Shahrom drives home an X-trail

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Mohd Shahrom bin Hj Sharbini (right) with his family and representatives from Brunei Shell Marketing and Boustead after Mohd Shahrom won the Nissan X-Trail in the final draw of BSM #BeliHelix II promotion
 


The five lucky winners were being feted

Brunei Shell Marketing Co Sdn (BSM) awarded its lucky winners for the recent #BeliHelix II promotion which was held at Times Square Shopping Centre two weeks ago. The promotion received an overwhelming entry of 15,000 from 8 February 2018 to 30th April 2018.

Hjh Siti Kurshiah Hj Anuar, Head of Commercial welcomed the winners and distinguished guests during her welcoming remarks and thanked all the customers for buying Helix products.

Mohd Shahrom bin Hj Sharbini, 40, was the lucky winner of the new Nissan X-Trail after being abled to start the engine after his third attempt. It was a close call between Mohd Shahrom and Hj Mohd Yusuf bin Hj Besar, the oldest person in the final draw as both attempted to ignite the engine of the SUV. In the end, the former was successful.

Also present during the final draw was BSM Managing Director Pg Shamhary Hj Mustapha and representatives from Boustead.

Goh Maycil won herself a Hong Kong tour package for two persons as the 1st runner-up. Second runner-up won a BND 2,500 cash card while the other consolation winners won a Macbook Air and Samsung LED TV respectively.

 


One of the consolation winners
 

 


Hjh Siti Kurshiah Hj Anuar, Head of Commercial during her welcoming remarks
 

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.”

 

 

Indian Chamber of Commerce loses appeal

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The final straw. Everyone is entitled to appeal after being given a judgment. A few months ago, the High Court ordered the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to pay BND 950,000 in damages to prominent businessman Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawani (BND 650,000) and Abdul Hamid bin Abas (BND 300,000) in the biggest defamation suit in Brunei Darussalam. You can read my previous article here. The ICC then appealed the verdict to The Court of Appeal.

In the end, the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s judgment which means the appellants, ICC and 24 defendants, will still have to settle the liabilities of general and aggravated damages to both the plaintiffs.

Presiding Justice John Barry Mortimer with Justices Burrell and Seagroatt handed a written judgment where the judges upheld the previous awarding of BND500,000 to the first plaintiff Ramesh and also BND225,000 to the second plaintiff Abdul Hamid in general and aggravated damages, excluding the exemplary damage awarded of BND150,000 and BND75,000 that was awarded to both plaintiffs respectively in the High Court’s judgment, citing the lack of evidence in proving that the defendants issued the letter for profit gain.

 


The Court of Appeal handed the final written judgment for the civil case between plaintiffs, Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawani and Abdul Hamid bin Abas against The Indian Chamber of Commerce and 24 of its members on 12th May 2018. Image courtesy of judiciary.gov.bn
 

It all began with a letter dated 5th April 2010 by the defendants to the Indian High Commissioner. It was written by the second defendant as President of The Indian Chamber of Commerce on the Chamber of Commerce’s headed notepaper and is counter signed by 23 other members or office holders of the chamber.

According the judgment, the letter contained, beyond argument, libellous material against Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawani. It noted that “Ramesh…. developed a business known as YMRM… He deals with counterfeit branded goods …. has recently been increasingly in various malicious activities…” There are even words such as “money laundering” and “mafia style gangster” and said in the lines that “Ramesh is widely suspected of laundering huge sums of money and threatening people in due course if at all someone tends to talk about it or report it.”

Other references were also made on Ramesh such as the use of “dirty words” and “dirty tactics”.

There was a second letter dated on 29th November 2010 also written on the notepaper of the Chamber of Commerce and signed by the fourth defendant as general secretary of the chamber. It generally disparages Ramesh alleging “dubious activities and anti-social behaviour”. It was more of a repetition of the first letter, alleging that his “so-called business activities are in actual fact a sham to cover his illegal money-laundering operations.

