Rokiah Mahmud, Azlan Othman & Daniel Lim
More donations were presented to frontliners yesterday to assist the government, especially the Ministry of Health (MoH) in curbing the COVID-19 outbreak in the Sultanate.
A total of 140 food packs, collected by the Mukim Serasa Consultative Council in collaboration with Pooman Sdn Bhd under their project Sentuhan Kasih, were presented through a drive-through donation at the VIP entrance of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.
The food packs, comprising essentials such as rice, sugar, potatoes, cooking oil, condensed milk, instant noodles, cordial drinks and onions, were handed over by Legislative Council member and Mukim Serasa Acting Penghulu and Kampong Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun and Pelumpong Village Head Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman to Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah.
Under the project, Kampong Kapok Acting Village Head Pengiran Haji Ibrahim bin Pengiran Haji Timbang said the first-time project aimed to ease the government’s burden of providing food essentials during the challenging times.
Kampong Meragang and Kampong Serasa village heads were also involved in the project.
Pooman Sdn Bhd representatives Tajudin Ahmad and Ahmad Abu Tahir said they participated in the project to help those affected by the outbreak.
The drive-through donation is an initiative by the COVID-19 Youth Volunteers under the MCYS, which started on September 9. It operates Mondays to Thursdays from 8.30am to noon, and from 2-3pm.
As of September 16, 141 donors had been recorded.
Chainblock tug-of-war team also donated 150 bags of basic food necessities to three frontline centres – the COVID-19 Holding Area Ma’had (CHAM), Tutong District; the Emergency Medical Ambulance Services (EMAS) at the Sungai Liang Health Centre; and the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital in Tutong District.
The initiative was organised by Chainblock President Pengiran Azizulakbar bin Pengiran Haji Badaruddin, Vice President Hussain bin Yahya, Manager Jasmie bin Haji Johari along with their members and families.
Chainblock representative Muhammad Ali Hasan handed over the donations. He said the group also hopes to contribute to the National Service Programme (PKBN) Community Isolation Centre in Temburong District soon.
Meanwhile, some 100 food packs were donated by A Ayam Brunei to Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital presented by its director Marcus Tan.
Managing directors Tan Kah Hur and See Sok Biau were also present.