Over $478k collected in Brunei for Nepal quake relief fund

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - The National Humanitarian Fund for Nepal earthquake victims has collected a total of $478,789.16 (S$478k) following yesterday's contribution of $184,395.78 from 18 government and non-governmental organisations.

The government agencies contributing to the Fund include the Ministry of Education, the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Department of Mosque Affairs, the Department of Youth and Sports Department under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the Ministry of Defence.

Meanwhile, the non-governmental organisations that contributed to the Nepal earthquake victims yesterday include DST, Progressive Cellular Sdn Bhd, The Bank Association, Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn Bhd and several education institutions.

The donation handover ceremony was held at MCYS, with Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman and Acting Minister of MCYS Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman present as guests of honour.

During the ceremony, both guests of honour took turns to receive the donations from the agencies.

Also present at the donation ceremony was the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar, MCYS Senior Special Duties Officer Hj Amer Hamzah Pehin Orang Kaya Amar Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Awg Zakaria and Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs Hj Roslan Hj Taja'ah.

The ceremony concluded with a meeting to officially close the national humanitarian fund of Nepal that was set up in April this year.

Nepal was hit by a 7.8-magnitude quake in late April that killed over 5,500 people and injured more than 10,000.

Following the tragedy, the Humanitarian Fund for Nepal's Earthquake Victims was established, which remained open for monetary donations for a period of three months.