Both letters (dated 5th April 2010 and 29h November 2010) called upon The Indian High Commission to “investigate the matter rigorously.. and we are pretty sure that something worthwhile will be unearthed.”

Abdul Hamid bin Abas was also being implicated in the first letter. It didn’t specifically identify him by name but which can readily lead to his identification. The libel is that he abused his office as an officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is identified as the brother of Haji Sabali who works in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Court of Appeal replied to the appellants’ arguments, six of them.

1st ground – That Justice Findlay erred in holding all the defendants liable in damages in relations to the publication of the 29th November 201 when the judge held that only the 1st and 4th defendants were liable for the defamatory matter in that publication.

Appeal of court response – Justice Findlay made it clear in his findings that although he found for the first plaintiff (Ramesh) on the alleged libel in the letter of the 29th November 2010, he made no specific award of damages in respect of it. In other words, he confined himself to the effect of the letter of the 5th April 2010.

2nd ground – Justice Findlay erred by awarding join and several damages against all defendants without apportioning the awards between the defendants according to their respective aggravating and exemplary circumstances.

Appeal of court response – All defendants are equally liable. The form and content of the letter of the 5th April constitutes equal responsibility. The evidence of the 14th defendant could not relieve him of his equal responsibility. He was one of the Public Relations Officers (and probably a management committee member). There is no valid distinction to be drawn between any of the defendants all of whom authored the libel by “confirming their support by signing.”

3rd ground – Awarding exemplary damages was wrong in law.

Appeal of court response – Refer to 6th ground.

4th ground – Holding the defendants responsible for damages flowing from the publication on 16th June 2010 was wrong in law.

Appeal of court response – There is no merit in the argument on absolute privilege. The High Commission acted upon the letter of the 5th April 2010. It circulated the generality of the libel to a significant number of Senior Bruneian Officials – 18 in all. Even if the High Commission itself were to establish some form of privilege, which is dubious, their publication was generated, even demanded, by the content of the 5th April letter from the Indian Chamber of Commerce. The backlisting which lasted for one year, was in their view a direct consequence of that demand. The letter, in the final paragraph, contains the exhortation to the High Commission “unless he is curbed and stopped…” which is in effect a demand that he be blacklisted.

5th ground – The publication on 16th June 2010 was a novus actus interveniens and independent of the defendant’s publications so there should be no liability. [novus actus interveniens means negligence in latin].

Appeal of court response – This area was dealt in the context of ground 4. The chain of libelous publication was not broken by any “novus actus”.

6th ground – The award damages was disproportionately high compared with other cases.

Appeal of court response – The judges agreed that Justice Findlay found these allegations to be “of the utmost gravity”. Looking at the exemplary damages, the court of appeal reviewed if the appellants have deliberately defamed for profit. Only then the plaintiffs be awarded for exemplary damages (punitive sum). There is no evidence that suggested the profit has motivated the defendants though it is possible, simply on the basis of an understanding of human nature, that some defendants had in the mind the commercial or financial benefit to themselves if they affected the destruction of the plaintiff’s business.

As for aggravated damages, the court of appeal reviewed and agreed that it is appropriate to award such damages or include int eh award of general damages an element for aggravating factors. This include malice and the increase injury to a plaintiff by a defendant. It was noted that the civil action by the plaintiffs commenced five years ago though the incident has happened 8 years ago. It was also noted that there has been no apology or offer of amends over the whole period of that time.

The defendants’ attitude has been dismissive and persistently insulting. The plaintiffs have borne the brunt of this arrogant defamatory treatment in this long interim. A serious element of aggravation is beyond argument.

According to the written judgment, exemplary damages has been excluded but the aggravated damages remained. This was a serious libel calculated to destroy reputations using powerful institutiions or authorities to that end. Their motion was nasty, vicious and coordinated.

