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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 in a titah calls on the country's citizens and residents to unite and supplicate in gratitude to Allah the Almighty, that as part of the happy and sweet memories of 2016, Brunei Darussalam continued to be blessed with peace and prosperity.

At the same time, the country also prays that such blessings will continue in 2017. His Majesty's Titah in conjunction with the New Year 2017 was broadcast by Radio Television Brunei (RTB) earlier this evening. In the Titah, the Monarch stresses that all parties are responsible for the security of the nation and should be cautious towards anti peace and security elements which include threats from cyber world and social media.

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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, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in a titah, stressed the necessity for the issue of productivity in both the public and private sectors to begin receiving due attention, as well as the need for policies and strategies to be rapidly formulated in the interest of achieving the desired goals.

His Majesty stressed that this is in line with the objective of making the country truly pro-business, with which the national economy would be able to expand and advance, and even more employment opportunities could be created, thereby tackling rising unemployment. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made the titah on the occasion of the New Year 2014. The titah was broadcast on national radio and television earlier tonight. His Majesty, in the titah, also called on all sections of the society to shore up their will and commitment in together supporting the implementation of the Shari'ah Criminal Penal Code Order in this new year. The monarch also underlined the government's progress and plans in various fields including the economy, development, health and communications, as well as the country's role in the international arena. His Majesty expressed appreciation to the fact that the citizens and the nation were able to enjoy peace and well-being throughout the year 2013, and hoped that the year 2014 would continue to bring the same kind of peace and well-being. His Majesty cited the Chairmanship of ASEAN as one of Brunei Darussalam's achievements in the year 2013.


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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 an outgoing foreign envoy to Brunei Darussalam. The ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.

His Majesty received in audience His Excellency Fikret Oguz Ates, the outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey. His Excellency presented his Letter of Credence to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on 9 December 2016.

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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, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF, yesterday attended a Ceremony to present the rank insignia to his son, His Royal Highness Lieutenant Prince 'Abdul Mateen. The promotion ceremony took place at the Bolkiah Garisson Officers' Mess.

Upon arrival at the Ministry of Defence, His Majesty was greeted by Retired First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, Deputy Minister of Defence and Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

Shortly after arrival, His Majesty was accorded a Royal Salute and inspected a guard of honour mounted by personnel of the Royal Brunei Land Force led by Major Moza Syaffiarizal bin Haji Mohammad.

His Majesty then boarded a special motorcade to the Bolkiah Garisson Officers' Mess for the promotion ceremony. Upon arrival at the Officers' Mess, His Majesty placed the new rank insignia of Acting Captain to His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. The promotion took effect from 9th May this year.

On the 14th of September 2012, His Royal Highness Captain Prince 'Abdul Mateen was promoted to Substantive Lieutenant. His Royal Highness began his course as a Military Cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, RMAS in Surrey United Kingdom, on 9th May 2010 and completed the course on 15th April 2011.

Doa Selamat was read by Lieutenant Commander Haji Ainolnizam bin Haji Ibrahim, Head of the Religious Department of RBAF. His Majesty then proceeded to the Banquet Hall of the Officers' Mess for refreshment. Doa Selamat was read by the Head of the Religious Department of RBAF.

His Majesty then took a photo with members of the Defence Executive Committee and commanders of the RBAF. Subsequently, His Majesty signed the Royal Parchment. Also signing the Royal Parchment was His Royal Highness Captain Prince 'Abdul Mateen. His Royal Highness' involvement in the military field shows his interest in following His Majesty's step to become one of the well-trained and professional military personnel. Before departing, His Majesty and His Royal Highness received junjung ziarah from senior officers and officers of the Ministry of Defence and Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

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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.


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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.


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Yesterday's RBAF Anniversary celebration made history as it was the first ever such celebration held at the new RBAF Defence Academy in Kampung Tanah Jambu. The climax of yesterday's celebration included the grand parade, arena performance and static display. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam graced the ceremony.

Upon arrival His Majesty was greeted by Retired First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, 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 in attendance were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince General Haji al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, and His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik.

Shortly after arrival, His Majesty received the Royal Salute and inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by 1,055 personnel of the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force, the RBAF Training Institute, the Special Forces Regiment, and the Women's Company.

The 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 followed. The theme of the RBAF's anniversary celebration this year is in line with this year's National Day's theme, "RBAF Generation with Vision," which portrays a generation of Royal Brunei Armed Forces personnel who are highly knowledgeable, experienced, capable, open-minded and with a wide vision.

Now 55 years old, the RBAF is among those given the responsibility of safe guarding the country's harmony. The Forces have contributed various significant developments and progress towards national prosperity and wellbeing, in line with its task of defending the country's sovereignty and upholding the Malay Islamic Monarchy, MIB concept. The RBAF also provides humanitarian and peace aid that contribute to regional and international efforts in peace and humanitarian efforts.

Three cheers of Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik further glorified the celebration symbolising the unwavering national spirit of the RBAF personnel. Doa selamat was read by Major Ariffin bin Amit, Assistant Head of RBAF Religious Department. Fly past by the Royal Brunei Air Force aircraft enliven the celebration.

