we can loosen up the restrictions and help restart the slow activity especially in Brunei economy’s status. 


Some guidelines for those undergoing self isolation notice
We have past the 20% mark. 50% more to go!!!




Vaccination program update. A huge blow to those who are supposedly booked for the 1st dose starting September due to the shortage of the Moderna vaccines. This was publicly announced yesterday by the Minster of Health during the press conference. Yang Berhormat reassures the public that the other supply of vaccines will be coming to Brunei soon and Brunei will reach 70% by the end of 2021. Yang Berhormat also apologizes to the disruption in the vaccination program 

However, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will still and only be provided to the elderly, differently-abled, and pregnant women where they can get the first dose injections from any vaccination centres on a walk-in basis. However, it should be noted that the supply of vaccines for this group is limited. This doesn’t apply to breastfeeding mothers for now. 

Those who already had their first doses, your bookings remain as scheduled and there will be adequate supply for those receiving the second dose. 

As I have shared before on my IG live recap, we are supposed to receive 300,000 doses of Pfizer in the final quarter. It’s still not known what is the situation with the order. Yang Berhormat did highlight that it’s the accessibility to these vaccines that are delaying the vaccination program. With Brunei’s good relations with other countries, let’s hope we can expedite the process of receiving these vaccines. I like the idea how the Australia government have a swap initiative where they secured 500,000 doses of Pfizer from Singapore and they will send back to Singapore the same amount once they have the orders later in December. Who knows the Brunei government can work a similar deal. Then again, every country has their priorities to protect their citizens. 

As of now, we are only at 22% for those who are fully immunised (with two doses). The rate percentage per day is averaging at 0.6 and if you do that Maths, it will be less than 90 days to hit the 70% mark. That, of course, if we have access to the Pfizer vaccine as well. So let’s hope for the best and once we reach herd immunity, we shall see what plans the Brunei Government has in store for us.

Extension of vaccination centers. Some suggested to have more vaccination centres within the district but Yang Berhormat said it will be near impossible should the government were to execute this. There are many things to consider – the paramedics, the specialized cold storage for Moderna, the man power, space and a few more. These are not easily accessible with our current resources. Hence having it at dedicated vaccination centre, it will be a better in the economy scale of things for Brunei. 

The 2nd wave impact. Definitely a much more devastating impact that the first one. To date, we have recorded an additional 8 deaths in a span of 3 weeks as compared to the 3 deaths in the 15-month period. Furthermore, it was confirmed that the variant is Delta which is much more infectious than the original variant.  In just a span of three weeks, cases have broke the 2,000 mark which is considered high for our population. 

The good news is that the majority of the cases are in Category 1 and Category 2 where they are mostly asymptomatic or having just mild symptoms. More than half in Category 1 have been isolating themselves at the confinement of their own rooms due to logistics and centers being overwhelmed. As we speak, newer isolation centers have been identified with the latest being at Mahad, Tutong which can accommodate up to 338 patients. 

As for the number cases where it’s on a downward trend, it is still early to say as the results of the swab tests are still not a true reflection as 94 positive cases from the 146 cases reported recently was based on the second swab during their 12th day of isolation whereas the 50+ cases are results from 24 hours ago. Let’s we come to a stage where numbers won’t be multiplying and Yang Berhormat Dato keeps emphasizing those on Quarantine Order to stay put at home “Teranah di Rumah” because there are those who still snuck out of their homes and this will simply disrupt the plans for us to move forward by reducing control measures phase by phase. 


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Insurance. Speaking of vaccines, I want tot share the Great Eastern Brunei has an insurance product that covers that vaccination. Basically once you are vaccinated, you can get special coverage. I did ask about insurance during the press conference where should one who are vaccinated get better and reasonable premium fees for their insurance since they are considered low risk to those who are unvaccinated. It’s a pretty new ball game and I know Delta Airlines will charge their unvaccinated employees an extra $200 per month. So this could be a game changer but it’s still early days to know how the insurance company in Brunei sees about this or even business entities. 