Conclusion of the written judgement by the Court of Appeal

Upon consideration of similar cases, Justice Seagrott concluded that they are not out of line with what the appellants argued, and decided to dismiss other grounds of the appeal, excluding the punitive damage and ordered them to pay general and aggravated damages award to the plaintiffs as a final judgment. The judgment was written and submitted on 12th May 2018.

The respondents were represented by lawyers Pengiran Izad Ryan bin Pengiran Laila Kanun Diraja Pengiran Haji Bahrin and Too Shu Vin of Pengiran Izad & Lee while the appellants, represented by counsels Kamal bin Shaari and Eugene Loh Jit Kuan of Yusof Halim and Partners.

 

 

Rano’s thoughts: Despite the exemption of the exemplary damages, It is still the biggest defamation (libel) case in Brunei Darussalam with a total of BND 725,000. The second biggest case was where Abrahams, Davidson and Co. won a case against the defunct News Express back in 2002. The plaintiff was also represented by Pg. Izad and & Lee and the total award was BND 550,000.

The defendants have used their final straw through the Court of Appeal and they will have to pay a total of BND 725,000 by end of the month (May 2018). Defamation is definitely a no go zone and it has landed many individuals/professionals/companies into trouble. This is definitely one civil case that has been going around for years and after 5 years of trial, the saga of the civil case is over.

I just read an interesting article that even bloggers like myself can be punishable of “libel or slander” and even worse, in addition to being liable in a civil court for damages, defamation is also a crime punishable under the penal code with a fine and a jail term. So, what’s next?

Ladies and gentlemen, do think twice before you make such actions.

 

Mercedes-Benz Hari Raya Special

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Jati Transport Sdn Bhd currently is having a Mercedes-Benz Hari Raya Special in conjunction with Ramadhan and the upcoming Hari Raya celebration.

Receive up to BND 2,000 Mercedes-Benz voucher when you book and register any Mercedes-Benz passenger car from now until 30th June 2018. The gift certificate of up to BND 2,000 will be given to all new car buyers which they can use to exchange for all new car buyers which they can use to exchange for all Mercedes-Benz merchandises, service & maintenance package, accessories and grooming services.

Call them at 244 1763 / 244 1777 or visit their showroom at Beribi showroom or the Autohaus.

 

 


Autohaus showroom
 

 


The models that you can test drive 🙂
 

First deliver of the A320neo aircraft

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The new A320neo aircraft with members of the local media at Toulouse, France. Image taken from The Scoop.
 


Her Excellency Datin Paduka Malai Hajah Halimah binti Malai Haji Yussof, Brunei Ambassador to France; Karam Chand, RB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer inspecting the new A320neo aircraft
 

It would have been a perfect fit if I had a first hand view of the new A320neo purchased by Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) when it was handed over at Toulouse, France, a few days ago. This is the first of the seven firm aircraft (A320neo) and three option aircraft ordered by RB as part of its fleet renewal program back in 2014. So it’s good to see the plan turn to reality.

Present at the commemorative ceremony in Toulouse was Her Excellency Datin Paduka Malai Hajah Halimah binti Malai Haji Yussof, Brunei Ambassador to France; Karam Chand, RB Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer; Mohammad Nazri Mohammad Yusof, Acting Director of Brunei Department of Civil Aviation; Mr Jason Tonich, Vice President and General Manager of GE Aviation Sales and Mrs Elsie Yamanouye, Director, Customer Program Management of Thales.

“Airbus A320neo aircraft comes equipped with Leap-1A26 CFM engines with some of the best fuel, noise, emission and operating efficiency in its class and will allow Royal Brunei Airlines to achieve significant cost savings and reduce its emissions footprint. We are based in Brunei on the Island of Borneo which has some of the most pristine environment on earth and we are pleased to be playing a part in preserving this,” said Mr Karam Chand, CEO of Royal Brunei Airlines.

