DST’s “Year of Giving” Meaningful with “Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan” 2015

DST HEADQUARTERS, TUNGKU LINK (20/06/2015) –  At DST Headquarters’s multipurpose hall, green and blue vibrant woven bags can be seen neatly packed and placed side by side, printed with the DST 20 Years Anniversary Logo themed “Year of Giving” and even more prominent, the words printed DST “Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan” which is DST’s annual flagship charity drive. The drive commenced last Monday 15th June 2015.

With both themes combined, DST’s 8th consecutive annual charity drive observes to be more meaningful this year, illustrating not only DST’s continuous compassion to give back to society during the holy month, but in its efforts to look closely into the lives and stories of those less fortunate and to provide further aid as part of a long-term initiative.

“This year we have increased from 100 recipients to 120 recipients, providing aid to many of our previous recipients and also including new recipients who have been recommended by the relevant agencies such as the Community Development Center (JAPEM), various recommendations from DST staff as well members of the public through social media channels” in a statement made by Elixsurian Hj Busu, Manager of Group Corporate Communications who oversees the annual project.

More than 800 bags were packed ready to be distributed to over 120 less fortunate households. Just days before the first journey, over 100 DST staff and volunteers spent a productive afternoon to pack more than 40 types of groceries from rice, sugar, oil canned goods, spices, toiletries and even diapers and formula milk for households with young children and babies. An abundance of personal donations collected from staff were also included into the bags from textiles, footwear and bedding.

By Monday 15th June, over 40 staff with more than 10 vehicles ventured to Ulu Belait including Sukang, Melilas, Kukub Buau, Labi, Merangking and Bukit Sawat. The next day, more volunteer staff ventured to Ulu Tutong including Benutan, Kuala Ungar, Supon, Buit Sulang, Rambai and Long Mayan.

Elixsurian also describes the recent feedback and consensus about “Ihsan Kasih”, “The beauty of Ihsan Kasih and charity in general is that it doesn’t matter who everyone involved is, what their background status is or what level they are at work: every effort is done together. One example was the concensus by the teams to venture almost an hour, about 3 kilometers, into the woods of Kukub Buau of Ulu Belait to reach a destitute family who do not receive aid and are dependent on primary resources around them. Even though the teams reached our Headquarters late into the night, the mutual feeling of successfully reaching the recipients to find ways in which DST can make a difference is the most important thing to bring home.”

So far, more than 20 houses have received DST’s contributions and donations, with 7 more destinations to commence again this Tuesday 23rd June to reach families from the Temburong District, Brunei-Muara District and in the 3rd week of Ramadhan/early July the final trips to the Sub-Towns of Belait and Tutong District.

DST Network Restored Both in Belait and Tutong District

DST is pleased to inform its customers especially those in the Belait, Seria, Sungai Liang and Tutong areas affected by the service interruptions yesterday, that our 2G, 3G and 4G mobile service and Trunk Radio services have now been fully restored.

DST has taken immediate steps to undertake rectification works to restore services after uncovering multiple cuts to its fiber cables brought about by contractors performing excavation and roadworks between Bukit Beruang and Telisai. Normal services were restored as of 3:00 a.m. today.

DST much appreciated the patience of our customers while we undertook rectification works and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that had been caused.

Prince Malik Visit

Bandar Seri Begawan – 17th Nov 2015  – His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik ibni Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Chairman of the Committee of Governors of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB), graced to DST Yayasan branch as part of His Royal Highness  working visit to YSSHB and meeting up with the shopping complex tenants . AT DST, His Royal Highness was welcomed by Datin Hjh Umikaltum bte Hj Mat Daud, Assistant General Manager of DST Customer Service and counter staff. HRH further was given a walkthrough of the branch on the facilities and services available to the public.

DST Re-open its Airport Mall Branch

Berakas, 16th Nov 2015 – In enhancing further experience for DST’s customers, DST has reopened itsAirport Mall branch after undergoing a renovation phase.

