| Lyna Mohamad |
MINISTER of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar yesterday officiated the opening of the 15th Consumer Fair (CF15) at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.
Also present was Hajah Normah Suria Hayati binti Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Haji Awang Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.
The ceremony opened with the recitation of the Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa, followed by welcoming remarks were delivered by D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd Executive Director Dato Paduka Hj Danial Hj Hanafiah, in his capacity as the organising chairman.
He noted it was encouraging to see the overwhelming response to D’Sunlit’s initiative increasing steadily, from both the public and participants.
The event enlightens consumers on the existing as well as latest products and services available in the country and overseas, and at the same time, serves as a platform for participants to showcase products and services to the local and international markets.
He also hopes to see more local SMEs participating in the Consumer Fair in the future.
Following this was the presentation of a $10,000 donation to SMARTER Brunei, which looks to build a new classroom. The cheque was presented to SMARTER President Malai Hj Abdullah Malai Hj Othman by Dato Paduka Hj Danial.
The day later saw the minister being led on a tour of the fair as well as the NBT Dinosaur Journey Theme Park located behind the ICC building.
The theme park features an assortment of life-size, life-like replicas of moving dinosaurs set in a surrounding similar to that the dinosaurs would have roamed millions of years ago.
CF15 covers a vast area of the convention centre, housing 400 booths and participated by local vendors as well as foreign ones from Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, India, the Philippines, Singapore and the UAE, among others.
These vendors are showcasing items covering an impressive range of products and services categories including banking and finance, electronics, health and beauty, food and beverage and home décor.
The fair also features a multi-hued assortment of beautiful orchids of varying species. The flower bonanza is made up of individually potted orchids to choose from and available at exclusive time-limited prices.
Activities planned for the five-day fair include chances to win great prizes by participating in ice-cream eating games brought by Kingston, a hot dog challenge by Dairy Queen and the Malar Setia Prata eating competition.
Fantastic prizes await winners of the grand lucky draw, and include a $3,000 savings, 46’ LED TV and Alcatel phones.
The RIPAS Hospital Blood Bank will also be conducting a blood donation drive on January 31 and February 1, from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.
Also scheduled are health and beauty activities with Ho Tai presenting the Obsidian Live Hair demonstration and Braun On hosting the Trend Warna 2015 and a Hijab demonstration.
The fair, which concludes on February 1, will operate from 10am to 10pm except on Friday, when it will close from 12pm to 2pm for Friday prayers. Shuttle bus services are available to ferry visitors between the Indoor Stadium Parking Lot and the ICC.