Over 2,000 businesses to get BND900

Syazwani Hj Rosli

A total of 2,152 small business owners or self-employed Bruneians including tamu, gerai and pasar traders, water taxi drivers, Dart and tour guides which include non-Muslims whose businesses and incomes have been affected due to COVID-19 will receive BND900 each.

The Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) handed over BND1,938,600 in financial assistance collected through the General Administration Collection Fund at the Dhiyafah Room, Level 5, Minister’s Office of the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ new extension building yesterday.

The BND900 financial assistance will be handed over to the recipients – BND300 monthly over a span of three months.

The financial assistance presentation was to uphold the special titah of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on the COVID-19 pandemic on April 13.

Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman was the guest of honour at the ceremony yesterday.

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman presenting the mock cheques to Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong; Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong; Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof; and 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. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

The financial assistance is for groups registered under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Receiving the assistance on behalf of each ministry were Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong; Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong; Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof; and 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.

BND1,719,000 was handed over to the Ministry of Home Affairs for 1,910 small business owners and entrepreneurs affected by the pandemic comprising tamu, gerai and pasar traders.

BND72,900 was presented to the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism for 81 tour guides.

BND104,400 was presented to the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications for 116 taxi drivers, dart drivers and water taxi drivers.

BND42,300 was handed over to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for 47 micro and small businesses.

In addition, the financial assistance was from the General Administration Collection Fund which receives money for Syariah Court services, Halal certificate and permit fees, bank interest rent from shops and land, sale and repossession of government land and from unclaimed assets and money given to Baitul Mal.

The recipients of the financial assistance were selected by a taskforce appointed by MUIB chaired by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs and its members which included permanent secretaries, district officers, municipal board members and other relevant agencies.

Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar in his capacity as the Vice-President of MUIB and permanent secretaries from the four ministries were also present.

Acting Secretary of MUIB Haji Abdul Aziz bin Haji Akop said individuals who believe that they are eligible to receive the assistance can contact the ministries directly without having to go to MUIB.

No registrations or forms are required, he said.