Singapore will be introducing the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) and guess what… Brunei is part of Singapore’s VTL which means we can fly to Singapore with certain conditions and criteria. Travel insurance is one of their criteria and should cover a minimum of BND 30,000 for Covid-19 related medical treatment and hospitalization cost before they travel to Singapore. Speaking of travel, yea, the first country for me to visit, once everything has settle down, is definitely Singapore. 


Oyen is the new local superstar
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Got this mask from Battle Proms





Oyen the celebrity. Despite the second wave, there’s always a silver lining and that is Oyen. The orange adorable cat made its debut on social media on August 10 and the responses have been overwhelming and welcoming. It has taken Brunei by storm and kudos to the Ministry of Health for creating such an iconic mascot. 

However, there have been a public backlash for those who have been in a way, profiting from selling merchandise with Oyen’s image without the consent of the Ministry. When being confronted, some of the vendors would go to an extent to redesign Oyen which again can be considered plagiarism as the redesign is still an inspiration from the original artist. 

It then came to the attention of the Ministry and they were kind enough for those who are interested to use Oyen in their merchandise, they can simply contact through email corp.comms@moh.gov.bn 

On that note, Ministry of Health, Brunei is collaborating with Ophthalmology Society and Edy Aswandi (the original creator of Oyen) in selling the official Oyen face masks at 7pm on the 3 September. Just visit https://bruneieyesociety.com/ to pre-order your Oyen mask. The proceeds will go to the Covid-19 relief funds. 


Dynamik Technologies and Progresif on the Goals for Education initiative and there was a digital handover of 48 devices to the Ministry of Education for the students recently




Less support the students. Another device donation campaign is being carried out by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI). The campaign aims to support online learning and to help students in need as an effort in addressing the impact of the second wave in Brunei Darussalam.

The Device Donation Campaign will take place until 30 September 2021 from 8:30am to 11:30am except for Friday, Sunday and public holiday. Check out the posters for more details on how to donate. Their target is to reach 5,000 devices to the students and last year they managed to raise almost 1,700 devices. Your contribution is much appreciated.






Mental health. Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) is collaborating with Health Promotion Centre (HPC) to promote and raise awareness about mental health among the people of Brunei amidst the local Covid-19 situation and as a long-term plan as part of its partnership to promote health and well-being. T

he collaboration will help promote awareness and education on mental health issues which will be uploaded on BIBD’s and HPC’s Mind Your Mind social media channels. “The re-emergence of the Covid-19 situation in Brunei has caused a huge impact on all of us, in which a number of changes had to be made in order to curb the spread of Covid-19,” said Nor Syahmun binti Hj Matassan, Clinical Psychologist and Mental Health Strategy Lead at the Health Promotion Centre. 

“These changes and uncertainty unfortunately can lead to stress, anxiety, fear, and lack of motivation for many of us. Although this is a common and normal reaction during a pandemic situation, it must be addressed. It is more important now than ever, for us and the whole Bruneian community, to mind our mind and maintain good mental health and well-being,” she added. 

“We, the Ministry of Health through the Mind your Mind Brunei Team at Health Promotion Centre is grateful to have this opportunity to work and collaborate together with BIBD and Community for Brunei to share series of tips and strategies that can hopefully help everyone maintain good mental health and well-being especially during these challenging times.” 

The Ministry of Health would like to highlight and remind the public to not hesitate to ask for professional help if anyone is feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the current situation. They may contact the mental health professionals at Talian Harapan 145 for support, every day from 8.00am to 11.00pm

My view: This is a great outlet especially for those who are experiencing this. During the first wave, it hit me really hard – mentally, emotionally and physically because the fear and anxiety of the virus. I was worried about my well-being and also my family members. I can relate also to a few of my friends who under went quarantine at the National Isolation Centre and they probably had it worst due to the restrictions in place and also being confined to a smaller area than usual for a minimum of two weeks. 

