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Borneo Bulletin Royal Dutch Shell’s US$5m gift to nation

By Azlan Othman

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday consented to receive in audience Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd.

During the audience ceremony, Dr. Henderson informed His Majesty that on the occasion of the 60th birthday of His Majesty, the Royal Dutch Shell was making a contribution of US$5 million towards the development of a Health Promotion Centre in the country.

The contribution is in recognition of the long-standing relationship between His Majesty’s government and Royal Dutch Shell.

Also present during the audience were Pehin Dato Awg Hj Suyoi, Minister of Health; Pg. Dato Hj Abu Bakar, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office; and Awang Haji Zainal Abidin bin Haji Mohd Ali, Deputy Managing Director of BSP.

The audience ceremony took place at the Istana Nurul Iman. The Ministry of Health said it is also an initiative to foster collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Royal Dutch Shell.

The objective of this project is to increase knowledge and awareness of the public regarding health aspects and risk factors of major diseases in this country, especially lifestyle related diseases, and to help them in terms of capacity, ability and expertise to make healthy choices, for instance choosing and preparing healthy food.

Besides, it is also to make healthy lifestyle become part of our way of life, to open up minds and implant the habit of maintaining health from an early age among children and teenagers and to turn it as a popular public attraction as part of normal family activities.

The Ministry thanked Royal Dutch Shell for the donation. The Health Promotion Centre will focus mainly on an exhibition area, which will be interactive, modern, attractive and innovative.

The exhibition area will be based on several programmes such as food quality and food safety, physical activity, tobacco control, mental health, women’s health, environmental health and oral health.

It will also house a resource centre for health education materials that can be utilised by other agencies as well as interested members of the public; studios for health talks and also health services such as health screening, weight management clinics and a smoking cessation clinic.

The construction of the centre is expected to begin next year. It will be in line with the vision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Henderson expressed his appreciation for the donation made by Royal Dutch Shell.

The centre would enable the public to acquire knowledge and information towards a healthy lifestyle, while at the same time facilitate continuous research on all aspects of daily life.

This is not the first contribution from Royal Dutch Shell. The Brunei Malay Technology Museum, officially declared opened by His Majesty in February 1988, was also a gift from Royal Dutch Shell as a token of appreciation for its long-standing relations with the Brunei government.

It was given to mark Brunei’s sovereign and independent status in 1984.

Besides, the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre, opened in September 2002, was also built by BSP to symbolise the commitment of the company towards sustainable development in the Sultanate.

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