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The fire at Kampung Bendahara Lama which occurred early morning of 8th January gained attention from the public in particular the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. Yesterday morning, Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah presented financial aid to the victims of the fire. The Presentation of donations was held at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex in the capital.

The contributions were presented by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office as member of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Board of Directors and Chairman of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Aid Review Committee. The contributions amounting to 79,600 dollars were presented to nine families.

The Ministry of Education also presented contributions to students from families affected by the fire, presented by Awang Aliuddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Core Education at the Ministry of Education. Also present was Doctor Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, Permanent Secretary for Planning, Land Use and Environment at the Ministry of Development as the Acting Managing Director of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.


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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 last night graced the opening of the ASEAN Tourism Forum, ATF, 2020 and launched the new ASEAN Tourism Website. The ceremony was held at the Indera Samudera Hall, The Empire Brunei in Jerudong.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism as the Chairman of the ATF 2020. Also greeting His Royal Highness were the ASEAN Tourism Ministers.

His Royal Highness then proceeded to view a mini showcase by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, and Huawei Technologies (Brunei) Sendirian Berhad well as a demonstration on the use of Virtual Reality Technology in travel. His Royal Highness was also briefed on Digital Technologies for Smart Tourism by Awang Haji Muhammad Nazri bin Haji Muhammad Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications as well as the 5G Technology in Smart Travel by Kevin Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies (Brunei) Sendirian Berhad.

The ATF is a co-operative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN region as a tourist destination. It is a platform fot the region's Tourism Ministers, government officials and travel industry players to come together and discuss ways to grow and enhance tourism opportunities. The annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors from the 10 ASEAN member nations and this year marks the event's 39th anniversary.

In his welcoming speech, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism highlighted that the ASEAN tourism industry has seen significant growth in the last decade and continues to be an important contributor to ASEAN's socio-economic development. In 2019, Yang berhormat explained, ASEAN welcomed over 133 Million international arrivals, an increase by 7 percent from 2018.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince officiated the ATF 2020 and launched the new ASEAN Tourism website.

The new ASEAN Tourism website will serve as a one-stop platform for integrated information on ASEAN tourism products and activities. It also hopes to drive tourist interest towards the Southeast Asian region as a preferred tourism destination. The 2-day 23rd ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting and Related Meetings began yesterday. More than 800 delegates comprising ministers and senior officials, exhibitors, buyers and Media attended the forum. 

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in a titah stresses that corruption can weaken the administration and bring about the country's downfall. As a nation with religion, the monarch reminds that corruption is the bridge to Hell.

Thus, His Majesty urges the Ministry of Development not to wrongly select any contractors or wholesalers in national project development works that can bring a loss to the government and people. His Majesty stresses the matter in a titah during an unscheduled visit to the Ministry of Development and a number of departments under it yesterday morning.

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During the unscheduled visit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam visited the Ministry of Development and several departments under the Ministry in Berakas.

Upon arrival His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Engineer Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, the Minister of Development and Dato Seri Paduka Architect Awang Haji Marzuke Bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Minister of Development. Also present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy.

Among the Division that visited by His Majesty was the Division of Boards Management which among other matters plays a role in coordinating the registration for Architect Board, Professional Engineer and Quantity Surveyor; Examiner Board and Real Estate Agent; and Housing Development Board. This division also reviewing and managing the qualification and practices records, and upholding the ethics and discipline for three boards.

The Ministry of Development is the pioneer that is responsible for land use sectors, provision of infrastructure and environment, aside from preserving and upgrading the government assets. All these to support the objective of Wawasan Brunei 2035, specifically to generate a high quality of life.

Ministry of Development has underlined six main strategies under the Ministry's strategic direction 2018-2023 which focuses toward the achievement in providing the best services specifically in improving the life quality of people in line with the efforts in making contribution towards the country's economic growth through development and construction industry.

Ministry of Development also responsible in supporting the Digital Economy Council towards the country's desire as a 'Smart Nation'. Towards this, the Ministry of Development currently reviewing its strategic plan in making the Ministry as a 'Smart MOD' by identifying the provided services which can be integrated and digitalize to facilitate the application process.