So, do reach out the number 145 and hopefully they can assist you. Let’s not take mental health for granted. 




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SONAX CUP, a huge success

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Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Hakeem, the President of Brunei Darussalam Golf Association, during the prize presentation of the Sonax Cup
Mike Chua, Managing Director of Sonax Brunei Sdn Bhd, handed the gross open category champion, Suhaimi Ibrahim
Mike Chua delivering his welcoming remarks during the prize presentation

The Sonax Cup by Brunei Darussalam Golf Association (BDGA) was completed last Sunday. The tournament ran for three days from Friday 19/3/2021 and a total of 244 golfers participated in the competition in various categories namely: the open (gross and net), senior and ladies. The total cash prizes for this event was $4450 and the list of winners is as attached, including the champion in the gross open category which went to Suhaimi Ibrahim who shot 71 gross, one under par. Suhaimi Ibrahim also received the Sonax Challenge Trophy presented by Mr. Mike Chua, the Managing Director of Sonax Brunei Sdn. Bhd. The tournament took place at Mentiri Golf Club.

There was also a hole-in-one winner, Lim Shen Quan, on hole 13th, and he won the $5000 cash prize. 

This was the first BDGA golf tournament at the national level for the year 2021, with next one planned for 28 to 30 of May at the RBGCC. This tournament was a great success with participation of more than 200 golfers. BDGA thanked Sonax Brunei Sdn. Bhd., the tournament main sponsor, and expressed the hope that its partnership with Sonax Brunei Sdn. Bhd. would continue to grow. 

BDGA also gave $1000 donation to “Tabung Anak Anak Yatim” (Orphans Fund) and the representative from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Ms. Nurul Nazurah bte Jaya, was present to receive the sponsorship.

Since the new BDGA Governing Council was elected back since 5th January this year, it received feedbacks from golfers in Brunei that the most sought after deliverable is golf tournaments. Hence, BDGA decided to organize the first tournament (Sonax Cup) and a few more planned for this year. This will help to provide a competitive platform at the national level for golfers to showcase their skills. In the process, it was hoped that scout for new golfing talents could be spotted and to be further developed to represent the country in the near future. Images courtesy of Pg Azam Omar and Shahiruddin.

Overall Gross:
Suhaimi Ibrahim  71
Ak Syakir  74
Ahmad Yani  75

Overall Net:
Angphula Sharpa  67 OCB
Chong Chee Soon  67
Ak Rizam Faizal Pg Salleh  67

A – Division Category:
Kahar Bakar 70
Irwan Hj Hamid 71 OCB
Pg Zaki  71

B – Division Category:
Hj Rosmadee 69
Dullah Sitai 70
Hj Ramlie Damit  71

C – Division Category:
Mardhini Khan Ali 70
Ariff Dato Suhaimi 70
Pg Ibrahim 70

Senior +60 Category:
Lim Soon Bee  65
Hj Zamri   68
Dato Sheik Adnan  68

Ladies Category: 
Almas  Khamis 74
Salyahrinah Yahya  75
Hjh Rusni Hj Lamat 76

Pro – Category:
Pg Wira Salleh 72 OCB
Qazzri Aslimon 72
Qawim Aslimon 73

Hole in One on Hole no.13 on Friday 19/3/21: LIM SHEN QUAN 

Nearest to the Pin (NTP)
NTP No.7  Hj Shaiful
NTP No.9  Suhaimi 
NTP No.13  Pro John
NTP No.16  Pg Ibrahim

Hole-in-One winner Lim Shen Quan, winning himself BND 5,000
Way to go, Soon!!!

Brunei Darussalam from the Eyes of Foreign Diplomats and their Families

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Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, the Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officiating “Brunei Darussalam from the Eyes of Foreign Diplomats and their Families” with His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashil Al-Maskari, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman at the Royal Regalia Museum recently

On Wednesday, 16th December 2020, “Brunei Darussalam from the Eyes of Foreign Diplomats and their Families” exhibition was officially launched by Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, the Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the Royal Regalia Museum in the Capital.

