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BIBD and BNCCC signs MoU

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Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change (BNCCC) to cooperate in climate action solutions.

The MoU aims to establish, promote and develop cooperation between both parties in advancing climate action solutions to pave for Brunei Darussalam’s low carbon emission and establish climate-resilient pathways for a sustainable nation.

The MoU will also explore cooperation in any other areas of mutual interest such as the Protokol Hijau, Tree Planting activities, renewable energy, awareness and education campaigns, sustainable finance and investment in energy conservation, among many others.

“Rapid development projects and technological advancements have brought about some unwanted and negative impacts on our environments both locally and globally and the time to take action is now. We need to take a hollistic approach to drive the sustainability agenda and commitment further into the spotlight to ensure actions are being made immediately to achieve the BNCCC’s goal of net zero by 2050,” said the Acting Managing Director and CEO of BIBD, Hajah Noraini binti Hj Sulaiman.

“BIBD as a corporate citizen, is honoured to answer the call, becoming the first private organisation to be an official partner for the Race to Zero, through our strong partnership and collaboration with the BNCCC through the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat, Insya Allah. A pledge that will be taken as our core business values that will progressively shape the business ecosystem for BIBD and its Group of Companies moving forward,” she added.

The signing signifies the importance of maintaining a sustainable future for the next generation and highlights BIBD’s commitment and role in the sustainability agenda as the largest Islamic Financial Institution that stands on its strong roots and foundation of Maqasid Shariah which aligns with the SDG 2020 and Brunei Vision 2035 goals.

Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development (MoD) Yang Mulia Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, representative from BNCCC and Acting Managing Director & CEO of BIBD, Hajah Noraini binti Hj Sulaiman

A ceremony was held at the PGGMB building in the capital to mark the signing of the MoU. Signing the ceremony on behalf of BIBD was Hajah Noraini, Acting Managing Director & CEO of BIBD witnessed by the Chief Marketing Officer of BIBD, Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Md Jaafar as Lead of the BIBD Sustainability Transformation Group.

Meanwhile the BNCCC was represented during the signing by Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development (MoD) Yang Mulia Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak with Yang Mulia Tuan Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary, Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office as witness and Chair of the Executive Committee on Climate Change.


The MoU also aims to identify flagship projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy including solar panel installment at targeted residential areas. Key stakeholders of this particular initiative will include the Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Development, the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat, Housing Development Department and BIBD.

Through the MoU, BIBD as the first private organisation to be the ‘Partner To Race-to-Zero to His Majesty’s Government together with BNCCC lead agencies will also look into the potential development of green financing products to address market gap and encourage adoption among industry, business and retail levels.

On the sidelines of the signing ceremony, the BCCS showcased some of its projects and initiatives which include the Renewable Energy which is a strategy that seeks to ensure a smooth transition for nationwide adoption and use of renewable energy technologies for example the housing development solar panels.

BCCS also showcased its Protokol Hijau initiatives outlines the steps that need to be implemented to contribute significantly to the reduction of carbon footprint, through the adoption of efficient technologies and conservation measures in a number of areas

– energy; water; paper and plastic usage; waste disposal management, official events management; and tree planting.

Meanwhile BIBD also showcased various initiatives implemented as part its Sustainability Framework which include its first ESG Fund introduced and operated by BIBD Securities, education and awareness campaigns through mass media, recycled calendars, digital festive packets, glass bottles, participation in the Coastal Marvel clean-up campaigns and its Donate a Tree campaign plans.


As Brunei, as of 2020, is no longer a net carbon sink country, BIBD through this MOU will support BCCS and collaborate with GLCs such as Progresif and NGOS such as Brunei Youth Council, Green Brunei, Future Energy Leaders to increase carbon sink through afforestation and reforestation.

Present at the signing ceremony was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister of Finance and Economy II, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of BIBD.

Also present were the Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir. Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar (Co-Chair of BNCCC); Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism (BNCCC member) ; YangBerhormat Dato Seri Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Hj Daud, Minister at the PrimeMinister’s Office; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin POKSSDP HajiMohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications (BNCCC member); Yang Mulia Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Deputy Minister of Energy Department, Dato Seri Paduka Ar Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Minister of Development; Senior Government Officials, members of the BIBD Board of Directors and
Shariah Advisory Body of BIBD and other corporate partners.

In October 2021, BIBD launched its Sustainability Framework which is strongly aligned with the Maqasid Shariah and a wider set of sustainability principles; the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
BIBD’s Sustainability Framework has 13 areas of collaborations outlined in the MOU, although not limited to these, as it pledges a target commitment of B$2 billion towards Sustainability Funding by 2030, covering all areas of business, corporate sustainability, and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Through this target commitment, BIBD seeks to take the lead on business practices and activities in the domestic market by promoting stewardship among Brunei corporates, supported by digitalisation, sustainability funding, community education and social inclusion.