“The RB A320neo aircraft is also the world’s first narrow body fitted with Thales Avant (Gen5) in-flight entertainment system and this will provide our guests significantly enhanced experience on board and match those generally available on long haul aircraft. These aircraft will have business, economy plus and economy seats with leather covering, USB power outlets and audio/video on demand at every seat. These features have been added keeping in mind the changing needs of our guests and to provide seamless and consistent service to our many transferring guests from the B787 Dreamliner long haul services to the A320 flights,” said Mr Chand.

“The new aircraft will also play an important role in maintaining and improving our operational reliability. RB’s on time performance is ninety percent, one of the best in the industry, however we believe we need to keep improving this as the vast majority of guests travelling to/from/via Brunei use RB services. The extended range of A320neo’s also provides RB with a lower risk option to pioneer new medium haul markets up to seven hours duration and we will be making new route announcement over the next several months,” added Mr Chand.

RB’s first A320neo aircraft will be in revenue service from 7th June 2018 with Singapore selected as the very first destination which is less than two weeks from now.

“Airbus is pleased that Royal Brunei Airlines is the latest airline to take delivery of the A320neo, the world’s preferred single aisle aircraft. With its exceptionally comfortable cabin, low operating costs and excellent fuel efficiency, the A320neo will complement Royal Brunei’s existing fleet and contribute to the airline’s continued success,” said Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

RB’s current fleet consists of 10 aircraft; four Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and six A320ceo. Eight new aircraft will join its fleet by December 2018 (a fifth B787 and seven A320neo). RB will have one of the youngest fleet in the world with an average age of 2 years by the end of 2018. The national carrier of Brunei Darussalam today operates out of its hub airport – Bandar Seri Begawan to eighteen destinations across the world.

Can’t wait for the rest of the A320neo aircrafts to be delivered to Brunei. You can read more news of the delivery from The Scoop.

 

 


The traditional welcoming gesture for the new A320neo, a two minute water salute as a sign of respect and gratitude at Brunei International Airport
 

New Brother printers

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Vincent Pao with the staff of Bilster Technologies with the new Brother printers line up
 

Brother printers are as popular these days because of its cost effectiveness. The previous models have been well received from local consumers.

Now Bilster Technologies have brought in newer models to the Brunei market and now the Brother printers are on offer which will include refillable ink-tank printers like the Brother T310 and the Brother T510W plus laser printers perfect for SME and home businesses like the Brother MFC-L2715DW.

The Brother T310, T510W and T710W is an all-in-one A4 printer with speeds of up to 27 pages per minute and with the ability to handle to printing of multi-pages of documents with the help of its onboard 128 of RAM (faster printing). The three models will have refillable ink-tanks, the printing output can reach up to 6,500 pages per full tank for monochrome printing and 5,000 pages for colour printing.

The Brother T310 is priced at BND 238, the Brother T510W is priced at BND 288, the Brother T170W is priced at BND 318. The T510W and T710W have wireless capabilities.

If you want for business printing, then check out the Brother MFC-L2715DW and the Brother MFC-L8900CDW. Both are laser printers and also support wireless printing.

Norsurya Hj Sabali, Executive in charge of Business Development at Bilster Technologies said that the Brother printers provide three years warranty coverage and this gives more confidence and trust on Brother printers to the customers.

For more information, you can call 223 0871 / 223 0872 of visit their their showroom at G27, Citis Square.

 

 


The Brother T310
 


The Brother T710W
 


The Brother MFC-L8900CDW
 


The older models of Brother printers
 

 

PJSC makes headway in radiotherapy field

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Dato Seri Laila Jasa Dr Babu Sukumaran, Medical Director of Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) cum Director of The Brunei Cancer Centre, Dr Mazrul Adimin bin Hj Awg Besar, Executive Director of PJSC and Dr Jamsari bin Khalid, Consultant Radiation Oncologist and Head of Radiotherapy Department during the press conference for surgical advancement and radiotherapy service at PJSC
 

Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) opened its doors to the media representatives across Brunei to speak on the latest surgical advancement in the field of radiotherapy this morning.

