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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, ushered in 2016 with a number of crucial reforms to diversify the nation’s oil and gas-reliant economy.
The monarch yesterday announced the setting up of a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Downstream Industry Committee, which is tasked with implemen-ting reforms to increase competitiveness in attracting foreign inves-tors to the sultanate.
To support small and medium-sized local companies, His Majesty approved the establishment of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Centre. The centre is poised to take on multiple roles that were previously handled by several government agencies.
The king also authorised the Brunei Vision 2035 Framework, which was drafted by the Brunei Vision 2035 Executive Committee, to achieve its main objectives of having educated and skilled peo-ple; high quality of life; as well as a dynamic and sustainable economy.
His Majesty said that several measures to expand economic opportunities at the international level have also been undertaken and carried out. “However,” he added, “focus on developments in the country remained a top priority.”
The Sultan revealed a $300 million infrastructure – comprising the High-Voltage Electricity Transmission Line between Lumut-Kua-la Belait Project and Lumut Electrical Power Capacity Enhancement Project – is estimated to be completed by mid-2016.
“When it is duly completed, over the long term it is expected to ensure that our electricity supply is sufficient besides being able to conserve usage of the country’s natural gas resources,” said His Majesty in his New Year’s Eve titah.
Meanwhile, the monarch described the government’s ongoing Temburong Bridge Construction Project as one of the most important projects to date and viewed it as a large-scale modernisation of the sultanate.
His Majesty pointed out the 30km bridge, which spans across the waters of Brunei and connects Brunei-Muara District to Temburong District, will provide greater convenience and potential for tourism.
“InsyaAllah, more projects will follow for the country’s future. What’s important for us is to strengthen our determination and effort to continue persevering and be more progressive in facing the challenges of time and circumstances,” said the king.
Commenting on Brunei’s recent economic performance, His Majesty highlighted the relatively slow growth rate of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and called for renewed endeavours to improve the country’s exports beyond the oil and gas sector.
The Sultan listed numerous sectors outside oil and gas such as agriculture and fisheries; manufacturing; services including financial; transportation; logistics; telecommunications; commercial; and tourism among others.
His Majesty reminded the public that Brunei’s small market should not be used as an excuse to hold back GDP growth. “Every company, whether private or state owned, is able to target the sale of their products and services as exports,” he said.
“I have previously emphasised that increased economic growth can be achieved by giving priority to increasing productivity through research and use of the latest technology. It is believed to be able to help reduce unit production costs,” said the monarch.
By offering their products and services, His Majesty elaborated that it will also enable local companies to penetrate the international market. The king said this would boost exports and output, leading to increased economic growth.
“At the same time, we will address development. We will continue to move towards economic growth that is steady and competitive, whilst being aware of the great challenges arising from the global economic uncertainty,” said the king.
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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, the Sultan And Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, has consented to the recommendation of the Vision 2035 Executive Council to appoint Leaders for strategies already identified in Vision 2035 and several additional new strategies. The leaders consisting of Ministers and Deputy Ministers in their respective areas are responsible for identifying strategic goals, making and implementing action plans towards achieving Vision 2035.
All this according to His Majesty, should be aligned to avoid duplication and to achieve the optimal impact and effectiveness. His Majesty highlights these in a Titah in conjunction with the New Year 2015, broadcast on Radio Television Brunei this evening. In the Titah, His Majesty touches on a special body to assist local entrepreneurs, the result of which His Majesty hopes will be enjoyed and opportunities available gained when the ASEAN Community becomes a reality at the end of 2015. In the titah, His Majesty also outlines the government's developments and planning in various areas including education, economy and quality of living. His Majesty adds, by entering 2015, the country is edging closer to the Wawasan Negera or National Vision 2035 date-line and calls on the people and the country to have a more progressive attitude and way of thinking.
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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 Al-Sultan Almu'tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, the 14th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and Yang Amat Berhormat Dato Laila Utama Dato' Sri Mohamad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, on the occasion of the 57th Anniversary of the Independence Day of Malaysia.
His Majesty stated in the message to His Majesty Al-Sultan Almu'tasimu Billah Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, the 14th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, that His Majesty was grateful to Allah Subhannahu Wata'ala that the ties of friendship and bilateral cooperative relations between the two countries had grown encouragingly from year to year, for which His Majesty was confident that this close and excellent understanding would be further enhanced in time to come for the benefit and prosperity of the peoples of the 2 countries.
In ending his message, His Majesty together with Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha prayed that His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and Her Majesty Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah as well as the Royal Family would always be under the protection of Allah Subhannahu Wata'ala, and that the Government and people of Malaysia would always enjoy lasting peace and prosperity.
