The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports shared that Brunei Darussalam is also saddened and concerned for the earthquake and tsunami which hit Kota Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on the 28th of September. He added that the country is also empathetic towards the condition of the survivors who face difficulties specifically in supporting their daily life. Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan touched on the matter during the Meeting of the National Committee for the Sulawesi Disaster Humanitarian Fund. The meeting was held yesterday afternoon at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Yang Berhormat said, following the disaster, the government of the Republic of Indonesia has issued a statement welcoming immediate aid, specifically for basic aid such as food, potable water, medicine, temporary tents and first aid to help the victims. According to a statement by the ASEAN Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Aid, AHA, assistance has begun to be given by countries and international organisations including ASEAN member nations and their dialogue partners.

Yang Berhormat said that as a country that is attentive and caring towards the well-being of its neighbouring countries, and to enable the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam to give donations specifically to alleviate the plight of the Sulawesi earthquake victims, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to the formation of the National Committee for the Sulawesi Disaster Humanitarian Fund.

During the meeting, the committee discussed all matters related to the efforts to collect donations from the citizens and residents by setting the financial donation collection period for 3 months, which is from the TODAY until the 6th of January 2019. The period set is to provide the opportunity for donors to contribute direct financial aid and to enable various parties to organise charitable and welfare activities with the aim of collecting the donations. Meanwhile, drop-in boxes will also be provided at banks, shopping complexes and public buildings nationwide. Drop-in boxes will be opened at mosques and suraus this FRIDAY, the 12th of October. Those wishing to provide drop-in boxes with the aim of holding charity collections, can acquire the special sticker from the Sulawesi Disaster Humanitarian Fund Secretariat at the Community Development Department.

Source: Radio Television Brunei