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10th October 2009
Bandar Seri Begawan, Saturday, 10th October 2009 - In celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Baiduri Bank Group today hosted a grand dinner and concert titled “Malam Silaturahim 2009” for its customers and business associates at the Empire Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

The Guest of Honour for the event was the Chairperson of Baiduri Bank Group, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam.  The dinner was also graced by other members of the royal family.

In his welcome address, Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank expressed his appreciation to the guests for their support during the past year and outlined the major progresses and achievements of the Baiduri Bank Group during the same period.

Despite very challenging times for the financial sector, The Group delivered satisfactory financial results in 2008. Net Income was $110 million for Baiduri Bank and $43 million for Baiduri Finance. Living up to the Bank’s name as the award-winning local bank, Baiduri Bank won the Bank of the Year Award 2008 from The Banker, UK last December.

In recent months, Baiduri Bank Group has recorded two firsts. In May 2009, Baiduri Bank Group launched the Empire Visa Infinite co-brand card, the first bank to issue Visa Infinite, the most prestigious card class issued by Visa, in the country. In July 2009, Baiduri Bank Group joined leading banks from around the world in being awarded the Best Banking Group in Brunei by World Finance. This is the first time a Brunei Bank has been selected in this annual award.

Mr Imhof then elaborated on the Bank’s ongoing improvement programmes to further enhance their service to customers. These included premises upgrades, technological and product innovation and service improvements, developing SME Banking further and building a more secured banking environment amongst others.

Baiduri Bank Group celebrates its 15th year anniversary this year. Mr Imhof quoted, “From a mere 12 staff members at just one location when we started in 1994, we have grown to 12 branches for Baiduri Bank, 2 branches for Baiduri Finance, 4 Prestige Centres, a Wealth Management Centre, a Card Centre, a Loan Centre, 28 ATM locations and a staff force of over 500 today to serve our fast growing customer base. We are proud of the achievements of Baiduri Bank Group.”

Over the past 12 months, Baiduri Bank Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility contribution have exceeded B$215,000. To express their sincere thanks to the Group, tokens of appreciation were presented to YTM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah by three organizations that had significantly benefited from Baiduri Bank’s charity programmes this year, namely SMARTER Brunei, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah and RIPAS Pediatric Ward. Mr Imhof also presented a token of appreciation to YTM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah.

Guests were enthralled by performances by internationally renowned artists from Indonesia. Mulan Jameela performed an outstanding show and belted out her hit songs for the guests. Her hit songs, “Makhluk Tuhan Paling Sexy” and “Wonder Woman” gained commercial success and peaked at number one in several charts in Indonesia. Tommy Ali, a well known Dangdut singer, made an appearance and performed much to the delight of the guests. Guests were also treated to song compositions by local talents from Baiduri Bank Group staff. More than 1,200 guests attended the event, including cabinet ministers, senior government officials and prominent local business leaders and professionals.
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