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31 January 2015
Pusat Bahagia, Basmida celebrate Maulidur Rasul

Nasyid perfomance 'Dia Kekasih Allah' by Pusat Bahagia Brunei and Muara student

A MAULIDUR Rasul 2015M/1436H celebration was jointly organised recently by Pusat Bahagia Brunei-Muara branch, Community Development Department and Persatuan Basmi Dadah (BASMIDA) at the Dewan Imtiyaz, Pusat Bahagia Brunei-Muara branch.

Present at the event were Acting Deputy Director of the Community Development Department, Dayangku Siti Saihalina binti Pengiran Haji Md Daud and BASMIDA President, Datin Hajah Masni binti Haji Mohd Ali.

The event also saw a talk delivered by an invited lecturer from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Ustaz Haji Muhammad Nazif bin Haji Awg Damit, on ‘How to love Rasulullah (pbuh)’.

The celebration was held to educate the students at the centre to love the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and encourage them to constantly practise his teachings.
 
27 January 2015
Malaysia delegation visits community centres

Malaysian Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Dato’ Sri Rohani binti Abdul Karim visiting the Welfare Home Complex in Kampong Belimbing Subok

THE Malaysian Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Dato’ Sri Rohani binti Abdul Karim, yesterday conducted a visit to the Welfare Home Complex (Rumah Kebajikan), Community Development Department (JAPEM) in Kampong Belimbing, Subok.

Present to welcome the Malaysian delegation for their visit to various assets of JAPEM was Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

During the visit, the delegation from Malaysia was given a briefing on the background of the Welfare Home Complex and its functions.

The briefing was presented by Pengiran Mahdi bin Pengiran Haji Md Salleh, Assistant Director of JAPEM.

He also briefed the delegation about the activities and programmes that were carried out for the residents of the complex.

The complex is a rehabilitation centre to help those who have social problems whether intentionally or influenced.

The complex is also home to offer protection for victims of these problems to recover. Among the residents of the complex include young children, youths and adults.

Throughout their stay, the residents will be guided through various programmes which focus on religious, counselling, social and vocational.

At the same time, they will also be given the opportunity to continue their academic studies at their respective schools.

Later that day, the delegation continued their visit to the Brunei-Muara District’s Pusat Bahagia in Kampong Pulaie.

Pusat Bahagia is responsible for providing training for people with special needs (OBK), which also includes vocational training to provide opportunities for them to get a job.

To date, a total of 54 former trainees of Pusat Bahagia from across the nation are now recruited in various employment sectors and another 94 trainees are still undergoing industrial training in various governmental and non-governmental sectors.

Accompanying the minister was Puan Haznah Md Hashim, Deputy High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam. Dato’ Sabariah binti Hassan, Secretary General of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, also participated in the visit.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 
24 January 2015
PWM hands over donations to M’sia Humanitarian Fund

The president of PWM handing over the donations to the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports

TO HELP ease the suffering of the victims who have lost their homes in the recent floods in Malaysia, Persatuan Warganegara Malaysia (PWM) in Brunei Darussalam yesterday handed over $10,500 to the Malaysia flood disaster humanitarian fund.

The donation was received by Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

On hand to present the donation was James Lee, the president of PWM and witnessing the handing over were Datuk Awang Sahak bin Awang Salleh, the Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam; Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Hamid bin Haji Mohd Jaafar and Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, the Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports conveyed his gratitude to PWM for the donation.

James Lee said, “It is good to see that we are still focused on giving back to the community and supporting charities, we have indeed seen an outpouring of support and I wish to thank the local community and members of PWM for their generosity and dedication.”

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 
22 January 2015
Floods affect 18 houses

Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman visiting the flood-hit areas in Kampong Lumapas

EIGHTEEN houses have been affected by flood waters in Kampong Lumapas and Kampong Junjongan as the swollen Sungai Limbang overflowed its banks and inundated the two areas in the wee hours of yesterday.

The water level started rising at around 3am and most of the residents were apparently caught unawares.

Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, visited the affected houses yesterday afternoon.

In an interview with the Bulletin, the minister revealed that a centre has been set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) at the Mukim Kilanas Community Hall, where affected families can seek temporary shelter.

Mattresses and pillows are provided at the centre for the comfort of the victims seeking shelter, according to the minister.

The minister said the previous occurrence of floods in the area was in 2008 and added that flood mitigations have been provided in flood-prone areas of the nation.

The Fire and Rescue Department has been working around the clock in ensuring the safety of flood victims, and will be on standby given that weather conditions were expected to worsen yesterday evening.

“They (the Fire and Rescue Department) will be around to help the flood victims,” said the minister, “Members of the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces have also lent a helping hand.”

Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, was also part of the delegation.

Some 150 meal packets were distributed by the Community Development Department (JAPEM), in addition to provisions provided by departments under both ministries.

