Preparations for National Family Day 2012

The National Committee for the National Day Celebrations Meeting on 23rd April 2012

Bandar Seri Begawan, 24 April 2012 - The National Committee for the National Family Day celebration held their second meeting on the proposed celebration yesterday morning at the Digadong Hall, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The meeting was chaired by Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Also in attendance were Pehin Datu Lailaraja Mejar Jeneral (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, the Deputy Minister, Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Hamid bin Haji Mohd Jaafar and Haji Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, the Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and senior officers and officials from the ministry.

The importance of family institution was recognised after His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's titah at the official opening ceremony of the First Meeting of the 8th Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam last month. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports has collaborated with the Ministry of Home Affairs and will be organising the first-ever National Family Day celebration, which will be held nationwide on Sunday, May 6.

Some of the objectives are to strengthen and improve the wellbeing of families by bringing them closer together through collaborative programmes, which effectively will create a closer society and instill a greater awareness amongst the general public on the importance of family institutions in the development of the community

The event will be preceded by a thanksgiving ceremony, which will involve mass Maghrib and Isyak prayers followed by a recital of surah yaasiin and thanksgiving prayer in mosques and suraus throughout the country on Saturday, May 5.

The National Family Day will involve a series of organised activities, where families nationwide which will be divided into several zones to enable a larger participation by the local residents. Owners of restaurants and hotels have agreed to give special prices on National Family Day for their respective customers. The theme for National Family Day will be 'My Family My Aspirations'.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin (with corrections) --

Note: The corrections made to BB's news are: 1. National Committee replaced High Committee 2. The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs was not mentioned in the news article despite his presence 3. the theme in English is corrected to My Family My Aspirations (Keluargaku Harapanku) which is the official translation, the one in the news article was My Family My Hopes.


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