The re-opening of the Airport Mall branch is part of a series of improvements to its customer service centers which included the recent opening of DST’s branch at the Brunei International Airport, re-opening of DST Gadong branch after underdoing similar renovations,  DSTIncomm’s Samsung Experience Store in Gadong and DSTIncomm’s Mall branch (on iPhones).

One of the added benefits for customers is that the business hours are now being extended. DST AirportMall opening hours are now from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm, while on Friday the business hours are from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and from 2.30 pm to 9.00 pm.

The services that are available are bill payment transactions, Prima registration (including registration of Samsung 4G Prima Contract Plans) and Kristal Astro registrations. Other services available also include purchased of Easi Starter Packs, Recharge Cards and Powerkad. The branch also offers latest handset iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Contract plans.

DST will continue with improvements to it’s customer service centers with continuing renovations to it’s Yayasan, Tutong, Rimba and Corporate Premium Account center.

Present to officiate the opening ceremony was Suhaimi Hussain, Chief Executive Officer of DST.

DST Organise Basic Sign Language Course for the Staff

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Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong (11/06/2014) – DST organised its third Basic Sign Language Course for three days namely “Jari Jariku” which was held from 6th – 8th October at level 4, Rizqun International Hotel for its 25 members of staff .

The training course was conducted by trainers under Special Education Unit (SEU), Ministry of Education, led by Dr Hajah Norbayah Haji Shahminan, Coordinator for Children Hearing Impairment. The participants learned basic sign language to introduce themselves and conduct a fairly basic conversation with another sign language user. Participants expected to learn the manual alphabet and some vocabulary associated with everyday conversation.

DST recognised the importance of best practice procedures in the workplace where a growing number of special needs individuals are being employed by DST, and the training course provides the opportunity for the employees who interact regularly with them at work daily. With this course, Hearing Impaired individuals in workplace will be able to communicate easily with their colleagues particularly for those attending the today’s training is essential as it helps to improve the individual productivity and the company’s productivity respectively.

Presenting the certificates to the trainees was the Guest of Honour, Dayang Ramlah binti Hj Rabaha, Assistant General Manager of Group Human Resources. Also in attendance were members of DST staff and officers from the Special Education Unit (SEU) of Ministry of Education.

At present, a total of 10 Special Needs hearing impaired DST employees have been employed through a collaboration between Community Development Department (JAPEM) under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Group Human Resources Department at DST through a programme under DST Ihsan Kasih CSR for the Special Needs Individuals

DST Ihsan Kasih Treats Temburong Orphans to Outing

A group photo of the Orphans, Guardians and DST staff at the beginning of the event
A group photo of the Orphans, Guardians and DST staff at the beginning of the event

Jerudong (30/09/2014) – On Wednesday 9th September 2015, More than 40 orphans and their guardians from the Temburong District were treated to a day filled with educational and entertaining actvities as part of DST’s community outreach programme “Ihsan Kasih”. The visitors from Temburong were treated to visits to two popular landmarks in the Brunei-Muara District -an educational treat to the Royal Regalia Museum in the morning and a fun entertaining afternoon at the Jerudong Park Playground.

The outing began with a welcoming reception at the Bangar Jetty in Temburong by DST volunteers where the children accompanied by their guardians were transported by boat chartered to Brunei-Muara district. The orphans were greeted by members of DST Management and staff and treated to special DST goodies at DST’s Yayasan Touchpoint.  Their journey continued to the Royal Regalia Museum to learn more about the historical event commemorating His Majesty’s accession to the throne, the history of the constitution of Brunei and to see the collection of royal regalia available such as the royal chariot and replica of the throne.

After the muesum, the children and their guardians were brought to Jerudong Park Playground where DST treated them to lunch complemented with a Magic Show and Balloon twisting activities, as well as ice breaking activities such as Treasure Hunt coordinated by DST staff.

The afternoon activities continued with exclusive entry into the park to enjoy various rides and games such as Bumper Cars, Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Carousel and the anticipated Water Park Playground.

