Beware of spam calls!!

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

 

DST Headquarters, Tungku Link (21/6/2018) – DST is aware that many individuals in Brunei are currently being affected by an international affected hoax phone call scam originating from various operators, masked as genuine local numbers, some of which are active numbers.

When subscribers answer these calls, there is an automated message from a pre-recorded voice speaking in Chinese. In such a situation, DST active subscribers are either affected by receiving calls, or their numbers are being used by phone scammers to call other subscribers without their knowledge.

We are not alone as many other operators around the world are facing the same issue. DST has been working around the clock to address these issues to prevent such incidents.

In the meantime, we would also like to share some ways that may ease subscribers during this period.

1. Subscribers can choose to reject a call and await a response via SMS or text from the caller.

2. If a call is answered and it is a spam call, hang up immediately.

3. Do not call back a number which you suspect is a spam call.

4. Never provide important information to these scammers upon request.

By using these methods, you can better protect your information from these hackers.

We would like to thank our subscribers for assisting us in this investigation by providing us with updates on numbers being affected. Should you have further inquiries or would like to report such calls, you may either contact our DSTCare 151 or our visit any of your nearest DST Branches.

Uniklearn Signing Scholarship Ceremony

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Group photo with the stakeholders and the scholars of UNILEARN
 

An-Nur Harapan Sdn Bhd honoured recipients of the scholarship to the UNIKLEARN Autism Vocational Training & Internship programme in a signing ceremony held at the iCentre in Anggerek Desa this morning. The scholarships are funded by An-Nur Harapan Sdn Bhd and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd.

Present as the guest of honour to handover the scholarships to the recipients was Yang Mulia Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman Bin Pengiran Haji Damit, Chairman of An-Nur Harapan Sdn Bhd.

The event began with the recital of the Al-Fatihah prayers, which was followed by welcoming remarks by Startup Brunei Project Manager, Rasyidah Samah, and a speech by An-Nur Harapan board member, Noorsurainah Tengah.

Muhammad Zulfadzli Bin Haj Matali, Mohd Syahmi Bin Haji Juma’at, Muhammad Hafizuddin Hussain Bin Haji Md Yusuf Thani, Md Firdaus Bin Haji Jimidin, Muhammad Syahrul Izzam Bin Asmat were selected based on several criteria have each received scholarships to attend the 6-month programme that will commence on 12 June 2018 at the SPARK Lifeskill Centre in Jangsak.

The signing ceremony was to recognize the first batch of the UNIKLEARN Autism Vocational Training & Internship Programme.  The next batch is slotted to commence in December 2018.

 

 


Rasyidah Samah, Startup Brunei Project Manager, said that the responses have been positive ever since the launch two months ago especially after the BIBD home showcase
 


Noorsurainah Tengah, An-Nur Harapan board member, shared that the sustainability is a priority in their program and hopes for the success of the new students in the program
 

“An-Nur Harapan Sdn Bhd is pleased to be able to assist the candidates in funding their vocational training into UNIKLEARN”, said Noorsurainah Tengah, An-Nur Harapan board member.  “We look forward to seeing these youth progress and develop, and eventually be equipped with the skills to begin employment upon completion of the programme and becoming contributing members of society.”

Noorsurainah further added that “the goal, ultimately, is to become partners with the clients, scholarship recipients, their parents and guardians, private and public sector and the community as a whole to increase student intake, capacity and job placement. To put it simply, to be part of society by recognizing both their strengths and weakness, and working with them, as we would anyone else.  It starts with these 5 trainees at Uniklearn, then their placement at an affiliated training ground Unikkone, and finally gainful employment”.

The UNIKLEARN programme is a vocational training and internship programme designed by professional therapists for autistic youths with the overarching mission to empower young adults with autism towards independence and be contributing members of the community.

The recipients of the scholarships by An-Nur Harapan Sdn Bhd and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd into the UNIKLEARN programme were selected based on the main criteria of holding Bruneian citizenship, are 16 years old and above, and diagnosed with the autism spectrum disorder or any other related development delays with further assessment conducted for suitability of admission.  The scholarship slots were limited to a few slots but regular applications into the programme will continue to be available.

The programme covers intensive training and skills building on key skills area made by experienced therapists and advisors.  Upon completion of their training, the youth in the programme will be provided with on-the-job training. They will also receive post-training support, including work transition support for subsequent internship or work opportunities.