The hostage rescue operation involving the Special Forces Regiment with the support of the Royal Brunei Air Force, the Gurkha Reserve Unit and the Special Operations Platoon kicked off the arena performances. The performance showcased the efficiency and alertness of the RBAF personnel. The self-defence performance that demonstrated the skills and preparedness of the RBAF personnel as highly trained soldiers also highlighted the arena performances.

As members of uniformed security units, RBAF show their commitment and take appropriate measures to strengthen and improve their capacity and capabilities, besides always empowering the assimilation and practice of RBAF core values which are Pios, Loyal, Brave and Professional. This is because the Royal Brunei Armed Forces is the country's most important asset in generating, catalyzing and leading the country's prosperity today and in the future.

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam also visited the static, funfair and bazaar exhibitions organised by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF. Highlighting the concept of RBAF personnel's combined skills, the Static Exhibition presented a number of interesting performances and activities aimed at strengthening ties between RBAF forces and the public, as well as attracting the interest of the young generation to consider services in the RBAF as their first choice career.

His Majesty and His Royal Highnesses were invited to tour the Static Exhibition at the Officer Cadet School. The exhibition displayed various equipment and capabilities from each RBAF unit and a number of facilities of the Ministry of Defence.

Towards creating a conventional, modern and capable military force, each military training and professional RBAF education is carried out with quality, systematically and realistically to maintain and improve the level of competence and professionalism of the individual and organisation so as to ensure the highest operational readiness of the RBAF.

The static exhibition by the Royal Brunei Land Force displayed a number of their achievements and progress including the establishment of the Chemical Biological Radiological Explosive, CBRE Unit this year. The involvement of the Royal Brunei Land Force personnel in missions outside the country has become a pride of the country. These include participating in the 'International Monitoring Team', IMT on Mindanao Island in the Republic of the Philippines and United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL.

Established in 1965, The Royal Brunei Air Force has shown SIGNIFICANT progress in the aspect of its personnel and weaponry.  The Royal Brunei Air Force is also equipped with the latest Blackhawk S70i helicopters. The increase in number of trained pilots and engineers has impacted positively in fulfilling the country's defence needs.  The Royal Brunei Air Force has also reformed it organisational structure and its base is now complete with a new surau for the use of its members and the public to perform their prayers.

As a vital major unit of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, the Royal Brunei Navy is concentrating on a number of aspects to improve its organisation. In human resource development and management, great attention is placed on the career development and welfare of each Royal Navy personnel. There are several systematic courses focusing on career progress in the RBAF, including a professional career course organised by the Navy Training School.

The RBAF Training Institute is meanwhile evolving in conducting and implementing training, administrative or infrastructure system in line with the forces' aspiration, vision and mission. As a mechanism to achieve the RBAF's aspirations, the RBAF Training Institute is committed in educating and producing professional soldiers.

His Majesty also witnessed a 'mortar simulation' demonstration by the Royal Brunei Technical Services, RBTS. As the pillar of national defence, the RBAF continues to change and develop in implementing its role with the establishment of a military academy to train officer cadets as Commissioned RBAF Officers to fulfil the force's future needs and aspirations.

His Majesty then proceeded to the Defence Academy Auditorium for a get together with the RBAF's Senior and Subordinate Non-commissioned Officers. At the event, His Majesty and His Royal Highness The Crown Prince received 'Pasambah' and the junjung ziarah of the more than 400 Non-commissioned Officers. Befitting its more than half a century of existence, the RBAF has undergone great transformation processes as an efficient, competent and dynamic National Defence Organisation.​

His Majesty also visited the Staff College of the RBAF Defence Academy for a reception with the college's course participants. The Staff College is responsible for organising courses for officers with the rank of Major. The 10-months training is attended by RBAF officers and military officers from other countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, China and India.

At the Ceremonial Hall, His Majesty mingled with RBAF Officers and former Officers. Throughout its establishment, the RBAF has steadfastly continued to implement initiatives towards strengthening its recruitment standards as well as increase the number of its serving officers as part of a comprehensive human resource development and management plan.  His Majesty then proceeded to cut the 55th RBAF Anniversary cake.

To bless the event, the 'doa kesyukuran' was read by Major Ariffin Bin Amit, the Assistant Head of the RBAF Religious Department. The 55 years of the RBAF are symbolized by its numerous contributions for the development of the country. The presence of His Majesty and the Crown Prince was a great honour for all the members of the RBAF and a clear manifestation of His Majesty's and the Crown Prince's concern and commitment towards the affairs of the RBAF.

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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.


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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.


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The Royal Brunei Armed Forces, which has reached the age of 53 years, is the country's foremost pillar of defence. For this reason the Royal Brunei Armed Forces need to be even more solid and formidable, and be of higher calibre, in terms of being better able to overcome current obstacles, as well as in its role in fostering regional and international cooperation.

