Sultan to contribute 135.5 tonnes of Ramadhan dates
By Farah Ahmadnawi

A meeting on the distribution of dates from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as his personal contribution for the upcoming month of Ramadhan was held at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex in the capital yesterday.

The meeting was chaired by Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hashim Hj Daud, the administrative director of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.

Also in attendance were representatives from the four district offices as well as Custom and Excise Department, Ports Department, Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Royal Brunei Police Forces and Yayasan.

Among the agenda discussed during the meeting were the system for the distribution and division of dates followed by the election of committees for the coordination of dates division which comprises officials from the participating government departments and Yayasan officials.

The meeting also reviewed the programme format for the launching of the distribution of dates followed by the election of coordinator committees and mini-committees for the distribution of dates as well as the launching of the dates distribution.

The distribution of dates from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for 2009 will begin with the launching of the distribution of dates where during the ceremony, the dates will be distributed to head villages from all over the country and respective unit officers for RBPF and RBAF.

This year 135.5 tonnes of 'Safawi' dates will be supplied by Al-Madinah Dates Company from Saudi Arabia which has been the contract supplier of dates to Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah for three consecutive years.

The dates will be distributed to all Muslim residents in the country regardless of age and citizenship. Each Muslim will be entitled to a box containing 300g of dates.

The supplies of dates are scheduled to arrive in Brunei at the end of July. The management of the distribution of dates from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is an annual initiative carried out by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. - Borneo Bulletin (26th June 2009)


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