Elixsurian Hj Busu, Manager of Group Corporate Communications comments on the initiative to treat the orphans from Temburong, “Many of the orphans from the Temburong district have not had much opportunity to visit the attractions here in Brunei-Muara especially the Royal Regalia Museum and Jerudong Park. We are glad that DST can give them this opportunity and share the enjoyable experience with the children while bonding with them during the outing. The “Ihsan Kasih” intiative overall, is about reaching out to various communities in Brunei such as the less fortunate, orphans and special needs individuals, by organising initiatives that will create a positive impact in their daily lives. We hope these outings can add value to their daily experiences and become embdedded as part of their special memories”

DST has proactively arranged activities for orphans from fun futsal tournaments in Brunei-Muara district, educational trips to places such as the Oil and Discovery Centre (OGDC) in Seria, Belait district, a movie outing to the cinema to watch the local film “Yasmine” and recently an opportunity to visit the Dino Expo and Jerudong Park.

DST Celebrates Hari Raya with Special Needs Children in Tutong & Temburong

Temburong & Tutong District (31/07/2014) – DST’s “Ihsan Kasih” continues on the month of Syawal bringing a joyful atmosphere as DST organized a Hari Raya celebration for over 400 Special Needs Children from Tutong and Temburong District on Friday 31st July 2015. Celebrations in Temburong were held in the morning at Bumiputera Complex Hall in Bangar, Temburong while in same morning, celebrations at Tutong district were made at Dewan Kemasyarakatan in Tutong.

In the Tutong District, DST’s Ihsan Kasih invited the children, the families and members of staff from KACA, Pusat Bahagia and Special Education Unit under the Ministry of Education.  Leading the DST Ihsan Kasih Hari Raya Team was Awang Amir bin Pehin Dato Haji Hussin, Assistant General Manager of IT Services in DST. Also present was Dyg Timong Musing, Senior Teacher in Pusat Bahagia of the Community Development Department (JAPEM), Hajah Siti Arbi binti Ahmad, a representative officer from The Centre for Children with Special Needs (KACA) as well as Dyg Maslena Merzuki, representative from Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education.

While in Temburong District, DST’s Ihsan Kasih Hari Raya team invited the children, the families and members of staff from KACA, Pusat Bahagia and Special Education Unit under the Ministry of Education. DST’s Hari Raya celebration was led by Dayang Hajah Fa’ikah binti Ahmad, Assistant General Manager of Group Facilities Management in DST.   Also present was Siti Azizah Hj Sarbini, representative from Pusat Bahagia of the Community Development Department (JAPEM) in Temburong, Dyg Aisyah Hj Awg Jumahat, representative Officer from The Centre for Children with Special Needs (KACA) in PIHM Hospital, Temburong and Dyg Dr. Hajah Norbayah Hj Shahminan, Special Needs Coordinator for Hearing Impaired Services at the Ministry of Education.

The highlight of the celebrations was the presentation of green packets and goodies from DST presented by DST Senior Management to the children accompanied by their parents and guardians.  For both districts, fun games and interaction with mascots were organised for the children to enjoy their Hari Raya celebration with one another.

The celebration with the children, as part of DST Ihsan Kasih’s overall Corporate Social Responsibility Project, aims to share the joyous experience, and show care, love and concern to the special needs community.  Especially during the spirit of Aidilfitri, the Hari Raya events hosted by DST helps foster better understanding amongst fellow DST staff, parents and children and the representatives from each Centre.

DST’s Ihsan Kasih will continue to celebrate Hari Raya with Special Needs Children in Belait District and Brunei-Muara in the upcoming weeks.

DST Holds Tahlil for His Majesty’s Late Parents at Royal Mausoleum

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Bandar Seri Begawan (26/06/2015) – DST held a tahlil and recitation of Surah Yassin ceremony in remembrance of the late parents of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien and Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit at the Royal Mausoleum in Jalan Tutong.

Present in participation at the event was Dato Paduka Dr Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Chairman of DST, Awang Junaidi bin Hj Masri, Member of DST Board of Directors, Awang Abdul Lattif bin POKSS Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusof, Member of DST Board of Directors, Suhaimi Hussain, CEO of DST, DST management and staff.

The tahlil began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, Surah Yassin and Tahlil led by Ustaz Awang Fariszal bin Ali.

