Sunday, July 27, 2014

MILF: IMT Brunei distributes dates for Ramadhan

From the MILF Website (Jul 27): IMT Brunei distributes dates for Ramadhan

In pursuit of heightening faithful relationships amongst the Muslims and the Almighty Allah, the contingent of the Brunei Darussalam with the International Monitoring Team (IMT) distributed packs of dates courtesy of its Head Office in Brunei Darussalam few days ago.
Lt Col Khairil Ismail, Head of the Brunei Contingent with the IMT, led the distribution, which he said, as a “modest give for the Holy Month of Ramadhan” from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) for the brothers and sisters in Islam.

The Brunei military and police officers distributed the gift to Masjids, orphanage, Bangsamoro people in the conflict-affected communities, ceasefire mechanisms of the GPH – MILF Peace Process, and MILF leadership.

Dates are recommended to be eaten for Iftar to break the everyday Fasting in Ramadhan due to its scientifically-proven nutritional and health values.

Scientific studies say dates are “useful in the treatment of respiratory disorders, heart conditions, cancer (due to its high magnesium and calcium content), anemia, allergies, and constipation… it also prevents cancer and heart disease.”

Since 2004, Brunei has been a member of the IMT which is being led by Malaysia and with members from the Government Norway, Indonesia, Japan and the Belgium-based Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP).

IMT is mandated to monitor foremost the implementation of the ceasefire agreement between the government and MILF.

Earlier, His Excellency Pehin Pekerma Jaya Maj Gen Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohammad Tawih Bin Abdullah, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), met MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and members of the Central Committee at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

Chairman Murad, in that meeting, asked the RBAF commander to convey the appeal of the MILF in behalf of the Bangsamoro for a more comprehensive support from the Government of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to the implementation of the GPH – MILF Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

The Chairman also reiterated the invitation by both the government and MILF or Brunei to be part of the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) for the Normalization Process of the GPH – MILF CAB. Also invited by the two parties were the Governments of Norway and Turkey.

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