Tong Hong Hoi won a once in a lifetime, all-expense paid trip for two to watch the semi-final match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Moscow, Russia. He received the grand prize from Pg Azaleen bin PD Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network, Baiduri Bank recently
Visa and Baiduri Bank, the organisers of the “Win an All-Expenses-Paid Trip for 2 to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, courtesy of Visa” have announced the grand prize winner at a prize presentation ceremony held at Baiduri Bank Headquarters in Kiarong today. The promotion was held from the 1 February 2018 to the 30 April 2018.
Winning a once in a lifetime, all-expense paid trip for two to watch the semi-final match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Moscow, Russia, is Mr Tong Hock Hoi, an entrepreneur.
When interviewed, Mr Tong had commented. “I regularly use my Baiduri Visa card, but I never thought I would win, so imagine my surprise and delight! I am really happy to be the winner – looking forward to this trip!”
During the promotion period, Baiduri Visa Infinite, Platinum, Gold, Classic and Debit cardholders, who spend on their Baiduri Visa cards, received one chance for every BND 50 spent in the grand draw.
Mr Tong Hock Hoi and his wife will be arriving in Moscow on 8 July 2018 and treated to a 5-day/4-night accommodation with breakfast, all scheduled ground transportation, Visa FIFA World Cup™ themed merchandise, Visa Prepaid products, two tickets to watch the semi-final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and spending money of BND 5,000.
Pg Azaleen bin PD Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network who presented the prize commented, “We are delighted to be able to see such amazing response from the public for this promotion. This initiative is in line with our vision to enhance customer experience and to deliver a high level of quality products and services.”
On top of Mr Tong winning the coveted grand prize, 8 other monthly winners also brought home Visa FIFA World Cup™ themed merchandise.
With the other consolation winners of the “Win an All-Expenses-Paid Trip for 2 to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, courtesy of Visa”
Pg Saiful and Hj Amir who played in last year’s Mexico World Final. Who will represent Brunei this year in Austria?
Unlike most local tournaments the top prize is an unforgettable golfing trip to the Audi quattro Cup World Final – every year held at a different prestigious international golf club. This year the venue will be the Golf Club Schwarzsee in Kitzbühel, Austria.
Also for this year’s local tournament a new rule will allow any golfer team of any nationality with a valid passport to qualify for the World Final.
“If you win it- you go to Austria!”
47 countries each year with 700 tournaments participate in the Audi quattro Cup featuring a 2-golfer team format playing under the Stableford system or ‘best ball’.
Interested golfers may inquire more at Audi Kiarong during opening hours.
The Golf Club Schwarzsee in Kitzbühel, Austria
Brunei will be hosting the Asia Rugby Championship on 8th, 10th and 12th of May 2018. Teams that will be participating are Brunei as host, Guam and China. This will be the 6th Asia Rugby Tournament that Brunei has hosted since 2007, and the last one was against Mongolia and Laos in 2014, where Mongolia emerge as champion for this division.
Brunei Rugby is hoping to make this event an annual event, as it will be a holistic approach to promote rugby in the country, by having such regional marquee rugby event to the sultanate. We are also hoping to organize a Asian 7s tournament and Asian age group tournament in the near future.
The organisers would like to thank our partners & sponsors Ministry of youth and sports, RYS entertainment, Head Hunter sport, Asia Rugby, Rhino, Asian Flair, Youc1000 Isotonic drink and Rainfresh water for the support in this tournament.
Brunei Rugby will also be organizing Level 1 Medic First Aid in Rugby (L1FAIR) course during the tournament. It will be conducted by Dr Azril Syazwan bin Mohd Ali, a World Rugby Medical Educator, from Malaysia’s Institute of Sports. Brunei Rugby not only hope to produce rugby players, coaches, referees and administrators, but also medical professionals to become more professional in their approach to promote Rugby.
