12 individuals receive assistance
| Siti Hajar |
THIS year’s national day will be celebrated slightly different by a number of those who fall within the in-need category, thanks to the generous support from a member of the private sector that has gone above and beyond to provide for those who require much needed aid.
In a ceremony that was held at Pusat Bahagia in Kg Pulaie yesterday, 12 individuals of varying ages from the Brunei-Muara District received either monetary or daily needs assistance from Syarikat Choon Le Contractor and Development, Syarikat Wee Choon Contractor and Development Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Chop Kim San and Syarikat HT Industries Sdn Bhd.
Datin Adina with Mr Lim (R) presenting a wheelchair to one of yesterdays recepients
Of the total, seven of those from the special needs, senior citizens and the financially constrained demographics received wheelchairs and daily necessities whilst the other five individuals will be receiving either $300 or $400 a month for the next 12 months.
In an interview following the handing over ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, commended the efforts made by the companies.
She stated, “This is a great demonstration of the involvement of the community,” noting that generosity transcends culture and religion especially with the active participation of the company’s Director, Wilson Lim who has pledged to continue with his philanthropy in the near future.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman (5L, front standing) with donation recepients in a group photo
“We welcome any assistance we can get from the public and the private sector and we thank Wilson Lim very much for what he has done today,” continued the deputy minister.
Along with many others, this group of individuals are currently receiving government welfare and though the amount provided should be enough for survival, said Datin Paduka Hajah Adina, “Such benefits cannot cater for all needs,” and the support of the general population to shoulder the caring of such individuals will continue to remain important.