Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HM Sultan Brunei Attends UN Luncheon

President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (L) greet His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha during the UN General Assembly reception at the New York Palace Hotel in New York on Monday. Infofoto/White House Photo

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, attended a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday.

The luncheon was held in honour of heads of states and government attending the 70th UN General Assembly at the North Delegates Lounge, Conference Building in New York.

The General Debate for the UN General Assembly is taking place from September 28 to October 6.

Accompanying His Majesty were Second Finance Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Rahman Hj Ibrahim, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade YB Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng and Permanent Representative of Brunei to UN Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Ghafar Hj Ismail.

Courtesy of The Brunei Times

Monday, September 28, 2015

Traditional Opera at Brunei's Chinese Temple

The audience – including top foreign diplomats from China, the United States, Russia, and the Republic of Korea – were treated to an opera performance

A traditional opera troupe from the Xiong An Opera School in Xiamen performing during last night’s Mooncake Festival. – PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM

Audience treated to traditional opera at Teng Yun Chinese Temple
Posted date: September 28, 2015

| Hakim Hayat |

THE Teng Yun Chinese Temple in the capital was the host last night, to the Mid-Autumn celebrations, also known as the Mooncake Festival.

A huge crowd turned up at the brightly-lit temple, where mooncakes were served to guests.

Adding more colour to the occasion was a traditional opera troupe from the Xiong An Opera School in Xiamen, which performed for an audience that included top foreign diplomats from China, the United States, Russia, and the Republic of Korea.

The opera troupe held their first show last Saturday, and will continue performing for two more weeks. festival is observed by Chinese people around the world, on 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar. The festival is a time for family reunion, and appreciating the full moon, a symbol of harmony and unity.

Last night’s celebrations also featured a traditional opera exhibition, and colourful lanterns of varying shapes and sizes.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Brunei's Halal Industry Generates Investor Appetite

Oxford Business Group reported the following news on 15 September 2015.

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Brunei Darussalam’s halal industry generating investor appetite

With an expanding value-added processing industry and growing international interest, Brunei Darussalam’s halal sector has the potential to become a cornerstone of the Sultanate’s diversification efforts.

Thanks to the country’s long-standing focus on cultivating a strong international reputation for halal quality, investor appetite is growing for Brunei’s halal goods, ranging from traditional food products to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Growth market

As one of the earliest entrants to the global market, the strength of the Brunei Halal brand is due in large part to close government oversight. Its certification system also has the advantage of a single accreditation body, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, as opposed to the patchwork of religious institutions seen in many other markets.

Given Brunei’s relatively small domestic market for halal goods, growth opportunities for the sector have necessarily focused on international outreach to develop a value-added processing and export industry, tapping into the growing global halal market.

According to regional press reports, the worldwide halal food market is worth an estimated $1.1trn and is considered one of the fasting growing food segments globally.

Regional launch pad

Brunei’s halal industry has garnered growing regional and international interest, with several countries actively looking to establish partnerships.

In March Brunei invited investors from as far afield as China and the UK to take part in a $300m halal industry park, an initiative led by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) that is currently under development. The 500-ha park, located north-west of the capital Bandar Seri Begawan, is known as the Bio-Innovation Corridor (BIC), and forms an integral part of Brunei's wider economic diversification strategy.

As Brunei’s halal certification focuses on oversight all along the production chain, the BIC is courting investors interested in importing food commodities and investing in local processing capacity, allowing finished goods to receive Brunei Halal certification and be exported to markets such as China and the wider ASEAN region.

According to the MIPR, the BIC will help promote more advanced research and innovation in the industry. “We are looking for international collaborators, in terms of R&D, co-investment and technology transfer,” Gary Ho, managing director of SQW China, the consultancy advising the Brunei government on the park project, told media in April.

The BIC will also benefit from a direct supply line to China, via the Brunei-Guangxi Economic Corridor, the product of an agreement signed last year that could see as much as $500m worth of investment in the park, according to local media.

While majority-Muslim markets like Indonesia, with its population of around 250m, are a natural fit for Brunei Halal products, demand is also growing in China, where halal certification is viewed as a guarantee of higher quality.

Saahtain Foods, a Dubai-based manufacturer of read-to-eat halal meals, plans to tap the South-east Asian market by developing production facilities in Brunei, having signed a letter of intent with the government in May for cooperation in halal food production. According to the company’s CEO, Adeel Ali Khan, Saahtain Foods will begin operations before the end of the year, producing around 25,000 meals per day before scaling up to 50,000. Speaking to local media, Khan said the company plans to relocate its processing facilities to the BIC when the corridor is completed.

Broadening the halal portfolio

The sector is also pursuing a more diverse portfolio of halal goods, with the halal pharmaceutical industry in particular seeing several new product lines rolled out in recent months.

In June Simpor Pharma – Brunei’s first pharmaceutical manufacturer and a $26m joint venture with Canada’s Viva Pharmaceutical and other local investors – launched a new range of halal health supplements. While Simpor plans to focus on the domestic market initially, according to company officials the supplements are targeted for export further down the line.

June also saw an announcement from Neptune Bio-Innovations (NBI) Brunei, a joint venture between Sydney-based NBI and the Brunei government, that the company plans to launch a line of halal traditional medicines by 2017.

Structural hurdles

While investor interest and product diversification paint an optimistic picture for Brunei’s halal industry, officials say some structural corrections could be needed to allow the sector to reach its full potential.