Handing over of the official jersey sponsored by Head Hunter sport for the Brunei national team to Mohd Azahar b Timban, Captain of Brunei Darussalam while Dr Haji kamaluddin, Acting President of Brunei rugby union looks on
Johari Ahmad takes the lead with 68
Following are the updates from the third day of the tournament at the RBA Golf Club where 132 golfers took part in the Baiduri Masters for a chance to don the Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy.
By the end of the first weekend of play, five players from yesterday’s leaderboard were knocked out from the top 16 with the emergence of Ali Hj Rashid, Mohd Zainul Amir Abdullah, Hj Mohd Sharifuddin Hj Md Salleh, Md Haswandi Hj Paun and Dato Paduka Hj Harith Hj Abd Karim.
Sitting at the top of the leaderboard is Johari Ahmad who played a fantastic game of golf ending the day with a gross of 68. He moved up a staggering 14 places in the leaderboard. Yesterday’s leader, Wadiwadera Hj Md Wahid maintains his gross of 69, putting him comfortably in second place with a 3-stroke gap between the next contender. In third place is Suhaimi Hj Ibrahim, who moved up 3 places with an improved game grossing 72.
Tied with a gross of 73 are Hj Hanafi Pehin Hj Ahmad, P.A. Basheer, newcomer Ali Hj Rashid, Asmawi bin Ismail and Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki who moved up 4 spots to put him in seventh place.
Zaini bin Hj Abd Rahman and newcomer Mohd Zainul Amir Abdullah, in eighth and ninth place respectively with a gross of 74. Tied with a gross of 75 are Hj Mohd Sharifuddin (new), Seruji Hj Setia, Md Haswandi Hj Paun (new), Han Lian Siew and Dato Paduka Hj Harith (new).
Rounding off the top 16 is Zulehram Yakub with a gross of 76.
Hj Hanafi Pehin Hj Ahmad is ranked 4th after the 3rd round of play with 73 stroke
Pengiran Anak Basheer is ranked 4th after the 3rd round of play with 73 stroke
The Baiduri Masters 2018 will continue this Friday, 4 May 2018.
The Baiduri Masters 2018 takes place over two weekends starting 27 April 2018 until 29 April 2018 and 4 to 6 May 2018. To make the cut, the top 16 gross players overall will get the opportunity to vie for the Green Jacket.
Besides the coveted Baiduri Masters Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy, the golfers also have the chance to score the fantastic hole-in-one prizes comprising two luxury cars and three cash prizes of B$20,000 each.
Other than the BMW 740Li at hole 14, other hole-in-one prizes on offer this year are the Mini Cooper S Countryman for Hole 5 and B$20,000 cash each for Holes 2, 12 and 16.
Additionally, there will be novelty prizes up for grabs for the nearest to the pin throughout the tournament and also longest drive as well as lucky draw prizes.
As with every year, proceeds raised during the Baiduri Masters will be donated to local charity organisations that help persons with special needs integrate into the wider society.
There are still slots available for the next weekend of play. Those who haven’t registered for the tournament can still do so at the RBA Golf Club, First Floor, VIP Room. Participants are encouraged to play more than once to improve their chances of winning, and they will enjoy a BND10 discount on the registration fee on their subsequent rounds.
The Baiduri Masters will be played on format System 36 (Stroke Play) and the challenge trophy will be decided on gross. The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Junior. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett.
For more details, the public can log onto the website www.baiduri.com or call the RBA Golf Club at 8773612.
Well done, Brunei Darussalam for last night’s important victory
A well deserved victory for the host nation
After a nervy start to the tournament, Brunei Darussalam bounced back against a tougher opponent, this time against a powerhouse Thailand with a 2-1 victory at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last night. I’m pleased to see Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos getting on the scoresheet and scoring the winner in injury time. He was a colossal in defence when Brunei lost to Timor Leste 1-0 in the opening match and he kept the backline composed throughout the game.
Even with a scoreline deadlock by half time, the host nation kept pressuring the visitors and looked more of a different force – alive and hungry.
