Tutong families thankful for HM’s gifts
A TOTAL of 527 underprivileged individuals in Tutong District received their share of korban (sacrificial) meat yesterday in a ceremony at the Community Hall Complex.
The korban meat, distributed in yellow containers bearing the Istana Nurul Iman name, was bestowed by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and members of the Royal Family to mark the occasion of Hari Raya Aidil Adha.
“Alhamdulillah. I’m grateful to receive this gift,” said Aminah Sulaiman from Kg Bukit Sulang, who was included in the list of recipients for the first time. The single mother said the _korban _meat will help to feed her seven children.
Another recipient, Mohd Reimie Ruzaini from Kg Panchor Papan, also expressed his appreciation for the korban meat.
“His Majesty always shows concern for his people,” said the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel, accepting the gift on behalf of his family of five.
Apart from the korban meat handed out on Hari Raya Aidil Adha, he explained that his family also received the kurnia peribadi (personal gift) donated by His Majesty and members of the Royal Family during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.
In the ceremony yesterday, Tutong District Officer Wardi Hj Mohd Ali presented the _korban _meat to residents classified as asnaf fakir dan miskin (poor, destitute and needy).
The recipients comprised 134 heads of families and 393 dependent family members.
Explaining the increase in recipients from 283 in 2013 to 527 in 2014, Tutong District Acting Assistant Officer Hj Haizul Rizal Hj Yahya said last year’s list did not include dependent family members.
The list is compiled by the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Hj Haizul added that the relevant government agencies remain committed and will continue to address the welfare of the underprivileged in the country in line with His Majesty’s vision of achieving zero poverty.
Among those present at the ceremony were Tutong District Religious Head Religious Officer Hassan Amat, Legislative Council (LegCo) members and grassroots leaders.
The Brunei Times