From the Ministry of Development, His Majesty then visited the Land Department, Department of Town and Country Planning and Survey Department which are placed under one building. His Majesty first visit the Land Department which is one of the oldest government department in the country. The department's main function is to process the application of private lands and Temporary Occupancy License for Brunei Muara District; land registration after receiving approval from the Cabinet Ministers Meeting Council, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Development, Land Commissioner and Head of the District Land Office and collecting tax revenue.

His Majesty then reviewed the Land Management and Alienation Section, Land Valuation Section; Application and Land Use Section and, Enforcement and Control Section. With its vision, Optimal Land Utilisation, the department will ensure that the land use and planning are at optimal to balance the needs of the National Socio-Economic Development.

His Majesty then visited the Department of Town and Country Planning. The department is responsible in providing plans as basic or guideline for land use distribution coordination for various sectors of socio-economic development which are required in upholding the aspiration of Wawasan Negara 2 Ribu 35.

At the Survey Department, His Majesty then reviewed the Mapping Geospatial Division which the division is responsible to produce, updating and provide house numbering and road junction which involves all district in the country.

His Majesty ended the unscheduled visit to the Housing Development Department. The department is responsible to plan, design, implementing and preserving the national housing scheme. His Majesty's visit aimed to ensure that the Ministry of Development and the departments under it aware on the issues faced by the government of His Majesty aside from strive to achieve the Ministry's and the departments' vision and mission. 

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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 Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, watched the Aewon Open Badminton Championship 2019, 18th November night. Participating in the championship was His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's son, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim.

Upon arrival at the Multipurpose Hall of the  Hassanal  Bolkiah National Sports Complex, His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness were greeted by Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports; Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary for Administration, Finance and Estate at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; and Retired Colonel Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Also in attendance was His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's son, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman and other members of the Royal Family.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim participated in the Under 12 Boys Singles category. In the match, His Royal Highness won against Muhamad Mirza Afif Syahmi bin Sofian in straight set 21-16, 21-18. With the result, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim advances to the semi-finals.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim will also participate in the Under 12 Junior Boys Doubles with his teammate Dessen Chung Min Tin. The match for the category will take place this Friday at the same place. The championship organised by Aewon Brunei with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Brunei National Badminton Association will take place until the 23rd of November.

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Monday and Rabiulawal is the day and month that was neglected by the Arabs in the past. However, after the birth of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam, Monday and the month of Rabiulawal has become a noble day and month. In fact, the arrival of the said day and month is much awaited by the Muslims. These were among the matters touched upon during the Dawn Talk in the "Masjidku Ma'mur, Negara Berkat" programme held at Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital early yesterday morning.

The programme began with mass Subuh Prayer. Joining the congregants was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd. Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.

The talk entitled "Rahmat Untuk Sekalian Alam" or blessings to the universe was delivered by Haji Awang Muhammad Naqib bin Haji Awang, Mosque Affairs Officer at the Islamic Da'wah Centre. The talk also explained that Rabiulawal which is the flower season was very synonym with the holy Prophet's ability to make people happy and calm upon his sight. The feeling was mutual as one see blooming flower plants. Also present was Awang Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Policy and Religion at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

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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 morning presented terrace house keys to over 200 recipients under the Rataie National Housing Scheme in Temburong District. The function took place at Bangar Town Civic Centre Complex.

Upon arrival, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was welcomed by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs; Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Minister of Development; and Awang Abdul Ghani bin Haji Othman, Acting Temburong District Officer.

The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Awang Haji Jamil bin Haji Ghani, Head of Temburong District Religious Officer.

The Acting Temburong District Officer, representing the house key recipients, in a welcoming speech said that through His Majesty's leadership, citizens and residents in the country, specifically those who do not have their own land, can together enjoy the welfare and security through the national housing scheme that continues to grow along with the current developments.

His Majesty the presented the terrace house keys to 234 recipients under the Rataie National Housing Scheme. The house key presentation reflected His Majesty care towards the citizens and resident's well-being apart from further fostering solidarity among the country's society.