Naziruddin Hj Ismail scored the opening goal with an assist from captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah after 60 minutes which brought the strong 25,000 crowd into a frenzy celebration. Thailand managed to equalized minutes later through their captain Paso Sittichok. However, Brunei maintained their momentum from the first half and Ak Yura snatched a winner through a corner kick late in injury time.
The question beckoned on where was this solid, impressive performance that was missing in the first game? The head coach was probably right when he previously mentioned that Brunei was over excited before the tournament kicked off.
Azim Suhaimi, Brunei’s midfielder, had a good piece of advice to the fans especially those who were quick to judge the players [in a negative manner] on social media. I recently came across the comments on @brusportnews and they were definitely uncalled for. It’s important for us to learn to give constructive feedback with a nicer tone rather than totally bashing the players which can in turn demoralized the players.
Come Monday, Brunei has another hurdle to overcome with the likes of the defending champion Myanmar in the final match of the group A in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy. This will definitely be a crowd puller even on a Monday evening and I won’t be surprised if the attendance will break the 25,000 strong crowd from last night.
Kudos once again to the Brunei team. Let’s continue the morale support and believe in our team that they can be the best team and the team to beat after last night’s performance. Images courtesy of @infodept.bn
Captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah was instrumental with an assist for Brunei’s opener
Brunei Darussalam kept piling the pressure on the two times champion, Thailand
Naziruddin Hj Ismail (No.8) scored Brunei’s first goal in the tournament
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 Brunei Darussalam, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown prince and Senior Minister, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah during the Brunei National Anthem at the opening of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2018 at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.
His Majesty the Sultan officially launching HBT 2018
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 Brunei Darussalam officially launched the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, HBT, for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018. The ceremony took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Berakas.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam as the Advisor of the Executive Committee of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, HBT, for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018. Also present to greet His Majesty’s arrival was Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as members of the Executive Committee.
Soon after arrival, His Majesty received junjung ziarah from the sponsors.
Also present were His Majesty’s sons and brothers, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah as well as members of the Royal family.
His Majesty then declared the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018 officially opened.
The opening ceremony was enlivened with firework display and Human LED performance.
His Majesty was then introduced to the team managers, coaches and team captains. Seven countries are taking part in the tournament. Group ‘A’ comprises teams from Brunei Darussalam, Timor Leste, Myanmar and Thailand; while Group ‘B’ are Lao PDR, Singapore and Cambodia. His Majesty also presented souvenirs to team managers of the participating nations.
His Majesty then received a pasambah from the HBT 2018 Organising Committee.
The Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy Football Tournament is jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam, NFABD. The tournament aims to uphold the Titah of His Majesty to involve the best teams in the ASEAN Region to compete in the ASEAN or South East Asian Football league. Press release by RTB and image courtesy of Infofoto.
His Majesty received junjung ziarah from the sponsors
His Majesty receiving a token from Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah
Members of the Royal Family and invited VIPs
The marching ceremony
The flag bearers
Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, the national team captain of Brunei Darussalam
The Brunei Darussalam National team. Back – Ak Yura Yunos, Ammar Syafie Hassanuddin, Muhammad Abdul Syakir, Martin Haddy Khalilidden, Azim Izamuddin Hj Suhaimi, Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (Captain). Front row – Ishyra Asmin Babidi, Naziruddin Hj Ismail, Haziq Kasyful Azim, Amin Sisa, Hanif Aiman Adanan. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Team Timor Leste National team. Back row – Fagio Augusto Da Silva, Henrique Wilson Da Cruz, Osvaldo Lucas Baptista, Rufino Walter Gama, Gumario Augusto Fernandes, Jorge Sabas Victor (Captain). Front row – Indio Ricardo Ferreira Alves, Silverio Da Rusereicao, Jose Maria Dos Reis, Candido Monteiro, Nelson Sarmento Viegas. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Not the start we wanted as a Brunei supporter and they were some mixed feelings about the performance last night at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Our host nation took on Timor Leste in the opening match of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy and fell to a 1-0 narrow lost to the visitor on home turf.