The Brunei Halal certification is not recognised in some markets, which limits export competitiveness. Moreover, the need to obtain halal re-certification in order to export to different countries has been a substantial hurdle, especially for smaller producers. “That becomes the biggest hindrance (to companies that want to export),” Mustafa Adil, head of research and product development for Islamic finance at Thomson Reuters, told local press in June.

However, things appear to be changing, with major hubs like Malaysia and the UAE beginning to accept goods certified in other markets without requiring re-certification, according to Adil. Pehin Dato Yahya Bakar, minister of industry and primary resources, announced in March that government agencies were working to register the Brunei Halal brand in markets across the Middle East, Europe and ASEAN, with mutual recognition agreements already in place in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Internationalising its halal certification has long been a policy priority in the Sultanate, with the government founding Brunei Wafirah Holdings in 2009 to serve as a gateway to Europe’s burgeoning Muslim population. The company’s facilities are located in the UK, where halal meat already accounts for around 15-20% of national sales.

Friday, September 25, 2015

HM Sultan Brunei: Implement Education Policies





His Majesty says education policies need to be implemented, not just stated on paper
Posted date: September 24, 2015
| Azlan Othman |

EDUCATION policies with a holistic approach where Islamic religious education becomes one of the core subjects in the national education system and in the implementation of the Compulsory Religious Education Order 2012 must not be just stated on paper but should truly be implemented.

This was stated by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in his titah at the 25th Teacher’s Day celebration yesterday at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

His Majesty further remarked that our aspiration is to produce a religiously-inclined and progressive generation. For this purpose and without doubt, visionary teachers with effective leadership criteria are needed. In this context, His Majesty welcomes the continuous initiative made by the Ministry of Education in strengthening the quality of leadership at schools.

Also present were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel.Touching on this year’s Teachers’ Day celebration theme which reads, ‘Teacher as Catalyst for Visionary Individuals’, the monarch said it is in line with the vision of his late father, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam who had made education transformations as an opportunity for all levels of the community to grab.

“My late father emphasises education holistically, whereby Islamic religious education is prioritised. The far-sighted vision of my late father brings about glory in the Islamic teachings and gives impact to the country’s prosperity,” the monarch said.

The ruler also said that the development through teacher’s training is needed as the quality of a teacher is not only judged by the ability to teach with pedagogy but also related to spiritual factor as teachers are the role model for the students.

Hence the effectiveness of education or teacher’s training should be reviewed and assessed frequently.

“In this regard, I welcome steps taken by the Ministry of Education to assess the competency of teachers through the Teacher Performance Appraisal (TPA) established based on the Brunei Teacher’s Standard (BTS) which was launched last year.

“With this initiative, teachers would further know the level of their capability in producing effective teaching and learning. In this context, I urge for teacher development could be carried out from the moment of recruiting them.”

In this regard, the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education at Universiti Brunei Darussalam and the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan should ensure that their programmes are of high quality.

In conclusion, His Majesty would like to wish all teachers in the country a Happy Teachers’ Day and pray that all their sacrifices, hard work and contributions would receive rewards from Allah the Almighty.

“And to the recipients of Teachers’ Day award this year, I would like to congratulate them and hope that it would inspire and motivate the present teachers,” the monarch added.

Meanwhile the Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong said both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs strive to enhance the quality of teachers in line with the development and educational evolution.

Last year, the Ministry of Education introduced Brunei Teachers’ Standard (BTS) which is a framework of teacher’s effectiveness which focuses on upgrading the quality of teaching and the outcome of students learning.

And in accordance to the monarch’s titah to mark the 69th birthday this year that emphasised on the need for civil service to embrace performance culture in public service, the Ministry of Education has established an instrument called Teacher Performance Appraisal (TPA) to assess the capacity and achievement of teachers. It will be used next year.

Pehin Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar also revealed that the ministry is also framing out the School Leadership Standard to determine the competency level of school leaders and to guide school leaders towards excellent leadership.

His Majesty also conferred Teachers’ Day awards to seven recipients including one recipient of Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Education Award, two received meritorious awards while another four received Excellent Teacher Awards. The monarch also viewed an exhibition and received greetings from the teachers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ong Tiong Oh Pedestrian Bridge at Radisson Hotel Brunei



Minister officiates opening of Ong Tiong Oh Bridge
Posted date: September 23, 2015

| Azlan Othman |

THE Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman said the construction of the bridge linking Chung Hwa Middle School in the capital helps to reduce accidents involving students crossing the busy road.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the official opening and the handing-over of ‘Ong Tiong Oh’ Bridge, the minister said students and pedestrians would no longer be exposed to such mishaps and congratulated Ong Tiong Oh, who is also the Director of Low San Hardware, for sponsoring the construction of the bridge.

“However traffic jams still persist around the Chung Hwa Middle School area and there are plans by the Ministry of Development to tackle this problem. The school and the ministry always monitor the safety aspect around the area from time to time where appropriate actions are taken.”

“We also have the National Road Safety Council to look into the situation. In other schools, there are also plans to build overhead bridges,” Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi said.

“In the case of Chung Hwa Middle School, a private individual has come forward to contribute although on the government side, there was also a plan beforehand. There are about 19 pedestrians bridges built including around the capital.”

