Envoy lauds Brunei’s COVID control

James Kon

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong on Monday praised Brunei for controlling COVID-19.

The ambassador addressing the local media at The Riqzun International Hotel said the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging around the world.

“Some Asian countries have encountered new surges, while some have been keeping high number of cases for a fairly long period of time,” she said.

“Brunei Darussalam’s pandemic control has achieved remarkable results thanks to the strong leadership 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 government’s effective policies and public cooperation. There have been no reports of local cases for 383 consecutive days,” she said.

Yu Hong also highlighted the areas of cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and China. Since the outbreak, “China and Brunei have extended sympathy and support to each other, and carried out effective cooperation.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“Before the Spring Festival, China donated 52,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Brunei, at a time when most countries were faced with major shortages. Brunei is the fourth country to receive the COVID-19 vaccine donation from China.

“Although under tremendous pressure for domestic vaccination rollout with a population of 1.4 billion, China was willing to overcome the difficulties and provide vaccines at Brunei’s request, which was a manifestation of the friendship between the two countries and our leaders, the longstanding friendship and deep mutual trust. It also shows that China is a true friend to be trusted.”

Last week, she shared, “Brunei celebrated Hari Raya where relatives and close friends were permitted to attend open houses.

“The COVID-19 vaccination plan is being steadily implemented, and the Sinopharm vaccines donated by China have also been administered. We congratulate Brunei for its outstanding achievements in pandemic prevention and control. We feel lucky to work in Brunei during the pandemic.”