According to the Housing Development Department, over 28 thousand houses and land lots under the National Housing Scheme nationwide have been awarded to qualified recipients. Out of the figure, 635 are applicants from Temburong District.

The government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the Housing Development Department, continues to strive in implementing several housing programmes nationwide to increase housing revenue in meeting the needs and demands of the country's citizens. This is in line with the Monarch's aspiration and Wawasan Brunei 2035 towards further improving the citizens and residents' quality of life and ensure their well-being.

To seek blessings, the Doa Selamat was recited by Awang Haji Jamil bin Haji Ghani.

His Majesty's presence portrays the Monarch's continues care and attention towards the citizens and residents' comfort and well-being. This includes continuous housing provision under various housing schemes managed by the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

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The attentiveness of His Majesty towards education development in the country was highly emphasised through the Monarch's visits to education institutions. In Temburong District, His Majesty made several visits yesterday MORNING to four education institutions, the Ujung Jalan Control and Inspection Complex, Kampung Ujung Jalan, the Temada Police Control Post and the Kampung Semabat Long House.

His Majesty began the visit at Sultan Hassan Secondary School. Upon arrival, His Majesty was welcomed by Awang Wafi Sia bin Abdullah Sia, the school's principal. Also present was Datin Seri Paduka Doctor Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Acting Minister of Education.

With its vision "Membentuk Generasi Masa Depan Yang Siap Siaga", the school is actively implementing its mission to produce dynamic people through quality education. Currently, the school has over 600 students. Throughout the visit, His Majesty interacted with the students to learn more on their education development and activities.

His Majesty through the Ministry of Education is always committed to provide quality education. The ministry continues to evaluate the existing education level so that it remains relevant, and acts as an international standard benchmark through the Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA. Findings from such efforts can evaluate achievements and identify any gaps among students in possessing and applying skills as well as competency required in the 21st century.

To prepare the students for the 4th Industrial Revolution challenges, the Ministry of Education is in the process of establishing the Digital Literacy Standard and the Cultural Literacy Standard within the National Education System for the 21st Century or S-P-N 21. Strengthening Science and Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics or STEAM education is also prioritised to further increase competitiveness among students in the field of science and technology. In line with these efforts, the teacher's capacity in implementing technology-based teachings is improved so that the students are digital literate that can help them in the working world and life in this digital era.

His Majesty then visited the Sultan Hashim Secodary School in Batu Apoi. The student's happiness were clearly seen in as they greeted the Monarch's arrival.

Established in 1955, the Sultan Hashim Primary School is among the oldest schools in Temburong District. The school currently has one hundred students. His Majesty visited several classes to take a closer look at the teaching and learning environment. A complete education is among the matters that are highly emphasised by the Monarch who continues to ensure that the country's citizens and residents have education as well as skills that will become the core for the country's development and competitiveness.

The Ministry of Education through the Strategic Plan 2018-2022 is currently implementing specific strategic initiatives and actions towards achieving the aspiration of having quality education for the student's success. The strategic plan is inline with the Key Performance Indicator for the Ministry of Education in realising the goals of Wawasan Negara namely highly educated and skilled citizens and creating a just education system encompassing quality teachers, students and schools, providing vast education opportunity and excellent human capital development.

His Majesty proceeded to visit Puni Primary School that has been operational since 1950.

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The visit itinerary of the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Kingdom of Cambodia included visits to a number of ministries.

Yesterday afternoon, the delegation visited the Ministry of Religious Affairs. It began with a meeting with Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs.

The delegation also attended a briefing chaired by the Minister of Religious Affairs and heard a briefing on Tithe, Haj Management and Halal Certification.

Yesterday morning, the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Kingdom of Cambodia made a visit to Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. During the visit, both parties exchanged views and shared experiences on matters of mutual interest. The visit took place at the Prime Minister's Office Building.

The delegation's itinerary in the afternoon was a visit to Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry. The visit gave an opportunity to both parties to exchange views on cooperation and discussed matters of mutual interest related to the halal industry. Also present was Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry.

