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17 January 2004

It was a night of glitter and colour at Baiduri Bank Group’s Malam Silaturahim dinner for its Muslim customers at the Royal Berkshire, Polo Club of the Jerudong Park Country Club on 17 January 2004. .

Gracing the lively event was the Chairlady of Baiduri Bank Group, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Zariah. HRH was accompanied by the Executive Deputy Chairman and Director of QAF Brunei, Prince Abdul Qawi. .

Also present were Prince Abdul Fattaah Princess Hjh Taiyibah Qalbul Bolqiah, Princess Hjh Ruqiyah Mataul Bulqiah, Princess Khaliilah Khaliilatul Bulqiah and Princess Naafi’ah Khairul Bulqiah.

The members of the royal family were greeted by Baiduri Bank’s General Manager, Mr Pierre Imhof, who in his welcoming speech amongst others touched on the major achievements of Baiduri Bank Group.

He said that the bank achieved better financial performances which will strengthen the bank and allow it to pursue rapid growth, which he credited to the unwavering support of the bank’s three local and one foreign shareholders over the past 10 years.

“We expect the development of infrastructure and industrial projects in Brunei to stimulate the economic growth and we shall make all efforts in order that Baiduri Bank, as a major local bank, is playing its role in this economic development,” he said.

The bank’s new core banking system, added Mr Imhof, will operate at full speed in the coming weeks and one of the bank’s focuses this year will be to continue expanding and modernising its branch and ATM network.

The night’s event also saw the presentation of a donation – a cheque for B$25,000 – from Baiduri Bank to the Cardiology Unit, Cardiology Rehabilitation Centre, RIPAS Hospital. A mock cheque was presented by Mr Imhof to Pg Hj Hashim Pg Hj Besar, CEO of RIPAS Hospital and Dr Samuel Varughese, specialist at the Cardiology Unit of RIPAS Hospital.

In addition to a lucky draw offering fabulous prizes, a variety of colourful performances entertained the guests as they enjoyed their dinner

Guest artistes, Fio Bebrian belted out several songs such as ‘Copacabana’, ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ and ‘Bukan Untuk Ku’, while another Indonesian artiste, Putri Vinata sang ‘Goyang Senggol’ and other numbers.

Local singers Fathan and Nurlela showcased a lively performance. Fathan also belted out the bank’s theme song which he has composed.

Among other guests present at the dinner – a major annual event held by Baiduri Bank Group as a gesture of appreciation to its customers – were senior government officials and prominent local businessmen.

(Adapted from Borneo Bulletin Sunday, January 18 2004, Vol. 2 No. 105)

From left: Prince Abdul Qawi, HRH Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Hjh Zariah, Prince Fattaah & Baiduri Bank General Manager Mr Pierre Imhof at the dinner.

Dance performers in dazzling outfits.

Mr Imhof presents a mock cheque signifying the donation to Pg Hj Hashim & Dr Varughese

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