Also present at the award ceremony were members of the An-Nur Harapan Sdn Bhd board of directors, representatives from Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, along with An-Nur Harapan Sdn Bhd management and other invited guests.

More information regarding the programme is available from the UNIKLEARN website www.UNIKLEARN.com.

 

 


One of the recipients for the UNIKLEARN Autism Vocational Training & Internship programme during the signing
 


One of the recipients for the UNIKLEARN Autism Vocational Training & Internship programme during the signing
 


The stakeholders mingling with the students and giving them morale support
 

BIBD’s 8th annual Sirah Amal

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Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) recently began its eighth annual Sirah Amal initiative aimed at providing support and relief to the underprivileged members of Brunei Darussalam’s community across all its four districts.

The Bank and its employees came together to bring joy to the families they visited, contributing relief items and offering donations such as daily requirements, prayer necessities, raya items and others to support preparations during Ramadhan and for the upcoming Syawal. The 8th Sirah Amal started with a visit to families in the Tutong District.

BIBD Deputy Managing Director, Hajah Noraini binti Haji Sulaiman commented, “Alhamdulillah, today marks the beginning of the eighth BIBD Sirah Amal as the Bank and its staff continue its commitment towards contributing to our community. The BIBD Sirah Amal provides an excellent platform for us to share our blessings, especially with the less fortunate, so that they are able to better enjoy the festive months with their loved ones. We would like to also thank SKH (Sim Kim Huat) Department store for being our community partner for this year’s Sirah Amal event.”

 

 

Beramal bersama di bulan Ramadhan

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Ghanim International Corporation Sdn Bhd is at full speed this holy Ramadhan, distributing it’s first batch to more than 4,300 bottled oxygenated water to a number of Mosques in the capital as part of their ‘Beramal bersama di bulan Ramadhan’ donation initiative.

This first batch of deliveries is part of a month long programme of the distribution of bottled oxygenated water to mosques and individuals throughout the Brunei-Muara district generously contributed by the general public.
“This initiative is one of the many ways, bruneihalalfoods can be a platform for the public to give back to the community and helps to bring people together to engage with our communities,” said Dr. Nur Rahman, CEO of Ghanim International Corporation. “We are grateful for the continuous donations made by the public.

The ‘Beramal bersama di bulan Ramadhan’ campaign was launched in May 2017 where throughout the month of Ramadhan, the company opens donation channels for the public and distributes bruneihalalfoods products to mosques in which more than 14,400 bottled water were successfully distributed last Ramadhan.

For interests and inquiries on the bruneihalalfoods ‘Beramal bersama di bulan Ramadhan’ campaign, information can be obtained through all of bruneihalalfoods social media platforms @bruneihalal or call bruneihalalfoods at +673 245 0279.

 

 

 

Buy a car and contribute to the community

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in community, charity, automative, Social News

 

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Representatives from Honey Carsmart, DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Mutahtadee Billah, SMARTER Brunei and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam during the press conference for the Honey Carsmart 4th Annual Grand Sale next weekend
 

Something great is happening next weekend. This time is 5 times better in terms of benefits compared to the previous annual grand sale from Honey Carsmart. From 11th May to 13th May 2018, Honey Carsmart will holding their 4th Annual Grand Sale and it is also in conjunction with the 35th year anniversary in this industry.

As part of their 35th anniversary, the company will be giving away a unique electrical scooter for the first 35 customers during the grand sale period. On top of that, all the customers who purchased cars during the grand sale, they will benefit from the 3 X 5 package – a) 3 free monthly installments b) 3 free servicing c) 3 months warranty d) 3 free car wash and polishing and e) 3 free shopping vouchers worth BND 300. Now that’s a great value for customers.

For the first time, Honey Carsmart will have the support from two financing companies (previously one) and now customers have the choice to choose between Baiduri Finance Bhd and BIBD At-Tamwil Bhd. The event partners will be Seng Hoe Huat accessories who has strong relations with Honey Carsmart and they will be displaying some of their accessories. Their audio systems and auto gadgets will be sold at attractive prizes. RedBull will be the other event partner.

