Sunday, August 14, 2016

6th Annual BSU Presidential Conference

Heartfelt appreciation goes to BASS Alumni ladies for representing BASS as student leaders to the 6th Annual BSUnion Presidential Conference 2016 yesterday 13th August 2016 at UTB, Brunei.
Themed "High-Impact Societies: United On A Shoestring", the three ladies participated in a leadership workshop as well as an open discussion session based on the theme.
This was the first time BASS and other student leaders from Australia being invited to such conference.
Thank you Nabilah Nipah, Nisa Nadzirah and Ajeerah Julaini (previous President, Secretary and Female RO of BASS respectively) for attending the conference!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Hari Raya Celebration

First official event of the semester!

On 7th August 2016, BASS held a Hari Raya Celebration which was attended by almost 100 BASS members. The Guests of Honour for that event was Cg Pg Noor Shah, the Director of Studies of EAUC, Brunei Darussalam High Commission and spouse.

The event started with the recital of Al-Fatihah led by BASS Male RO, followed with all attendees singing the national anthem of "Allah Peliharakan Sultan". Welcoming remarks were then given by the BASS President and a speech by the Guest of Honour himself. The event was made even more livelier with performances from the students. The celebration ended with the prize giving ceremony of Best Male Dress and Best Female Dress. Potluck refreshments were then served to all.

This event also marked the first time the new BASS members attended a BASS-organised event here in Sydney. The new BASS members were also introduced to the seniors as well as the parents of BASS - Uncle Hj Saini, Aunt Zetty Hamid, Abg Eddy Hassan, Kaka Sabrina and Anna Saleha (daughter of Abg Eddy and Kaka Sabrina).

Deepest appreciation from BASS committee to everyone who attended the event and willing to provide food to be shared with everyone.

- BASS committee of 2016/17 session

The GOH and spouse with the President, Vice President and Secretary of BASS

Monday, August 08, 2016

Arrival of New Students!

PCE 6th Intake students from UTB departed from Brunei Darussalam to Sydney, Australia in batches on 15th July, 18th July, 20th July, 21st July and 22nd July by using RBA and Qantas/Virgin Australia flights.

Altogether there were 66 new students - the largest batch ever of PCE! These new students will continue their remaining 2 years of degree programmes at UNSW, Australia after completing their first 2 years at UTB, Brunei.

The students were welcomed by the seniors at Domestic Terminal Airport and then they were brought around the University and the nearby shopping center to sort out the necessities.

Alhamdullilah, as of today, after 2 weeks in Sydney, all 66 students have got an accommodation (16 houses in total!) and hopefully have settled down and accommodated to Sydney lifestyle.


Briefings for the New Students

During the Winter Break, BASS committee members who returned back to Brunei for Raya celebration was invited to attend two pre-departure briefings for the new batch of students from Universiti Teknologi Brunei (formerly known as ITB) who would be going to Sydney, Australia to further their studies as part of the Petroleum and Chemical Engineering twinning programmes at UNSW.

The first briefing was hosted by HRD services, representative of UNSW in Brunei held at the Empire Hotel and Country Club on 12th July 2016. The briefing was conducted by Ms Soon Choo Chua, Deputy Director (Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore) of UNSW International. The formal event was also attended by HE Todd Mercer (High Commissioner of Austalia to Brunei), Assoc Prof Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman (Vice Chancellor of UTB), officers from the High Commission of Australia, MOE and BSP as well as parents.

BASS was also given an opportunity to give a sharing session to the new students and it was given by Faizul Azwan, BASS President of 2014/15 session.

BASS committee members with HE Todd Mercer (fourth from right), Hjh Rafiah, Managing Director of HRD Services (third from right) and Ms Soon Choo Chua (fifth from left).

The second briefing was held at Dewan P1, Ministry of Education on 18th July 2016. BASS committee was once again given the opportunity to deliver a sharing a session to the students on the lifestyle in Sydney conducted by BASS President of 2016/17 session, Mohammad Fazrul Wafiy. The briefing was in conjunction with the students' contract signing ceremony.