Stating this in a titah in conjunction with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces' 53rd Anniversary this morning, 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 Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces stressed that all efforts to upgrade capability must be planned in more systematic ways, based on the principle of "Raise, Train and Sustain", so that the Forces could more confidently carry out its operational responsibilities more effectively and efficiently. In the titah, His Majesty also stated that spending and procurements must be carried out wisely, and not by making rushed moves that could incur imprudent spending. His Majesty added that with the RBAF being a large and dynamic institution, it would be appropriate for each of its sections and units to continue to keep a grasp of their respective planning by adopting a strategic thinking approach. The RBAF's 53rd Anniversary celebration was held at the Royal Brunei Air Force Base in Rimba.

On arrival, His Majesty was greeted by the Deputy Minister of Defence, Dato Paduka Haji Awang Mustappa bin Haji Sirat and the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohammad Tawih bin Abdullah.

Also present at the celebration were His Majesty's sons - His Royal Highness Prince General Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel.

Shortly after arrival at Hangar 'B' of the Royal Brunei Air Force Base, His Majesty consented to receive the Royal Salute, and inspect the Grand Guard of Honour which was led by Lieutenant Colonel Air Force Mohamad Azmi bin Haji Mohamad Hussin. The guard of honour was mounted by 1 thousand 150 members of the RBAF comprising personnel of the Royal Brunei Land Force, the Royal Brunei Navy, the Royal Brunei Air Force, the RBAF Training Institute, Special Forces Regiment, and Women military personnel.

The inspection of the Grand Guard of Honour was followed by the march-past in a slow pace followed by a quick march by the parade groups, which bore the Royal Crest of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Coat of Arms. The 53rd Anniversary Celebration of the RBAF carries the theme, "Generasi A-B-D-B Berwawasan" or "RBAF Generation With Vision", which illustrates a generation of Royal Brunei Armed Forces members who are knowledgeable, experienced, highly capable, who are open-minded and possess an extensive vision. This theme serves as a guide for all personnel of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces in facing and overcoming various challenges which are constantly changing. It also portrays the tireless efforts of the RBAF towards becoming a professional military force that is capable of planning, driving and mobilising progress and development.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in the titah, also expressed appreciation to the personnel of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces for their roles and service contributions in safeguarding and preserving the security of the nation.

TITAH:

“We are grateful for having been able to enjoy such peace, as it has enabled us to live in greater comfort and to actively develop. Without peace and security, all welfare-oriented goals would be difficult to accomplish. Such is the secret behind security, and thus we must all care for it. As this is an endowment from Allah, we are obligated to be grateful to the fact that we have a Motherland that is peaceful, sturdy and prosperous. There is no greater blessing than this. Yet we must not forget that, in spite of the comfortable conditions that we are in, there are still challenges that need to be faced. Those challenges could potentially threaten the nation and life in general. Thus under such circumstances, in my view, awareness must be instilled in order to be able to deflect any looming threats or those that could emerge at any instant. On the topic of threats, of the kinds that occur both from within the country and from abroad, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, which has reached the age of 53 years, is the country's foremost pillar of defence. For this reason, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces need to be even more solid and formidable, and be of higher calibre, in terms of being better able to overcome current obstacles, as well as in its role in fostering regional and international cooperation. All efforts to upgrade capability must be planned in more systematic ways - based on the principle of "Raise, Train and Sustain" - so that we can more confidently carry out the operational responsibilities more effectively and efficiently. It has also been noted that defence is one priority that requires vast human resources and huge expenditure. But what is more important is awareness in terms of being mindful of financial regulations and financial accountability, in order to prevent wastage. This means that spending and procurements must be carried out wisely, and not by making hasty moves that could incur imprudent spending. With the RBAF being a large and dynamic institution, it would be appropriate for each of its sections and units to continue to keep a grasp of their respective planning by adopting a strategic thinking approach. Among the proactive steps to be taken at the management level are using a holistic approach through a process of alignment, adopting this as solid work culture, and keeping sight of the vision and objective of defence. I am confident that such alignment and a clear mission could potentially boost spirits and a sense of responsibility to great effect. The involvement of our Armed Forces at the international level is a form of appreciation for the good relations with friendly nations, which is one of the precise policies of defence diplomacy. The same goes with our support for cooperative efforts, especially within the ASEAN framework, as a way to further enhance confidence in, and assurances on regional security. Given such an objective, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces will be making yet another step forward in efforts to advance regional military cooperation, that is, when they host the Asia-Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference later this year. I am forever confident of our capability, especially after having been involved in regional and international peacekeeping operations, such as with the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Mindanao, Philippines and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Lastly, let us not forget to express appreciation to our soldiers for their roles in safeguarding and preserving security and for their active involvement in projecting the good name of Brunei Darussalam in the international arena. The same goes with all military members, wherever they may be, I extend my highest appreciations for their service to the nation.”

Three cheers of "Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patek" echoed at the Royal Brunei Airforce Base in Rimba.

Doa selamat was read by the Assistant Head of the Religious Department, RBAF or JA'MAAT, Captain Ariffin bin Amit @ Hamid.