Meanwhile in his message to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, His Majesty was grateful and pleased that as our closest neighbours, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia continued to enjoy ties of friendship and fraternal relations that grew ever closer and warmer and His Majesty believed that these long-established relations would continue to last and be enhanced in time to come.
His Majesty also looked forward to the arrival of Yang Amat Berhormat Dato Laila Utama Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib for the upcoming 18th annual Consultations and was confident that they would become a platform for a variety of cooperative frameworks that would bring beneficial outcomes for the peoples of both countries. In ending the message, His Majesty and Her Majesty the Raja Isteri prayed that Yang Amat Berhormat Dato Laila Utama Dato' Sri, Yang Berbahagia Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah and the Government and people of Malaysia would always be under the protection of Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala.
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Yesterday, The Attorney General's Chambers held a Mesra Ria Aidilfitri celebration at the Law and Courts building in the capital. Present was Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohamad Salleh, the Attorney General.
The celebration was aimed at strengthening relations among its officers and staff, as well as to instil unity and cooperation at the Attorney General's Chambers office. Also present was Dato Paduka Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid, the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office who is also the Solicitor General at the Attorney General's Chambers.
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In the afternoon, another sixteen thousand, six hundred forty (16, 640) well-wishers visited Istana Nurul Iman for the audience and Hari Raya Greetings ceremony with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty the Raja Isteri and members of the Royal Family.
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to receive Hari Raya greetings from the male well-wishers.
Also present were His Majesty's sons and brother, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Haji 'Abdul Azim; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel, as well as other members of the Royal Family.
Meanwhile at a separate section of the Istana, Her Majesty the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha consented to receive in audience the female well-wishers and exchange Hari Raya greetings with them. With Her Majesty were Her Royal Highness Paduka Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah; Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah. Also present were Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Khalthum Al-Islam and Their Majesties grandchildren.
Overall thirty five thousand nine hundred twenty well-wishers visited Istana Nurul Iman on the second day it was opened for Hari Raya Aid Il-Fitri today. The tradition of exchanging visits during the festivities has been practised in Brunei Darussalam for a long time, but the unique thing about the Abode of Peace is that on every Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, the Monarch consents to open the palace to personally greet the rakyat, residents and other well-wishers. Brunei Darussalam is one of the few countries where the ruler has a special relationship with the people. The special bond manifests itself during Ai Il-fitri when His Majesty welcomes the rakyat, residents and other visitors and entertains them as Palace guests, no matter who they are and where they are from. Istana Nurul Iman will open again tomorrow from 10 in the morning until 12 noon and again from two until four in the afternoon.
It was the second open day for Hari Raya Aid Il-Fitri at Istana Nurul Iman today. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Alam consented to receive in audience the rakyat, residents and other visitors for the Junjung Ziarah and Hari Raya greetings.
His Majesty the Sultan And Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to receive the male well-wishers. With His Majesty were His Majesty's sons and brother, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Abdul Azim; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel. Also in attendance were other members of the Royal Household.
Among the well-wishers who visited the Istana in the morning were members of the Civil Service from Ministries, including the Ministry of Home Affairs and departments under it as well as Village Consultative Council in the country. They were led by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Lailaraja (retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof.
The opening of Istana Nurul Iman to the public during the Aid Il-Fitri festivities every year has become a symbol of a Monarch who is caring and concerned for the well-being and prosperity of the people and always willing to be close to them including by welcoming them to the palace to share the happiness of Hari Raya. For the well-wishers, the interaction with the Monarch and the Royal Family enhances their love and loyalty for their beloved ruler.
Meanwhile at another part of Istana Nurul Iman, Her Majesty the Raja Isteri consented to receive in audience the female visitors and exchange Hari Raya greetings with them. With Her Majesty were Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab'Rahaman; Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess 'Azemah Ni'matul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al Islam. Also present were Their Majesties' grandchildren.
Visiting Istana Nurul Iman in a happy and cordial atmosphere is an opportunity that is rare to find on other days. During the Aidil Fitri celebrations, the visitors not only step into the Istana, but the most important and happiest moment was when their beloved Monarch greeted them and wished them a Happy Hari Raya in person.
In the morning alone, nineteen thousand and two hundred eighty people visited Istana Nurul Iman for the Ail Il-Fitri audience and greetings with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty the Raja Isteri, as well as members of the Royal Household.
At the celebration, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to watch a static exhibition, funfair and bazaar by various units of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. The static exhibition was held at the Mini Stadium, Swimming Pool, Gymnasium Hall and the Football Fields mounted by the RBAF Units.