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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 Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh  Ab-Rahaman watched the Brunei National Badminton Championship 2019. The championship took place at the Centrepoint Hotel's Multi-Purpose Hall in Gadong, last night.

Upon arrival at Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness were greeted by Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as members of the championship committee. Among those joining the championship was His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's son, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim. Also present was Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.

In the championship, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim participated in the Boy's Single Under 13 category and advanced to the quarter final after beating Awang Md Al-Muttaqiy Billah bin Zulfa Erison with straight set, 21-18, 21-13.  The quarter-final match is be held tonight between Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul   Muntaqim and Awang Zulfazlyana Izzaty.

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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 presented a Letter of Credence to  Brunei Darussalam's newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and received Letters of Credence from newly-appointed Foreign Envoys to Brunei Darussalam. The ceremony took place at the Istana Nurul Iman, yesterday afternoon.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam first presented a Letter of Credence to His Excellency Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Retired Colonel Dato Paduka Haji Abdu'r Rahmani bin Dato Paduka Haji Basir, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the People's Republic of China.

His Majesty then received Letters of Credence from His Excellency Christopher B. Montero, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Philippines to Brunei Darussalam;

Her Excellency Jeanette Stovel, High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam;

His Excellency Vladimir Borisovich Goncharenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Brunei Darussalam;

His Excellency Eiji Yamamoto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Brunei Darussalam; and finally presented a Letter of Credence was His Excellency Retired Major General Abdul Aziz Tariq, High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam.

His Majesty then received in audience the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the People's Republic of China; and the newly-appointed Foreign Envoys. Also present at the ceremony were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Mohd. Nawawi bin Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Haji Awang Mohd. Taha, Private and Confidential Secretary to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam; Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Haji Alauddin bin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Grand Chamberlain; and Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd. Nor bin Haji Jeludin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin  Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Omar 'Ali  Saifuddien Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday afternoon received in separate audiences the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Right Honourable Lord Justice of Appeal in England and Wales. The ceremonies took place at Istana Nurul Iman. His Majesty first received in audience His Excellency Oknha Datuk Doctor Othsman Hassan, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Kingdom of Cambodia, who is on a four day visit to the country. During the Audience ceremony, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Excellency discussed bilateral matters of mutual interest.

Accompanying His Excellency were His Excellency Doctor Sos Mousine, Member of Parliament; His Excellency Rofy Othsman, Member of Parliament; His Excellency Sman Manan, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; and Mrs. Meach Palika, Charge de Affairs, Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Brunei Darussalam. Also present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. During his visit to the country, His Excellency will be visiting a number of Ministries to further discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in Islamic banking, halal industries and zakat management.

His Majesty then received in audience the Right Honourable Sir Peter Gross, Lord Justice of Appeal in England and Wales. Accompanying The Right Honourable Sir Peter Gross during the His Excellency Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam. Also present was The Right Honourable Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong Wan Oon, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri, yesterday afternoon arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend the Installation Ceremony of His Majesty the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. Accompanying Their Majesties were His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah. Also accompanying were Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar.

Present at Subang Air Base to welcome the arrival of His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri were His Majesty the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah and Her Majesty the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah binti Al-Marhum Al-Mutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj.

Also present to greet Their Majesties were His Royal Highness the Regent of Pahang, Tengku Mahkota Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah; Yang Amat Mulia Major Tengku Amir Nasser Ibrahim; and Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs of Malaysia, dan Datin Seri. Also present were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Pengiran Datin; and His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Mohd. Taha, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Malaysia, and Datin. His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri then walked past a Static Guard of Honour mounted by members of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Ranger Regiment, the Malaysia Army.

A Doa selamat was then read by Yang Berbahagia Dato' Ustaz Abdul Aziz bin Che Yacob, Religious Officer at the Istana Negara.