The RBAF anniversary celebration this time around was organised by the Royal Brunei Air Force. The celebration is held each year in commemoration of the formation of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces on the 31st of May 1961. Throughout the past 53 years, training effectiveness and discipline constituted the vanguard in efforts to make the RBAF a formidable and professional organisation. These basic foundations are being further strengthened from time to time, especially given that the Royal Brunei Armed Forces has been entrusted with upholding as well as safeguarding the sovereignty of religion, monarchy, nation and country, so as to ensure that the security and prosperity of the motherland continue to be enjoyed by all citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam.


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Police personnel must distant themselves from corrupt practices such as bribery. Instead they should wage a tenacious war against the said crime. 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 Police Inspector General made the Titah during a working visit to the Royal Brunei Police Force Headquarters in Gadong yesterday morning.

The Titah focuses on bribery which His Majesty related to police integrity. His Majesty firmly reminds police personnel not to be weak, or be easily flattered or persuaded, especially to accept bribes meant to free offenders from the law. The Monarch concluded the Titah with a clear call to relevant parties to ensure the just and proper process of the law, and that not only bribe receivers, but also bribers are brought to justice.

Upon arrival at the Police Headquarters, His Majesty was greeted by the Acting Commissioner of Police, Haji Mohd Jammy bin Haji Mohd Shah Al-Islam.

Shortly after the arrival, His Majesty consented to receive the Royal Salute and inspect the Static Guard of Honour mounted by Royal Brunei Police Force personnel.

His Majesty was then invited to proceed to the Banquet Hall of the Royal Brunei Police Headquarters.

Doa Selamat was read by APO Sergeant Major Pengiran Hj Ludin bin Pengiran Haji Matahir, the Imam of Police headquarters’ Surau.

The Acting Commissioner of Police in a welcoming address said the Royal Brunei Police Force was the country's oldest security organisation that developed parallel to the increase of the country's population and national development.

In the Titah, His Majesty says the Police is a noble job that is respected by all levels of the community. Police also refers to the force that guards national security, enforce laws and is also called 'mata-mata' in Malay, or the “eyes''.

His Majesty then consented to proceed to the Kerma Setia Conference Room at the Officers Mess of the Police Headquarters for a closed briefing session.

Next on the Monarch's itinerary were tours of Departments under the Royal Brunei Police Force. His Majesty first consented to visit the Police Training Centre.

From the Police Training Centre, His Majesty consented to tour the Criminal Intelligence Department building. Inline with current developments and demands, a number of legislations have been amended or gazetted and this also required police personnel to upgrade their capabilities in learning and understanding the meaning and implementation of the laws.

Also attracting the Monarch's attention was the State Control Centre of the Operations Department. The department is responsible for all aspects of operations in security and control, besides its role in enforcing the country's laws.

His Majesty then consented to tour the new Police Headquarters building in Gadong. Built on a 7.5 hectares site, the building among other things has a conference room, lecture hall, library and meeting room. The construction of the new facility is under the 9th National Development Plan, RKN9 within the period of 2007-2012, inline with the force's strategic plan on the accommodation of the Royal Brunei Police Force's needs and assets.

His Majesty then consented to proceed to the Criminal Investigation Department building at Jalan Ong Sum Ping in the capital. The department enforces law and order as well as conduct criminal investigations.

The Traffic Investigation and Control Department has a major role in controlling peace, security and discipline on the roads of Brunei Darussalam. With a vision to make Brunei's roads safe and a mission to enforce road laws and regulations, the department also plays a major role to ensure traffic movements are smooth and safe.

His Majesty was then invited to the Banquet Hall of the Police Headquarters in Gadong for a luncheon.

Before ending the visit, His Majesty consented to receive the junjung ziarah from Royal Brunei Police Force Officers. The Royal Brunei Police Force was formed following the enactment of the Brunei Police Force which was approved in 1921. However, the history of its existence began as early as in 1906. Since its official formation in 1921, many important and significant events have taken place at the national, regional and international levels.

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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 Ministers' Office, consented to receive in separate audiences the Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) of Guangxi Zhuang Committee, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of Guangxi Zhuang People's Congress and World Health Organisation Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince first consented to receive in audience, His Excellency Peng Qinghua, the Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) of Guangxi Zhuang Committee, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of Guangxi Zhuang People's Congress. 

His Excellency is in the country to strengthen and improve technical, trade and investment cooperation between the two parties, especially in developing the halal and bio industries through the Brunei-Guangxi economic corridor. Also present was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources.

His Royal Highness then consented to receive in audience His Excellency, Doctor Shin Young-Soo, the World Health Organisation (WHO's) Regional Director for the Western Pacific. Also in attendance was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof, the Minister of Health. Accompanying His Excellency was Doctor Corrine Capuano, the Executive Director of the regional Director's Office and Doctor Graham Harrison, WHO Representative to Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore. His Excellency and delegation are on a three day visit to the country.

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah yesterday called on Bruneians to understand customs and traditions (adat istiadat) to preserve the sultanate’s heritage.

