Over BND64K donated to fire victims

James Kon

Ten head of families of the recent fires in Kampong Bendahara Lama, Kampong Tungku and Kampong Tanah Jambu received assistance of BND64,400 from the Community Development Department (JAPEM) under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) during a ceremony at Imtiyaz Hall of Pusat Bahagia yesterday.

The assistance is from the Government 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.

The guest of honour, 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 presented the assistance.

Acting Director of Community Development Rostinah binti Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Sura Pahlawan Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Tahir said, “The Government of His Majesty through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports has always paid attention to the welfare and well-being of the people. This is proven from the assistance that was given by the Government of His Majesty to victims of disaster to ease their burden.”

“The ministry realises that the distribution of financial assistance needs to be carried out immediately to the victims. The MCYS through JAPEM is working to speed up the handing over of assistance. This can only be done with the cooperation of agencies such as the District Office, Ministry of Home Affairs, penghulu and village head. Permanent Secretary at the MCYS Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the MCYS Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah, officials from the ministry and Brunei-Muara District Office were also present.

Photos above show 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 presenting donations to recipients. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR