The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) yesterday received 4,000 fabric masks from Peradian Brunei, a community network group comprising Fera Health & Nursing Care Sdn Bhd, Big BWN Project, Kunyit 7 Lodge and Rasimoon Adinin.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Paduka Seri Haji Abidin received the masks from representatives of Peradian Brunei Lailatul Zubaidah binti Haji Mohd Hussin of Fera Health & Nursing Care Sdn Bhd and Muhammad Rasimoon bin Haji Adinin.
The face masks were distributed to the Council for the Welfare of Persons with Different Ability represented by Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Alimin bin Haji Abdul Wahab; Pusat Bahagia represented by Mohd Nasrullah El Hakeim bin Haji Mohammed; senior citizens represented by Atiqah binti Ibrahim; child care centres represented by Siti Zahrah binti Haji Abdul Razak; and the Welfare Home Complex represented by Noryani binti Abdul Rani.
The project was a joint collaboration between Peradian Brunei and the Youth Development Centre (PPB), aimed at producing reusable fabric masks in support of the Ministry of Health’s (MoH)’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.
The production of the fabric masks was made possible through generous contributions from individuals and corporate bodies, in an unprecedented show of unity to support the local community.
The initiative is also supported by YMRM Enterprise & Galleria and De Euro Fabric Brunei.
Around 15 tailors from the Youth Development Centre participated in the project which began last May, with the support of their teachers and officers, as well as the MCYS.
The tailors were trained to sew the fabric masks by way of a video tutorial conducted by Sila of Petticoat Boutique and Siti Nadzirah binti Haji Abdullah from Gaia Boutique.
With Peradian Brunei pledging to pay BND1 for each mask produced as part of their community outreach programme, BND3,843 was paid to the tailors.
The handover of the fabric masks to vulnerable individuals and their families is hoped to be a helpful measure in adjusting to the ‘new normal’, which will see the gradual lifting of public health restrictions in Brunei Darussalam.