Chaired by the Executive Director of PJSC, Dr Mazrul Adimin bin Hj Awg Besar, the other members of the panel were Dato Seri Laila Jasa Dr Babu Sukumaran, Medical Director of PJSC cum Director of The Brunei Cancer Centre and Dr Jamsari bin Khalid, Consultant Radiation Oncologist and Head of Radiotherapy Department.

Also in attendance were Mr Varghese Paulose, the Chief Operating Officer of PJSC and Ms Vivian Tie, Hospital Administrator of PJSC and other staff members.

During the press conference, members of panel highlighted on the latest development and services provided by the Radiotherapy Department. Under the purview of The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) at PJSC, they expressed their pride in making headway in the field of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT). In brief, both the SRS and SBRT treatment are non-surgical ablative radiation used to treat tumours of the brain that is not accessible when conducting open surgery. In comparison to traditional radiation therapy, it delivers precisely-targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional therapy without affecting the surrounding healthy tissue.

 

 


Invited guests and media during the press conference
 


The new advanced Varian Edge which conducts radio surgical treatment that is frameless, non-invasive, fast and accurate
 

The radiotherapy department started functioning in 2016, where highly skilled clinical team have utilised highly advanced equipment and tailor-made techniques to treat specific cancer diseases. To date, they have treated more than 600 cases ever since it opened.

Armed with two new state-of-art linear accelerators namely the Varian Trubeam and Varian Edge, brachytherapy equipment, a CT-simulator and 3D treatment planning system, the department also conducts radio surgical treatment that is frameless, non-invasive, fast and accurate. In the past, it would have taken more than 2 hours to deliver treatment to the patient, however with the new technology provided at PJSC, treatment normally 5-10 mins.

The panel also elaborated on the recent referral case conducted by the radiotherapy clinical team as the team now embarks on handling their first few paediatric cases.

Amongst others, TBCC’sradiotherapy servicesincludesthe Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), Volumetric Intensity Modulated Arc Therapy (Rapid Arc) and Conventional and 3-D conformal radiotherapy. Due to these advancement, number of patient cases sent overseas to get treatment has tremendously dropped. PJSC prides in providing a facility fully equipped to provide the best cancer care to the citizens of Brunei Darussalam. This is also in line with the vision and mission of the centre in working together to lead a specialized medical centre that provides the highest standard of healthcare practices.

Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) is a specialized medical centre situated in Jerudong. It consists primarily of three centres of excellence namely The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC), Brunei Neuroscience Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) and Maxillofacial, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Centre (MFPRSC).

 

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.

 

 

 

Baiduri Bank promotion during Ramadhan

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This Ramadhan, Baiduri Bank is collaborating with some of Brunei’s top restaurants for the Sungkai with Baiduri promotion where Baiduri cardholders enjoy 30% savings off the total bill when they pay for their breaking of fast with their Baiduri Credit Cards.

The 30% discount applies at any of the 24 participating restaurants which are: Capers Café & Restaurant, Charcoal BBQ & Grill, Cheezebox Café & Restaurant, Freshco Buffet at Freshco Batu Satu, Grand Buffet at KB Sentral, Freshco Sungkai Mega Buffet (Parkview Hotel), Goldiana Café & Lounge (Mulia Hotel), I-Lotus Restaurant, Le Taj Restaurant, Millennium Restaurant, Misato Japanese Restaurant, Papparich Restaurant, Pondok Sari Wangi Gadong as well as Jerudong, Secret Recipe, Senja Restaurant, Seoul Garden and Yellow Cab Pizza Co.

The Sungkai with Baiduri promotion is available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the month of Ramadhan and the 30% savings applies to the total bill with no minimum spend required, subject to a maximum discount of BND50.

Terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com.bn under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals. For more information, customers may also contact the 24-hour Baiduri Bank Customer Hotline at 2449666.