To date, we have issued close to 40 awareness and education communication to the public plus various other initiatives as part of the small steps we initiated, which we hope will be the start of our sustainability journey to support His Majesty’s Government vision and goals towards achieving Net Zero 2050.

What do I miss?

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I miss feeling carefree.

I miss my boarding school days (Australia).

I miss my first ever car (BMW 3 series).

I miss the old house at Tungku Link. 

I miss long conversation on the landline.

I miss wearing Nike (not).

I miss my thick hair.

I miss watching movies on VHS. 

I miss rewinding cassette tapes with a pencil.

I miss my late sister.

I miss the 90s of Singapore. 

I miss playing arcade games at Trocadero.

I miss watching movies at Paragon IMAX.

I miss my high school mates.

I miss having dinner time with family at home. 

I miss watching Top of the Pops.

I miss my late godmother. 

I miss blogging.

I miss traveling abroad. 

I miss chatting on MiRC and MSN. 

I miss my first ever SLR camera which got stolen.

I miss my high school faction R-Express. 

I miss my basketball team RA Rockettes.

I miss my mom’s driving antics.

I miss traveling with my family and cousins to the UK. 

I miss the watching concerts in Brunei. 

I miss Yaohan.

I miss my old hobby – comics.

I miss my student life at University of Queensland. 

I miss writing letters and postcards. 

I miss my years at Sunway College. 

I miss playing football for my house team, Perry, in Australia. 

I miss walking at Orchard Road. 

I miss playing Winning Eleven on PS2. 

I miss shopping at Unitek. 

I miss renting videos from Popeye. 

I miss traveling for toastmasters events.

I miss Japan.

I miss Singapore even more.

I miss my Reebok pumps.

I miss my MJ thriller jacket. 

I miss attending Grand Prix events.

I miss the Motorala (brick) phone.

I miss drawing comic characters in pencil.

I miss eating my rice with banana or mango.

I miss the family bike ride in the middle of the night. 

I miss my wall of pin-up posters of pop artists of 80s.

I miss my Dr. Marten’s shoes. 

I miss the sound of dial-up modems.

I miss watching movies on Laser Disc.

I miss sleeping in my mom’s room during my teen years.

I miss last minute revision for exams. 

I miss the RA6 during our carefree days. 

I miss the cinema in Bandar.

I miss the banking presence of HSBC.

I miss the 90s of the Jerudong Park playground.

I miss making drinks at CBTL. 

I miss listening to Capital FM. 

I miss my childhood days at Darul Hana.

I miss playing cricket in Australia.

I miss the tram rides in Australia.

To be continued….. 

Jati Transport Long Service and Excellence Academic Awards Ceremony 2022

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The Long Service awards were presented by the Executive Chairman of
Jati Transport – Yang Mulia Pg Anak Haji Ja’afar Ibni Al-Marhum Pg
Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Mohd Alam.

Jati Transport Sdn Bhd was once again ranked as the market leader in the
luxury passenger car segment in 2021. The NGCC (New Generation
Compact Cars) and AMG performance models continue to be our best
sellers.

Although the business environment was difficult during the pandemic, we
have managed to adapt and accept the challenges with positivity. Jati
Transport Sdn Bhd has a dedicated team of individuals with a common
goal to provide excellent Sales and After Sales services during this
challenging time.

On April 23rd 2022, a ceremony was held to acknowledge and reward our
dedicated and loyal long service employees. At the same event, Academic
Excellence Awards were also presented to the children of our employees.

Jati Transport Sdn Bhd was once again ranked as the market leader in the
luxury passenger car segment in 2021. The NGCC (New Generation
Compact Cars) and AMG performance models continue to be our best
sellers.

Although the business environment was difficult during the pandemic, we
have managed to adapt and accept the challenges with positivity. Jati
Transport Sdn Bhd has a dedicated team of individuals with a common
goal to provide excellent Sales and After Sales services during this
challenging time.

On April 23rd, 2022 a ceremony was held to acknowledge and reward our
dedicated and loyal long service employees. At the same event, Academic
Excellence Awards were also presented to the children of our employees.





The Academic Excellence awards were presented by the Executive
Director of Jati Transport – Mr Andrew Chiam.

Choosing the best

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World Autism Awareness Day 2022 Second Forum; Child Led: Choosing The Best Programmes For Your Autistic Child

Assalamualaikum and Salam Ramadhan everyone.

As we come to the end of April, SMARTER Brunei marks the end to World Autism Awareness Month with another forum. This forum aims to help guide parents and caregivers by providing insight as to how to choose the right programmes suited for their child.

SMARTER Brunei’s World Autism Awareness Day 2022 Second Forum, with the topic Child Led: Choosing The Best Programmes For Your Autistic Child

Details as follows;

Day: Saturday, 23 April 2022
Jam: 10.00am (link opens at 9.45am)

Link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/2796774325?pwd=WloyM1MyeTlCYkVuQzI4M1lXWDZHZz09

Meeting ID: 279 677 4325
Passcode: cbpyac2022

The Guest of Honor will be the Minister of Health

We thank you for joining us and supporting SMARTER Brunei’ s World Autism Awareness Day celebration!