This is one of the activities organized by DST management and staff during the fasting month of Ramadhan, including Tedarus and DST’s “Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan” charity drive for the less fortunate families throughout four districts.

DST Prepares for Ramadhan “Ihsan Kasih” Activities

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DST Headquarters, Tungku Link (11/06/2015)As part of its annual charity and line-up of DST’s “20 Years Anniversary” activities, DST prepares for “Ihsan Kasih” Ramadhan Charity Drive which will commence on 15th June 2015 and end in the first week of July 2015.

More than 120 less fortunate households in Brunei, Tutong, Temburong and Belait district will be receiving donations from DST in the form of household goods and personal donations. The one-month drive will seek to aid the poor and the destitute by donating groceries and household necessities. In preparation, DST volunteer staff came together to prepare the items for the drive on Thursday 11th June 2015 at DST Headquarters in Tungku Link.

DST Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan Charity Drive is one out of four parts of DST’s Corporate Social Responsibility program “Ihsan Kasih”. With the charity drive beginning just before Ramadhan and ending in the month of Ramadhan, the intention is to illustrate and highlight compassion and provide aid to the less fortunate in society. Elixsurian Hj Busu, Manager of Group Corporate Communications at DST shares his experience in preparing for the charity drive project, “This is now our 8th  consecutive year doing this charity drive and we always find it a rewarding and meaningful experience to reach out to the poor and destitute who need the extra assistance to their current living situation.

He also adds, “In addition, with the theme “Year of Giving”, team leaders are entrusted with the responsibility to get to know the recipients who share their experiences so that DST can look into providing further aid. These situations vary from household to household and we want to ensure that we capture each household’s situation. As part of our proactive Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, we will evaluate and give as much attention where needed and work together with the relevant agencies who can be a part of our efforts”

DST has over 120 DST staff volunteers who will run this project starting from the preparation of household items up till the donation accompanied by our DST Senior Management.

The DST “Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan” Charity Drive is set to embark to Ulu Belait on Monday 15th June 2015 and to Ulu Tutong on Tuesday 16th June 2015.

DST “Ihsan Kasih” Treats Orphans

Jerudong (08/04/2015) – As part of DST’s “Ihsan Kasih” community program, over 70 orphans accompanied by their parents and guardians from the Belait District between the ages of 4 and 16 were treated to a fun-filled day which started with a tour to the “ASEAN’s Largest Dino Expo” exhibition in Bridex Hall, Jerudong and ended with a fun-filled day at the Jerudong Park Plaground.

The outing began with a welcoming reception at Belait Town by DST’s “Ihsan Kasih” volunteers where the children accompanied by their guardians were provided bus shuttle return transportation to the events in Jerudong.  The first destination was the “ASEAN’s Largest Dino Expo” held in Bridex Hall where the orphans and their guardians were greeted by the rest of the DST “Ihsan Kasih” volunteers.

Following the tour at the exhibiton in Bridex, the children were then escorted  to the Jerudong Park playground where DST treated them to lunch. After lunch, the children had an exclusive entry into the park to enjoy the theme park games such as Bumper Cars, Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Carousel and other rides.

According to Elixsurian Hj Busu, Manager of Group Corporate Communications on the Ihsan Kasih initiative with Orphans, “DST have been proactive in arranging activities for orphans from fun futsal tournaments in  Brunei-Muara district, educational trips to places like the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) in Seria, Belait District, a movie outing to the Cinema and now, during the school holidays, an opportunity to visit the once in a lifetime Dino Expo and a chance to play at our own local themepark, Jerudong Park.”

He also adds, “Many of the orphans from the Belait district have not had much opportunity to visit the attractions here in Brunei-Muara especially Jerudong Park, so we are glad that DST can give them this opportunity and share the enjoyable experience with the children and get to know them better.”

The final activity for the children was a visit to the Waterpark Playground. The visit ended with DST providing DST “Ihsan Kasih” goodies to the children before their departure back to Belait.

“Ihsan Kasih” is DST’s community program aimed to gather DSTians for voluntary work and to do beautiful things out of love, to help the less fortunate Bruneian, orphans and special needs community.

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