Fundraising campaign to help fight coronavirus spread

James Kon

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce Bandar Seri Begawan (CCC BSB) has set up an internal fundraising campaign, in a bid to help the People’s Republic of China in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This initiative was announced by CCC BSB President Malcolm Lim Tiong Han @ Lim Peh Beng, during the association’s Chinese New Year dinner at the Emperor’s Court restaurant at Manggis Mall last Sunday.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin attended the dinner together with his spouse, Datin Nurhayana Janis binti Abdullah Lim.

Lim told the gathering, “I believe that with strong cooperation, we can together tackle and face all kind of challenges, such as the recent COVID-19 disease.

“As of now, Brunei is free from the COVID-19 virus, but the spread of the disease in other countries and regions would also bring a certain degree of challenges to our local businesses, such as imports, hoteliers and travel agencies.”

Lim touched on the association’s fundraising campaign for the fire victims of Kampong Bendahara Lama, where 30 donation boxes were set up at retail outlets around the Brunei-Muara District.

“This campaign, which was initiated by the District Office will end on February 29.

“I hope that the public and members of the CCC can support this campaign, to help the victims rebuild their homes.”

He also announced that the CCC had redesigned its website to provide an information and news-sharing platform for members and the private sector. “We urge members to…update their business information, so that we can enhance the content of the website, and let people explore business opportunities and cooperation through the website.

“Late last year, we started our building refurbishment project. So far, we have completed 80 per cent of the work, and we believe that the completed project will benefit our members. Therefore, I urge members to fully support this project and spare some precious time to come ‘home’ to have a look.”

For this year’s Chinese New Year festivities, Lim said, “We also reformed our lion dance troupe and obtained approval from the authorities to perform at our members’ homes.

“We also hope through this campaign, to raise money for our education fund, and help less fortunate outstanding youth to further their studies and contribute to the growth of the nation.”

He thanked CCC BSB members and the committee for the support and commitment towards his leadership. “Without the support, it is impossible to achieve the goals and missions, and we look forward to a more dynamic team in the future and accomplish more goals.”