Volunteer app launched to realise national aspirations

James Kon

Baiduri Bank yesterday cemented its support to the Development of Native Mobile Application for Volunteers (Mengalinga) with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and Baiduri Bank.

The volunteer app, with a targetted launch in August this year, will comprise different features. Its primary function is to provide a platform to enable event organisers and non-government organisations to promote volunteering opportunities and allow aspiring volunteers to join these activities through the app.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin witnessed the signing as the guest of honour at the Baiduri Community Space, Baiduri Bank Headquarters.

Baiduri Bank will support the development of the mobile application as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative and supporting the government’s initiative to create a digital platform and promote volunteerism in the country.

“As part of the bank’s CSR programme and our support towards the whole-of-nation approach, we are very proud to be able to support the ministry’s initiative to provide a platform for volunteerism through this mobile app, especially when the current generation is prone to using mobile phones and going towards digital technology,” said Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui.

He said the bank launched its own staff volunteer programme called Baiduri Cares last week. “Through this programme, we encourage our employees to volunteer for CSR activities initiated by the bank and hopefully in the near future, we can leverage Mengalinga to invite the public to join some of our CSR activities, working hand in hand with our employees to make a positive impact in the community,” he said.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin with Permanent Secretary (Strategy and Policy Management) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan and Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui after the signing. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui speaks at the event. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the MCYS Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said highlighted that “the boom of the 4th Industrial Revolution has significantly impacted the development of the nation as a whole. With the rapid development of the existing digital technology, facilities such as Apple Store, Google Play Store and others have opened up opportunities and provide convenience of access to obtain information, knowledge, analyse data and find out current issues faster”.

He said the adaptation or use of technology in each aspect of daily life “has provided many contributions and new opportunities, especially towards providing quality services for every level of society, especially through the aspect of volunteerism”.

Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin said the volunteer programme in the country has helped the government to care for those in need.

“These efforts come from various agencies, government organisations and non-government organisations demonstrating that the strong united spirit and close cooperation of the whole community must be nurtured and enhanced by every individual regardless of age,” he said.

He said in realising the aspirations of Brunei Vision 2035 and build a Smart Nation, the ministry is always committed to providing a platform and empowerment opportunities for every individual to contribute to the society.

He said Baiduri Bank’s BND15,000 contribution shows the efforts in enhancing volunteerism in the country is a shared responsibility.

The bank’s contribution is widely appreciated and meaningful to the MCYS in preparing the first digital system in the country, especially for the activities of volunteers and associations, Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin said.

He hoped Mengalinga will become a Volunteer Application System that can provide facilities and access to all levels of society to be actively involved in volunteerism activities.

Signing on behalf of the MCYS were Permanent Secretary (Strategy and Policy Management) Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan and Acting Director of Youth and Sports Department Mariam binti Ulat.

Signing on behalf of Baiduri Bank were its Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Business Development) Pengiran Azaleen bin Pengiran Dato Haji Mustapha.