Timor Leste benefited from a solitary goal from the penalty spot in the first half after a Timor Leste player was alleged to have brought down in the box. Jose Maria Dos Reis cooly converted the penalty and held on till the final whistle.
Brunei had great performances in their friendly matches leading to the first match against Timor Leste. However, the intensity and the cohesiveness of the team left more room for improvements. Sloppy passes and poor possession, Brunei struggled to hold the ball and hardly last after 4-5 passes whereas Timor Leste looked more controlled on and off the ball. This was apparent in the first half.
Nonetheless, there were some players that helped help to calm the team down whenever Timor Leste began to threaten in attack. Ak Yura Yunos (No.23) in defence and Naziruddin Hj Ismail (No.8) in midfield help to hold the fort for Brunei throughout the 90 minutes. Another player that brought more purpose to the game was Faiq Jefri Bolkaih (No.9), the team captain in attack. Brunei’s best chances came from Faiq whose both efforts were cleared off the line, one a well struck left footer while the other, a guided header off a corner.
The second half was a slightly better in terms of possession for Brunei though Timor Leste showed more confidence in all departments. The visitors were restricted to long shots and none of their efforts troubled Ishyra Asmin Jabidi in goal. Timor Leste was also good when countering and almost doubled their lead when substitute Muhammad Ramie Ramlli gave away a sloppy pass in midfield but Timor Leste failed to capitalize.
Fabio Augusto Da Silva (No.20), Timor Leste’s goalkeeper, had little workout in the second half as Brunei failed to muster any form of chance to trouble the keeper. A long ball strategy would have benefited the isolated Faiq upfront due to his physique and the ability to hold the ball. However, Timor Leste were so disciplined at the back and their larger body physique gave more advantage against our local players. Kudos to Timor Leste on a professional display on the pitch and deserved the narrow victory over the host nation.
Mario Riviera Campesino, head coach of Brunei Darussalam, commented that Brunei showed nervousness in the first half and this is due to the over excitement leading to the tournament and forgetting to be focused on the match. He is confident that Brunei will improve in the upcoming matches and win the remaining matches to qualify for the semi-finals.
Brunei now have a huge task in the group of death. They are up against two times defending champion Thailand and the defending champion Myanmar. Will this be difficult? Yes. But is it impossible? No. Brunei did show some promise and let’s put our trust in the players selected by the head coach in the upcoming matches. I believe we have the quality and the desire to be better than we were last night.
Myanmar will take on Thailand in a mouth watering match at Belapan Sports Complex tonight. Brunei will have two extra days before they face Thailand at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium on Friday evening.
Naziruddin Hj Ismail of Brunei Darussalam skipped a tackle during the match. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Hanif Aiman Adanan attempting to win a challenge. He gave away possession cheaply especially in the first half. I hope he can bounce back against Thailand this coming Friday.
Faiq Jefri Bolkiah holding the ball against Nelson Sarmento Viegas. He had two great chances to equalize but his efforts were cleared off the line. A promising talent for the national team. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Faiq Jefri Bolkiah had a subdued second half as his team mates weren’t able to supply him the ball in the final third. Kudos to Timor Leste for their discipline in defence and as a unit. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Ak Yura Yunos helped Brunei’s defence and also calmed the storm from Timor Leste. It would have been a different story without the presence of Ak Yura Yunos. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
The HBT supporters sang and chanted during period of the match to boost the morale of the players. Timor Leste head coach Gelasio Da Silva Carvalho even said that his players couldn’t hear his instructions from the bench due to the overwhelming chants from the supporters.
