Daniel Lim, Lyna Mohamad & Rokiah Mahmud
Religious activities and handing out of donations are ongoing across the nation, in the spirit of Ramadhan.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) held a Tedarus ceremony and a donation hand over at the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital surau yesterday.
Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar was welcomed upon arrival by Suri Seri Begawan Hospital Acting Chief Executive Officer Abdul Afiq bin Ahmad Mahmud.
Acting Permanent Secretary at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the MoH Pengiran Dr Haji Mohd Khalifah bin Pengiran Haji Ismail and MoH officials also attended.
The ceremony opened with the Tedarus, and continued with the recitation of Tahlil and Doa Arwah for Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam and Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Bendahara Pengiran Anak Abdul Rahman, the late parents of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim.
The minister presented donations in the form of basic necessities to 12 orphans, whose late parents previously served at Suri Seri Begawan Hospital.
The annual event aims to further enliven the holy month of Ramadhan, strengthen bonds between MoH members and provide aid to those in need.
Meanwhile, the second part to a donation presentation for orphans in Belait District continued at Pusat Insani, Seria yesterday, organised by the Belait District Orphans Funds committee.
Belait District Officer Ramlee bin Haji Jamudin handed over donations to 309 orphans from Mukim Seria, Mukim Liang, Mukim Bukit Sawat, Mukim Labi and Mukim Sukang.
Looking to give back to the community, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Corporate Manager Haji Jaafar bin Haji Bakar also handed out donations to the orphans.
The ceremony commenced with a recitation of Tahlil and Doa Arwah led by Bilal of STKRJ Lorong Tiga Selatan Mosque Mohd Mustaqim bin Haji Mustafa.
Donations were derived from the National Orphans Fund, Belait District Orphans Fund and Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD). Numerous companies, groups and associations chipped in towards the Belait District Orphans Fund, bringing the total to BND6,318.
The ceremony saw representatives of companies and associations handing over donations to the Belait District Orphans Fund, received by Ramlee.
They included the Chinese Chambers of Commerce Belait District Brunei Darussalam, Sullivans (B) Sdn Bhd, Chiam Engineering and Construction, Hainan Association Belait, New Village Mutual Aid Association, Zhong Zhin Hakka Union Association, Foochow Association, Kejia Association, Tai Poo Association, Kwong Wai Siew Association, as well as two individuals Chung Chong Fah and Ngau Mee Liang.
The Zhong Zhin Hakka Union Association made an additional BND250 donation to the Belait District Charity Fund.
Legislative Council (LegCo) members Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid bin Haji Mumin and Yang Berhormat Hanapi bin Mohd Siput; as well as government department heads, penghulu mukim, village heads and senior BSP staff also attended.
Also stepping forward in the name of charity was Syarikat Takaful Brunei Darussalam Sdn Bhd and its subsidiaries, Takaful Brunei Am Sdn Bhd (TBA) and Takaful Brunei Keluarga Sdn Bhd (TBK), delivering basic necessities to 10 underprivileged families.
Through its corporate social responsibility (CSR), Takaful Brunei hopes to bring awareness to the plight of the less fortunate and get the community to follow suit in extending a helping hand.
Meanwhile, 90 orphans, senior citizens and the underprivileged from Kampong Lambak Kanan, Kampong Sungai Orok, Kampong Salambigar and Kampong Sungai Hanching received contributions from Orbit Supermarket, a subsidiary of Teeyem Majeed Group.
Acting Village Head of Kampong Sungai Hanching/Kampong Salambigar Haji Abdul Rahman bin Safar was chief guest. Former Kampong Lambak Kanan Zone 3 Head Haji Jumat bin Nasir and Kampong Sungai Hanching Mosque Imam Haji Amron bin Awang also attended.
Teeyem Majeed Group management members Ali Kaber, Ferose Khan and Anwar Ali handed out the donations at the supermarket in Kampong Salambigar, with each individual receiving BND70 worth of basic food necessities to help add to their festive cheers.
In a separate initiative, 200 Filipino Muslim community members received food packs as part of the Ramadhan Charity Drive between Brunei Food Awards (BFA) and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Brunei Darussalam.
Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Christopher B Montero and BFA Chief Executive Officer Haji Nasir bin Dato Haji Latif handed over the food packs at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Brunei Darussalam at the Diplomatic Enclave in Jalan Kebangsaan.
The food packs were collected from BFA’s restaurant partners and members of the public.