Nasyid perfomance 'Dia Kekasih Allah' by Pusat Bahagia
Brunei and Muara student
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
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.
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
27 January 2015
Malaysia delegation visits
of Women, Family and Community Development, Dato’ Sri Rohani binti Abdul
Karim visiting the Welfare Home Complex in Kampong Belimbing Subok
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.
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).
visit, the delegation from Malaysia was given a briefing on the background
of the Welfare Home Complex and its functions.
briefing was presented by Pengiran Mahdi bin Pengiran Haji Md Salleh,
Assistant Director of JAPEM.
briefed the delegation about the activities and programmes that were carried
out for the residents of the complex.
is a rehabilitation centre to help those who have social problems whether
intentionally or influenced.
is also home to offer protection for victims of these problems to recover.
Among the residents of the complex include young children, youths and
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.
day, the delegation continued their visit to the Brunei-Muara District’s
Pusat Bahagia in Kampong Pulaie.
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
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 PWMhanding over the donations to the
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
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
donation was received by Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri
Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, the Minister of Culture, Youth
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.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports conveyed his gratitude to PWM for the
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
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.
level started rising at around 3am and most of the residents were apparently
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
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.
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
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
“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
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
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
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