It wasn’t a full house but I could say almost 90% of the stadium was filled up. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
I can see my friends 😀 . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, President of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (centre), Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (right) and Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports earlier this morning at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
The hype is gaining momentum. Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy is just around the corner (this coming Monday) at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. The last time Brunei won was back in 2012. The defending champions are Myanmar. Will Brunei use their home ground to their advantage once again and regain back the trophy in front of their home supporters?
This time round, only seven countries are participating in the upcoming HBT 2018 tournament. Notably missing are powerhouse Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. I will definitely miss the presence of Malaysia and Indonesia as they bring exciting flavour and aura whenever Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia play against each other.
Brunei Darussalam are in the group of death in my opinion, being in the same group as Thailand and the defending champion Myanmar. Timor Leste made up the group of death and the host Brunei will take on Timor Leste in the opening match this coming Monday, 23rd April 2018.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, will grace the opening of HBT 2018 this coming Monday.
The working committee has been working their best in order to make flow of the opening ceremony as smooth as possible. Info department under the Prime Minister’s Office has been helpful in providing access for the local media and also giving updates on events leading to the opening opening ceremony.
HBT 2018 doesn’t have an official Instagram account but their coverage will be featured on Info Department’s instagram account.
It was made known that there will be lucky draws, conducted on every match of HBT 2018 and the final grand prize will be the latest Vios Rush, a seven-seater vehicle. The good news is that the entry is FREE. You will be handed out coupons upon entry. More incentives for you to come over and support the event brought to you by The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports with the support of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam.
All I can is that it’s good to see HBT tournament again in Brunei.
A press conference was held hosted by MCYS, NAFBD and other related agencies
The youngest player in the HBT team
The team coach and the assistant coach for HBT Brunei team
Team Thailand earlier being received by the Brunei delegates at Brunei International Airport
Team Myanmar earlier being received by the Brunei delegates at Brunei International Airport
The head coach of Myanmar being interviewed by the local press. Even though Myanmar is the defending champion, the head coach shared that the current team is completely new from the previous one but remains confident that Myanmar will do well once again in the tournament.
Baiduri Bank Group with the partners for the upcoming Baiduri Masters 2018 during the signing ceremony at QAF Brunei yesterday
The highly anticipated annual golf tournament, the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament is set to span over two weekends, 27 to 29 April and 4 to 6 May 2018. This year marks the 23rd edition of the Baiduri Masters organised by Baiduri Bank Group.
Thanks to the support of strategic partners – QAF Brunei, BMW and MINI, the much awaited hole-in-one car prizes for Baiduri Masters 2018 was confirmed this morning at the Partnership Signing Ceremony held at the QAF Centre. Besides two luxury cars, players will also stand a chance to win three cash prizes plus numerous other tournament prizes at the Baiduri Masters 2018.
The hole-in-one prizes for this year are as follows: BMW 740Li for Hole 14; Mini Cooper S Countryman for Hole 5; and $20,000 cash prize for Holes 2, 12 and 16.
The event began with the opening remarks by Mr. Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank. He said, “Since the tournament’s inception in 1995, the Baiduri Masters has always been centred towards supporting our community and making a difference. The tournament has been raising funds for local charities and organisations that support people with special needs and promotes activities that help people with special needs integrate into society. Last year, we were able to donate $65,000 for charity.”
Exchange of documents between Baiduri Bank and QAF Brunei
One of the prizes for the hole-in-one. A few years ago, three people won the same hole and the prize was a Porsche Cayman
The application form for this year’s Baiduri Masters 2018
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony began with a signing between the Baiduri Bank Group and the RBA Golf Club. Another MOU between Baiduri Bank Group and Brunei Press was also signed this morning to appoint Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata as the print media partners for the event.
Mr. Asmadi bin Hj Alimustapha, General Manager of the RBA Golf Club, Mr. Albert Lau, Chief Executive Officer of QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, and Mr. Reggie See, 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. Ng Joon An, Accountant at the RBA Golf Club, Mr. Siva Kumar Krishnan, General Manager of QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Ms. Hazizah Osman, Deputy General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd 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 2018 signed as witnesses respectively.
