Azlan Othman, James Kon, Hakim Hayat, Izah Azahari & Lyna Mohamad
Acts of kindness continued to be held across the nation in the final days of Ramadhan.
Twenty-eight orphans from Kampong Jerudong ‘A’ received donations following a Tahlil for Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim.
Kampong Jerudong ‘A’ Village Consultative Council Advisor cum guest of honour Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Pahlawan Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohd Jaafar bin Haji Abdul Aziz handed over the donations, before the breaking of fast with the orphans.
Acting Village Head of Kampong Jerudong Haji Khairul Azmi bin Haji Lakat, Kampong Jerudong ‘A’ Village Consultative Council members, youths and guardians also attended.
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam in cooperation with Joyful Garden owner Wilson Lim and Acting Head of Kampong Subok Lawi bin Haji Lamat held a charity event for orphans.
Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong handed over donations to 25 orphans during the event at Joyful Garden in Subok.
Yu Hong said, “Ramadhan is a holy month for Muslims, and a time for societies to offer love and extend a helping hand to people in need. Mutual respect and charity are the virtues of the Chinese. I am happy to offer love and good wishes to the 25 orphans during Ramadhan, with the help of Joyful Garden and Kampong Subok. The gift bags from the embassy include fruits from China, a collection of Brunei children’s paintings from a competition organised by the embassy together with the Ministry of Education, and souvenirs from Chinese Tourism Year.”
“China and Brunei enjoy a long history of friendship. We are good neighbours, friends and partners who have withstood the test of time. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the two countries and their people have supported each other in battling the pandemic. Berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing,” she added.
Joyful Garden is a traditional Chinese culture building invested by Wilson Lim Chee Khiong, providing the people of Brunei a window to understand traditional Chinese cultures. I hope children will make greater efforts in learning more about China and become promoters of our friendship. Children, you are not alone. The people from different sectors of society are paying close attention to you and are willing to contribute,” Yu Hong said.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam distributed relief supplies of basic food items to 300 Indonesian citizens, including Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI).
The delivery of food supplies was carried out by Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko to Achmad Al Fajar, who represented the Bahurekso (Central Java) community in Brunei.
“In the holy month of Ramadhan, sharing food with our brothers and sisters in need is an act of kindness,” Dr Sujatmiko said.
The supplies were donated by Dr Sujatmiko, Dharma Wanita Persatuan (Indonesian Women Association), and the Defense Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam. The embassy also received donations from Bruneians through the Brunei Food Award platform.
“Insya Allah, we will be able to donate food packages for Indonesian citizens in Brunei Darussalam again next Ramadhan,” said Brunei Food Award Chief Executive Officer Haji Nasir bin Dato Paduka Latif.
“Thank you to the embassy for the food aid. This assistance is very valuable,” said Santi, a recipient who works as a cleaner in the capital.
The food supply deliveries is one of the Ramadhan activities by the embassy, which also held weekly iftar and Sunnat Tarawikh prayer with Indonesian citizens.
Also spreading the festive cheer was Sim Kim Huat Trading Company Sdn Bhd (SKH), with its contribution of goodie bags and shopping vouchers to 22 orphans.
SKH Proprietor Lee Chiap Kiang distributed the gifts at the home of Kampong Sengkurong ‘A’ Village Head Dr Haji Abdullah Hanif bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Dinda Haji Saman.
Meanwhile, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions BRN Sdn Bhd management and staff visited 10 homes in Kampong Sungai Liang and Kampong Lumut to deliver food and other essentials. The contribution is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to help needy families welcome the festivities.
A team from Maju Motors reached out to underprivileged families in Brunei-Muara District and Tutong District over a two-day project.
Maju Motors Marketing Executive Muhd Nur Safwan bin Haji Sabtu said the initiative aimed to lighten the burden faced by these families during the festivities.
“Initially it was quite hard for us to locate these families, but with the help of the public and Facebook groups, we found them and provided them with what they need,” he said.
On the first day, the team donated to 10 families in Brunei-Muara District, three of which were in Kampong Ayer. The second day targetted remote areas in Tutong District, with the team receiving assistance from Lugu Garage members.
The Girl Scouts Section of the Brunei Darussalam Scout Association (PPNBD) distributed 75 donation packs to orphans, needy families and special needs people across all four districts, in the second phase of its Projek Jalinan Kasih.
The essential food items were contributed by PPNBD members, the public, Co-curricular activities (CCA) department of Ministry of Education, Sinaran Mas School in Jalan Kiarong and the private sector.
Girl Scouts Section Commissioner Hajah Nor Rahmat binti Sidin, committee members, Troop 1091 IGS College Rover Scouts and Troop 1097 Sports School Scout troop distributed the food packs to PPNBD Temburong, PPNBD Tutong and the recipients’ homes in Brunei-Muara and Belait districts.
Also stepping forward with a contribution was the Brunei Institute of Leadership and Islamic Finance (BILIF), which donated household supplies and daily necessities – collected from BILIF management and employees – to needy families.
Several families in Kampong Meragang, Kampong Katok, Kampong Lamunin, Kampong Lambak Kanan and Kampong Belimbing Subok received donations of basic food supplies, cleaning products and toiletries.
Acting Assistant Managing Director (Corporate Development) at Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) as Acting Chief Executive Officer of BILIF Hajah Sufinah binti Haji Sahat led the team.
Meanwhile, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) handed over donations to nine UNISSA Alumni members as part of its Jawlah Syawal 1442H programme.
Hari Raya hampers, food and donations collected from the UNISSA community since April 2021 were handed over. The ceremony began with a Doa recitation, and followed with a speech by UNISSA Rector Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, who lauded the first welfare programme organised by the association.
Assistant Rector Dr Hajah Lilly Suzana binti Haji Shamsu, Students Affairs and UNISSA Alumni Nurhafizatuhikmah binti Haji Serbini, Acting Dean of Students Affairs, Counselling Officer at Students Affairs Division Norasadiah binti Matarsad, religious officer Pengiran Daud bin Pengiran Matassan and executive committee of the Alumni and UNISSA students attended.