Majlis Ramah Mesra dan Junjung Ziarah bersama Rakyat di Taman SOAS, BSB

On Sunday 24th July 2016, Bruneians Around Sydney Society was invited by the Scholarship Section of the Ministry of Education to attend "Majlis Ramah Mesra dan Junjung Ziarah bersama Rakyat" at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien. The event was held yearly in conjunction with His Majesty's Birthday celebration every 15th July.

BASS was represented by its current members as well as alumni who were still in Brunei during the event:

  1. Siti Norhafizah Simpol, Secretary of BASS 2016/17 session
  2. Dk Hjh Nurul Aida binti Pg Hj Md Daud, Female Religious Officer of BASS 2016/17 session
  3. Hj Muhd Aizat Isamuddin Hj Dullah, Media Officer of of BASS 2016/17 session
  4. Muhammad Zulfaisal Arifin, Logistics Officer of BASS 2016/17 session
  5. Nurul Arifah Othman
  6. Diyana Abdul Hafiz'
  7. Hj Abdul Hadi Hj Awg Sharif
  8. Abdul Aziz Hj Yahya
  9. Muhammad Faiz Anuar
  10. Muhammad Khairee Sahri

BASS members and alumni with His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei

BASS members and alumni with HRH Prince Mateen

BASS members and alumni with Cg Hj Ibrahim, Head of Scholarship Section, MOE

BASS members and alumni with Cg Hj Ibrahim, Head of Scholarship Section, MOE


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bersamamu Ramadhan~

Dear BASS members and alumni,
بِسْــــــمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيْــــــــــــــمِ
ﺍﻟﺴَّﻼَﻡُ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻜُﻢْ ﻭَﺭَﺣْﻤَﺔُ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪِ ﻭَﺑَﺮَﻛَﺎﺗُﻪ
Who is up for Ramadhan? Everyone must be excited for the holy month of fasting to come where your good deeds are rewarded more than any other month of the year!
In Shaa Allah, in this coming Ramadhan, an Iftar event shall be hosted by the Bruneians Around Sydney Society (BASS) in collaboration with the Islamic Society (ISOC) of UNSW for the Muslim communities in Sydney. Thus, we are in need of funds to organise such a big event. Everyone is welcomed to donate 'seangkat-angkat hati'.

You may tansfer your donation to this account:
BSB: 062 303
Account No: 1112 3546
Swift Code: CTBAAU2S
Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Any inquiries, please contact
+61 415 627 802 (Fazrul) or
+61 450 052 301 (Yazid)


Allah melipat gandakan pahala orang yang bersedekah sebagaimana di dalam firmanNya, "Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang bersedekah baik laki-laki mahupun perempuan dan meminjamkan kepada Allah pinjaman yang baik, nescaya akan dilipat-gandakan (ganjarannya) kepada mereka; dan bagi mereka pahala yang banyak." (Surah Al-Hadid, ayat 18)
Muslim sejati itu dermawan

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rezeki Malam Nisfu Syaaban

Greetings everyone.

Our deepest appreciation to this lovely couple, Kaka Zetty and Abg Hj Saini, for kindly giving all Bruneians at UNSW free dinner tonight. May Allah bless you both with an abundance of wealth, happiness and love. The grilled chicken tasted very delicious especially when it comes from people who are caring and loving like this couple, who we respect and treat like our second parents here in Sydney. Alhamdulillah

the delivery boys and girls for the night, together with Ka Zetty and Abg Hj Saini

grilled chickens all the way from Granville ready to be delivered

sorting out the deliveries

Friday, April 01, 2016

Appreciation Night for superBASS committee 2015/16

Assalamualaikum BASS members and alumni,

On 29th March 2016, Alhamdulillah, an appreciation event was organised to recognise the contribution and dedication of the previous committee members. The 9-members committee led by Nabilah Nipah was a group of people that is worthy of an appreciation.

