Minister of Health YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Isham Hj Jaafar (2nd R) receives a mock cheque from PWM President James Lee with Deputy President of PWM Azlan Ahmad along with a committee member of the association. Image: Courtesy of PWM

The Malaysian Association (PWM) in Brunei Darussalam recently donated $10,000 to the Ministry of Health to support the government’s efforts in managing and controlling the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the sultanate.

In an interview with The Bruneian, Deputy President of the PWM, Azlan Ahmad said that the Malaysian community living in Brunei strives to play their own part to support the sultanate in the fight against the coronavirus.

“We are very grateful to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and his government for the information transparency during these difficult times,” he said.

“The government, the ministries they are all doing a great job in managing the outbreak, showing how the country cares for not only its residents but the international community that resides within it,” the deputy president added.

He also lauded the Bruneian community for their responsiveness towards the government’s COVID-19 preventative measures and guidelines, adding that due to this cooperation, “Brunei is handling this (the COVID-19 pandemic) better than many countries in the region”.

Minister of Health YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Isham Hj Jaafar (C) with PWM President James Lee (3rd L) and Deputy President of PWM Azlan Ahmad (2nd R) along with senior members of PWM. Image: Courtesy of PWM

Speaking on the role of the PWM, Azlan explained that the aim of the association has always been to encourage closer cooperation, understanding, and harmony amongst its members, other Malaysians as well as the Bruneian community.

“With the help of the High Commission of Malaysia (and guidelines from the Brunei government), we have become the platform to help Malaysians maneuver through these trying times; like exiting the country or to renew their visitor passes or visas,” he continued.

“We (the PWM) have and will always support the local community because the ultimate goal is to bridge the Malaysian and Bruneian communities and to help one another (in times of need),” Azlan went on to say.

The $10,000 cheque was presented by PWM’s President James Lee and was received by the Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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