In his sabda yesterday, His Royal Highness said customs and traditions are significant to preserve Brunei as a country in line with the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) ideology.

“Customs and traditions are proven to be a solid core that supports the monarchy system (and) these customs have ensured peace, safety, well-being and prosperity of the people, and InsyaAllah this will be enjoyed further in the future,” HRH said.

The Crown Prince was speaking in his capacity as adviser to the Adat Istiadat Council during a ceremony to proclaim the late Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien as the “pre-eminent figure in customs and traditions throughout the ages”.

His Royal Highness also lauded His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s consent to declare March 31 as the Ceremonial Customs or Adat Istiadat Day.

HRH said the consent is a recognition that customs and traditions are the pillars of unity, and enhances national identity.

“This recognition is a wise step to strengthen the Bruneian identity in facing current global challenges that have a big impact on the (customary and traditional) way of life,” said the Crown Prince.

“Its role is in line with the effort to ensure a (peaceful and harmonious) life that is in line with the MIB concept,” HRH added.

In addition, HRH also expressed gratitude to the late Sultan who preserved the customs and traditions of Brunei, and also adjusted and changed them in accordance to the teachings of Islam.

“Alhamdulillah, my father has continued the effort that was pioneered by my grandfather, who was also known as the modern architect of Brunei,” said the Crown Prince.

Referring to the exhibition that features the late Sultan, the Crown Prince said the gallery was aimed at promoting and increasing the understanding of customs and traditions among youth, and their roles in the state and society.

“Only through an in-depth understanding will we be able to improve our (appreciation) and realise the importance of preserving our precious heritage,” the Crown Prince added.


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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, welcomed and expressed appreciation for the support shown by the Adat Istiadat Council in choosing the pre-eminent figure in customs and traditions to be made the foundation and highest beacon of the country's customs and traditions, and His Majesty acknowledged that the glimmering beacon is His Majesty's late father, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien.

In a titah during the Proclamation of Pre-eminent Figures in Customs and Traditions Throughout the Ages in conjunction with Adat Istiadat or Royal Customs and Traditions Day, His Majesty stressed that, given the solid relationship between the monarch and the Rakyat, Brunei Darussalam has been able to preserve its Royal Customs. The ceremony was held yesterday morning at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

His Majesty the Sultan and 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 were greeted on arrival at the International Convention Centre by the Co-Chairmen of the Committee for the Proclamation of Pre-eminent Figures In Customs and Traditions Throughout the Ages, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and Datin; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim and Datin; Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned and Datin; and Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Mohammad Nawawi bin Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Haji Awang Mohd Taha and Datin.

Also present at the ceremony were His Majesty's sons, daughters, brothers and sisters as well as their respective spouses - His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab-Rahaman; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Bini Hajah Faizah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel; 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; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Nasibah; AND Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Jefriah.

The Proclamation of Pre-eminent Figures In Customs and Traditions Throughout the Ages ceremony commenced with the reading of Holy Verses of Al-Qur'an, namely Surah Al-Ma'idah, Verse 48, by Awangku Adi Nazri bin Pengiran Haji Jofri; Surah Yusof, Verses 54 to 57 by Awang Muhd. Fahmie bin Haji Awang Metussin; AND Surah Shad, Verses 17 to 20 by Yang Dimuliakan Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Haji Mustapa bin Haji Murad.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, in the welcoming sabda, said that the Proclamation of Pre-eminent Figures In Customs and Traditions Throughout the Ages clearly reflects the recognition that customs and traditions constitute the main pillar in the life of nationhood and national identity.

His Majesty in his proclamation titah underlined that in further strengthening customs, His Majesty's late father was known for his strong belief that customs can be renewed without having to compromise its original form. His Majesty further said it is these revamped customs that had determined the shaping and arrangement of Monarchical rule to what it is now.

His Majesty was then invited by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, Chairman of the Adat Istiadat Council, to officiate the launch of two special books.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty the Raja Isteri, together with other members of the Royal Family, then consented to watch a video presentation entitled "Tokoh Adat Istiadat Sepanjang Zaman" or Pre-eminent Figure in Customs and Traditions. Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien was a leader that fought to restore the sovereignty of the Malay Islamic Monarchy, a religious figure and a statesman who was well-versed in administration and customs and traditions. Al-Marhum continues to preserve Brunei Darussalam as a country known for its customs and traditions, which have gloriously prevailed throughout the ages.