“The water started rising sometime after 3 in the morning, which was when we received information from a member of the public,” said District Officer Misli Hj Abdul Hj Karim.

Despite the number of homes that were affected, the emergency hotline did not receive any distress calls, he said. “However, we came down immediately to assess the situation.”

Working alongside the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports told the Bulletin that relevant personnel from the ministry were also dispatched to the area upon learning the state of flooding.

“We responded as soon as we got word and subsequently deployed all our mechanisms as well as resources,” said Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah.

As part of the contingency plan, the ministry is also providing affected family members with temporary shelter at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex.

“Some families have requested to be moved to these temporary shelters, whilst others have decided to stay on or live with other family members, but they have the option to stay at any of the facilities.”

Recent heavy rains in neighbouring Limbang have led to swollen rivers and flooding in Kampong Lumapas and Kampong Junjongan. The minister was hopeful that the condition would improve.

However, the weather forecast, according to the Meteorological Department’s website, for Brunei shows more rainfall in the coming days.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 
22 January 2015
SMS Brunei Prihatin presents donations for orphans

Head of Legal and Regulatory of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd handing over the donations to the Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports

THE National Orphans Fund received a significant boost yesterday from donations collected through the SMS Brunei Prihatin, a short message service formed to collect donations from the public through Brunei’s mobile service providers, DST Sdn Bhd and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB).

Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, received the donations from the two mobile companies.

Haji Marsad bin Haji Ismail, Deputy CEO of DST Sdn Bhd, presented $88,945 to the Acting Minister, whilst Nurul Haniah binti Haji Jaafar, Head of Legal and Regulatory of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, presented $27,016.

The officers and staff of DST Sdn Bhd also donated an amount of $20,000.

Amongst the attendees at the handover ceremony were Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Hamid bin Haji Mohd Jaafar and Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin; Deputy Permanent Secretary Haji Mohd Noor Jusmin bin Haji Abd Samad; Acting Director of Community Development, Hajah Noridah binti Haji Abd Hamid; Manager of Trade of Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB), Ak Mohd Aliuddin bin Pg Haji Ramlee; and senior officers of the ministry, the department of Community Development, Radio Televisyen Brunei, DST Sdn Bhd and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd.

The donations through the SMS Brunei Prihatin that commenced from July 7 to August 20, 2014 reached almost $116,000.

SMS Brunei Prihatin began its operations for the National Orphans Fund in 2005, and last year’s project was the 10th that was organised by the Department of Community Development, RTB, DST Sdn Bhd and PCSB.

This designated SMS service made it easier for the public to make donations for the National Orphans Fund.

The total donations for the National Orphans Fund up to yesterday afternoon has reached $297,861.39.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 
10 January 2015
Humanitarian fund set up to assist M’sia flood victims

Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, discussing the high number of people affected by the recent floods in Malaysia, during the first meeting of the executive committee for the flood disaster humanitarian fund set up for Malaysia

BY THE command of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, a flood disaster humanitarian fund for Malaysia was set up yesterday to collect public donations to help ease the suffering and burden of hundreds of thousands of flood victims in Malaysia.

From January 10 to April 9, the public can now lend a helping hand to the victims of flooding in neighbouring Malaysia by contributing funds via donation boxes that will be placed at banking institutions as well as commercial and government buildings nationwide.

The public also can pass donations to the secretariat of the humanitarian fund situated at the Finance and Administration division of the Department of Community Development, which is located on the second floor of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, during office hours.

In their first meeting, a representative of the executive committee of the humanitarian fund, Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman recalled the events of the major flooding in Malaysia as part of her opening remark.

She said, “On December 16, 2014, Kelantan was struck terribly by a disastrous flood in areas like Gua Musang, Kerai, Machang and Merah Tanah. The flooding also spread to other states like Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Johor and Sabah.”

On the high number of victims affected, she mentioned “A total of 158,476 people in Kelantan were evacuated from homes, with some having lost their homes completely in the flood.

“There are also 83,570 people affected by the flood in Pahang, Perak, Terengganu and Johor. They were evacuated and are taking shelter in a temporary centre. According to officials in Malaysia, 17 people lost their lives in the flooding, with another seven missing. The cost of damages from the disaster is estimated at the billions of Malaysian dollars.”

She added, “His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to the setting up of a Malaysia flood disaster humanitarian fund aimed at collecting cash donations from members of the public to help ease the burden of the victims.”

With strong ties between both countries and their peoples, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina expressed her hope that the public will come forward to render assistance through the fund.

Present at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato Paduka Awang Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj Mohd Jaafar; Deputy Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hj Mohd Noor Jusmin bin Hj Abd Samad; Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom bin Pengiran Hj Bahar; Permanent Secretary of Religious Affairs, Hj Mohd ‘Abdoh bin Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Salam, as well as representatives from other ministries

Source: Borneo Bulletin