Serving BASS voluntarily without asking anything in return, ensuring everyone's welfare is protected and on top of that, academic responsibilities, might give them a huge burden to bear for the past year but they did their jobs magnificently. Not everyone is perfect but they and the rest of the rest of the seniors are the people that we look up now.

President - Nabilah Nipah
Vice-President - Muqsith Yahya
Secretary - Nisa Nadzirah
Treasurer - Aziidah Jofri
Male Religious Officer - Faiz Anuar
Female Religious Officer - Ajeerah Julaini
Public Relations Officer -Zakiah Suhaili
IT Support - Ervin Chung
Logistics Officer - Firdaus Omarali

(Not sure if we were having an appreciation event or walimatul urus? hehehe)
(Current President and Vice-President - this was our first event!)
(Thank you to everyone who brought food that night! Everyone's graciousness to contribute for the potluck event was really something to be thankful for.)

At the same event, appreciation certificates were also presented to attendees who were present for Brunei Darussalam's 32nd National Day Celebration at Canberra, Australia in February. The Brunei High Commission was really impressed with your performance and willingness to travel to Canberra just to celebrate the auspicious day for our beloved country, Brunei Darussalam.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU EVERYONE!

- BASS committee 2016/17

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

bomBASStic Committee for 2016/17 session

(As posted on BASS official Facebook page)

Assalamualaikum warrahmatullahi wabarakatuh...
Dear BASS members and alumni,
How is everyone doing? I hope all are in good health no matter where you are.
The intention of this post is to inform everyone of the newly elected committee. Before that, the juniors would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts to the previous superBASS committee as well as the rest of the seniors for taking care of us for almost a year. We feel indebted and really appreciate everyone's help in getting us adjusted to Sydney life. the events that you have done for us will forever be part of our beautiful memories here in Sydney.
Thank you SuperBASS committee of 2015/16 session:
President - Nabilah Nipah
Vice-President - Muqsith Yahya
Secretary - Nisa Nadzirah
Treasurer - Aziidah Jofri
Male Religious Officer - Faiz Ace
Female Religious Officer - Ajeerah Julaini
Public Relations Officer - Zakiah Suhaili
Logistics Officer - Firdaus Omarali
IT Support - Ervin Chung
The new committee will try to mirror your enthusiasm and commitment in getting BASS active and running. We will do our best filling in the shoes that you have left us.
BASS members and alumni, I present to you my bomBASStic committee for 2016/17 session:
President - Fazrul Wafiy
Vice-President - Melvin See
Secretary - Hafizah Sim
Treasurer - Yazid Mustafa
Male Religious Officer - Abdul Aziz Haji Ismail
Female Religious Officer - Aida Daud
Public Relations Officer - Christy Hernah
Assistant Public Relations Officer - Abdul Qawi Abdullah
Logistics Officer - Zulfaisal Arifin
Media Officer - Aizat Sam ISamuddin
Together with my other committee members, we also would like to thank everyone who had voted for us during the election day. We will strive our best to make BASS a society that everyone can be proud of. As such, I hope everyone will support and cooperate with the committee. Let's avoid segregation among us and be a happy family! Let me remind you that we are away from our family back home and the only family we can count on here is our beloved friends.
In light of what is happening around us, my main concerns for the society as a whole would be every Bruneian's SAFETY and WELFARE. Working together side by side with Education Atache Unit and Brunei High Commission in Canberra, we hope everyone to not keep quiet and seclude yourself if you encounter any problems. I would also like to urge everyone to report back to me or Melvin See if you are not in Sydney or doing any extreme activities (skydiving, bungee jumping etc.). You are also advised to put our phone numbers as your emergency contacts.
Once again, thank you!
Fazrul Wafiy
President of BASS 2016/17 session