The Proclamation of Pre-eminent Figures In Customs and Traditions Throughout the Ages in conjunction with this year's Adat Istiadat Day was held in heed of the titah call of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. The deeds and contributions made by Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien towards sovereignty, development, peace and security, as well as the welfare of the citizens and residents of the country, including Bruneian Customs and Traditions, is invaluable, especially in terms of enjoying a life of nationhood, religion and nationhood, in line with the national concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy. Al-Marhum contributed by placing the country on the world map as a unique Malay nation and showed the global community that the Brunei race is rich in customs, which represent courtesy, noble conduct, high artistic ability, a philosophy that holds its own meanings and teachings, as well as special rules and procedures.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned in reading out the life-story of 'Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam' - Pre-Eminent Adat Istiadat Personality Throughout the Ages, described Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien as the true pre-eminent figure. Al-Marhum, Yang Berhormat Pehin affirmed, had not only enriched and refined the physical aspect of adat Istiadat but also beautified and equipped it with religion. In the life-story presentation, Yang Berhormat Pehin also narrated on the role of Al-Marhum in leading the nation towards modernisation. Yang Berhormat Pehin also highlighted on Al-Marhum's characteristics as wise and charismatic. And that under Al-marhum's leadership and administration, Brunei remained and survived as Brunei that had existed for the past seven centuries.

A poem called "Syair Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien" was read by Awang Razali bin Haji Aji, Dayang Nur Haziqah Haziyah @ Nur Husna binti Haji Hassan and Awangku Khairuddin bin Pengiran Kamaruddin.

To bless the ceremony, doa selamat was read by the State Mufti, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.

As the succeeding generation, the country's citizens and residents have a responsibility to uphold in ensuring that the valuable efforts and contribution made by Al-Marhum are reinvigorated and be made into a culture and way of life that truly reflect the national identity of Bruneians. Aside from that, the citizens and residents need to carry on Al-Marhum's legacy in refining, beautifying and enhancing Bruneian Customs and Traditions from time to time, as well as adapting it to current conditions while still retaining the original form.


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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 Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia, who is currently in Brunei Darussalam on an official visit. The ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.

During the Audience Ceremony, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Yang Amat Berhormat discussed bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia. Accompanying Yang Amat Berhormat was His Excellency Datuk Ghulam Jelani bin Khanizaman, the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam. Also present were Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, the 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, the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister's Office and Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamdan bin Haji Abu Bakar, the Deputy Minister (Security and Media) at the Prime Minister's Office.


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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 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.


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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, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, yesterday consented to attend the S.League-DPMM FC FANFARE 2016.

Upon arrival at the Jerudong Park Mini Stadium where the event took place, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim bin Pengiran Indera Mahkota Pengiran Anak Doctor Kemaludin Al-Haj, Deputy Chairman of DPMM FC. 

The S.League-DPMM FC FANFARE this year involved participants from several schools including the Sports School and International School Brunei, I-S-B., aged between 8 and 11 years. Among DPMM FC's objectives in holding the Fanfare 2016 activity is to find young talents and introduce the football sport among the young generation.

Participating in the activity was the His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's son, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim. Also taking part was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim. From this one-day Programme, the participants had the opportunity to receive guidance from Steve Kea, DPMM FC's Coach, who provides phase-by-phase training. Apart from that, the participants were also taught football-playing techniques by DPMM FC local and import players. Over 100 children took part in this event.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, as the Chairman of DPMM FC, also consented to present the prizes to the winners of the S.League-DPMM FC FANFARE 2016. Kilanas B Academy Team emerged the champion, followed by Savilla Junior Team in second place, and AGG Junior as well as SB BAYCATS Teams sharing the third place.


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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.


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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 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.


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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, in a titah expressed confidence that the Ahli Sunnah Waljama'ah Understanding Studies Centre, KUPU SB, would be more meaningful if it remained consistent with various knowledge-based activities in aiding relevant government agencies in deepening the understanding of the teachings of Ahli Sunnah Waljama'ah.  Refinement and development efforts alone would not suffice without full implementation of existing laws.  Thus, commitment and cooperation of all parties in tackling any issue of deviationism or the infiltration of beliefs that differ from the countries are vital.  The Monarch made the titah at the 3rd Convocation Ceremony of the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, KUPU SB at the International convention Centre, in Berakas this morning.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was welcomed by the Minister of Religious Affairs, Yang Berhormat, Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, and the university's Rector, Doctor Hajah Masnon binti Haji Ibrahim. The ceremony began with the traditional Chancellor's Procession.

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

The reading of Al-Quran's Surah al-Mujadalah by Awang Ahmad Syujaiee bin Mudim Haji Metassim, a Bachelor degree graduand of KUPU SB and the National Youth Quran Reading Competition 2008 champion, among other things outlined three main issues.  They're, remembering and obeying Allah the Almighty at all times and in all situations is an obligation, Allah created mankind from a lowly being and then elevated them by giving them the ability to read and write and knowledge, and that Allah gives knowledge and guidance to which He chooses.

In a welcoming speech, the Ra'es or Rector of the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College touched on the institution's efforts towards achieving the National Vision 2035 for highly educated and skilled citizens.  Doctor Hajah Masnon said as the sole religious teachers training institution in the country, KUPU SB is very focused and determined to produce a teaching workforce that is highly educated, qualified and skilled in religious education that is the pillar of all levels of education. She said the university college has begun offering Doctor of Philosophy or PhD Programmes in Religious Teaching and that four people have started their studies in the previous 2013/2014 session. Although the number of students is small but it's very significant, especially since they're all Bruneians and related to the national vision.