The construction of the bridge was also highlighted at the Legislative Council meeting way back in 2009 by YB Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin where he voiced his concern over the safety of students crossing the road to and from the Chung Hwa Middle School.

Meanwhile the sponsor of the bridge, Ong Tiong Oh said, “My family and I are happy to be able to contribute to the community in this much-awaited project which becomes a reality. The bridge is built to ensure safety of the students and the public and to reduce traffic jam especially during peak hours.”

“I hope the community would use the bridge wisely and to look after the bridge by not vandalising it. I also would like to thank the relevant government agencies involved in building this bridge.”

Meanwhile the Managing Director of Bolton Hennessey Sdn Bhd, Kueh Nge Wei who is also the main consultant for this bridge project told the Bulletin that the contract price is about $780,000. But due to over-run of the service of relocation, bridge costs around $800,000-$850,000.

The main challenge was there were a lot of service utilities on both sides of the bridge when digging, such as the telecom and electrical cable, waterline and so on. These have to be relocated elsewhere before construction could start.

“In addition, the bridge is about 43-metre long. We need two cranes to lift the bridge where we need to synchronise the traffic for safety reason. We need to put a medium at the centre of the bridge to support the bridge which is in a very narrow area. Moreover we could not do the lifting in the morning due to heavy traffic but have to do it at night. The bridge was first used when the third term school season reopened last week,” he added.

When asked on reports circulating in the social media claiming that the recent Chung Hwa Middle School fee hike is related to the construction of this bridge, Mr Kueh said it was two separate issues.

“The initiative to construct this bridge with the assistance of Mr Ong was made way back in 2007, which was before the fee hike imposed by the Chung Hwa Middle School announced recently.

“The funding of this bridge has nothing to do with Chung Hwa Middle School. It was completely funded by Ong Tiong Oh.”

“With this explanation, I hope it would clear the air as such matter was raised in social media. The fee hike was made to the Ministry of Education about two years ago. Mr Ong donated close to a million dollars to sponsor this bridge,” he concluded.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin and The Brunei Times

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Perambahan - Brunei's Proverbs


Perambahan: A unique feature of Brunei Malay
ROZ ALIA ZIN
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Originally Published on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

THE official language of Brunei Darussalam is Bahasa Melayu or Brunei Malay. This language is similar to the standard Malay language that people from Peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia can understand.

However, looking at the Brunei Malay language at a deeper level, one will find out that it differs from standard Malay in pronunciation, vocabulary, expressions and idioms.

Perambahan (pronounced pa-ram-bah-an) or proverbs are one very unique feature of Brunei Malay. These are the creations of the old Brunei Malay society and have been handed down for generations.

Perambahan are similar to that of Peribahasa in standard Malay language, but perambahan creatively use symbols found in society to beautify the language which are appropriate yet succinct and to the point.

"The use of perambahan is not so common these days, but it's a beautiful part of the Brunei Malay language as there are many subtleties and clever references in the phrases and words, which vividly and aptly describe the meaning that the speaker is trying to get across." said Hjh Nurlela Zainal, a Malay teacher from a local school.

"Perambahan Brunei is what differs Brunei Malay from standard Malay. Many of the terms used come from when our ancestors or elders who lived in the kampong, and their observations and feelings were used to describe their thoughts," explained Hjh Nurlela.

"The importance of kemukaan (face) in Malay society was important, and one did not outrightly insult their friends or neighbours, especially in a small community. So the subtleties in the language conveyed the true meaning, without letting anyone lose face," Hjh Nurlela added.

According to "Forms Courtesy Among Asean Member Countries Research Reports", perambahan are used not just as a form of communication, but also as means to display the culture and mannerisms of Malay society. They are able to conceal words which may sound harsh or rude with sarcasm, with gentle pleadings, teachings and persuasion.

The use of such words enables the Malay language to be a more effective tool of communication for some specific purpose the speaker intends.

It is obvious that perambahan is a reflection of the society. The belief in the adat or customs which have been inherited and are passed down from generation to generation, encourage the younger generation to be educated as to be courteous and respectful in terms of language and speech.

Perambahan are not only witty, but descriptive, and are intelligent manners of speech. For example, one perambahan bekulat tangga (the mossy steps) is aimed at those who do not wish to visit their neighbours, while mengayam bini (as a hen) emphasizes the meaning of humility in the presence of outsiders or at another's home.

Another distinguishing feature of perambahan in Brunei Malay dialect is that it comes across in single words. Some examples follow - berangin (windy) means a person who is not certain in his ideas, bungkasan means children who are easily angered. Some common ones you may hear include bibiran (lips and lips) which means repeating oneself or to be unnecessarily talkative, and one that will be popular during the Hari Raya season is malanggar (crash into) which means to visit the house unheralded or unexpectedly.

Some perambahan are pluralised by repeating the word twice, such as capi-capi meaning an action or deed which is improper and angat-angat dingin which means not feeling well or indisposed.

There are three sources in the creation of perambahan, first, taking a story or extraordinary incidents as comparisons; second, comparing things that are similar to those found in daily life; and third, originating from the beliefs of the people in the distant past.

The story of Abu Nawas, who is known for being clever in making excuses and Nakhoda Manis, a tale of a young man who refused to acknowledge his poor mother after returning to Brunei with riches and wealth, are prime examples of taking stories as comparisons, as a person who made many excuses would be referred to rather teasingly as "Abu Nawas" and children who went against the wishes of their parents would be called "Nakhoda Ragam". Many other colourful tales with prominent characters would also be used as perambahan, such as Malay folk tales and stories from the times of the Prophets.