Upon arrival, Her Royal Highness and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, were greeted by The Honourable Major General (Retired) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and the following heads of diplomatic missions who are also members of the exhibition organizing committee:

  • His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashil Al-Maskari, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman.
  • His Excellency Suat Akgun, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey.
  • His Excellency Christian Ramage, Ambassador of the French Republic.
  • Her Excellency Yoon Hyun Bong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea.
  • His Excellency Christopher Montero, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines. 
  • Her Excellency Tiffany Anne McDonald, Australian High Commissioner.  


Members of the diplomatic corps and families and invited guests during the launch
Her Excellency Tiffany Anne McDonald, Australian High Commissioner showing the contribution from the Australian High Commission
A photo by Her Excellency Tiffany Anne McDonald, Australian High Commissioner
His Excellency John Virgoe, British High Commissioner explaining his photo
A photo by His Excellency John Virgoe
Her Excellency Jeanette Stovel, Canadian High Commissioner showing the contribution from the Canada High Commission
A photo from Her Excellency Jeanette Stovel who is also an avid hiker
Her Excellency Yu Hong, Ambassador of People’s Republic of China showcasing their contribution
A photo taken by Her Excellency Yu Hong

The ceremony began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa selamat led by Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin.

In his welcoming remarks, His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashil Al-Maskari, among other things expressed gratefulness to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam for consenting for the exhibition to be held at Royal Regalia Museum.

His Excellency the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, informed how the Diplomatic Corps was trying to organize the exhibition since the year 2018, by saying: 

“The idea of setting up this exhibition was initiated on the year 2018 and ever since many attempts were made to bring it to fruition, until we realized that having an exhibition of such caliber requires combined efforts from many partners. 

“Thus, the diplomatic corps thought to take on board two partners namely; the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), who both played a vital role in ensuring this long-awaited event finally takes place”.

His Excellency the Dean then expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for generously consenting to transfer and organize the exhibition in other districts, while emphasizing that this notable gesture form the Ministry greatly contributed to the exhibition success and continuity.

The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps also thanked Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) for sponsoring the event and reserved further praise for the participating diplomatic missions and the exhibition organizing committee. 

Sharon Chong from the Singapore High Commission showing her photo
Perhaps my favourite photo of the lot. Taken by Sharon Chong.
Rayya Al Maskari from the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman showing her photos
A photo by Rayya Al Maskari

Further enlivening the event was the screening of a short video showing selected photos on display at the exhibition. 

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna then consented to cut the ribbon to signify the launching of the photo exhibition that features rare glimpses of the surreal beauty and lifestyle of the Abode of Peace.

Prior to touring the exhibition Her Royal Highness was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Her Excellency Yoon Hyun Bong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea on behalf of the organizing committee.

Among those present were: 

  • The Honourable Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy.
  • The Honourable Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.

The Honorable minister of Culture, Youth and Sports said at the sideline of the event:

“We are very pleased to have been closely involved with the Diplomatic Corps in Brunei Darussalam in organizing this extraordinary exhibition that displays for the first time, how foreign diplomats and their families see Brunei Darussalam through the camera lens.  I was very impressed with the photos on display, demonstrating wonderful expressions inspired by the way foreign diplomats and members of their families view Brunei Darussalam– our people, our scenery and our culture.” 

The Honorable minister of Culture, Youth and Sports also congratulated the exhibition organizing committee on its success by saying: 

“Congratulations and thank you to all those who were involved in the project, especially His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashil Al Maskari, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and all members of the organizing committee”.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mubashar H. Khokhar, the Managing Director and CEO of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) said:

“As a bank that is Bruneian at Heart, we take great pride in supporting this exhibition. It’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words; the photos on display today give us all a unique view into how foreign diplomats and their families have been welcomed and made to feel like a part of the community, and I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to view and enjoy this exhibition”. 

