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We serve as auxiliary in COVID times: BDRCS

Lyna Mohamad

The past two years has been a challenging period for the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) as it has been entrusted by the government to serve as an auxiliary in efforts to stem the tide of COVID-19.

This was said by outgoing president Haji Mohd Suhaimi bin Haji Ibrahim during the association’s 10th annual general meeting at The Centrepoint Hotel yesterday.

He said, “With support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Geneva, we have been able to provide assistance to the Ministry of Health (MoH).”

Haji Mohd Suhaimi also noted that the BDRCS is set to host the 19th SEA RCRC Leaders Meeting on October 6-7 and works to update its strategic plan to be reviewed by the IFRC to enable the association to hold the role as the auxiliary to the government by law and regulation, as stated in the Geneva Convention.

Meanwhile, new BDRCS President Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yussof bin Pengiran Haji Bahar admitted that it is challenging to resolve administrative issues in pandemic times, particularly in keeping up with the whole-of-nation approach adopted by government agencies.

He pledged to bring positive changes and achieve success while calling for all members to stand united and contribute ideas in building a dynamic and sustainable future together.

“Success cannot be achieved by a sole leader; it can only be achieved collectively,” he said.

Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society members during the annual general meeting. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR
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