The perambahan "hitam melangut" which literally means black fish, is used to describe a very dark complexioned person, and is an example of comparing things with daily life. Other such perambahan are kaki ayam (chicken feet) is to go barefooted, and biawak punggur (monitor lizard) which refers to a male who is lazy and refuses to make efforts to find a living.

For proverbs originating from beliefs, the perambahan "Buruk siku tambal balang" (rotten elbow) is one such example from Malay belief, according to a story from long ago. In a tale long forgotten, someone demanded the return of some items which he had given to someone else. After this event, the person was afflicted with a kind of disease that impaired his elbow. According to the belief of many people, the impairment was a consequence of his action in demanding the return of the item which had been given.

Perambahan portray life in society as being integrated, helping to summarise the feelings, way of thinking, actions, likes and dislikes of the individuals in society, and as a result, are thought of reflections of the life of Brunei Malay society.

For example, many perambahan are associated with ayam (chicken) which was reared by many in older times, and having observed its actions, has given rise to a number of perambahan connected to it, e.g. lagau-lagau ayam means an insincere invitation, mengayam laki means to be a proud cockerel or person. The Brunei Times

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Thailand To Host Next Brunei-Thailand Joint Musical Performance

Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Pad-uka Haji Mohd Yunos and Deputy Director-General of the Public Relations Department of Thailand, Charoon Chaisorn during the meeting

Thailand to host ‘Alai Pa Plern’
Posted date: September 18, 2015

| Lyna Mohamad |

THAILAND will be hosting the next ‘Alai Pa Plern’, entitled ‘Concert of Dreams’, and which will carry the theme ‘Power of Dreams’ in August 2016, at the Public Relations Department Auditorium in Bangkok, Thailand.

This was mentioned at the 14th Joint Technical Committee (JTC) Meeting closing ceremony yesterday, by the Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos.

In his speech, the permanent secretary said that Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) had presented a revised concept of the Joint Musical Variety show to the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand, and expressed hope that the new concept would attract a wider audience, particularly the youth. He also believed that it would deliver the key message of friendship, harmony and cooperation, and create greater understanding between the people of both nations. The permanent secretary also noted that a 15-year commemorative documentary, on Brunei Darussalam and Thailand’s mutual cooperation in the fields of broadcasting and information, will be telecast next year.

The permanent secretary extended his appreciation to the National News Bureau of Thailand, for contributing news features and items to RTB; and also to Asean Television News (ATN) flagship, stating that these were just some of the endless efforts to increase public awareness on the Asean Community 2015.

The permanent secretary also mentioned the continuing exchange of government personnel and private media between the two countries, and hoped that the visit by the Thai delegation to Brunei next week would further strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the Public Relations Department of Thailand and Brunei’s Information Department.He also hoped that the visit would help to convey about life in Brunei to the people of Thailand.

Yesterday’s closing ceremony of the meeting on cooperation in the field of information and broadcasting, took place at the Prime Minister’s Office, and concluded with a signing of a ‘Letter of Transmittal’ between both countries.

Signing on behalf of the government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, was Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office; while representing the Thai government was the Deputy Director-General of the Public Relations Department of Thailand, Charoon Chaisorn.

In a brief address, Charoon noted the progress made in various areas of the cooperation under the memorandum; yet much remains to be done, as both countries prepare for the new Asean Community, at the end of this year.

Various agenda related to information and broadcasting was discussed in the two-day meeting, which served as a platform to strengthen cooperation, and enhance bilateral ties between both governments.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Friday, September 18, 2015

HM Sultan Brunei: Youths Must Play Role in Creation of ASEAN Community

His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam consented to present the winning trophy to Mohamad Husaini bin Mahmur from Malaysia

Youths must play role in creation of Asean Community: His Majesty
Posted date: September 18, 2015
| Azaraimy HH |

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in a titah last night called upon the Muslim youth to play a role in the creation of an Asean Community, in strengthening their faith, promoting solidarity and working towards regional peace.

His Majesty delivered the titah during the closing and prize presentation ceremony of the 7th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition, held at International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas last night.

Congratulating the winners and partici­pants, His Majesty said this year’s competition was in line with the creation of the Asean Community by the end of the year.

“Muslim youth in Asean member countries have important contributions to make in the construction of the Asean Community, to fortify regional peace and harmony,” His Majesty said. “The participation of Muslim youth in charitable causes is most needed for the common interests of the region.

“The youth are the movers and catalysts. They are capable of doing whatever is best for their people. These capabilities must be demonstrated.

“The youth are capable of making a huge impact towards the development of the regional community, including in fields such as education, economy and technology.

His Majesty also said the youth are facing challenges caused by globalisation, which offers new cultures and rapidly changing environments.

“If they do not possess strong personalities, then the inevitable will occur. For Muslim youth, this may well affect their faith (Aqidah), or religious understanding.”

His Majesty said that there have been many instances of religious deviation, or the wrong approach, towards Islam where the youth are the main target.

“Here lies the importance of self-awareness for all Muslims. We should be truly Muslims, wherever we are,” said His Majesty. “If our own personal faith is unstable or inconsistent, then it means our faith is weak.

“A strong personality is the hallmark of all true Muslims.”