Liliia Fadeeva from the Embassy of the Russian Federation showing her photos
A photo by Luliia Fadeeva

Paying respect to the late Tan Yok Chin

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At the residence of late Madam Tan Yok Chin for the funeral ceremony
 

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Chong Ain Hong with his wife Tan Yok Chin during the Chinese New Year celebration earlier this year
 

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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More than 80 wreaths given during the funeral
 

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The obituaries from families and friends
 

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Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji ‘Abdul Wadood Bolkiah (2nd from left) paid his respect to the late Madam Tan Yok Chin at her residence
 

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Chong Ain Hong with his friends during the wake
 

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Yu Hong, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam paying her respect
 

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Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin paying his respect
 

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Yang Berhormat Ong Tiong Oh and his spouse paying their respect
 

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The Tiong Hwa Association led by YB Ong Tiong Oh paying their respect. Also present of Malcolm Lim Tiong Han, the President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce (2nd from right)
 

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Lau How Teck (centre) of Hua Ho Manggis and representatives of Hua Ho Manggis paying their respect
 

 

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The Board of Directors of Chung Hwa Middle School paying their respects and also receiving donation for Chung Hwa Middle School
 

 

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Friends and relatives paying respect during the wake
 

 

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The grandsons and granddaughters of the family
 

 

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Family paying final respect during the funeral
 

 

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Brunei Basketball Association paying respect and receiving donation
 

 

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Seri Mulia Sarjana School paying respect and receiving donation
 

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Chung Ching School paying respect and receiving donation
 

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Brunei-Muara Tai Chi Association paying respect and receiving donation
 

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Visitors paid a visit during the funeral last Thursday
 

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Staff of Chang Ein Hong paying their respect
 

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Family members about to leave the residence for the burial
 

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Heading to the burial site
 

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The sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters and great granddaughters of the late Madam Tan Yok Chin
 

BSM celebrates Raya with donations to underprivileged

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Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha, Brunei Shell Marketing Company’s Managing Director, giving out donation to the underprivileged students in Temburong District recently.
 

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The smiles of the students’ faces 🙂
 

During the month of Ramadhan and Syawal, Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sdn Bhd (BSM) and its staff held a donation drive in efforts to put smiles on some 50 selected underprivileged primary school students in Temburong District.

Today, BSM handed over the donations contributed by BSM as well as its management and staff. The contribution included necessities such as school and daily supplies. Present to handover the donations were BSM Managing Director, Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha and members of the leadership team.

BSM also took the opportunity to celebrate Aidilftri with the students and their family as well as its stakeholders and business partners. This has been a tradition by BSM since 2014 and these events were made possible by the commitment and partnership between BSM and the Department of School (Cluster 1) under the Ministry of Education as well as Temburong District Office and the Rataie Village Council Consultative under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The event took place at Mukim Bukok Community Hall in Kampong Rataie, Temburong recently.

 

 

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Wu Chun and 200 people donated blood

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Wu Chun posing with his kids after donating blood last weekend at Fitness Zone
 

It’s blood donation time and Fitness Zone has joined the bandwagon in the blood donation drive. It was their second blood drive in collaboration with Jerudong Park Medical Centre.

Also donating last weekend was Fitness Zone’s Managing Director and owner, Wu Chun. The blood donation drive was also part of the 6-month body transformation program known as the “New Me” challenge which has attracted more than 600 fitness enthusiasts.

Around 200 donated last weekend ranging from members, staff, the public and, of course, the challengers of the “New Me Transformation.” More than 200 bags were collected in the process.

Wu Chun said, “It’s truee that every or any extended hand towards charity makes a difference. One donor can save three lives and by this, we are truly grateful for all the heroes that joined us and in the past to be part of our initiatives to create changes and positive awareness through our communities.”