Honey Carsmart will continue the tradition in supporting and giving back to the community especially to the charitable foundations notably DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Mutahtadee Billah, SMARTER Brunei and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam. The company will contribute BND 300 for every unit sold within the 3 days and the charity pool will be equally distributed for donation purposes.

Last year, they managed to raise a total of BND 7,500 where 25 units were sold. This year, they are optimistic that the numbers of units sold will increase as it’s almost the festive season.

This time round there will be around 150 cars to choose. So better come down to Honey Carsmart next weekend and grab their best deal in town. You can follow updates on @honeycarsmartbrunei

 

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Wanna hear a refreshing biz idea?

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

 

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Sharifah Syuria Nazrah Malai Hj Hashim, Nurun Nazihah Hj Mustapa, Faten Amira Izzaty Joperi and Maydelyn Ling, the founders of BID.Co who came up with a brilliant idea of used baby equipments and gears. I hope your ideas will come into reality.
 

Sometimes, it’s always to good to listen to refreshing business ideas. We are used to things like retail business or even in the tech world. Some are even similar or duplicates of one another. I, alone, struggle to find refreshing ideas on what works and what doesn’t work especially in Brunei. I had some successes and some failures along the way but it’s always to experience both sides of the spectrum because that’s how an entrepreneur will learn the ropes of success.

Recently, I was surprised to see a friend of mine being involved in a Startup Weekend competition held at Laksamana College of Business. Madelyn Ling, a friend I knew from UBD Toastmasters Club, was part of the team called BID.co’s (Buy.Invest.Donate), that won the Startup Weekend competition.

Now here’s why I feel that BID.Co’s has the edge – a totally refreshing idea and furthermore, it adds value to the community of Brunei Darussalam. Imagine you have a storage full of baby equipments and gears at your home, collecting dust and purposeless since your children have grown up. What can be done with these equipments or items? This is where BID.Co comes in and presented their idea that they can be collect the used items and sell them at affordable prices especially for families who don’t have high disposable income. Furthermore, the portion of the sales will be used to raise funds for local NGOs as they are not easy to sustain. As long as the NGOs can be sustained, they will have enough resources to help the underprivileged community.

The founders, Sharifah Syuria Nazrah Malai Hj Hashim, Maydelyn Ling, Fatin Munirah Hj Sahrani, Nurun Nazihah Hj Mustapa and Faten Amira Izzaty Joperi, were over the moon as they were crowned the champions of the second Startup Weekend. It was something unexpected but now, the next step is to make this into a reality. The concept is there but it will be a long and fruitful journey in order to make this into a reality.

According to Madelyn, it has been her dream and been conversing the idea to her family. It was also the help of the mentors during the Startup Weekend to help them to be more focused and identify the underlying problems when it comes to baby equipments and gears. From there, they were able to identify how baby products and equipments are costly in Brunei and this idea of recycling used ones will provide alternatives to families in Brunei. Madelyn also shared that she had no plans to enter the competition, thinking it was only a workshop by Startup Weekend. It was definitely a blessing in disguise.

BID.Co team will head to Singapore in June to attend Asia’s largest Tech media platform e27. Awesome!!! Congratulations once again to all the ladies for winning and most of all, providing an innovative solution so we as a community can benefit.

 

 

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Team BID.co receiving the winning prize with the organizers and the judges of Startup Weekend
 

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Now what do you normally do when you have your old baby equipments in your storage? BID.Co can help you in handling these situations
 

Progresif Radio DJ Audition II

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Well done, Progresif Radio, on the well organised audition and the flow of things
 

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A long queue before the start of the audition. Progresif building was definitely buzzing that day.
 

Progresif Radio attracted almost 100 registrants in the second audition two weekends ago. The numbers were close to the first audition held back in August 2017. Now Progresif Radio is expanding their team due to increase demands for content and the radio internet app is gradually gaining traction from listeners from their Progresif Radio app.

I, myself, am involved in sharing content on Progresif Radio for my movie section called “Popcorn Panel”, which reminds me to get back in the podcasting game after my last review was on Black Panther and the local hit Bodyman.

Anyway, back to the audition, it attracted different walks of life and age is not big factor as Progresif Radio are looking for those with personalities and charisma.

This time the audition was streamed live on Facebook and Instagram so the public are able to catch on how the auditions are being conducted and also support their friends/families during the audition. So far 44 made the cut into the second round and DJ Jenny, renowned DJ in Brunei, will be conduct another session for the shortlisted finalists before Progresif Radio make their final decisions.