Exclusive Ramadan offer

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Salam Ramadan! Enjoy online exclusive sale for selected Dell laptops and monitors at www.netcombrunei.com throughout the month of April!

Lasting until the 30th of April 2022, purchase selected Dell laptops at super-affordable prices with a free upgrade to Windows, we’ve also got Dell monitors on sale, exclusively through our e-commerce website

While stocks last, head on over to www.netcombrunei.com to see what we’ve got in store for you this promo period.

The New C-Class

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For the next three days, you can enjoy a quick test drive of the newest addition to the Mercedes family – The new Mercedes Benz C-Class.

Leading the world’s best-selling luxury sedan, the new C-Class Avantgarde and the E-Class facelift have been unveiled at the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus courtesy of Jati Transport.

Following the high tech and superior features of the S-Class model, the C-Class proves to be a dynamic, modern and sportier interpretation of the S-Class flagship. You will notice the difference in the interior with a fully digitized 11.9 inch MBUX (2nd gen) which is a feature in the current S-Class model.

It features a portrait style multimedia touchscreen display that is a driver-oriented and compatible with both iOS and Android.

When it comes to safety, there is no exception for the Mercedes-Benz brand. The Driver Assistance packages offer superior safety features with additional and improved functions. The C-Class assistance can accelerate, brake and stay in lane on their own time. This also includes a 12.3 inch customisable and fully digital Driver display with speed detection and Blind Spot Assist.

The new C-Class features low fuel consumption with a 4-cylinder in-line petrol engine with 48-volt on-board electrical system that delivers an additional 200 Nm of torque is available via EQ Boost. The additional 200 Nm of torque from the power delivery of the EQ Boost helps accelerate the car at a standstill.

So do visit Mercedes-Benz Autohaus and test drive the latest C-Class. For more information, do call 244 1777 or 244 1763 for appointments.

A test of time

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The battle continues since the second wave and now we are in the mid of the third wave while other countries are already in their fifth. Despite averaging at 2,000 cases per day (in the past few days), Brunei won’t be reverting back to restrictions.

There are mixed feelings from the public with the current situation. Many are anxious with the increasing number. Some are optimistic as long as we adhere to the Standard of Procedures (SOPs) from the Ministry of Health. Some are even questioning the fact that the National Day celebration/parade is still proceeding though the numbers of participants have decreased from last year’s. I believe as long as strict measures are in place, the upcoming event won’t be a spreader, InsyaAllah.

For me, personally, I am on the fence on attending crowded events. Perhaps, this is a true test for Brunei if we are able to cope with the high numbers. Even the reporting of the Press Conferences have been delivered in a different manner, acknowledging first the number of patients in Category 4 (those requiring oxygen assistance) and Category 5 (those requiring artificial ventilation & treated in ICU) only then announcing the daily number of cases in Brunei Darussalam. I believe that the number of Cat 4 & 5 are better indicators and more important than the number of daily cases.

I am still impressed with some of the actions from the public though. The fact that we are in the “Early Endemic Phase” (with less restrictions), people are quite vigilant and not taking unnecessary risk to head out in public places such as malls and cafes. Dine-ins have recently taken a nose dive ever since the number of cases rose to record numbers. Food delivery apps (GoMamam, TaPow) are back in demand as many opted for take aways. It’s good to see that many are able to make a conscious decision.

It will be interesting how this strategy will panned out in the coming weeks. With a number reaching almost 18,000 active cases, MOH have allowed those in Category 1 and 2 to undergo self-isolation at their own homes so it will help to lessen the strain at the National Isolation Centre.

It’s yet to be known if Brunei numbers have peaked and it’s pretty tricky to predict as well, knowing how unpredictable the latest variant, Omicron, can be. It’s just unfortunate that the number of deaths have steadily increased in the past week.

Honestly speaking, despite the assurance that Omicron is less severe than Delta variant, I am still quite fearful of being infected and furthermore, I have been boosted since January. Just recently I am in a close contact with a friend whom I met at an opened space and I had to do a responsible thing by self-isolating myself for a few days. I know it’s a matter of time that one will either be infected or at least a “close contact” and with lesser restrictive movements and closures, the number of close contacts/QOs will be on a high.

I believe the relevant agencies have done their due diligence, in tackling the virus. We will hit the two year mark since the outbreak in March 2020 and the way forward is to accept that we will have to live with the virus (whether we like it or not).

For now, our greatest weapon to tackle (the virus) is by being accountable and responsible for our actions and adhere to the SOPs that have been provided by the Brunei Government.

This is Rano, signing off. Stay safe and take care.

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About RA

A blogger since 2002, using platforms from blogspot, joomla and now currently wordpress. A readership that stands on average of 20,000 visits per month. Also on active on social media platform on IG, Facebook and Snapchat (@ranoadidas)

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