“I always tell my staff that you don’t have to be a manager or in a higher position or even a celebrity. While these can place an advantage, I told them to lead by example, little by little, as you inspire the world with this noble act.”

“Fitness Zone is not only here to train you to be fit but also change your body and lifestyle for the better. We aimed to make an impact by starting to train and having a good mindset to overcome any challenges. Our minds are powerful and courageous.”

For further information regarding registration for the upcoming events/membership enquiries, do contact Kiulap branch 223 2338 or Serusop branch 244 8488 or visit their Facebook or instagram page @fitnesszonebrunei. The health club is now opening doors for free consultation, health assessments by appointment.

 

 

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Mohd Aritz Maldini, the youngest winner ever

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Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Dr Abdul Fattaah handing over the challenge trophy to Mohd Aritz Maldini Haji Abd Majid, the grand winner of the Baiduri Masters 2019 during the prize presentation dinner held at Manggis Mall Ballroom. Accompany them were Mr Ti Eng Hui, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank and Mr Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager of Operations Management Division, Diversification and Strategic Development cum President of the Baiduri Masters Organising Committee.
 


Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar receiving a token of appreciation for its support of the event from the Ministry of Health
 

Last weekend, the 24th Baiduri Masters charity golf tournament concluded with a prize presentation dinner at the Hua Ho Manggis Mall Ballroom, Hua Ho Manngis. The event was attended by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Dr Abdul Fattaah ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah, Chairman of Baiduri Bank.

In his welcoming address, Mr Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager of Operations Management Division, Diversification and Strategic Development cum President of the Baiduri Masters Organising Committee, said “This is our 24th year of hosting the Baiduri Masters. The aim has always been centred towards supporting our community and making a difference. We have strived to raise funds for local organisations, particularly those that cater towards the differently abled individuals with the hope to improve or alleviate their burden.”

He further elaborated that the Baiduri Masters has added another organisation who will be receiving donations based on the funds raised during the event. “This year, we have included Demensia Brunei as another recipient to help them achieve their mission towards a dementia-friendly community.”

According to Mr Ti Eng Hui, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, “As part of Baiduri Bank Group’s CSR framework, we have actively contributed towards various charity and educational initiatives such as the Junior Achievement Programme, Global Money Week, our Blood Donation Drive and our annual Let’s Give Back This Ramadhan activity. The Baiduri Masters has been our longest running and flagship charity event.” He further elaborated that the Baiduri Bank Group Charity Committee is currently exploring other ways to allow more involvement by our customers and the general public. “Moving forward, we are actively looking at different ways to facilitate community development initiatives, whether it be as a volunteer, a participant, a partner or a sponsor.”

 

 


The charitable foundation recipients who benefited from the golf event – JAPEM, SMARTER Brunei, Dana Hospital RIPAS, Learning Ladders Society, Child Development Centre, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al Hajjah Maryam and Demensia Brunei
 


Johari Ahmad, the previous winner, about to hand over the green jacket to this year’s winner
 


Mohd Aritz Maldini Haji Abd Majid became the youngest ever winner for Baiduri Masters. He’s only 18 years old.
 

 


The lady champion for Baiduri Masters 2019
 


Golfers checking out the lucky draw numbers on the projector
 


It was a full house at Manggis Mall Ballroom
 

Shortly after, the presentation of tournament prizes took place. These included Nearest to the Pin, Nearest to the Line as well as Most Active Participant. The prizes were presented by Mr Leonard Lee, Head of Risk Management. In the nearest to the pin category for the first weekend, the winners were: Haji Budin Abdul Rahman (No. 7), Haji Mohd Redwan (No. 9), Eric Tsang (No. 13) and Yaakub Jumat (No. 16). For the second weekend, the winners were: Pg Musa Pg Haji Mohd Jaafar (No. 7), Suwardy Haji Ahmad (No. 9), Razak Hassan (No. 13) and Pg Fakrudden (No. 16). For the nearest to the line, the winner was Azahar Haji Abd Latib (No. 8).

