Volunteer app launched to realise national aspirations in Brunei


Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin with Permanent Secretary (Strategy and Policy Management) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan and Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui after the signing. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, April 18 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Brunei's Baiduri Bank has cemented its support to the Development of Native Mobile Application for Volunteers (Mengalinga) with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the bank.

The volunteer app, with a targetted launch in August this year, will comprise different features. Its primary function is to provide a platform to enable event organisers and non-government organisations to promote volunteering opportunities and allow aspiring volunteers to join these activities through the app.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin witnessed the signing as the guest of honour at the Baiduri Community Space, Baiduri Bank Headquarters.

Baiduri Bank will support the development of the mobile application as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative and supporting the government’s initiative to create a digital platform and promote volunteerism in the country.

“As part of the bank’s CSR programme and our support towards the whole-of-nation approach, we are very proud to be able to support the ministry’s initiative to provide a platform for volunteerism through this mobile app, especially when the current generation is prone to using mobile phones and going towards digital technology,” said Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui.

He said the bank launched its own staff volunteer programme called Baiduri Cares last week.

“Through this programme, we encourage our employees to volunteer for CSR activities initiated by the bank and hopefully in the near future, we can leverage Mengalinga to invite the public to join some of our CSR activities, working hand in hand with our employees to make a positive impact in the community,” he said.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the MCYS Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin Pengiran Haji Said highlighted that “the boom of the 4th Industrial Revolution has significantly impacted the development of the nation as a whole. With the rapid development of the existing digital technology, facilities such as Apple Store, Google Play Store and others have opened up opportunities and provide convenience of access to obtain information, knowledge, analyse data and find out current issues faster”.

He said the adaptation or use of technology in each aspect of daily life “has provided many contributions and new opportunities, especially towards providing quality services for every level of society, especially through the aspect of volunteerism”.

Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin added the volunteer programme in the country has helped the government to care for those in need.- Borneo Bulletin/ANN
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