The exhibition displayed various military equipment and capacity. His Majesty took a closer look at the exhibition by the Ministry of Defence and the Army Association. One of the components which attracted His Majesty's attention was a survival training demonstration, showing how the pilot trainees handled the emergency situation in the forest.
The Monarch proceeded to the Gymnasium Hall to watch the career exhibition on the army recruitment by the Directorate of Personnel. Through the display, the department tries to attack the young people to join the army and the Ministry of Defence. His Majesty also viewed an exhibition by the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence Study and Strategy, and watched a video clip on the "Defence Academy Virtual Learning Environment".
The Royal Brunei Navy held the exhibition at the Swimming Pool. Safeguarding, preserving and defending the country's territorial waters are part and parcel of the Royal Brunei Navy's role and responsibility. Formed on the 14th of June 1965, the Royal Brunei Navy has grown from strength to strength, with the soon-to-be-built of a training school at the Navy Base in Muara. The aim of the school is to provide high quality training programs, apart from making it a centre of learning which provides conducive facilities in the theoretical and practical learning for the navy personnel.
Meanwhile at the Football Fields, His Majesty toured a static exhibition and bazaar mounted by the Royal Brunei Land Force. The Monarch heard a briefing on the combat support in battles. Apart from serving the nation, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces also take part in the international peace missions. In the latest development, a medical officer, four army and three officers of the Gurkha Reserve unit were sent to Nepal for a humanitarian mission. The humanitarian assignment was part of Brunei's assistance to the global community in line with the emphasis in the White Paper of Defence.
His Majesty proceeded to the Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeant and Sergeant Mess of the Penanjong Garrison for a get-together ceremony with the Senior Non-Commission Officers of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and members of the Former Army Association. The peace and security being enjoyed by the nation today is was not something that easy to achieve. It resulted from the sacrifices and struggles by the local heroes who sacrificed their lives in order see stability in their beloved country. His Majesty also consented to sign the Royal Parchment
Meanwhile at the Cook House of the Training Institute, His Majesty consented to mingle with the Junior Non-Commission Officers. The 54th RBAF Anniversary was hosted by the Training Institute. The Monarch also consented to receive a pesambah.
At the end of the tour, His Majesty consented to attend a Luncheon at the Officers Mess and mingled with the military officers. At this occasion, the Monarch consented to cut the anniversary cake.
At 54 years, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces has achieved myriad development with the addition of major units. The force is the main pillar of defence in supporting the national aspiration toward forming a generation with a vision for the sake of the future defence security. The theme is the platform for the Armed Forces in the strive to create a visionary RBAF generation by nurturing basic values in line with the skill, capability and development empowerment.
The Royal Brunei Armed Forces always needs to be alert and far sighted on the future of national defence and security. In a Titah at the Royal Brunei Armed Forces 54th Anniversary celebration this morning, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, stresses the need for the RBAF to plan wisely in preparing a robust and effective Post Structure.
The Monarch also lauds the Ministry of Defence's initiative in conducting a Defence Review as are appropriate and efficient. The RBAF's 54th Anniversary is celebrated with a grand parade at Penanjong Garrison in Tutong.
On arrival at Penanjong Garrison, His Majesty was greeted by Dato Paduka Haji Awang Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, the Deputy Minister of Defence, and Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Mohammad Tawih bin Abdullah, the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Also present was His Royal Highness Prince Haji al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
Shortly after arrival, His Majesty consented to receive the Royal Salute and inspect the Guard of Honour mounted by 1 thousand 154 personnel of the RBAF units namely the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force, the RBAF Training Institute, Special Regiment, and the Women's Company.
The event proceeded with March Pasts in slow and fast tempos by the honour guard teams bearing the Royal Crest of His Majesty and the RBAF Coat of Arms. The theme of RBAF's anniversary celebration this year, "RBAF Generation with Vision," portrays a generation of Royal Brunei Armed Forces personnel who are knowledgeable, experienced, capable, open-minded and with a wide vision.
As the pillar of defence the RBAF has gone through several changes and developments in carrying out its roles with effective leadership in leading a strong and sturdy defence force in preparation for facing any threats.
In the Titah, His Majesty stresses that the strong unity and commitment of the people and government agencies, as well as the effective role of the RBAF have enabled the country to enjoy peace and prosperity.
However, the Monarch adds that the country's readiness in facing threats, require a more efficient and capable Armed Forces. This include in handling unexpected occurrences in or outside the country.
