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Brunei Shell contributes $500,000 for royal wedding ceremonies

brunei-online.com: Brunei Shell contributes $500,000 for royal wedding ceremonies

“no amount of contributions can justly reflect the importance of preserving the country’s traditional monarchy rule”: *Contribution or bribe to buy favour?

*Comment added by John Donovan

Posted 6 August 2004

By Lyna Mohamad

Pehin Dato Paduka Awang Hj Adanan, left, receiving the mock cheque from Hj Zainal Abidin.

Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd (BLNG), Brunei Shell Tankers Sdn Bhd (BST) and Brunei Shell Marketing Co Sdn Bhd (BSM) have committed $0.5 million for the upcoming ceremonies planned for the royal wedding.

The four joint-venture companies yesterday handed over the contribution for the royal wedding between His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Mulia Dayangku Sarah Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman during a special ceremony held at the Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong.

On hand to present the $500,000 mock cheque to Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Dato Paduka Awg Hj Adanan Pehin Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof – in his capacity as Chairman of the Cultural Performance Committee for the Royal Wedding – was Acting Managing Director of BSP Co Sdn Bhd, Awg Hj Zainal Abidin Hj Mohd Ali.

In his speech, Awg Hj Zainal said that the staff and management of the four joint-venture companies were honoured that they could make direct contributions to the royal wedding plans, which would be an important moment in the history of the Sultanate.

He added that no amount of contributions can justly reflect the importance of preserving the country’s traditional monarchy rule and that the royal wedding serves as an inspiration for them (BSP, BLNG, BST & BSM) and the people of Brunei Darussalam in giving undivided loyalty and support.

He also disclosed that the contribution from BSP, BLNG, BST and BSM would add to the total amount of spending for fireworks display and neon signages for Bandar Seri Begawan, including a royal banquet to commemorate the wedding.

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