In his titah, His Majesty said Brunei Darussalam always needs religious teachers who are competent and tenacious, capable of shaping the character of their students. This should begin from the early development of the child, as in the Malay proverb, 'melentur buluh biar dari rebungnya', or mould them while they're young.  The result would be members of society who are fortified against negative influences such as crimes and social ills as well as deviant beliefs that could mislead the ummah and harm the nation. With such members of society, His Majesty believed that the aspiration to see Brunei Darussalam become a true Baldatun Tayyibatun Warabbun Ghafur, or a prosperous and blessed nation would be achieved

I truly hope that KUPU SB will be able to churn out not only a good teaching workforce, but also human capital that is loaded with religious knowledge and that possesses the required skills. KUPU SB must thereby possess effective teaching methods. To this end, KUPU SB should develop solid and comprehensive teacher training methods. I am pleased to note that jawi writing and Islamic turath book studies have been developed to great effect at KUPU SB. In addition to being offered in academic programmes at KUPU SB, they are also being offered as a special study programme for the public. The programme is known as the "Islamic Turath Book Studies in Bahasa Melayu" programme. I am of the opinion that it is important for jawi writing and the study of Islamic turath books to be protected, and even empowered, as jawi represents our national identity. The study of turath books, meanwhile, constitutes an invaluable Islamic knowledge heritage. To that end, such an effort befits the uniqueness of KUPU SB as a leader in Islamic education. I thereby see KUPU SB as the most suitable institution for offering or conducting academic programmes in the field of jawi writing and turath books, matching its characteristics as a pillar of Islamic excellence in the country. Touching on the issue of beliefs that are affecting the Islamic world in this day and age, I hope that the relevant parties would not look lightly on such an issue, as it could mislead and thus affect the national security and the religious harmony that we have enjoyed all this while. Such is the importance of reinforcing our beliefs. And such reinforcement will further strengthen our Ahli Sunnah Waljama'ah teachings, which have been ingrained within us. I am optimistic that the Ahli Sunnah Waljama'ah Understanding Studies Centre, KUPU SB, which has been set up two years ago, will be more meaningful if it remains consistent with various knowledge-based activities in aiding relevant government agencies in deepening the understanding of the teachings of Ahli Sunnah Waljama'ah. This centre, I am certain, can move further ahead. Nevertheless, refinement and development efforts alone would not suffice without the full implementation of existing laws. In that regard, the commitment and cooperation of all parties in tackling any issues of deviationism or the infiltration of beliefs that are not in the same "vein" as ours are absolutely needed. Lastly, I wish to record the highest congratulations and all the best in future endeavours to all the graduands receiving their certificates and diplomas today. I hope that the graduands will be able to contribute their knowledge to the development of religious teaching in the country, and thus to the development of Muslim development in general. I would also like to congratulate and thank the relevant parties at the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, particularly to the Chairman and Members of the University College Council, the Ra'es, leading officials, academic staff, administrative officers and all staff of the University College, for all their contributions and meritorious services.

May Allah the Almighty extend His Blessings, Guidance and Protection to the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College.

Two hundred seventy five KUPU SD graduands received their degrees and diplomas at the third convocation. To launch the ceremony, His Majesty consented to pronounce the Titah of Chancellor's Authority.

His Majesty then consented to award degrees and diplomas to the 275 graduands. Fourteen received Master Degrees in Religious Teaching, 43 were awarded Post Graduate Diplomas in Religious Teaching, 64 other received Bachelor Degrees in Religious Teaching, 125 were awarded the Higher National Diploma in Religious Teaching, and 29 received diplomas in Shari'ah and Usuluddin studies.  From the first convocation in the year 2011 until now, KUPU SB has produced 629 graduates in various programmes

The graduates' success in their paper chase is the result of hard work and resilience in the face of numerous challenges in the academic world.  The success marks the beginning of their journey in the working world, especially in the field of religious teaching and in efforts to bring reforms that would contribute to the development of religion, people and the nation. The increase in the number of KUPU SB graduates is yet another success in producing religious teachers whose role would be to teach the young Bruneians to carry out their responsibilities together in preserving, stabilising and strengthening religious practices and understanding among the people of Brunei Darussalam.

The Seri Begawan Religious University College is an institution of higher learning that provides its students with knowledge and skills in religious teaching, relevant to the country's situation and needs. As a university college focusing on religious education, KUPU SB always strives to develop its academic programmes.  Since its establishment in the year 2007, the university college is determined to become the country's National Centre of Higher Islamic Studies. KUPU SB has achieved encouraging progress and development that among other things include regional and international cooperation and relations.  The University College is a member of the Consortium of Asia Pacific Education University and have signed Memorandums of Understanding with 18 universities that focus on improving the capacity and roles of universities in teaching and education. KUPU SB is also a member of the Asia-Pacific University Community Engagement Network that has a membership of more than 60 universities from 14 countries.  Their focus is on cooperation networks among institutions involved in community services.