Baiduri Bank is one of the largest providers of payment products in Brunei, and holds franchise to four major card brands – Visa, MasterCard, American Express as well as the UnionPay. On top of cashless convenience, Baiduri credit and debit cards come with an array of benefits, such as exclusive rewards and offers, easy instalment plans as well as ability to accumulate Bonus Points for the Baiduri Instant Rewards programme.

To be in the know of Baiduri Bank current promotions and events, the public can also follow Baiduri Bank Group on Facebook or @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

 

Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL), has launched the Sahur with Baiduri promotion where Baiduri cardholders enjoy 30% savings off the total bill when they pay for their food and beverages with their Baiduri Credit Cards.

The 30% discount applies at all CBTL outlets in Airport Departure Hall, Bandar Mayapuri, Centrepoint Gadong, Seaview Hotel in Kuala Belait, Supa Save Beribi, Supa Save Panaga, Times Square as well as The Mall, Gadong.

The promotions is available every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of Ramadhan from 6:00pm till closing time. The 30% discount applies to the total bill with no minimum spend, subject to a maximum discount of BND50.

Progresif Pay is out

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Yang Berhormat Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Communications, launched Progresif Pay last week at Rizqun International Hotel. Progressive Pay is brought to you by Progresif and powered by BIBD NEXGEN.
 

Other countries have implemented it. I know China is known for their WeChat. Today, it is made possible by Progresif powered by BIBD NEXGEN known as Progresif Pay. It is definitely a stepping stone in terms of cashless payments in Brunei Darussalam.

It was launched by Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof who applauded both Progresif and BIBD for the collaboration in pursuing to be a smart nation in this era of digital economy. The minister shared that Brunei Darussalam is ranked 53rd in the world in the ICT development index.

Also accompany the Minister were Mubashar Khokhar, Managing Director and CEO of BIBD and Paul Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Progresif who both had inspiring quotes from Henry Ford and Michael Jordan respectively. Mubashar re-quoted, “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” while Paul mentioned, “Individuals win games while teamwork wins championships”.

Powered by BIBD NEXGEN, Progresif PAY creates an alliance between Brunei’s most innovative mobile operator and the country’s best digital bank at the forefront of branchless banking and mobile commerce by improving access and creating opportunities for greater commercial efficiency, diversification and development of Brunei’s digital economy.

Now what can be useful when you use Progresif Pay? A few things. You don’t need to bring a thick wallet, or even better a wallet. You don’t need a bank account to begin with to. You will still need to be a Progresif subscriber to be eligible for Progresif Pay.

Having said all that, first thing’s first – download the app, both available on IOS and Google Play. You will need to pop down to a Progresif Store or BIBD Branch for identity verification and registration. Then you will get your own virtual card (just like a virtual debit card). The maximum value that you can put into the virtual account will be BND 3,000 and the great thing about it is that your Progresif Pay virtual card is not tied to any of your bank accounts or credit cards. In other words, it’s safe and secured.

Once you have activated your Progresif Pay, you can pay your bills such as utilities or make donations. You can send money to other Progresif Pay users. You can even use your Progresif Pay to shop online, just like a credit card. Since you are a Progresif user, you can even top up to add data or minutes through Progresif Pay. Awesome!!

Marketing strategy will be a key component in helping others to adopt to the newly introduced Progresif Pay, according to Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif Pay. He envisioned that their neighbours at the popular Gadong wet market will make use of Progresif Pay among the vendors so it will be totally convenient and cashless.

It will be interesting to see the adoption rate of Progresif Pay because once they are many Progresif Pay users, it have a domino effect as users will find it very convenient in making transactions.

For more info and FAQ, you can click here to learn more of Progresif Pay.

 

 


Paul Taylor, CEO of Progresif, mentioned how the Progresif Radio app has around 17,000 downloads since its release a few months ago.
 


The minister touring BIBD NEXGEN outlet at The Mall
 


Press conference hosted by BIBD and Progresif on the launch of Progresif Pay
 

 

 

 

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