Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) reopened its Temburong branch on Wednesday, designating it as the bank’s Heritage Branch, which features a theme that is in line with the eco-friendly identity of the Green Jewel of Brunei.

To date, BIBD is the only financial institution to maintain a full-time branch in the district, and to commemorate the landmark reopening, a ceremony was held at the branch’s new location, the Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar.

The revamped BIBD Temburong Heritage Branch at the Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah in his capacity as the Chairman of BIBD and its Group of Companies, noted how the BIBD branch upgrade is in keeping with the district’s development.

“Alhamdulilah, the construction of the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge has facilitated communication, travel and the movement of goods between Brunei-Muara and Temburong, and thus has been able to improve the quality of life in both districts,” he said in a speech.

The revamped BIBD Temburong Heritage Branch at the Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“Its construction is a game-changer in the development of the Temburong district and so far, we can see various ongoing development and rehabilitation projects in the district,” added YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Amin.

He then commended the role that the Temburong District Development Authority (AKDT) has played in planning, monitoring and facilitating projects which are aimed at providing opportunities both to the local population and MSMEs to enhance the socio-economic development of Temburong.

(L-R): Temburong Legislative Council representative YB Haji Emran Haji Sabtu, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office YB Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy and BIBD Chairman YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah, Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Abu Bakar Apong, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports YB Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin and BIBD Managing Director and CEO Mubashar Khokhar officially opening the BIBD Temburong Heritage Branch at the Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“Alhamdulilah, this event perfectly illustrates BIBD’s role as a Partner in Progress for the nation,” he continued.

“Through a Whole of Nation approach and close collaboration with AKDT, the Ministry of Home Affairs and other relevant authorities including Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD), it is hoped that this project will upgrade the district’s profile as a business and tourist destination,” he added.

The revamped BIBD Temburong Heritage Branch at the Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Meanwhile, BIBD’s Managing Director and CEO, Mubashar Khokhar said that the reopening of the Heritage Branch highlights the bank’s ongoing commitment to local communities, ensuring that all levels of society are able to access the range of products and services offered by BIBD.

“BIBD has always positioned itself as one of the key drivers of progress and development of the country from various fronts, including our network of branches that has become a hub of innovation and enrichment of customer experience,” he explained.

The revamped BIBD Temburong Heritage Branch at the Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“This is in keeping with and true to our spirit of being Bruneian at Heart,” he added.

The design of the Heritage Branch is a departure from BIBD’s typical branch concept, as it prominently features lush greenery, making use of the wooden fixtures and features of the Bumiputera Complex, to be more eco-friendly.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II and BIBD Chairman YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah touring the interior of the revamped BIBD Temburong Heritage Branch at the Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The courtyard of the Heritage Branch also has extensive greenery and an open concept, where the space will be used to host various pop-up markets and events in the future in an effort to bring more foot traffic in the area and promote Temburong as a tourism destination.

The upgrading of BIBD’s branch aims to serve all customer segments and provides counter services as well as digital banking services such as Cash Deposit Machines (CDM) and Automated Teller Machines (ATM), in line with the bank’s strategic efforts to serve all customer segments throughout the country.

The BIBD Heritage Branch is opened from 8.45am to 4.00pm from Mondays to Thursdays, 8.45am to 11.00am & 2.30pm to 4.00pm on Fridays and 8.45am to 11.15am on Saturday.

Exhibitors pose for a group photo during the 1K1P exhibition held in conjunction with the reopening ceremony of BIBD Temburong Heritage Branch at the Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar. Image: Fazizul Haqimie
Cabinet Ministers along with their spouses touring the 1K1P exhibition held in conjunction with the reopening ceremony of BIBD Temburong Heritage Branch at the Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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