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Berakas - The Al-Quran Reading Competition for the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and its Departments for the year 2013/1434 Hijrah concluded with a prize presentation ceremony held at the MoF Building at Commonwealth Drive, Berakas yesterday.

Only a total of three participants; two staff from the Royal Customs and Excise Department and one from the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA) entered the Ministerial competition which saw its finals held at the Royal Customs and Excise Department Headquarters building earlier this week.

On hand to present prizes as the guest of honour at the ceremony was the Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister's Office, Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim.

Champion in the Qari Category was Awang Abdul Rahim bin BPSRKDSS Haji Mohd Tamin from the Royal Customs and Excise Department with a score of 85 per cent while the runner-up was Awang Abdul Razak bin Su from BIA with a score of 80.5 per cent.

In the Qariah Category, Dayang Aieni binti Abdullah from the Royal Customs and Excise Departrdent came in third place with a score of 61 per cent.

The Qari Category Champion, Awang Abdul Rahim, later recited the Al-Quran to enliven the ceremony, followed by a 'Tausyeh' performance by officers from the Royal Customs and Excise Department. The minister also presented mementos to judges of the competition.

According to a press release, the annual event was organised by the Royal Customs and Excise Department.

"The objective is to select an individual to represent the MoF to the Inter-Ministerial Al-Quran Reading Competition as well as in highlighting the talents of officers and staff of the Mof in Al-Quran reading."

Also present yesterday was Dato Paduka Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Finance, Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Directors of Sections, Senior Officers as well as officers and staff of MoF and its departments.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin