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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, yesterday afternoon presented Letters of Credence to Brunei Darussalam's newly-appointed Ambassadors and received Letters of Credence from the newly-appointed envoys to Brunei Darussalam. The ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.

His Majesty first presented Letters of Credence to His Excellency Pengiran Haji Mustapa bin Pengiran Haji Aliuddin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Arab Republic of Egypt who formerly held the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to Kuwait.

Followed by His Excellency Haji Harun bin Haji Junid, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the United Arab Emirates. His Excellency was previously the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Next was His Excellency Haji Ahmad bin Haji Jumat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to Kuwait who formerly held the post of Acting Deputy Director of the Department of Protocol and Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

And, His Excellency Mohd Shafiee bin Haji Kassim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of Turkey who previously assigned as Acting Director of the Department of International Organisations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

His Majesty then received Letters of Credence from Her Excellency Caterina Ventura, High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam who formerly served as the Senior Advisor to the Partnership for Development Innovation Branch of Global Affairs Canada.

And lastly, His Excellency Christian Ramage, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France to Brunei Darussalam who previously was the Head of Diplomatic Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France.

Following the ceremony, His Majesty then received in audience His Excellency Pengiran Haji Mustapa bin Pengiran Haji Aliuddin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Arab Republic of Egypt, His Excellency Haji Harun bin Haji Junid, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Haji Ahmad bin Haji Jumat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to Kuwait, and His Excellency Mohd Shafiee bin Haji Kassim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of Turkey.

His Majesty then received in separate audiences the newly-appointed envoys to Brunei Darussalam. Her Excellency Caterina Ventura, High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam.

His Majesty then received His Excellency Christian Ramage, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France to Brunei Darussalam.


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The Mini Plant equipments replicating for training purpose on plant operations as performed in the Oil and Gas industry was officiated yesterday afternoon. The official launching was made by Haji Kamaluddin bin Haji Bungsu, Permanent Secretary of Energy and Industry Department of Prime Minister Office. The ceremony took place at the IBTE Campus of Jefri Bolkiah in Kuala Belait.

Dr Chin Wei Keh, Chief Executive Officer of IBTE among other said the mini plant project started in 2015 under the energy industry competency framework (EICF) with the collaboration between the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister's Office (EIDPMO) and IBTE with operators and service companies in the oil and gas industry. The mini plant project led by Brunei LNG Sendirian Berhad was first started in 2015 and took two years to complete. The mini plant is equipped with equipments for operational training purposes which will be conducted by 7 operator companies, namely Brunei Shell Petroleum companies Sdn Bhd, Brunei LNG sdn Bhd, Brunei National Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, TOTAL, Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd, Hengyi Industries sdn Bhd and Mitsubishi Corporation.


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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 yesterday received in audience His Excellency Don Pramudwinai, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand who is on a two-day official visit to the country.

The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman this afternoon.  During the audience, His Majesty and His Excellency discussed bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and the Kingdom of Thailand as well as exchanged views on regional and international matters.  Accompanying the Minister was His Excellency Biravij Suwanpradhes, the Ambassador Extraordinary, and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam.  Also present was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 


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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 Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, last night watched the International School Brunei, ISB's Annual Stage Performance. Also present were His Majesty's son and daughter, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah who are students of ISB.

Upon arrival at the International School Brunei in Jalan Utama Salambigar, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri were greeted by Awang Haji Ahmad bin Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Diraja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa, Board of Director of ISB and Dr. Steven Geraghty, the Principal of ISB.

The performance titled 'ISB Will Rock You' was a musical drama staged by more than 50 Year 4, 5 and 6 students. According to I-S-B, the annual production serves as a platform for students to showcase their talents and creativity.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah was among the students who took part in the musical performance. The three-hour performance ended with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri receiving greetings and junjung ziarah from students participating in the performance. As an international school, ISB provides a variety of extra-curricular activities and a comfortable environment for its students.

 



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619 trainees of the Capacity Building Centre, PPK who have completed their training departed for Pulau Muara Besar, PMB early this morning to enrol with the Hengyi PMB Project. They will join the 308 trainees who have begun their duties early this year.

Present at the Serasa Ferry Terminal was Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohammad Roselan bin Haji Mohammad Daud, Acting Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. Also present was Awang Haji Kamaluddin bin Haji Bungsu, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office. 

The trainees are among the first cohort to have graduated from PPK last December through various programmes namely Mason or Plasterer, Woodcraft, Steelcraft, Rigger, Scaffolder, Marker Fitter or Riveter, Blaster Painter, Heavy Vehicle Driver and Insulator. The trainees will be reporting for work under the Hengyi Project's main contractors. 

The recruitment of the trainees has contributed significantly in the reduction of unemployment in the country by point 3 percent last year. The unemployment figure in July 2017 was 6 percent and by the end of last December, the figure has dropped to 5 percent. All the local employees are provided with shared accommodations at PMB.


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By command 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 Prime Minister's Office hereby announces that His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to the appointment of the following senior officers:


Yang Mulia Dr. Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abd Latif, Consultant Gred 1 (Medical), Ministry of Health as Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional), Ministry of Health; and


Yang Mulia Awang Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Acting Accountant General, Treasury Department, Ministry of Finance as Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Management), Ministry of Health.


The date of appointment of the said officers are effective from Saturday, 19th of Rabiulakhir 1439 corresponding to 6th of January, 2018.



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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 has consented to send congratulatory messages to His Excellency U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar as well as the Government and People of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.


In the message to His Excellency U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, His Majesty stated as Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar celebrate its 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic relations, His Majesty very much looked forward to enhancing the valuable friendship and cooperation that both countries have enjoyed as close bilateral and regional partners, especially through ASEAN.


In a similar message to Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, His Majesty expressed that as both countries marked the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the monarch expressed his great satisfaction of the close friendship enjoyed by the people as well as the growing cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.


His Majesty also conveyed his deep appreciation for the personal contributions of Her Excellency in strengthening the bilateral and regional partnerships. His Majesty believed that Her Excellency's visit to Brunei Darussalam last October, would further strengthen the long-standing and valuable ties between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.


In ending the messages, His Majesty extended his kind regards and best wishes to His Excellency U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.



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In the international arena, His Majesty says Brunei Darussalam will continue to foster and strengthen relations and cooperation with friendly nations besides extending humanitarian relief aid.  The Monarch also stresses the country's firm stand to see a world of justice where oppression and encroachment do not exist.



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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 emphasises that Brunei Darussalam's citizens and residents should maintain and uphold the harmonious life of the country's communities to ensure the continuous peace and prosperity which future generations will inherit. Touching on the welfare and wellbeing of People With Different Abilities, His Majesty in the titah gives consent for the amendment of the Pension and Allowance For People With Special Needs Act and Regulation which will take effect on the 1st of January 2018.  His Majesty's titah in conjunction with the New Year of 2018 was broadcast by Radio Television Brunei earlier in the evening. In the titah, His Majesty also expresses gratitude to Allah the Almighty for blessings that enabled the implementation of most of the national plans last year. On the glorious moment of the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne, His Majesty expresses appreciation and thanks to all the parties directly or indirectly involved in making the Golden Jubilee celebration and all its events a great success.



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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 has consented to send congratulatory messages to His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan and His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan as well as the Government and People of Japan on the occasion of the 84th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty Akihito.


In his message to His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan, His Majesty stated that he greatly value the close ties between Brunei Darussalam and Japan that have long benefited both countries and its peoples, and looked forward to continuing to deepen the friendship and to strengthen the important cooperation in the years ahead.


Meanwhile, in a similar message to His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, His Majesty expressed his pleasure in meeting His Excellency again in Da Nang and Manila last month which provided an excellent opportunities to discuss the progress in the bilateral and regional endeavours, and looked forward to working with His Excellency in the years ahead to further strengthen the warm friendship and important cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Japan.


In ending the messages, His Majesty conveyed his kind regards and best wishes to His Majesty Akihito and Her Majesty Empress Michiko, for Their Majesties good health and happiness as well as to His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and the people of Japan for a happy celebration.



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The Prime Minister's Office held a special talk yesterday afternoon in conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul celebration. Conducted by the IT and e-Government Section at the Prime Minister's Office with the Civil Service Department and Radio Television Brunei, the talk was held at the Banquet Hall of the Prime Minister's Office building.


The special talk titled "Rahsia Kejayaan Para Sahabat Nabi Dalam Didikan Rasulullah Sebagai Pemimpin Adil" was delivered by Doctor Andus Haji Ismuhadi bin Haji Abdullah, Invited Speaker from the Islamic Da'wah Centre. In attendance were Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohammad Roselan bin Haji Mohamad Daud, Acting Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and Dato Paduka Awang Haji Jamain bin Haji Julaihi, Acting Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister's Office.



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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 Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam graced a Get-Together Ceremony with citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam who are currently in the United Kingdom and Eire. The ceremony took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London, United Kingdom. Accompanying His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri at the ceremony were; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel; Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Jefriah.


Upon arrival at the hotel, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri were greeted by His Excellency Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to the United Kingdom and Datin; as well as Awang Muhammad Hasif bin HAJI Awang Nordin and Dayang Siti Nuramirah binti Haji Sabli, President and Vice-President of the Brunei Students' Union in the United Kingdom and Eire.


His Majesty and Her Majesty then proceeded to the Wellington Ballroom for a High Tea Reception. Their Majesties later signed a commemorative parchment before joining a photograph session with senior officers from the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in London as well as the President and Vice-President of the Brunei Students' Union in the United Kingdom and Eire.


Their Majesties were then invited for a photo session with the recipients of Universiti Brunei Darussalam's "The Chancellor's Scholar" for the 2017/2018 session. His Majesty and Her Majesty then proceeded to the Grand Ballroom for the Get-Together Ceremony. The ceremony commenced with the National Anthem of Brunei Darussalam by the Brunei Students Association of the University of Portsmouth.


The ceremony continued with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran by Awangku Liyaqat Zhaehierul Haq bin Pengiran Haji Zulkarnain from the University of Leeds, while the translation of the verses was read by Awang Norsaidi bin Serali from the University of Southampton.bTo bless the ceremony, Doa Selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.


In a welcoming address, Awang Muhammad Hasif bin Awang Nordin, the President of the Brunei Students' Union in the United Kingdom and Eire, among other things delivered a pledge of unwavering loyalty and allegiance towards His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. He added that Brunei Students' Union in the United Kingdom and Eire will continue to together play a role in producing students who are highly competitive, creative and visionary, apart from instilling Bruneian values and uphold the Malay Islamic Monarchy concept.


The function proceeded with a video clip titled "Generasi Cemerlang dan Berwawasan" presentation. His Majesty then conferred the Universiti Brunei Darussalam's "The Chancellor's Scholar" for the 2017/2018 session to Dayang Hajah Hanisah binti Haji Awang Sharif (Phd Clinical Medicine Research, Imperial College London) and Dayang Najeehah binti Haji Abdul Hamid (Masters in Philosophy Sociology - Modern Society & Global Transformations, Newham College, University of Cambridge).


At this ceremony, His Majesty received a pesambah from the President of the Brunei Students' Union in the United Kingdom and Eire, while Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri received a pesambah from the Vice President.


His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri then proceeded to meet and greet more than one thousand 700 citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam who are in the United Kingdom and Eire, comprising of students, government officials as well as those on vacation. The ceremony also featured a Nasyid performance by the Brunei Religious Officer Student Association (BruROSA).


The presence of His Majesty at such a ceremony reflects the Monarch's attentiveness towards academic development and the student's welfare, and this will become a sweet memory and encouragement for the students.



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The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has extensively implemented initiatives in tandem with the growth and rapid developments in the global Islamic banking and finance industry. In realising the need for a strong and dynamic workforce to retain the industry's competitiveness, the government of His Majesty through the Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance and Management has implemented programmes to develop the capacity and competency of Islamic finance practitioners in the country. In consolidating these initiatives, the Brunei Darussalam Financial Sector Blueprint 2016 - 2025 has also been developed.


His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Deputy Sultan unveiled the matter in a sabda at the Opening Ceremony of the 5th ASEAN Universities International Conference on Islamic Finance, AICIF, yesterday morning. The conference carries the theme of 'Issues, Challenges and Future Prospect of Islamic Banking and Finance'. Upon arrival at the Royal Berkshire, Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong, His Royal Highness the Deputy Sultan was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education, and Doctor Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, the Rector of Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University, UNISSA.


The function commenced with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal. In his welcoming speech, the Minister of Education who is also the Chairman of UNISSA Council among other things highlighted that the conference will discuss and evaluate the latest developments in Islamic banking and finance that are highly valuable for scholars, practitioners and policymakers for the future of Islamic banking and finance. Apart from that, the conference will also strengthen relations among ASEAN universities that offer Islamic banking and finance programmes.


His Royal Highness in the sabda also stressed that the hosting of the Conference is timely, considering the ever-changing global and regional economic environment that brings new challenges and risks on a daily basis. The challenges facing Islamic banking and finance industry are not unique.Touching on the interconnected world, His Royal Highness said the Syariah principles, which serve as the foundation of Islamic banking and finance industry, need to be continuously upheld and implemented. The prohibition of Riba and unethical practices must always be the moral compass. By doing so, Islamic banking and finance would be able to contribute effectively to the social and economic well-being of the society. This covers upholding the social duty of reducing poverty; boosting shared prosperity; and ensuing fair and equitable distribution of wealth, being the main pillars of Islamic finance.


His Royal Highness officiated the 5th ASEAN Universities International Conference on Islamic Finance. At the conference, His Royal Highness received a Pasambah in the form of "Crystal Flora Vase" adorned with logos of 7 universities as co-organisers of the conference. The analogy behind this is that the ideas and views of regional Islamic Finance scholars are gathered in one platform to be mixed together in order to shape a leading Islamic Finance hub model, in line with the aspiration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.


Since its rise nearly five decades ago, the Islamic Financial Services Industry has proven its viability and resilience in facing global economic challenges and achieve better growth rates from year to year. Professor Doctor Engku Rabiah Adawiyah binti Engku Ali, Professor at the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, International Islamic University of Malaysia in her keynote speech entitled 'Issues, Challenges and Future Prospect of Islamic Banking and Finance', explained that in 2015 and 2016, the IFSI recorded a decline in growth rates for all sectors.


This year's AICIF will see the presentation of 130 working working papers. It is co-organised by UNISSA, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia, UIAM; Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga, Jogjakarta;  Universitas Islam Sultan Agung, UNISSULA, Semarang, Universitas Darussalam Gontor, Indonesia;  Mindanao State University; and Fatoni University of Thailand. It is hoped that such a collaboration between these ASEAN universities can lead to the growth in global expertise network that can raise awareness as well as understanding on new issued faced by the Islamic Financial Services Industry.



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Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has left his followers two important things as their guidance in life, namely the Holy Book of Al-Quran and His Sunnah. This was among the matters shared in a Special Talk entitled 'Rasulullah Qudwah Sepanjang Zaman' in conjunction with Maulidur Rasul Celebration organised by the Ministry of Finance and departments under it.


Present was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance. The special talk was delivered by Awang Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, Acting Head of Special Education Unit at the Ministry of Education. Also present were Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Hisham bin Haji Mohd Hanifah, Deputy Minister of Finance (Fiscal); Dayang Norliah binti Haji Kula, Permanent Secretary (Performance) and Doctor Dayang Hajah May Faezah binti Haji Ahmad Ariffin, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Performance and Compliance) at the Ministry of Finance.



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By command 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 Office of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, hereby announces that: His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam with great pleasure has named His Majesty's granddaughter and the daughter of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, The Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Abdul Rahaman as:


Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa' Raihaanul Bolkiah Binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah.


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha as well as other members of the Royal Family sincerely thanked all those who were involved during the birth and who had conveyed their messages of congratulations and greetings on the birth of Their Majesties granddaughter who was safely born on Friday, the 12th of Rabiulawal, 1439, corresponding to 1st of December 2017, at 3:54 pm.



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Mahrum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send messages of congratulations to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, The King of Thailand and to His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Retired) Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand on the occasion of the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand.


In the message to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, The King of Thailand, His Majesty expressed that Thailand has always been a close and important friend to Brunei Darussalam and very much valued the strong partnership that both countries have enjoyed especially in the areas of trade and people-to-people ties. Furthermore, His Majesty expressed his confidence that under His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's leadership, the bilateral relations will continue to grow and strengthen in the years ahead.


Whilst His Majesty's message to His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-Cha (Retired) Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, His Majesty greatly appreciated the long-standing relations shared by the two countries and peoples, and confident that Brunei Darussalam and The Kingdom of Thailand will continue to build upon these important ties and looked forward to renew opportunities to strengthen the cooperation both bilaterally and internationally.


In ending the message, His Majesty conveyed his best wishes to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and all members of the Royal Family as well as to His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-Cha (Retired) Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, and the people of the Kingdom of Thailand for a happy celebration and prosperous New Year.



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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 presided over the swearing-in ceremony for the new Minister of Health.


The swearing-in ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at the Istana Nurul Iman. Also in attendance was 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.


The ceremony began with the reading of the letter of appointment by the Grand Chamberlain, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Haji Alauddin bin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar. The ceremony was for Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Doctor Haji Md Isham bin Jaafar, whose appointment as the Minister of Health came into effect on the 1st of December 2017. Prior to the appointment, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Doctor Haji Md Isham was the Executive Director, Medical Director and Member of the Board of Jerudong Park Medical Centre, Jerudong.


This was followed by the swearing-in ceremony in the presence of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam by Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Doctor Haji Md Isham.



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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, Yesterday afternoon attended the prize presentation ceremony of the Golf match in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne. The ceremony took place at the Royal Bekshire Hall of the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong.


Upon arrival, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was welcomed by Dato Paduka Lim Beng Thai, Patron of the Golf match; Awang Haji Aziz bin Mohammad Kassim, Chairman of the Golf match and Awang Haji Abdul Saman bin Haji Ahmad, Advisor of the Golf match committee.


His Royal Highness the Crown Prince then presented prizes to winners of the championship. The Men's Best Overall winner went to Azman Latip bin Haji Abdul Aziz, while the Women's Best Overall Gross was won by Dayangku Siti Nur Mas Hizriah Pengiran Nikman. Also present were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz Bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Yang Di-Pertua of Adat Istiadat Negara; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar Bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports; Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Hamdan bin Haji Abu Bakar, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Dato Seri Paduka Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Finance.


His Royal Highness also received pasambah and junjung ziarah from players as well as the match's committee members.



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Nearly 24 thousand people took part in mass gatherings and processions in conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul or Birthday of Prophet Muhammad SAW which were held simultaneously in all four districts yesterday morning. The national level celebration was held at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien in the capital. 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, joined citizens and residents in the Brunei Muara District at the Maulud Grand Assembly and Procession.


Upon arrival, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was greeted by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Yang Di-Pertua Adat Istiadat Negara; Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs as Chairman of the Executive Committee for the National Level Major Islamic Events and the National Musabaqah Al-Quran for Adults 1439 Hijrah; and Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, and committee members.


Also present were His Majesty's sons and brothers;


- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office;


- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel;


- His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bolkiah;


- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah;


- And His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.


The celebration commenced with the reading of Surah Al Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.


The Minister of Religious Affairs in his welcoming speech among other things touched on His Majesty's wise leadership in religious affairs, where the Monarch and the people are side by side in developing and strengthening Islamic Syiar or eminence as the official religion; and making it a practice that contributes to a harmonious society, and strong governance for all levels of the society.


His Majesty then received the junjung ziarah and from leaders of teams taking part in the event. In the Brunei Muara District, over 12 thousand 700 hundred participants from 125 teams representing Ministries, Departments, education institutions, secondary schools and colleges, uniformed organisations, mukim and kampung consultative councils, mosque takmir committees, the private sector, civil and non-government organisations, took part in the Grand Assembly and Procession in the capital.


Apart from commemorating the birthday celebration of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam, the annual celebration is also a symbol of the Muslim ummah's unity, apart from getting closer to the Prophet's teachings and sacrifices. In Brunei Darussalam, commemorating the prophet's birthday with mass gatherings and processions is a norm as a show of gratitude for the blessings that have been enjoyed by the country. The celebration was further enlivened with a number of activities including talks, programmes, and dikir ceremonies for 12 consecutive nights at all mosques, surau and religious halls throughout the country.


In line with His Majesty' titah in conjunction with this year's Maulidur Rasul celebration, where the Maulidur Rasul is one of the celebrations that should be commemorated in the country, it is wise for the Muslim ummah to observe such a celebration as a show of love to the prophet. Therefore, His Majesty reminded that any effort to dispute or belittle the celebration, they will face legal action not simply advise or religious propagation.


The Dikir Marhaban was presented by the Dikir team from the Prime Minister's Office, followed by a 21-gun salute. The doa selamat was read by the State Mufti. The Salawat was led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal.


The procession around the capital, which was more than 3 kilometres, was led by His Majesty and members of the Royal Family. This year's celebration theme "Rasulullah Qudwah Pemimpin Adil" or the Messenger of Allah: Example Of A Just Leader" was selected in line with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne. The theme also invites the ummah to make Rasulullah Shallalahu 'Alaihi Wassallam as the most excellent example of those who practised justice.


Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam is the prime example that one should follow. His companions and followers practised all of the Prophet's credibility. The Prophet's credibility has made him the best role model in all aspects of life, and it is the obligation of the ummah to follow the Prophet's examples. Carrying banners and reciting the salawat while marching around the capital will surely ignite the feeling of love towards Rasulallah S.A.W.


Apart from that, teams taking part in the celebration were also assessed in the aspects of participation, procession, attire, salawat and slogans. Four categories were competed namely Secondary Schools and Higher Education Institutions; Ministries and Government Departments; Private Sector and Non-Government Organisations; as well as Kampung and Mosque Takmir.


Commemorating a historical day will further boost the spirit of making the Prophet as an example in all matters towards becoming pious and excellent Muslim ummah. Such a celebration acts as a platform for solidarity among the ummah, apart from renewing their faith as well as their spirit to increase their religious deeds, and continue to empower Islam.



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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 has consented to send congratulatory messages to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence, the United Arab Emirates, members of the Royal Family and to the Government as well as people of the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of its National Day.

In the message to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, His Majesty expressed his deep appreciation for the warm and friendly relations shared by the two countries and its peoples and looked forward in strengthening these much-valued ties and in developing the existing cooperation in the years ahead.

Meanwhile, in a similar message to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence, the United Arab Emirates, His Majesty expressed his great satisfaction for the warm friendship and goodwill that both countries have long enjoyed and looked forward to strengthening these cooperation in the years to come.

In ending the messages, His Majesty conveyed his kind regards and best wishes for His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence, the United Arab Emirates, good health and happiness as well as the people of the United Arab Emirates with continued progress and prosperity.

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Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Singapore continue to strengthen cooperation and friendly relations through the 3rd Joint Training Exchange Program for Senior Officers. Speaking at the program's opening ceremony this morning, Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohamad Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs said the program provides participants with the opportunity to establish networking, exchange ideas and learn from one another.


Awang Abdul Mutalib acknowledged that the continued close relations and bilateral cooperation between the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as the Republic of Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs which had existed and grown should continue to do so to further enhance both country's capacity in areas of security and safety.


Meanwhile, Mr.T Raja Kumar, Deputy Secretary (International) Ministry of Home Affairs, Republic of Singapore in his speech said the Annual Exchange program serves as an excellent platform for both officers to interact and bond with one another.  20 officers are taking part in the program.  The 12-day program starts today with the first phase in Bandar Seri Begawan and in Singapore for the second.  Throughout the program, participants will visit a number of agencies in both countries to gain better understanding on the roles and functions of the agencies as well as share experiences and best practices especially concerning security issues and coordination procedures at the national level apart from developing leadership skills.  Also present were Awang Mohd Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office AND Awang Ajman bin Meludin, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs.



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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, yesterday morning watched the Regatta held in the capital in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.


Upon arrival at the Royal Wharf, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism; and Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, as Co-Chairmen of the Sectoral Committee for the Celebration and District/Mukim Events


Also in attendance were His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifudien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Boarding a special boat, His Royal Highness proceeded to the waters of Kampung Tamoi Ujung - located one kilometre from the Royal Wharf- to officially launch the Inter-Ministry 25-paddlers Traditional Boat Race.


Following the launch, contestants began to showcase their skills and competitiveness. 11 teams took part in the event, namely the Prime Minister's Office; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Home Affairs; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Religious Affairs; Ministry of Development; Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism; Ministry of Communications; Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; and Ministry of Health.


First place went to the Ministry of Defence, followed by the Prime Minister's Office, and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Meanwhile, the 30-paddlers Open Traditional Boat Race involved 12 teams from Brunei Darussalam, and 2 teams from Malaysia. The Laksamana Sinapuan, Sarawak team was crowned as the champion, while Mukim Saba team and Lela Cheteria team took second and third place respectively.


In the 20-paddlers Open Youth Fibre Glass Boat Race, 8 teams from Brunei Darussalam and 2 teams from Malaysia took part in the event which was witnessed by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. The Laksamana Sinapuan, Sarawak team won the event, followed by the 'GATA Brunei Gabungan Tamoi' team and Lela Cheteria team.


His Royal Highness then presented prizes to the winners of the morning session's boat race events. The 20-paddlers Inter-District Fibre Glass Boat Race was won by the Brunei Muara District team, and they received a trophy and cash prize worth 800 dollars. Meanwhile, SPSS team placed first in the 20-paddlers Inter-Private Companies Fibre Glass Boat Race, and received a 900-dollars cash prize and a trophy.


Laksamana Sinapuan, Sarawak team that won the 25-paddlers Open Traditional Boat Race received a trophy and cash prize worth 900 dollars. Meanwhile, the Ikan Paus team of MSABDB who took first place in the 15-paddlers Youth Under 30 Fibre Glass Boat Race brought home a trophy and a 500-dollars cash prize.


The Ministry of Defence who won the Inter-Ministry 25-paddlers Traditional Boat Race also received a trophy and cash prize worth 900 dollars. Laksamana Sinapuan, Sarawak team who also won the 30-paddlers Open Traditional Boat Race, again received a trophy and one-thousand-dollars cash prize. The team also took home another trophy and a 500-dollars cash prize for winning the 20-paddlers Open Youth Fibre Glass race.


Apart from upholding the growth of the nation's tourism industry, the Regatta further enlivened the atmosphere in the capital, and making it as the centre of tourist attraction. Organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the Regatta has successfully strengthened the people's relationship through teamwork and solidarity, and continue to remain as one of the country's popular sports until yesterday.



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There was little protocol yesterday when the Monarch and the people joined hands and oars to bring cheer and excitement to the day's regatta on the Brunei River. The presence 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 brought joy and smiles to the event held in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty's Accession to The Throne. The Brunei River was practically the focal point of happy scenes during the regatta. More significant was His Majesty acting as the Role Model of an active and healthy lifestyle to the people.


Upon arrival at the Bandar Seri Begawan Royal Wharf, His Majesty was greeted by the Co-Chairmen of the Sectoral Committee for the Celebration and District/Mukim Events, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, The Minister Of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, The Minister Of Primary Resources And Tourism and Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja (Retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, The Minister Of Culture, Youth And Sports.


Also gracing the event were His Majesty's sons, brother and sister His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bolkiah, and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


His Majesty then partook in the 15 paddlers Fibre Glass Boat Special race that began from Kampung Tamoi Ujung area. Eight teams raced in the event and His Majesty led His Majesty's team which used the boat named Raja Wali.


Meanwhile, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince led the Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota team. The Crown Prince's team used the boat called the Punai.


His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik led oarsmen on the boat called Pimping as the leader of Pasukan Orang-Orang Bergelar or Titled Persons Team.


His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah was the leader of the Wazir's team on the Layang-layang.


His Majesty's racing in the regatta today was another unforgettable chapter in the history of Water Sports in Kampung Ayer.  The regatta, especially the rowing races will always be a much liked activity among the country's citizens and residents especially with His Majesty's very keen participation every time it is organised, making lumba perahu or traditional boat racing a permanent and unique sports activity.


The Special Event was won by His Majesty's team led personally by His Majesty, the Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota team led by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was second and the Penghulu Mukim and Ketua Kampung team was third.


His Majesty also watched the 20 Paddlers Youths Below 30 Years Old Fibre Glass Boat race.  Nine teams took part in the race. Youths are encouraged to participate so they can gain experience and understand that boat racing takes a lot of commitment, training and focus. This in turn would transform them into youths who are strong physically, mentally and spiritually. The GATA Brunei Gabungan Tamoi team won this event. Lela Cheteria Team was second and Kampong Setia was third.


Six teams took part in the 15 paddlers Inter-Institutions and Higher Learning Institutes Fibre Glass Boat Race. The teams were Universiti Brunei Darussalam,UBD; Universiti Teknologi Brunei,UTB; Sutlan Sharif Ali Islamic University, UNISSA; Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, KUPU SB; Politeknik Brunei; and the Institute of Brunei Technical Education, IBTE. The UTB was the winner while IBTE was second and UBD third.


The public came in great numbers to see the races today. The regatta was a concerted effort by the government to preserve the traditional boat race. The climax was the 30 paddlers Traditional Boat Marathon Race which saw 16 teams taking part, including 3 foreign teams. His Majesty launched the race at Kuala Sungai Lumapas. Overall, the regatta attracted more than one thousand, three hundred participants with 52 local and foreign teams taking part.


Besides local teams, the 5-kilometre race was also participated by a team from the neighbouring state. The Laksamana Sinapuan team from Sarawak won the race. Mukim Saba team was second while the Lela Cheteria team was third.


His Majesty and members of the Royal Family were then invited to view the exhibition on the Regatta in Conjunction with the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty's Accession to The Throne on the Bandar Seri Begawan Royal Wharf. The exhibition organised by the Museums Department with the cooperation of the Information Department showcased photographs of His Majesty and members of the Royal Family during the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2016.


Meanwhile, an exhibition organised by Digital Media students from the ICT School of Politeknik Brunei focused on the artistic beauty of the regatta in the form of photography and videography starting from the trainings until the actual races.


The Brunei Jet Sports Association, BJSA showcased the participation the association's members in jetski races and prizes won in and outside the country. It was hoped the exhibition would stir interest towards improving performance the sports locally, in the region and on the international arena.


His Majesty then presented the prizes to the winners. In the 15 paddlers Fibre Glass Boat Special Race won by His Majesty's Team that was led personally by His Majesty, the prizes were 3 thousand dollars, a trophy and a medal. The Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota team led by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was second and received one thousand five hundred dollars, a trophy and a medal. The Penghulu Mukim and Ketua-Kampung team in third place received one thousand dollars, a trophy and a medal.


GATA Brunei Gabungan Tamoi team who won the 20 paddlers Youth Below 30 Years Old Fibre Glass Boat Race received five hundred fifty dollars and a trophy.


The UTB who became champions of the 15 paddlers Inter-Institutions and Higher Learning Institutes Fibre Boat Glass race won five hundred dollars and a trophy.


Sarawak's Laksamana Sinapuan team won the 30 paddlers Traditional Boat Marathon Race received six thousand dollars, a trophy and a medal. The second place was won by Mukim Saba Team who received four thousand dollars, trophy and medal, while the lela Cheteria team in thrid place won three thousand dollars, a trophy and medal. Sarawak's Laksamana Sinapuan team also won the Golden Jubilee 30 paddlers Traditional Boat Marathon Race Challenge Trophy.


The sail-past of ships from various government agencies marked the end of the Golden Jubilee Regatta.


The Regatta organised in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty's Accession to The Throne would certainly become another part of the country's oral history or tradition. However, the most important aspect was the close rapport and interaction between His Majesty and the people, participating in the regatta and bringing joy and cheer to all those present, creating a lively, cordial and harmonious atmosphere, while simultaneously creating a new chapter of history in enhancing and further cementing the bond of affection between the Monarch and the country's citizens and residents.



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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, yesterday afternoon received in audience His Excellency Professor Cao Jianming, the Prosecutor General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of People's Republic of China, who is on a three-day working visit starting from yesterday. The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman. Accompanying His Excellency during the Audience Ceremony were Her Excellency Yang Jian, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam; and Mr. Guo Xiangwang, Director General of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of China.


Also present in the audience ceremony were Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh, Attorney General; Datin Dayang Hajah Elinda binti Haji C.A. Mohammad, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office; Awang Haji Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awg Abidin; Acting Solicitor-General and Dayang Hajah Nor Hashimah binti Haji Mohd Taib, Assistant Solicitor-General. During the audience, both sides acknowledged the long-standing relationship and close legal cooperation between the countries particularly through existing mechanisms including the China-ASEAN Prosecutor General Conference (CAPGC).



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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, today attended the Sarawak Regatta 2017 and a High Tea Reception which were held in Kuching, Sarawak.  Accompanying His Majesty were His Excellency Tun Dato Laila Utama Pehin Sri Dr. Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak and wife, Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Hajjah Raghad Kurdi Taib; Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Patinggi (Dr.) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, the Chief Minister of Sarawak and wife, Yang Amat Berbahagia Datin Patinggi Dato Hajjah Juma'ani binti Tun Tuanku Haji Bujang.


His Majesty first attended the Sarawak Regatta 2017 to participate in a boat race and later to watch the final boat races of the Sarawak Regatta 2017 at the Kuching Waterfront. Upon arrival at the Kuching River Wharf, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Abdul Karim bin Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports of Sarawak as the Minister Responsible for the Sarawak Regatta 2017. His Majesty then joined His Excellency the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak and wife; the Chief Minister of Sarawak and wife; and the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports of Sarawak for a group photograph session. His Majesty was then invited to board the "Sayang Sarawak" Cruise Ship and sailed upstream along the Sarawak River.


On board the cruise ship, the Monarch was invited to officiate the start of the boat race of the Sarawak Regatta 2017 with the firing of the starting gun. His Majesty was then brought to the starting line to participate in the special category of the regatta, the VIP-Category Boat Race.


Accompanying His Majesty in participating in the VIP Boat Race was Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja (Retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.


After the boat race, His Majesty then proceeded to the Grandstand to witness the Brooke Swim and the Duck Catching Challenge, as well as the "Raja Sungai" (king of the River) Boat Race Final - the highlight of the Sarawak Regatta 2017 in which competitors vied for His Excellency the Yang di-Pertua of Sarawak's Trophy. "Landas 11" were crowned champions of the boat race.


His Majesty was invited to receive the winner's trophy for the VIP Boat Race after Team Brunei Darussalam won the event, and the Monarch then presented prizes to "Landas 11", the winners of the "Raja Sungai" Boat Race Final of the Sarawak Regatta 2017. Held annually since 1872, the Sarawak Regatta today prides itself in being the oldest water sports event in Sarawak. Activities such as boat races, a cultural show, and a food and trade fair were also held during the regatta festival.  His Majesty's visit to Kuching also reflects the strong and harmonious relationship between Brunei Darussalam and the state of Sarawak, particularly in water sports.


At the end of the event, the Monarch also received a Pesambah from the Yang Berhormat Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports of Sarawak as the Minister Responsible for the Sarawak Regatta 2017.  Prior to leaving the Kuching Waterfront, His Majesty was invited for a group photograph session with the Brunei Darussalam rowers.  His Majesty then proceeded to the Hilton Kuching Hotel for a High Tea Reception, which was hosted by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak.  Also present at the events were Yang Berhormat Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah bin Ali Hasan, Third Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development and Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources as the Minister-in-Attendance and other Sarawak State Ministers.  Also present was Pengiran Hajah Krtini binti Pengiran Haji Tahir, Consul General of Brunei Darussalam in Kuching, Sarawak.



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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, this afternoon received in audience Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Dato' Sri Anifah bin Haji Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, who is on a two-day Working Visit to the country. The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.


During the Audience Ceremony, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Yang Berhormat the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia discussed bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia, as well as exchanged views on regional and international matters. Accompanying Yang Berhormat the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia during the Audience  Ceremony were His Excellency Datuk Ghulam Jelani bin Khanizaman, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam and Yang Berbahagia Dato' Seri Ramlan Ibrahim, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia. Also present was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifudien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, last night attended a Dinner Reception hosted by retired officers of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. The reception, which was held at the Berkshire Hall of the Jerudong Polo and Country Club, was to mark the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne.


Upon arrival, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri were greeted by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Retired Major General Pengiran Haji Ibnu Baasith bin Pengiran Datu Penghulu Pengiran Haji Apong and wife; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohamad Yussof, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports; AND Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Dewa Retired Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Haji Mohammad bin Haji Daud and wife.


Also attending the function was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Some 250 retired RBAF officers attended the function. His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri subsequently signed a commemorative parchment. His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri also received pasambah.


Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Retired Major General Pengiran Haji Ibnu Baasith, as a member of the Executive Committee, in his welcoming speech, expressed his pride to see the development and achievements of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces in becoming the main defence to the nation's security. The RBAF, he said, has become a force to be reckoned with, and comparable with the armed forces in the region. These achievements are down to the wise leadership of His Majesty.


At the function, there was also a video clip presentation showing a collection of His Majesty's photos in attending various events organised by the RBAF throughout His Majesty's 50-year reign.


Also present were Retired First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, the Deputy Minister of Defence; and Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohammad Tawih bin Abdullah, the RBAF Commander.


Before leaving the function, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri received junjung ziarah from the retired officers and their spouses. The function was a way to congratulate His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri for the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne.



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The country has achieved another important milestone in the field of Foreign Direct Investment. Western Foods and Packaging Sendirian Berhad (WFP), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Turkey-based Marsa Yag Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS or Marsa, and a leading oil and fats manufacturing company from Turkey, opened its manufacturing plant at the Serasa Industrial Area. His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office THIS MORNING officiated the opening ceremony. Its opening represents another achievement for the country towards economic diversification and also provides employment opportunities to locals.


Upon arrival, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was welcomed by Yang Behormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abd. Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim, Minister at the Prime Minister's Officer and Second Minister of Finance as Chairman of Foreign Investment and Downstream Industry Steering Committee; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah, Minister of Development as the Chairman of the Strategic Development Capital Fund (SDC); and Mr. Ali ULKER, Vice Chaiman of YILDIZ HOLDING.


The ceremony commenced with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal.


Mr. Ali Ulker, the Vice Chairman of YILDIZ HOLDING, in his welcoming speech shared on WFP's establishment history and achievements. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince viewed a video presentation on WFP plant's establishment. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince then launched the WFP manufacturing plant and signed the plague marking the launching ceremony.


His Royal Highness the Crown Prince then received a pesambah. Doa Selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal.


His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was also invited to view the WFP exhibitions and manufacturing operations of margarine. WFP was established in 2011 and aims to expand its presence within the Asian region, Australia, New Zealand and globally. The plant began its production earlier this month and is capable of producing 200 tonnes of margarine per day on 1.9 hectares of land at the Serasa Industrial Site. The products are Halal-certified by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) to serve the growing global market demand for quality Halal food products.


WFP currently provides employment to 72 locals which represent 96 per cent of the company's total workforce. WFP is also looking into downstream opportunities for its products which can be used as ingredients to make biscuits, chocolates, pastries and ice cream. The plant's by-products can be used as chicken feed and to make soap and detergent. WFP's products will also be the first margarine and edible oil products to be exported out of Brunei Darussalam.


Marsa is leading oil and fats manufacturing company from the Republic of Turkey. Marsa's shareholders include Yildiz Holding, one of Turkey's leading food conglomerates, as majority owner and the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the SDC Fund under the Ministry of Finance. Marsa is one of Turkey's Pioneers of food production since 1926. Today, Marsa exports to over 65 countries spanning five continents.



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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam today left the Republic of the Philippines after attending the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Prior to leaving the hotel, Doa Selamat was recited by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr.) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.
 
Present to bid farewell were His Excellency Sonny Dominguez, Finance Secretary as Representative of the President of the Republic of the Philippines; and Ambassador Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., Director-General for Operations of the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council (NOC). Also present was Her Excellency Hajah Johariah binti Haji Abdul Wahab, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of the Philippines.


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His Majesty held a bilateral meeting with His Excellency Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, yesterday morning. The bilateral meeting was held at the Philippines International Convention Centre (PICC). During the bilateral meeting, His Majesty and the Prime Minister of the Republic of India discussed on the current issues and exchanged views on regional and international concerns including cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Republic of India.
 
Accompanying the Prime Minister of the Republic of India were His Excellency Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser of the Republic of India; His Excellency Dr. S. Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary; Her Excellency Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA); and His Excellency Suresh K. Reddy, Ambassador of the Republic of India to ASEAN. Also present was Yang Behormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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