Three Cheers of "Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik" echoed after the Titah, enlivening the celebration, and the spirit of the whole Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
Doa Selamat was then read by Captain Ariffin bin Amit, the Assistant Head of the RBAF Religious Department.
His Majesty then received the Royal Salute followed by the Fly Past by the Royal Brunei Air Force's aircraft.
In its mature age, the RBAF is the pillar of National defence. Hence, the forces need to be stronger, resolute and prestigious to handle the challenges of time, including in its role to foster regional and international cooperation.
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 hosted a dinner for Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia, and his delegation.
The function took place at Qashr Al-Meezan. Prior to the dinner, His Royal Highness received in audience Yang Amat Berhormat the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia. Also present was His Excellency Datuk Ghulam Jelani bin Khanizaman, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam.
The dinner was also attended by 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 Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Retired Colonel Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister's Office; and Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamdan bin Haji Abu Bakar, Deputy Minister (Security and Media) at the Prime Minister's Office.
The 11th Brunei International Skill-at-Arms Meet, BISAM, held for 11 days, officially came to a close this morning. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF, consented to attend the Closing Ceremony and present prizes.
Upon arrival at the Binturan Shooting Range Complex, Penanjong Garrison, Tutong, His Majesty was greeted by the Deputy Minister of Defence, Dato Paduka Haji Mustappha bin Haji Sirat and the RBAF Commander, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Mohamad Tawih bin Abdullah. Also present was His Majesty's son, His Royal Highness Prince General Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and General of RBAF.
Shortly after arrival, His Majesty and His Royal Highness consented to a group photo and then consented to proceed to the Briefing Room of the Shooting Range Secretariat. Recital of Surah Al-Fatihah was led by the RBAF Religious Officer, Captain Ariffin bin Amit.
The RBAF Commander in his welcoming address said BISAM this time has shown an increase in participation compared to the previous championship. This clearly shows that Brunei Darussalam has been accorded the honour, confidence and support from friendly nations. With the blessings from Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala and His Majesty's sovereignty, as well as cooperation from all sectors, the organising committee and participants, the 11th BISAM had run smoothly and safely.
The Chairman of the 11th BISAM, Lieutenant Colonel Hasmee bin Haji Abd Wahab in his welcoming address said that every contingent have undergone controlled training aimed at giving early exposure to all shooters in every event organised.
His Majesty and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince then proceeded to take a closer look at the office of the Chief Executive Officer, Media Centre, Medical Centre and Binturan Shooting Range Statistics Centre. The Statistics Centre is a unit responsible for recording, storing and gathering data from a number of championships held locally and overseas.
His Majesty and His Royal Highness then went to the 350 metres Point Gallery Range 1 and consented to witness the final of the Rifle Falling Plate Competition between the RBAF 'A' Team and Indonesian National Armed Forces.
His Majesty and His Royal Highness then consented to join the VVIP Novelty Shoot competition at Gallery Range 1.
His Majesty and His Royal Highness also consented to witness an arms demonstration presented by the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces, Indonesian National Armed Forces, Malaysian Armed Forces, China's People's Liberation Army and the Royal Brunei Police Force.
His Majesty and His Royal Highness consented to proceed to the Royal Stand for the Royal Salute.
His Majesty consented to present prizes to the winner of VVIP Novelty shooting category which was won by 'H' team led by Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Wardi bin Haji Abdul Latip. The 'A' team led by His Majesty was in second, while, and in third was the 'B' team led by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. His Majesty also consented to present His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Challenge Trophy to the Indonesian National Armed Forces as the Overall Champion. Runner-up went to RBAF 'A' team and third went to RBAF 'B' team.
His Majesty then consented to officiate the closing of the 11th Brunei International Skill At Arms Meet, BISAM.
The 11th BISAM was participated by 478 military personnel representing Defence and Armed Forces from Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sultanate of Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, United Kingdom, United States of America and the People's Republic of China. Brunei Darussalam was represented by the RBAF 'A' and 'B' contingents as well as the Royal Brunei Police Force 'C' contingent. Doa selamat was read by the Assistant Head of the RBAF Religious Department.
BISAM was organised to boost the skill at arms of high level military apart from giving an opportunity to enhance military cooperation between participants with sporting spirit. It was also to identify the best shooters among them within a challenging competitive environment.
His Majesty and His Royal Highness then consented to receive the Royal Salute. His Majesty and His Royal Highness then consented to proceed to the Range Officers Mess for a luncheon.
Doa selamat was read by the Assistant Head of the RBAF Religious Department. Before departing, His Majesty and His Royal Highness consented to receive pasambah presented by members of the competition committee and signed the Royal Parchment.