His Majesty also encouraged the youth to acquire knowledge, especially pertaining to the Al-Quran and the Hadith.

“Such knowledge identifies our status as followers of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). As stated in Hadith: ‘The best of you (Muslims) are those who study Al-Quran and Al-Hadith.’

“With the youth possessing knowledge of the Al-Quran and the Hadith, our region will be safe and secure, by the will of Allah the Almighty.

The biennial regional youth Al-Quran reading competition hosted by Brunei Darussalam saw some 19 Qari and Qariahs competing in the three-day event.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Brunei & Thai Media To Showcase Royal Events

Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos speaks at the opening ceremony

14th Joint Technical Committee Meeting on Cooperation in Information and Broadcasting between Brunei Darussalam and Thailand. – PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN
Brunei, Thai media to showcase royal events
Posted date: September 17, 2015

| Azlan Othman |

BRUNEI Darussalam and Thailand are capable of presenting an exhibition, or producing an electronic photo book to be shared publicly on two historic events: the 70th birthday of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam; and the Golden Jubilee celebrations, marking 50 years of His Majesty’s accession to the throne.

This was said yesterday by Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, the Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, as the head of Brunei Darussalam’s delegation at the opening ceremony of the 14th Joint Technical Committee (JTC) Meeting, under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand.

The two-day meeting, held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) discussed mutual cooperation in the field of broadcasting, information and other activities implemented by Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) and the Department of Information, together with Thailand’s Public Relations Department and the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand.

In his speech, the permanent secretary said that the agreement would also include an exchange of memorable programmes, be it in television, radio or print, celebrating the two very auspicious occasions.

He noted that both Brunei Darussalam and Thailand have continued to promote social and cultural understanding through various platforms, such as the exchanges of television and radio programmes, prints, exhibition and also the exchange of personnel.

The permanent secretary cited recent examples that contributed to the warm friendship between the implanting agencies, and help promote understanding between both countries. One such collaboration was last year’s “Alai Pa Plern” musical variety show, hosted together by RTB and National Broadcasting Services of Thailand. The show, he said, was well received among Bruneians despite the language barrier, which did not detract from their enjoyment of the performances.

Another successful joint collaboration was the Joint Photo Exhibition in the Gadong shopping mall last year. The exhibition, said the permanent secretary “created interests among our people, who also had lively interaction with the exhibitors”.

He ended his speech with the hope that music and culture could be utilised to enhance the unity, harmony, and understanding of the people of both countries and to the wider populace of Asean, “Culture continues to play a significant role as a driver and enabler for sustainable development in Asean. Our Brunei-Thailand joint efforts in leveraging on culture will help to forge a common Asean identity of humanity, a vehicle of social integration and civil society as well as a driver for knowledge and human intelligence.”

The head of the Thai delegation, Charoon Chaisorn, speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office of Thailand, said he was delighted to note that Brunei Darussalam has been playing a leading role in the digital migration under the Asean framework set, to be completed by the year 2020.

The opening ceremony yesterday was also attended by the Director of RTB, Haji Mohammad Suffian bin Haji Bungsu; the Acting Director of Information, Mawardi bin Haji Mohammad; along with senior officers from PMO, RTB and the Department of Information.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

UBD Makes Leap in QS Rankings in Asia


UBD makes leap in QS rankings for Asia
Posted date: September 16, 2015

| James Kon |

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has made a large leap up in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings for the Asia region when its position shifted from between 171-180 in 2014 to 118 out of a total of 300 higher education institutions this year.

With an overall score of 47.7, the university continues to rank in first place for the number of outbound and inbound students as part of exchange programmes inked with other notable universities. Its international faculty is currently ranked at ninth place.

According to the www.topuniversities.com website, the QS University Rankings for Asia was launched with the aim of highlighting the top universities in the region and shining a spotlight on the rapid development of an increasingly dynamic region.

The methodology is an adaptation from that utilised for the QS World University Rankings, where the adaptations reflect regional priorities and challenges.

The nine indicators used to compile the Asia rankings are academic reputation (30 per cent), employer reputation (10 per cent), faculty to student ratio (20 per cent), citations per paper (15 per cent), papers per faculty (15 per cent), proportion of international faculty (2.5 per cent) and proportion of international students enrolled (2.5 per cent) as well as the proportion of inbound and outbound exchange students (2.5 per cent respectively).

The last two indicators are not used in the global rankings as they are unique to the region and offer additional insight into the internationalisation activities at Asia-based universities, such as through exchange programmes.

HRH Brunei Crown Prince Calls For Regional Youth Programme

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, during the Sabda. – AZROL AZMI
Crown Prince calls for regional youth programme
Posted date: September 16, 2015

| Hakim Hayat |

HIS Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, in a Sabda last night called for the establishment of a regional youth programme designed to emphasise both academic and spiritual aspects, in order to achieve better progress and harmony in the region.

Delivering the Sabda while opening the 7th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas last night, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince placed the region’s youth in the spotlight, lauding their great achievements in various fields, attributing these to their hard work and strong self-identity, coupled with their resilience and competitive stance.

The biennial regional youth Al-Quran reading competition hosted by Brunei Darussalam sees some 19 Qari and Qariahs competing in the three-day event.

