Orphans receive donations in JAPEM drive-thru

Wani Roslan

Hundreds of cars lined up at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas to receive donations for registered orphans under the Community Development Department (JAPEM) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) yesterday.

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 handed the donations to recipients in the drive-thru campaign.

Also in attendance were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Community) at the MCYS Saidah binti Haji Wahid, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the MCYS Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah, Brunei-Muara District Officer Misle bin Haji Abdul Karim, Acting Director of JAPEM Pengiran Siti Rahmah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) representative Haji Mohammad Yusri bin Haji Wahsalfelah and officials from the MCYS.

The campaign, which kicked off at 8am yesterday, saw recipients patiently awaiting in cars for their turn to receive the donation.One of them was Hajah Fatimah binti Haji Md Daud, an orphan’s representative, who expressed her gratitude to the government for the donation provided for her child.

On the drive-thru concept, she said, “It is a good initiative. We get to stay inside the car while waiting for our turn.”

Orphans under the Community Development Department (JAPEM) collected their donations in a drive-through at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas yesterday. Photo shows 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 handing over a donation to a recipient.
ABOVE & BELOW: 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 presents donations during a drive-thru campaign at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas; and the minister in conversation with a family during the donation drive-thru yesterday. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

A youth volunteer presents a donation to a recipient
FROM LEFT: Orphans’ representatives Hajah Fatimah binti Haji Md Daud and Erna Marlina binti Mohd Asmei
An overview of the donation drive-thru at ICC

A fellow representative of an orphan, Erna Marlina binti Mohd Asmei, shared a similar sentiment and extended her appreciation for the donation, especially amid the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Alhamdulillah, we can still receive aid. Albeit the long queue, we are grateful for the government initiative,” she said.

The two-day drive-thru, which is held in all four districts, will end today at noon.

Meanwhile, on May 6-8, the handing over of the donation will be held at all JAPEM branches in the country.

In the Brunei-Muara District, 2,948 orphans are registered under JAPEM, 705 in Tutong, 681 in Belait and 202 in Temburong.

The campaign is organised by the MCYS in collaboration with all four district offices, the Ministry of Home Affairs and BIBD.