This was followed by the presentation of Team Event, the Junior Division as well as Ladies Division (Nett). These prizes were presented by Pg Azaleen PD Haji Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network cum Vice President of the Baiduri Masters.

Next were the presentation of Men’s Division C as well as Men’s Senior Division Prizes. The prizes were presented by Haji Haliluddin Dato Paduka Haji Talib, General Manager of Baiduri Finance cum Vice President of the Baiduri Masters.

This was followed by the presentation of prizes for Men’s Division B and Men’s Division A by Mr Andrew Young. Shortly after, the presentation of Ladies and Men’s Gross Division were presented by Mr Ti Eng Hui, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank.

The event culminated with the presentation of the coveted Baiduri Masters Green Jacket as well as the official announcement of the champion of the 24th Edition of the Baiduri Masters. Presenting the Challenge Trophy to the champion, Mohd Aritz Maldini Haji Abd Majid was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Dr Abdul Fattaah. Mohd Aritz Maldini was also awarded a cash prize of BND1,500. Mohd Aritz Maldini concluded the tournament with a gross score of 70.

The event was also attended by sponsors, golfers as well as senior officials of the Baiduri Bank Group. The Baiduri Masters is organised by the Baiduri Bank Group with the support of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, the Minister of Health, event partners QAF Brunei, QAF Auto, QAF Eurokars and Brunei Press Sdn Bhd.

 

 


Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Defence II also participated in the Baiduri Masters 2019
 


Some of the participants during the two weekend event
 


Some of the participants during the two weekend event
 

Baiduri Masters 2019 MoU

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Mr. Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager, Operations Management Division and Diversification and Strategic Development of Baiduri Bank cum President of the Organising Committee of Baiduri Masters 2019, Ms. Hazizah Osman, Acting General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd, Mr. Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, Mr. Albert Lau, Chief Executive Officer of QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, Mr. Siva Kumar Krishnan, General Manager of QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Lahiru de Silva, Acting Deputy General Manager of Porsche Brunei and Suzie Houng, Senior Manager of Finance & Operations at Brunei Press Sdn Bhd during the MoU of the 24th edition of Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament yesterday
 

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Mr Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank giving his welcoming remark
 

Brunei’s most prestigious golfing event of the year, the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament, now in its 24th edition, is set to take place over two weekends in April. A signing ceremony was held at the QAF Centre in Beribi this morning to mark the start of the pre-tournament events.

During the Partnership Signing Ceremony, Mr Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, in his opening remarks, said, “Our aim in organising the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament has always been to support the community and make a difference to those in need with the help of our golfers since the very beginning. This year is no different. Last year, we were able to raise and donate BND 81,000 to six organisations dedicated to helping the special needs integrate into society.”

The organisations were SMARTER Brunei, Learning Ladders Society, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA), Child Development Centre RIPAS and Dana Hospital RIPAS.

Through the support of the strategic partners, QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd and QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd, the highly-anticipated hole-in-one car prizes were revealed: a Porsche Macan, BMW 520i, and a Mini Cabriolet. Besides the three luxury cars, golfers will also stand the chance to win cash prizes, including a BND 20,000 hole-in-one cash prize, as well as other tournament prizes for the Baiduri Masters 2019.

 

 

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Signing between Baiduri Bank and QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd
 

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Signing between Baiduri Bank and Brunei Press Sdn Bhd
 

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A Porsche Macan as one of the prizes for hole-in-one
 

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BMW 520i and a Mini Cabriolet also as prizes for hole-in-one
 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony began with a signing between the Baiduri Bank Group and Brunei Press to appoint Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata as the Official Media Partner for the event. This was followed by a signing between the Baiduri Bank Group and QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd and QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd for the provision of the three vehicles as hole-in-one prizes.