Their Majesties were then invited to board a motorcade to a renowned hotel in Kuala Lumpur, where Their Majesties would be residing throughout the duration of the visit.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, are currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend the Installation Ceremony of His Majesty the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah ibni  Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah, which will be held tomorrow at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri left yesterday morning. Accompanying Their Majesties were His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to leaving Istana Nurul Iman, a Doa Selamat was recited by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

Present at His Majesty the Sultan's Flight Hangar in Rimba to bid farewell to His Majesty and Her Majesty were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi'atul 'Adawiyyah; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Nasibah.

Also present at His Majesty the Sultan's Flight Hangar to bid farewell to Their Majesties were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-pengiran Cheteria; the Special Advisor to His Majesty; the Speaker of the Legislative Council; Cabinet Ministers; Members of the Privy Council; Deputy Ministers; the Commissioner of Police; and the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and their wives.

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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, this morning received in audience the Regional Director of the World Health Organization for the Western Pacific. The audience ceremony took place at Qashr Al-Meezaan.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince received in audience His Excellency Dr. Takeshi Kasai. Accompanying His Excellency were Dr. Lo Ying-Ru Jacqueline as a representative of the World Health Organization for Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Republic of Singapore; Dr. Angela Pratt, Director of the Regional Director's Office, World Health Organization in Manila, Republic of the Philippines; and Dr. Gundo Weiler, representative of the World Health Organization in Manila, Republic of the Philippines. Also present at the Audience Ceremony were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Md. Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health; and Awang Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health.

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The welfare and well-being of people with different abilities, OKU in Brunei Darussalam continue to receive attention from the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. Yesterday afternoon, Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah presented contributions to two non-government organisations that conduct the OKU development and rehabilitation programmes.

50 thousand dollars and school stationery were handed over to the Association for In-Training Autism Management, Education and Resource of SMARTER Brunei. The contributions were handed over by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office as a Member of the Yayasan Board of Directors to Pengiran Zamri bin Pengiran Haji Bujang, Deputy President of SMARTER Brunei. 50 percent of the amount is for learning and teaching management specifically for autistic children. While the remaining amount is to accommodate the school fees of autistic children from low income families. School stationery is donated for the use of pupils under SMARTER Brunei. Also present was Doctor Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, the Permanent Secretary for Planning, Land Use and Environment at the Ministry of Development as Managing Director of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.

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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 Mrs. Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, President of the Badminton Association of Thailand Under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand; Member of the Executive Board of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand; Deputy Chair of Women in Badminton Commission; and Deputy President of Badminton World Federation. The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.

Also in the delegation was Her Excellency Wanthanee Viputwongsakul, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam. Also present were Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, youth and Sports; and Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary for Administration, Finance and Estate at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

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The success achieved during His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di- Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Birthday Anniversary celebrations last year should be a catalyst for the country to accomplish the desired excellence based on careful planning and effective implementation by everyone involved. His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin  Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office in his sabda expresses the belief that through the commitment, diligence, consensus and solid cooperation of all parties, the aspiration can be successfully achieved. His Royal Highness made the sabda at the Second Meeting of the National Committee of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's 73rd Birthday Celebration yesterday morning. The meeting took place at the Prime Minister's Office Building at Jalan Perdana Menteri in the capital.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang  Amat  Mulia  Pengiran Lela Cheteria  Sahibun  Najabah  Pengiran  Anak  Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran  Jaya  Negara  Pengiran  Haji  Abu Bakar, Yang  Di-Pertua of Adat  Istiadat  Negara as Advisor of His Majesty's 73rd Birthday Celebration National Committee and Yang  Berhormat  Pehin  Orang  Kaya  Seri  Kerna  Dato  Seri  Setia  Doctor  Haji  Awang  Abu  Bakar bin Haji  Apong, Minister of Home Affairs as Chairman of His Majesty's 73rd Birthday Celebration National Committee.

The meeting began with the reading of Surah  Al- Fatihah  and  Doa  Selamat  led by Dato  Seri  Setia  Awang  Haji Abdul  Aziz bin  Orang  Kaya  Maharaja Lela  Haji  Yussof,  Setiausaha  Tetap  Kementerian Hal  Ehwal  Ugama.