Also present at the event last night was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

With 65 per cent or 400 million of the total Asean population categorised as youth, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said their contributions are instrumental to the course of development and future of the countries and the region as a whole.With the vast potential of our youth today, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said if they possess good morals and integrity with strong grasp of the Al-Quran, combined with high level of education and skills, “Insya Allah, this will ease the approach in creating a region of harmony and progress, blessed by Allah the Almighty. With this in mind too, it will ensure the welfare and security of the people and countries.”

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince later called on the relevant parties to plan forward a regional youth programme development that focuses on both ‘duniawi’ and ‘ukhrawi’ aspects or the world and hereafter, geared towards the excellence of the region’s ‘ummah’ and civilisation.

Earlier in the Sabda, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said efforts in strengthening the morals and faith of Muslim youth in the region based on the Al-Quran and ‘As-Sunnah’ teachings must be enhanced, because of its importance and role in shaping up the youths’ “emotional intelligence” and spiritual values through lessons reaped from it (Al-Quran and As-Sunnah). “Additionally, skills in mastering emotions is important in guiding them (the youth) to become effective leaders,” His Royal Highness the Crown Prince added.

With a strong faith, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said the youth are capable of warding-off any form of negativity brought by the tide of modernisation and development, adding that efforts in strengthening the morals and faith of the Muslim youth is not only limited to the country, but can be extended regionally and internationally.

Touching on the competition, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said one of its objectives is to allow Southeast Asian youth from different socio-cultural backgrounds to interact and share their views and experiences in attaining the blessings of the Al-Quran while strengthening their fellowship spirit and the unity of the ‘ummah’.

His Royal Highness said this was the reason why the bloc’s leaders maintained their focus on regional youth development in its Socio-Cultural and Socio-Economic Framework.

“The youth’s involvement in the Asean Community development process is essential, particularly in overcoming global challenges including unemployment.

“Towards this, various initiatives are being planned and implemented,” said His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, citing youth networking and expertise sharing platforms within Asean as one of the efforts being made.

He said he believed these would trigger synergies that could spur socio-economic development in the country and the region at a faster rate.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Friday, September 11, 2015

Work Intensified in Temburong Bridge Project

Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman at the contract signing ceremony for Package CC4 Temburong Viaduct

Work to intensify in Temburong Bridge Project
Posted date: September 11, 2015

| Siti Hajar |

WORK will intensify in the Temburong Bridge Project following yesterday’s signing of two new contracts, prompting the authorities to advise residents living near the construction zone to be careful when travelling through the area.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Acting Permanent Secretary (Technical and Professional) at the Ministry of Development, Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin said that the scope of work will include the transportation of materials, workers using barges, vessels and floating cranes as well as launching gantries.

The two new contracts dubbed “CC3” and “CC4” which are part of a six-plan package will see the construction of several structures for the navigation bridges, including a single and twin pylon cable stay bridge with respective towers, a connecting viaduct between the tunnel portal under “CC1” with a single pylon Brunei Channel navigation bridge and the Temburong Viaduct of about 11.8 kilometres as well as a bridge crossing Sungai Labu.

Work under “CC3” is expected to be completed within 39 months by February 2019 with construction works scheduled for October this year, whilst “CC4”, also slated to begin construction by October, is expected to reach completion by March 2019.

“The public and all stakeholders will be kept informed of the upcoming works in the affected areas and will ensure that all safety measures and precautions are provided and maintained,” said the Joint Executive Committee for the Proposed Temburong Bridge Project in a statement.The contracts between the Brunei Government and the appointed contractors of local-foreign company partnerships was signed at the Public Works Department headquarters in Berakas in the presence of the Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman.

The contracts follow the signing of the first construction CC2 package earlier in February for the marine viaduct, which Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin said is progressing well with the preliminary works including the reclamation of docking yard at Serasa as well as material sourcing such as sand and stone for the installation of Bund at Pulau Pepatan.

Once completed, the dual two-lane highway bridge will span about 30 kilometres between Jalan Utama Mentiri in the Brunei-Muara District and Jalan Labu in the Temburong District. The project is to be implemented under a series of construction contract packages.

Also in attendance during the signing ceremony were the ambassadors of China and Korea to Brunei Darussalam, Yang Jian and Cho Won-myung respectively, senior government officers and grassroots leaders.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Buah Tarap


THE TERAP OR TARAP

Terap or Maran or Tarap are local names for a fruit which is highly demanded in Sarawak when the season arrives. The fruit is known only to grow in Borneo, Palawan and Mindanao in the Philippines. This is why the fruit is not well known by the public in Peninsular Malaysia and only those in Sarawak and Sabah craved it.

Bearing the scientific name of "Artocarpus odoratissimus", the fruit tree it is an evergreen plant from the family "Moraceae". If in the past it only proliferated in the tropical forests of Borneo and the Philippines, but in line with the current time and higher demand, people in Thailand have also started to plant this fruit for commercial purposes.

In Sabah it is also known as "Buah Tarap", in the Philippines it is known as "Johey", "Green Pedalai," "Madang" or "Timadang" where these names are based on the dialects of ethnic groups in the Philippines.

The interesting part about this fruit is its strong aroma that is akin to the aroma of ripe Nangka (jackfruit) or Cempedak (another fruit related to the jackfruit family). However it still could not compete against the aroma of the Durian considered as the "King of Fruits" for people in Malaysia. The taste of the Tarap is creamy fat-like bananas but it is much tastier.

