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3rd March 2012

Bandar Seri Begawan, 3rd March 2012.  In keeping with their tradition, Baiduri Bank Group today hosted the annual 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 at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club where more than 1,XXX distinguished guests including foreign dignitaries, prominent businessmen, customers, partners and associates of the Group attended.

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

He remarked that despite the difficult and more restrictive operating environment, Baiduri Bank Group was still able to achieve good results due to a well-balanced set of core businesses comprising of retail banking, corporate banking and consumer finance under Baiduri Finance. 

Talking about the Group’s achievement, Mr Imhof remarked that Baiduri Bank Group received three major awards over 2011:  the prestigious “Company of the Decade” and “Best Banking Group for Brunei” from World Finance, and the “Bank of the Year for Brunei” awarded by the Banker magazine.

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.

During the night, guests were entertained with performances by local and overseas artistes. The performers captivated the audience with an array of exciting performances which included songs by singing sensation Judee Tan, young talented artiste, Teo Seng Loong, and a magic show by multi award winning performer and illusionist, Jeremy Pei. Jeremy Pei is a 3-time winner of the title, “Magician of the Year”, awarded by The Singapore Association of Magicians and has performed in stages all over England, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Macau and Singapore.

They were also enthralled with performances by comedian, Dan Thompson, who has performed in a wide range of shows, from Disney to Broadway musicals including Grease the Arena Spectacular. The performance also included local talent, Phillip Lau.

The show was hosted by a popular favourite, Irene Ang, who became a household name in Singapore as Rosie Phua in Singapore's longest running sitcom Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd and subsequently Phua Chu Kang Sdn Bhd.

Also in attendance at today’s dinner were the management committee and senior executives of the Group.  A similar event was held in Kuala Belait yesterday for customers in the Belait and Tutong Districts.

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