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 a message of condolences to President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo, following the recent incident of the missing Air Asia Flight QZ 8501.
In the message His Majesty expressed his deep sadness at hearing of the news of the missing flight. His Majesty as well as His majesty's government and the people of Brunei Darussalam prayed to Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala that all efforts to locate the missing aircraft and its passengers would be successful. His Majesty hoped that His Excellency and all the people of Indonesia particularly the families of the victims involved would be able to face this tragedy with patience and fortitude.
His Royal Highness Prince Doctor 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, as the Pro-Chancellor of the Brunei Institute of Technology, ITB, consented to inaugurate the first Convocation Festival of the institute. The festival was held in conjunction with the institute's convocation 2014. The function was held at the ITB Building in Tungku in Gadong.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was welcomed upon arrival by the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, as the ITB Council's Chairman; the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Retired Colonel Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, as the Deputy Chairman of the ITB Council; and the Acting Vice Chancellor of ITB, Associate Professor Doctor Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman.
To begin with the ceremony, the reading of the surah al-fatihah and doa selamat was led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince consented to declare the Convocation Festival open.
The festival is a curtain raiser for the 23rd ITB Convocation Ceremony to be held next month, which will see 416 undergraduates receiving their degrees and higher national diplomas.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince also consented to watch a sketch performance by members representing the eight Exco of the ITB Student Representative Council. More than 100 students took part in the performance showcasing the themes that are relevant to the respective excos.
At the ceremony, His Royal Highness consented to officiate at the new ITB staff and students centre. At the centre, His Royal Highness was briefed of its functions. The centre is used as a one-stop centre in providing many facilities and services to the staff and students with regards to the administration, personal matters and academic issue. It also function to receive and answer enquiries from the public.
His Royal Highness also heard briefings from selected students who will undergo industrial attachment in and outside the country in gaining industrial experiences. The attachment program has been successfully carried out through the Memorandum of Understanding between ITB and host organisations abroad as well as local agencies.
His Royal Highness also consented to officially open the ITB Gallery by using a mobile phone website application designed by a group of ITB students. The Gallery themed "Past, Present and Future", among other things showcases information related to the history, development and future plans of the institute. The gallery acts as a platform for documenting and disseminating the ITB's journey as a University with a distinctive history and visionary future plans.
The students also showcased their innovative projects which won awards at local and international competitions.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince then consented to launch the Autisay application, which is a tool that assists in the interaction and communication with autistic children.
Boarding a special vehicle, His Royal Highness consented to visit the new ITB Library. The facility is used as a source of learning, study and research. The Convo Festival carries the theme "360 degrees graduates" which portrays the institute's desire to produce multi-skilled graduates. ITB is one of the youngest universities in the country which specialises and focuses on three major fields namely, engineering, business and computing. Currently, there are 2 thousand 273 students studying at the university.
The upgrade of ITB as a university in 2008 opened a new chapter in its development. The trusts given reflects their maturity and ability as the only engineering and technology university in this country that will contribute to the development of human resources towards the country's vision by 2035.
Yesterday afternoon, His Majesty Sultan
Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji
Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan dan Yang
Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran
Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji
Mohamed Alam, consented to receive in separate audiences and 'junjung
ziarah' another 80 of Brunei's intending pilgrims. The ceremony was
held at Istana Nurul Iman.
The care given by His Majesty the Sultan
and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam towards the intending Haj
Pilgrims is greatly appreciated and welcomed with joy. Apart from being
served with special delicacies, the intending pilgrims also watched a
video about performing the haj.
Prior to the audience, the intending
pilgrims performed the Mass Zohor prayer at the Surau of Istana Nurul
Iman. Forty-one intending pilgrims left the country for the Holy-Land
yesterday evening while 39-others will leave tomorrow.
During the audience, His Majesty the
Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to receive in
audience and jungjung ziarah from the male pilgrims. The monarch's care
towards the haj pilgrims was evident through His Majesty's personal haj
passage, government air-fare as well as haj passage for new converts.
Out of 80 pilgrims, 71 are joining
Darussalam Holdings Package and the other 9 with the Straits Central
Agency which are appointed by His Majesty's government to run the Haj
In another room of the Istana Nurul
Iman, Her Majesty the Raja Isteri consented to receive junjung ziarah
the female haj pilgrims. With Her Majesty was Her Royal Highness
Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah BINTI His Majesty Sultan Haji
Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.
At this year's haj season, the
government of Saudi Arabia has received applications from Brunei
Darussalam of not to impose the 20%reduction to the country's official
quotas. In this regard, Brunei Darussalam is entitled to its official
quota for 400 pilgrims.
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