Although the skin is fairly thick, it is not difficult to open as it is quite soft. Hence that is the reason for the necessity of the fruit to be plucked while it has ripen on the tree, as once it has fallen to the ground, the fruit will be shattered by the strong impact.

When it is not yet ripe, the colour of the Tarap will be greenish but once it has ripen, it will turn brown, and it is at this point that the aroma would be widespread. In the case when that happens in the forests, wild animals such as monkeys or birds such as wild birds will be attracted to the fruit to taste its sweetness.

The Tarap is also a seasonal plant and its fruiting season is July to September every year. In some areas of Sarawak which have many Tarap trees such as in in Lawas, it will have its own Tarap fruit festival in its annual tourism calendar as they try to popularise the Tarap as a tourism icon in Lawas.

This brief information is our effort to promote the exotic fruits in Borneo and in Sarawak in particular. Perhaps many of the new generation have not tasted it and for you to please try if the opportunity arises.

Originally written in Sarawak Malay author unknown
Published in the Borneo Oracle
Adapted and rewritten in Engllish by Rozan Yunos

Brunei-Korea Media Exchange Contribute to Cultural Understanding






RACHEL THIEN
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

EXCHANGES of media persons between countries will greatly contribute to more understanding and appreciation in culture and the lifestyle for people within a particular country, a senior government official said yesterday.

Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of the Senior Officials Meeting Responsible for Information (SOMRI), Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, said media is a lens through which people within a national boundary can see the outside world.

Speaking at the welcoming dinner in conjunction with the ASEAN-ROK Media Exchange visit to Brunei at the Mangrove Paradise resort last night, Hj Mohd Rozan said he hoped the Korean media counterparts can show and portray the true colours of Brunei, its way of life, its people and environment within the Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) philosophy.

“This is not only for the understanding of the Korean people but also the people all around the world in general. This was evident by the media exchange programme that was held during the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in Busan last year, where media participants from Brunei shared their stories and experiences through their writings,’’ he said.

Hj Mohd Rozan said writings and reports will create its own multiplier effects for both countries.

“It is through this, that people will have the interest in wanting to know more about a particular country. In hindsight, this in turn has a significant correlation to a country’s tourism sector. Media are amplifiers of information and first hand experience to people all around the world. This is the kind of impact that we all hoped for,’’ he said.

Currently, nine Korean media journalists, including an official from Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs are here from September 6 to 9 for the ASEAN-Korea media exchange programme, a project under the ASEAN- Committee for Culture and Information (COCI).

Hj Mohd Rozan said he hoped the programme will meet its objective where all delegations have the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge about Brunei, as well as develop personal understanding and friendship with each other.

The permanent secretary added he hoped the programme will enable media people from both countries to exchange ideas, be more creative and active in the field of reporting and journalism.

This year’s theme for the ASEAN-ROK media exchange programme is “Enhancing the ASEAN-ROK Community through Culture.’’

Also present at last night’s dinner was the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) Deputy Permanent Secretary, Hj Khairuddin Hj Abd Hamid, Acting Director of the Information Department, Hjh Noorashidah Hj Aliomar, senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT), MIPR, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), the Information Department and Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB).

A cultural performance was also showcased by the MCYS for the guests.

During their stay, the Korean delegation will be making several visits to government agencies as well as companies in the private sector.

The Brunei Times

Monday, September 07, 2015

History of Bukit Beruang

A view of National Housing Scheme at Bukit Bering
History of Kampung Bukit Beruang

Kampung Bukit Beruang was originally named Tepangan Beruang, which means "the tree where the bear lived". Bears are believed to nest or live on top of a certain tree and that is called ‘tepangan’.

At that time, there were too many bears in the village. Every time a villager entrered the forest, he will definitely meet a bear, especially villagers from Kampung Penyatang and Kampung danau who were using a perahu or a small boat plying through the Rivers of Penyatang and Uropyang. These rivers are used as the route for their farming activities and 'bertamu' (buying and selling).

What is interesting about the history of Kampung Bukit Beruang is the meeting of the people from the west, namely Kampung Bukit Udal and its surroundings with the people from areas next to the sea namely Kampung Penyatang, Kampung Danau and Kampung Telisai.

Using the river route while trading and 'bertamu' on the river at a place called called Tamuan Lawai, residents from the villages next to the sea would be bringing merchandise such as dried fish, shrimp and so on while the people from the interior would be bringing their farming produce such as rice, cassava, sugar cane and others. Their recorded history began around the 1940s and 1950s.

Originally written in Malay by Noraisah Muhammad
Published on the Facebook Page ‘Menjejak Sejarah Silam’
Translated and adapted to English by Haji Mohd Rozan

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Brunei Recognises Wu Chun and Other Youths in 10th National Youth Day

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, presenting the Youth Association Awards to Khairul Azmi bin Haji Salleh (above) and Meritorious Youth Leader Award to Datin Hajah Siti Hajar binti Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof (below)

His Majesty presenting the Voluntary Youth Award to Nurliyana Fatin binti Ariffin (above) and the Excel-lent Youth Award to Goh Kiat Chun (below) during the 10th National Youth Day celebration held at the Indoor Stadium, Berakas. – PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM 

Nation recognises four youth icons
Posted date: September 02, 2015
| Rokiah Mahmud & Abdul Hakiim Yakof |

THREE youths and one association were honoured yesterday for their excellence and significant contribution towards the development of youth in the Sultanate during the 10th National Youth Day celebration held at the Indoor Stadium, Berakas.

The Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT) received the Youth Association Award for its dedication and key contributions to the community. Established in 2013, SCOT is an organisation with the mission of being a catalyst for creating sustainable strategies to help the underprivileged by providing them with assistance in the form of resources, basic skills and other support to help them move out of the vicious cycle of poverty.

SCOT has been initiating various programmes towards eradicating poverty in the country. The association uses several platforms and creative approaches, particularly in the field of education, environment conservation and fund raising to help the needy.

SCOT Acting Chairman Khairul Azmi gin Haji Salleh said, “We feel humbled by this award and it is a milestone for the society. This will motivate our committee members to venture into more sustainable projects in the future”.

NURLIYANA FATIN BINTI ARIFFIN, who won the Meritorious Youth Volunteer Award, has been active in voluntary activities for society that reflect her courage and personality, indeed making her an icon for youth in the nation.

Through her efforts with entrepreneurship as her background, Nurliyana has successfully showcased the project, the Asean Young Professional Volunteer Corp (AYPVC), as its project manager. She and her colleagues managed to set up a school in Cambodia with the aim of helping the children there to have proper education opportunities.

DATIN HAJAH SITI HAJAR binti Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof was selected as the Meritorious Youth Leader for her dedication and commitment towards youth associations. She has held several significant positions in prominent organisations such as Red Crescent Association, PERTIWI Association and Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam.

Datin Hajah Siti Hajar joined the Red Crescent Association back in 1960 as an 11-year-old. She was also part of a number of committees that was set up locally and abroad for youth development.

She was instrumental in drafting the Red Crescent Constitution for the local chapter which helped the Brunei Red Crescent Association become Red Crescent Association to become a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva, Switzerland back in 1997.

Through her active participation in voluntary activities, Datin Hajah Siti Hajar has made significant contributions to inspire the youth of the country.

GOH KIAT CHUN, popularly known as Wu Chun, is one of the most successful figures among youth in the country. The highly-spirited international celebrity of Brunei is committed to promoting the Sultanate globally. He was recently appointed as Royal Brunei Airlines’ (RB) brand ambassador and since then tourist arrivals to Brunei have more than doubled. Being an international artist in the music and film industry and a successful entrepreneur made him the perfect choice for the Excellent Youth Award.

Having a family legacy in entrepreneurship, Wu Chun indirectly provides employment for many youths and contributes to the economy. As a famous figure in the country and an idol of fans, his promotional campaigns for a healthy lifestyle have been inspiring plenty of youths.

Speaking to the Bulletin, Wu Chun said he didn’t expect to be nominated and that it motivates him to keep on doing community- and youth-based work.

“I want to be more involved in reaching out to the children in Brunei as well as the youth as I think education is very important and if they get it right then their future will be more secure.

“Never be afraid of failures – that is my advice to the youth. If you want to be successful you have to take the risk, you might fail, but you have to keep trying and learn as much as possible from your mistakes and share what you have learnt. When I learn something I have the urge to share with others, this has a huge effect,” he concluded.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Foreign Diplomats Host HM Sultan Brunei's Birthday Reception

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Maj-esty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam yesterday attended a special reception hosted by the heads of diplomatic missions in the country at the Royal Berkshire Hall of the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club. – PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minis-ter at the Prime Minister’s Office, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah during the reception

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minis-ter at the Prime Minister’s Office, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengi-ran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar in a group photo with members of the Diplomatic Corps

His Majesty and Her Majesty with the USA Ambassador and Spouse

Their Majesties attend birthday reception
Posted date: September 01, 2015
| Danial Norjidi |

HEADS of Diplomatic Missions in Brunei Darussalam held a special reception yesterday in honour of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The reception, which took place at the Royal Berkshire Hall of the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, was held in celebration of His Majesty’s 69th birthday.

His Majesty attended the reception accompanied by Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam.

Also accompanying the monarch was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar.

Welcoming Their Majesties were a group of high commissioners, ambassadors and their spouses, led by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Chhay Sokhan, the Ambassador of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia to Brunei Darussalam.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Sokhan said, “It is a great honour for the Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Brunei Darussalam to share in the celebration of Your Majesty’s 69th Birthday.”

“On behalf of all my colleagues, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, I would like to express our deep gratitude to His Majesty for graciously consenting to grant us another wonderful opportunity to extend our greetings.”

“We deeply appreciate the warmth and friendliness that His Majesty has shown to us throughout the year. On behalf of all Heads of Diplomatic Missions, it’s my sincere and distinct honour to express our congratulations and best wishes to His Majesty on this occasion.”

The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps also wished His Majesty good health, peace and prosperity.

After delivering his speech, Ambassador Sokhan presented His Majesty with a gift from the Diplomatic Corps in honour of the monarch – a special portrait of His Majesty.

The framed portrait features the message, “Happy 69th Birthday to His Majesty. From all Diplomatic Missions in Negara Brunei Darussalam.”

Made of high quality mosaic tiles using special glazed materials and printing, the gift features 29 flags of the resident Diplomatic Missions accredited to Brunei Darussalam. Featuring an Islamic floral design suggested by the Diplomatic Corps, the background of the portrait is made of high quality metallic brush gold and yellow vinyl decals.

After consenting to receive the gift, His Majesty led the royal entourage in meeting and speaking with each of the various Heads of Diplomatic Missions and their spouses before leaving the venue.

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