Let’s find out pretty soon who will be the new faces of Progresif Radio in the coming weeks. I am excited.

 

 

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I wasn’t the 28th person but this is my family’s number. Why not pose as well 😀
 

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I had a demo in front of the DJs. Until now, I didn’t have a clear answer if I made it or not *lol*
 

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The DJs interviewing one of the participants
 

 

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Did he make it to the next round? I believe he did.
 

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The room that delivered the good or the bad news. But they delivered it with compassion and encouragement.
 

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Yay, she made it to the next round. How far will she go? @thelittlelifter_
 

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Another movie enthusiast who made it to the next round @marinagusdin
 

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Adib Noor had his round with DJ Jenny in the second round. Will he get called for the third session? We shall wait & see.
 

Hand4HandBN introduces crowdfunding for donation campaign

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Bahzi Damit and Iqbal Damit, the co-founders of Hand4handBN, unveiled the upcoming crowdfunding for food packets to distribute for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Click image to enter website.

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Fatin Arifin, Marketing Manager, Ghanim International Corporation and Ain Bandial, co-founder and editor The Scoop with Iqbal Damit, the cofounder of Hand4HandBN
 

@hand4handbn has leveled up their game by means of donating through crowdfunding website in means to provide food packs for Rohingya refugees based in Bangladesh. This was announced at their press conference yesterday at Kitchen Table, Kiulap.

As some of you know Hand4HandBN has spearheaded their own initiative to help the underprivileged community and they identified the Rohingya refugees as one of the beneficiary for the donations being collected in Brunei Darussalam.

The press conference was led by Iqbal Damit, the co-founder of Hand4HandBN and accompanied by Fatin Arifin, Marketing Manager, Ghanim International Corporation and Ain Bandial, co-founder and editor The Scoop who both visited the refugee camps in Bangladesh back in November 2017.

Iqbal Damit aims to reach at least 13,000 packs of ready-to-eat meals in the first week of Ramadhan. The packs are made locally by Saahtain Asia Sdn Bhd.

The public now can lend a hand by raising funds through a crowdfunding website and for USD 15, you can sponsor 10 ready made to eat packs. USD 75 will provide 50 meals while USD 150 will provide 100 meals. Of course, the more, the better. With the crowdfunding website, this initiative will be global as well as it doesn’t just limit donors from Brunei Darussalam alone.

The ready-to-eat food are much more convenient to the refugees as they don’t have to trouble themselves to cook. Donating things like rice and food items are common but the tougher part will be actually finding resources such as oil, cooking utensils and cook their meals. Hence, ready-to-eat packs are more ideal and effective when it comes to food distribution.

All you have do is, visit their crowdfunding website at www.launchgood.com/ramadan4rohingya and the donations can start from 8pm tonight, 16th April 2018. The last day of donation will be on 30th April to ensure a better preparation and logistics for the recipients during the holy month of Ramadhan. Let’s do our part in helping the families and children of Rohingya at Bangladesh. Our contribution can make a difference.

 

 

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The media and social influencers during the press conference
 

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Members of the influencers having some refreshments prepared by @hand4handbn at Kitchen Table
 

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Iqbal Damit at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, during the distribution of Bruneian food aid. Photo: Ain Bandial/The Scoop. You can read more story from The Scoop by clicking the image.
 

Thursday to be added to no plastic day

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in community, lifestyle, food, Social News

 

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Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, Acting Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance), Ministry of Development, during the press conference earlier this morning
 

The Ministry of Development through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (DEPR) held a press conference this morning to socialize the addition of Thursday to the ‘No Plastic Bag Weekend Initiative’ towards No Plastic Bag Everyday.

Present at the session was the Acting Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance), Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, who addressed members of the media with regards to the extension. In her speech, Dr Nor Imtihan shared that the launching ceremony will be held on Thursday, 19th April 2018 in conjunction with Earth Day 2018, which appropriately carries the theme “End Plastic Pollution”.

