BIG Blood Donation Drive – 10 February 2015

BIG Blood Donation Drive – 10 February 2015

THE Brunei Institution Of Geomatics (BIG) together with the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Mobile Blood Bank and its food partner SCR Express on Tuesday held a very successful joint Blood Donation Campaign at the Citis Square outlet.

BIG President Pg Hj Matusin Pg Hj Matasan said the campaign was organised as part of the organisers’ corporate social responsibility — to assist RIPAS Hospital to boost its blood reserves.

BIG President, Pg Hj Matusin bin Pg Hj Matasan, and some donors giving the thumbs-up. He appealed to all able-bodied individuals to step forward and make a difference in the community

“As everyone is well aware, Brunei Darussalam’s population is small, and obtaining blood donations is therefore understandably quite a challenge. Further compounding this situation is the fact that an increasing number of people are suffering from chronic diseases (according to recent health reports) and are disqualified from donating,” explained Pg Hj Matusin on why there is always a shortage of blood, judging from the many appeals for blood being circulated in the local social media.

“On behalf of all the needy patients out there, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated blood to assist them…At the same time, I would also like to appeal to all able-bodied individuals to step forward to make a difference in our community. Your country and community need you…And remember, one doesn’t have to be a doctor or a paramedic to save lives — just donate some blood. Besides, it is good for health,” added Pg Hj Matusin.

Article & Photos Courtesy of Brunei Times

Surveyors Night 2015 – 03 February 2015

BRUNEIAN surveyors need to be equipped with skills and knowledge to continue providing professional services following the enforcement of the Strata Title Act, the Minister of Development said last night.

Minister of Development YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi delivers his speech during the Surveyors’ Night


Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said a professional surveyor of any discipline such as valuer, quantity surveyor or land surveyor need to undergo continuous professional development to command the trust and respect of the public.

“Such professional integrity and expertise cannot be over-emphasised than the recent developments both in Brunei and ASEAN region as a whole,” he said during the Surveyors’ Night at the Parkview Hotel, Jerudong.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said ASEAN member states agreed to establish a single market that will directly impact the mobility of various professionals including surveyors.

“I have been informed that in the meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Services, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore have shown significant progress in land surveying. I hope the other two disciplines of valuation and quantity surveying will follow suit.”

The minister added that the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) ASEAN can assist their members in Brunei by disseminating up-to-date information and provide relevant training programmes.

“Strict compliance to these international standards will only ensure the integrity and capability of a professional surveyor to the level expected by any country and hence achieving the ASEAN Free Trade Area,” he said.

The Surveyors’ Night also saw Bill Jones, managing director of RICS ASEAN, giving a talk on ‘The International Standards for the Surveyors’ – covering the three aspects of valuation, measurement and ethics.

Guests Enjoying the Function


Article Courtsey of Brunei Times