The champion of the Baiduri Masters 2017 was Qawim Hj Aslimon, a first time Baiduri Masters champion. Rounding out the top 5 were Johari Ahmad, Seruji Hj Setia, Pg Adam Pg Atan and Ahmad Yani.
Registration commences from today and the registration fee remains at BND120 for adults and BND60 for juniors. The registration fee is inclusive of green fees, buggy, a goodie bag as well as buffet breakfast and lunch. Players are invited to the prize presentation dinner at the end of the tournament.
For more information, please contact the Baiduri Customer Helpline at 244 9666 or log onto www.baiduri.com.
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Jewel Shim Huei Zi, Jemimah Wen-Xi Liew and Syahla Salsabilia of SMSA (KB) receiving the trophy from Nadia Lee Siew Hoon binti Abdullah, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and accompanied by Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam during the Great Debate Final held at Dewan Raya, RTB last week
Jemimah receiving her Best Speaker trophy
I miss debating. Reminds me of my high school days. For the past few years, I have been witnessing debating competition among schools and this is a great platform for students as they will be equipped with current affairs and can be beneficial to their studies.
Last week, Sayyidina Ali Secondary School (SMSA) were crowned the champions of the Great Debate Competition 2018 organised by the British High Commission and Department of Co-Curriculum Education at the Ministry of Education with the support of CfBT. They beat PTES (Bengkurong Sixth Form Centre) in the finals. We used to hear of Maktab Sains (MS) and Maktab Duli (MD) of making to the finals but this year, it’s a different story.
SMSA won their last debate competition back in 2010/2011. So it was great to see them back in winning ways.
The guest of honour during the finals at Dewan Raya, RTB was Nadia Lee Siew Hoon binti Abdullah, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education. Also present was Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.
Richard was full of praise for the students on their efforts and these are essential skills especially for the young students. This will also help them in the future for Brunei vision 2035 as the topic touches on Commonwealth issues where Brunei is part of it.
Stuart Lee, the chief adjudicator, praised the deliveries of the debaters and saw brighter futures for them. He advised for the finalists to also focus on more solid examples to justify their points.
The Great Debate Competition, supported by CfBT Education Services, is the first of its kind to be held in Brunei, a new milestone in the partnership between the Department of Co-Curriculum Education at the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam.
The competition carries the theme ‘The Commonwealth: Towards a Common Future’, reflecting the theme of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which 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 Brunei Darussalam is expected to attend this April in the United Kingdom.
Richard Lindsay speaking to the debaters from PTES after the prize ceremony
Stuart Lee the chief adjudicator giving his remarks of the debate
Geraldine Ting, Ak Muhd Rulzaimi bin Pg Hj Ramlee and Jessilyn Teh Jing Ying representing PTES
Hello MD students who came to support the finals too
The winners with their mentors and coaches from SMSA
It was no surprise that ‘Overall Best Speaker’ of the Great Debate Competition went to Jemimah Wen-Xi Liew of SMSA and she shared that her team had less knowledge on Commonwealth and competition was a great platform for them to expand their knowledge. The SMSA team was grateful towards their coaches and teachers who guided them in terms of research and delivery.
The competition officially began on February 5 with preliminary rounds being held in several sessions at PTES. Among the other participating schools were Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Boys Secondary School (SMALHB), Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains), and Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli).
The Great Debate Competition additionally represented a chance to celebrate the UK and Brunei’s close educational ties to produce a future generation of dynamic leaders.
The competition is part of the Asean Great Education Campaign’s programme activities, organised by the British High Commission.
It aims to support the MoE’s push to cultivate an innovative and creative culture of learning; to empower, educate and provide a platform to help students be open-minded and develop communication and critical thinking skills that can be useful in university life and future careers; as well as provide recognition to participating students who exhibit excellence in their research and communication skills.