Mr. Albert Lau, Chief Executive Officer of QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, and Ms. Hazizah Osman, Acting General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd signed on behalf of their organizations respectively while Mr. Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank signed on behalf of the Baiduri Bank Group.

Mr. Siva Kumar Krishnan, General Manager of QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Ms. Suzie Houng, Senior Manager of Finance & Operations at Brunei Press and Mr. Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager, Operations Management Division and Diversification and Strategic Development of Baiduri Bank cum President of the Organising Committee of Baiduri Masters 2019 signed as witnesses respectively.

Registration for the Baiduri Masters will begin on 13 March 2019. The tournament weekends are from 12 to 14 April 2019 and 19 to 21 April 2019. A prize presentation dinner will be held at the end of the tournament.

More details of the tournament will be provided through Baiduri Bank’s website, social media outlets as well as newspaper articles. Alternatively, for more information, please contact the Baiduri Customer Helpline at 244 9666.

 

Peugeot’s presence at Asia Mountain Bike Series

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Brunei Darussalam hosted the Asia Mountain Bike (MTB) Series 2018 at the Berakas Forest Reserve Recreational Park last weekend. Registration for the race is open to all Asian riders (as per passport). Points are collected through a series of races hosted by different Asian countries sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Brunei is the eighth Asian country to host the Asian MTB Series this year that began in Philippines in March and will end in Tambunan, Sabah, Malaysia. Prior to Brunei, the race was held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. All races are sanctioned by the UCI or National Cycling Federation.

One of the aims of the race is to provide a platform for Asian riders to gain racing experience and UCI points while creating more arenas for mountain bike riders to compete.

The Brunei edition of the Asian MTB Series 2018 is co-organised by BDCF and Wonderworks Management Services in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2018.

One of the sponsors of the event was Peugeot (Brunei).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syrian Warm Winter Project by WeCare

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His Excellency Mehmet Suat Akgün, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Brunei Darussalam (4th from left) and Hj Rusdi Asdani bin Hj Jorsni, the President of WeCare (5th from left) with members of WeCare during the press conference of Syrian Warm Winter project earlier this morning at Knowledge Hub
 

Earlier this morning, a press conference was hosted by WeCare, a small NGO consisting of 8 members. The press conference was to highlight the fund raising campaign called “Syrian Warm Winter”. They will be departing for Turkey on 15th October 2018 according to the press conference held at Knowledge Hub.

Present during the press conference was His Excellency Mehmet Suat Akgün, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Brunei Darussalam. His Excellency expressed his support to WeCare’s on-going efforts in providing aid to the Syrian refugees who are based in Turkey.

“Turkey pursues a humanitarian foreign policy and takes concrete initiatives to promote stability and prosperity in its region and beyond. According to the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report, Turkey ranks the biggest donor country world-wide with its USD 8 billion humanitarian assistance in 2017 and furthermore, Turkey maintains its position as the country’s largest host of refugees,” shared His Excellency Mehmet Suat Akgün.

“Turkey has been pursuing an open door policy for Syrians who had to flee their country in the past seven years due to ongoing violence. Over 3.5 million Syrians are currently hosted in Turkey. More than 600,000 Syrian children continue their education in Turkey and 20,000 teenagers are studying in Turkish universities.”

According to the press release, this is WeCare’s second visit to Turkey in giving out aids to the Syrian refugees. Hj Rusdi Asdani bin Hj Jorsni, the President of WeCare, highlighted that the Syrian Warm Winter initiative aims to raise funds from the public to purchase basic food and necessities such as rice, sugar and cooking oil as well as warm clothing. These items will help to ease the burden of the Syrian refugees during the winter season in Turkey.

A basket of food will cost BND 45 and a bag of winter clothing compromising of woolen gloves and jackets will be BND 38. Donate will be opened until 7th October 2018. Members who wish to contribute may contact them thru the following numbers

Hadi – 8603371
Azlin – 8870326
Waznah – 8907122
Bazilah – 8661588

 

 

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