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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, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab. Rahaman, in the afternoon watched the final of the Fifth Brunei Masters and Open Swimming Championship.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's son, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim was among the participants taking part in the final. The championship was organised by the Brunei Amateur Swimming Association with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Also present were Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman. Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim, representing International School Brunei (ISB), took part in the men's 100-metre freestyle and the men's 50-metre breast stroke event.

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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, who took part in the Cycling Recreation activity around Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday morning enlivened the atmosphere in the capital.

The event was held in conjunction with the 46th anniversary of the renaming of Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan; and the 11th National Youth Day celebration.

The participants from all walks of life added cheer to the cycling recreation activity.

His Majesty's arrival was joyfully awaited by the participants. Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja (Rtd) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohamad Yussof, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, who is also the Acting Minister of Home Affairs and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, the Minister of Health.

Also, taking part in the cycling recreation event were His Majesty's sons and daughter; 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, and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.

The event began with the release 46 balloons to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the renaming of Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan, while 11 balloons were released to mark the 11th National Youth Day celebration. The balloons were set off by 57 youths as symbols of unity and support to the Monarch and the country.

The cycling recreation event's 11.5 kilometre route around Bandar Seri Begawan started and ended at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien. The route included several main roads around the capital, including Jalan Elizabeth Dua, Jalan Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien, Jalan Mc Arthur, Jalan Kianggeh, Jalan Tasek, Jalan Sekolah, Jalan Kumbang Pasang, Jalan Perdana Menteri and Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha.

Along the route, participants passed by several iconic monuments and historic places which are usually frequented by tourists. These include Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque which is the country's most famous landmark and also the Art Gallery of Bandar Seri Begawan Royal Wharf which used to be Customs Department Building.

Various types of bicycles were used by participants. Many cyclists rode their own bicycles while others rode bicycles hired from bicycle rental services.

His Majesty’s presence signified His Majesty's strong and continued support towards efforts to transform Bandar Seri Begawan into a visitors or tourist hub through healthy and constructive 'community and economic-oriented' activities. As the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan should not only be safe and clean but lively and cheerful as well.

The Cycling recreation was also participated by Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, guests and the public including foreigners. As the country is also celebrating the National Youth Day, a majority of the participants comprised of youths.

As they cycled for health, cheer and harmony, the riders also passed by several primary and secondary schools around the capital, including the Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien College (SOAS) and Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam Secondary School (SMJA), which are among the country's two oldest schools.

Apart from the health aspect, by attracting people to the capital, the cycling activity can help to promote Bandar Seri Begawan as a recreational hub and tourist destination. This is in addition to showcasing its beautiful attractions.

A recreational activity such as this not only fosters relations but also enhances harmony between the leader and the people as well as among families and the community as a whole.

The cycling route also passed by two other landmarks in Bandar Seri Begawan. They are the Royal Regalia Building and the older and more historic Lapau Building. Both buildings have their own attractions which are unique but still inter-related.

Before ending the Sunday cycling adventure, the participants rode by the Friendship Clock Tower located on what is also known as the Zero Kilometre mark. Apart from being a historic symbol of the brotherly relations between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia, the clock tower is the point where the first kilometre begins from Bandar Seri Begawan to other areas in the country.

The cycling recreation around the capital added fun to the Bandarku Ceria programme that takes place continuously since the beginning of this month. It helps to promote a healthy lifestyle among the people, as they exercise together to transform themselves into healthy citizens and residents.

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The Quality Control Circle, QCC, Steering Committee of the Ministries and its Departments requires progress and change in orientation in order to pay attention to not only to the Convention, but also to the usage of QCC methods for daily work that is suitable to produce a difference in work impact.

The Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office underscored that the QCC has to be implemented by highlighting the 'in situ" which the daily working environment, not only for conventions on stage. Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Wahab bin Juned reiterated that there is a need for 'in situ' training for all parties at all levels. The Deputy Minister highlighted the matter at the 18th National QCC Convention Closing Ceremony in the afternoon.

According to the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, the National QCC Steering Committee should be established with responsibilities to monitor the movements of the QCC Steering Committee at the ministry and department level. The National QCC Steering Committee are required to make continuous evaluation by establishing an evaluation centre to monitor 'in situ' QCC. He added that the 'in situ' will be enforced with open evaluative activities such as QCC symposium at least twice a year. Managements under the QCC Steering Committee are also required to make inclusive targets including inter-sectoral and inter-agency targets. This should be implemented immediately without losing focus on the need to conduct the convention as a promotion method.

10 teams from 6 departments representing 5 ministries presented their respective projects in various categories such as Improvement Process of Customer Service, Saving Time and Costs, Change in Work and Organisation Culture as well as Productivity and Quality. This year's format is different from previous years in terms of project presentation to create the competing team's creativity through interesting presentation skills.

The QCC Active Department Special Award goes to the Survey Department of the Ministry of Development, while the Best Facilitator Award goes to Awang Muhammad Ali bin Hassan from the Fire and Rescue Department. The ATP HSSE from the Management and Services Department of the Ministry of Education won the Best Presentation Award.

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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.


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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 packages.

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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