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5th March 2011

Bandar Seri Begawan, 05 March 2011.  In keeping with tradition, Baiduri Bank Group today hosted a sumptuous eight-course dinner for its customers and business partners in the Brunei-Muara and Tutong Districts in celebration of the Lunar New Year. 

The event was held simultaneously at the Songket and Sutra Ballrooms, Rizqun International Hotel and more than 1,400 guests attended.  Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Awang Lim Jock Seng, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, was the guest of honour. Other distinguished guests included foreign dignitaries, prominent businessmen, customers and partners of the Group.


In his welcome address, Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank thanked guests for their support and confidence in Baiduri Bank and highlighted the major progresses and achievement of Baiduri Bank Group during the past year.    

“Profit before tax stood at BND 51 million, while total assets increased 3.5% to BND 2.6 billion, a remarkable achievement in the current economic climate”, he said.

Talking about the Group’s achievement, Mr Imhof announced that earlier this week Baiduri Bank received yet another prestigious award, that of the “Company of the Decade for Brunei” from World Finance.  This award is given to companies that have performed exceptionally well and proven themselves as dynamic forces in their industries over the 10 year period from 2001 till 2010. Baiduri Bank is among 50 companies from around the world to have won the Award.

“Winning international awards bears testament to the strong management, sound business model and prudent risk approach employed by Baiduri Bank Group.  It reinforces our desire to continuously strive to provide better products and services to serve the needs of businesses and the people of Brunei”, added Mr Imhof.

During the event, three schools from Brunei-Muara District received donations from Baiduri Bank to provide financial assistance to underprivileged students in their schools. The donations were presented by Mr Imhof and were received by: Mdm Kho Guik Lan, Principal of Chung Hwa Middle School, Bandar Seri Begawan; Ms Jane Keasberry, Principal of St. Andrew’s School; Mr Song Kin Fha, Principal of St. George’s School.

Guests were entertained with lion dance and traditional Chinese dance performances put up by student of Chung Hua School, Bandar Seri Begawan, as well as overseas artistes. Candy Cheah, winner of numerous Chinese singing contests, sang her way to the hearts of many; Dato Leonard Tan fascinated the guests with his impressions of famous personalities;  Helmi Gimmick tickled the crowd with his comedy sketches; Michael Jackson lookalike “Reizo” impressed everyone with his impersonations of the King of Pop. 

Also in attendance at today’s dinner was Mr Raymond Bariou, Senior Deputy General Manager of Baiduri Bank and senior executives of the Group.  A similar event shall be held in Kuala Belait tomorrow for customers in the Belait and Tutong Districts.

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