The Acting Permanent Secretary also shared that the remaining days will be added in phases with Wednesday tentatively to be included in July 2018, Tuesday in October 2018 and Monday to be added in December 2018 towards realizing the Government’s objective of No Plastic Bag Everyday by 2019. The initiative will initially involve stores and businesses that are currently listed under the No Plastic Bag Weekend initiative but will be extended to other consumers of plastic bags such as retails shops (kedai-kedai runcit), restaurants and markets/stalls (gerai-gerai).

The No Plastic Bag Weekend initiative was initially launched on 26th March 2011 to include Saturday and Sunday, with Friday being added on 17th February 2012. The objective of the initiative is to promote the concept of 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in order to minimize the volume of waste sent to the country’s landfill. To date, fifty stores and businesses have voluntarily registered to participate in the initiative.

 

 

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Also at the press conference, Martinah Haji Tamit, Acting Director of JASTRe (left)
 

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It all started with Saturdays and Sundays back in 2011
 

Rano’s thoughts: This is indeed a great move finally being implemented. I remember back in 2015, it was mentioned that JASTRe wanted to implement the no-plastic-bag initiative on Thursday, but didn’t materialized. Soon, this Thursday 19th March, the Minister of Development will officially launch the additional day of Thursday to the “No Plastic Bag weekend initiative” so yes, it’s finally happening.

While supermarkets and some convenient stores are already used to this initiatives, the ones that will be the tougher to educate are the ones at the pasar malam or gerai stalls. For decades, they have been used to shelling out plastics to consumers and this stigma will be the hardest to break. Dr Nor Imtihan is confident that with great awareness and how we influence, it can play a huge role in shifting their mindsets and understand the implications of plastic bags to our environment.

The policies in supermarket is already a great reminder of me that I have to mentally prepare a recycle bag in my car, in case that I might need to buy something at the supermarket. If the supermarkets don’t have this policy, I wouldn’t have thought of having a spare recycle bag in my car. So that policy is a great tool to begin with to train and be alert on small things like “no plastic bags” that can have a huge positive impact.

Good job, JASTRe, on taking this idea into a reality. And do open up an Instagram account soon so we, as social influencers, will help to spread the word around by a push of a button 😀

 

 

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Plastic bags are common whenever we go to gerais. Perhaps one way is to start from us, bring our own recycling bags or containers to increase their awareness on the implications of plastic bags. Image from thanislim.com
 

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As you know, plastics are harmful once it’s littered around especially at beaches. This was taken at Tungku Beach and posted on TripAdvisor.
 

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I like this strong message about how plastics can kill the likes of turtles. Let’s look at the bigger picture by taking small steps
 

Prince Mateen urges forest conservation

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

 

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His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen delivering a keynote address at the Royal Geographical Society in London, United Kingdom yesterday. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen presented a keynote address at the Royal Geographical Society in London, United Kingdom yesterday. From the keynote, His Royal Highness emphasized the importance of forest conservation as it will have an impact on climate change which is currently an underlying issue we are facing currently.

The keynote address also revealed the efforts and contributions of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in addressing the climate change.

There were some interesting insights on the keynote address. Brunei Darussalam prioritized its activity in promoting forest conservation. Approximately 75% of our national land area is currently under forest cover.. On top of that, 55% of Brunei’s total land area is official declared as National Forest Estate under our domestic law. This is to ensure that our rainforests will be preserved for decades to come.

Starting 2007, Brunei with Malaysia and Indonesia established Heart of Borneo Initiative. Helps to conserve one of the last few remaining centres of biological diversity in the world by establishing a network of protected areas and sustainable management of forests in Borneo.

His Royal Highness also urged the community to play the part in ensuring the flora and fauna of the forests are protected and conserved. For instance, a number of critically endangered local species inhabit Brunei’s rainforests such as the Helmeted Hornbill and the Malayan Pangolin. Those poachers and forest hunters will be dealt with by the authorities.

His Royal Highness acknowledged as a country that we need to commit to these efforts not just by adopting a “whole of nation” approach but a “whole of world approach”.

It was also mentioned that Brunei is a member of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy and Brunei Darussalam has dedicated three separate forest reserves to the initiative, totaling more than 50 thousands hectares.

His Royal Highness was accompanied by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Hj Erywan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, Hj Mohammed Rosli bin Hj Ibrahim, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, Alasdair Macleod, Head of Enterprise and Resources, at the Royal Geographical Society and Datin Dr. Hjh. Anita Binurul Zahrina, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

 

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