Minister lauds MKM’s efforts

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VOLUNTARY bodies that carry out charitable activities for the welfare of the people must be registered under the country’s Registrar of Societes (RoS) and must provide audited financial reports.

This was said by the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, during a charity dinner held by Brunei’s Council on Social Welfare (MKM) last night at Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya, who is also the event’s guest of honour, said that this requirement should not hinder any voluntary body involved in charitable activities.

“Instead, it is to enable donors and members of the public to have more confidence and trust regarding the charitable activities carried out and the financial resources of these (voluntary) bodies,” said the minister.

He lauded MKM for its untiring efforts in providing assistance to the underprivileged saying what they are doing should become an example for other associations, voluntary bodies and non-governmental agencies.

During the opening ceremony, MKM President Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Hj Mohd Kassim expressed her gratitude for all the generous corporations and the public who have supported the charitable activities, including the charity dinner.

“We in MKM are somehow surprised that in just two weeks all the tickets were sold out,” said Datin Paduka Hjh Intan, adding that this only shows the good heart ofBruneians in helping the less privileged in our community and this inspires us to do more in our charity work.

More than 1,000 people showed their strong support for MKM’s cause as they filled all the more than 100 tables during the event, which was also attended by the MKM clients.

Currently, MKM has 58 registered clients comprising children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and the needy.

The event also saw an MKM video clip, which presented the current activities of the council. This was followed by the announcement of the appointment of the Goodwill Ambassador of MKM, Datin Hjh Norlina Dato Hj Abu Bakar, who will take the role for a two-year tenure to help create awareness on the noble work of MKM both in charity and social work areas and assist in acquiring funding donors for the council’s vulnerable clients.

“I will help in any way I can,” Datin Hjh Norlina told The Brunei Times. Datin Hjh Norlina, who is the spouse of YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya, was previously working in the government sector for 30 years before she retired in July last year. Her last post was Deputy Auditor General of the Audit Department at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The event also saw the relaunching of the second edition of the cookbook “Rasa & Warna Brunei Darussalam (Flavours & Colours) by the council. The book won the Best in the World Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Charity Fundraising Category in Asia 2012. All proceeds from the sales of the 233-page cookbook which is now being sold for $35 per copy, will go to the needy.

Also in attendance at the charity dinner, were Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Hj Awg Mohd Nawawi Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Hj Awg Mohd Taha, the private and confidential secretary to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Brunei Nurul Qomar and senior officials from the government and representatives from the private sector.

The audience was entertained by several local artists such as dance performance by En Pointe Academy of Dance, Relentless Entertainment Brunei, local singer Fakhrul Razi who rendered popular Malay songs, while Nadia and the Boys (JYZ) impressed the audience with their musical talent. A piano rendition was also performed by Muhammad Qays Muzini, an MKM Youth Member.

The Brunei Times