Orphans, underprivileged get aid

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THE minister of culture, youth and sports yesterday presented donations to orphans and underprivileged families in the Brunei-Muara and Belait districts.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof visited four households in Belait to distribute hampers as part of the Community Development Department’s (JAPEM) Ramadhan charity drive.

Three of the households were in Mukim Labi, while one was in Kg Lumut.

An official from JAPEM said the Ramadhan charity drive is an annual programme held to provide assistance to the needy, elderly and special needs people.

He added that the recipients of the hampers this year were chosen based on the department’s list of registered people who needed help.

The official said the department focused on people living in the remote areas of Belait to make the public aware of their plight and render their assistance to them.

He said they might focus on another rural area in Belait next year.

In the Brunei-Muara district, the minister presented 38 orphans with donations at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ headquarters.

Prior to the donation ceremony, a speaker from Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI) Ustaz Hj Ismuhadi Hj Abdullah delivered a talk on Quran as a remedy for humans.

“Each of us must know how to read and recite the Quran as those who have the Quran in their hearts will always feel calm and peaceful.”

He said the Quran is a remedy for Muslims physically and spiritually particularly those who are devout and muntaqim (an avenger).

“Those who are devout and muntaqim are always calm and peaceful, and are guaranteed a place in heaven.”

Ustaz Hj Ismuhadi reminded the MCYS staff to make the Quran part of their daily lives and encouraged them to read and recite the Quran correctly.

Also present during the charity drive in Belait and donation ceremony in the Brunei-Muara district were the permanent secretaries of culture, youth and sports, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin and Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil.

The Brunei Times