The Minister of Home Affairs in his welcoming speech said the sabda of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince will be the guide in planning, organising and refining the preparations and arrangements for celebratory events of His Majesty's 73rd Birthday this year. 

In the sabda, His Royal Highness also quoted the titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di- Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during the National Isra' Meraj' Celebration of 1440 Hijrah that theMalay Islamic Monarchy philosophy MIB has succeeded in creating a just and content nation within which exists a united community.   Everything planned should give priority to the aspects of the MIB.

In the sabda, His Royal Highness The Crown Prince also stresses that intensive efforts towards realising the aspirations of Wawasan Brunei 2035, never impeded  His Majesty in ensuring that basic issues and interests of the people in this country are always given due attention.

The meeting heard the reports on the preparations and arrangements of the main events of His Majesty's 73rd Birthday Celebration namely the Get-Together and Junjung Ziarah Ceremony with the citizens and residents in the four districts, the hoisting and lowering of the giant size National Flag, Mass Maghrib Prayer and Reading of Surah Yassin and Tahlil and Doa Kesyukuran;  the traditional Royal Birthday Parade ceremony, the 73 times Khatam Al-Quran Ceremony by members of the Mukim and Kampung Consultative Council, school and higher learning institutions students throughout the country, Regatta and the Knowledge Convention.  The presence of His Royal Highness at the meeting was clear evidence of His Royal Highness's care, attention and commitment towards the role and task of the committee.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday afternoon received in audience His Excellency Vladlen Stanislavovich Semivolos, the outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Brunei Darussalam. His Excellency presented his Letter of Credence to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on 9th of March 2015. 

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Muslims in the country will start celebrating Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, the 1st of Syawal 1440 Hijrah on the 6th of June 2019. This matter was explained by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs as the Yang Di-Pertua of Brunei Islamic Religious Council, by command of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during a meeting held at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Also present were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Md Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd. Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Salim bin Haji Besar. Chief Syar'ie Judge and Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs. Earlier, a religious activity was held while waiting for the results of the sighting of the new moon at Dewan Multaqqa, Annex of the Ministry of Religious Affairs at Jalan Dewan Majlis in Berakas. The activity was enlivened with the reading of Quranic verses and mass recital of Selawat Tafrijiyyah and Sayyidul Istighfar.

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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office yesterday morning graced the Doa Kesyukuran Ceremony in conjunction with the 58th Anniversary of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF. The ceremony took place at Surau Ad-Difa', Ministry of Defence at Bolkiah Garrison.

Upon arriving, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Second Minister of Defence; and Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Commander of the RBAF.

The function began with a reading of Al-Quran verses from Surah As-Saff verse 10 to 14 by Lieutenant Muhammad Hidayatullah Sunazul Fikar bin Suip, Second Battalion, Royal Brunei Land Force.

The reading of surah Yasin and Tahlil was led by Awang Syuaib @ Suhif bin Haji Abdullah, the Imam of Surau Ad-Difa', Ministry of Defence.

Meanwhile, the Special Doa in conjunction with the 58th Anniversary of the RBAF was read by Commander Haji Ainolnizam bin Haji Ibrahim, Head of the RBAF Religious Department.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince then received junjung ziarah from the congregants. Among those present was Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Before leaving, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince signed a commemorative parchment. This year's RBAF Anniversary celebration carries the theme 'Bersama Menjayakan Wawasan Negara' or Together Making A Success of Wawasan Negara. The culmination of the event will be held on the 30th of June at Bolkiah Garrison. 

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102 thousand 6 hundred 21 well-wishers were recorded to have visited Istana Nurul Iman, throughout the three days the palace was opened to the public for the audience and junjung ziarah with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Alam as well as other members of the Royal Family in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri. On the first day the palace was opened, 34 thousand 7 hundred 99 well-wishers visited Istana Nurul Iman.

Total Number of Well-Wishers during the 3 Days Istana Nurul Iman Is Opened In Conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri

FIRST DAY - 34,799 Well-Wishers
SECOND DAY - 37,434 Well-Wishers
THIRD DAY - 30, 388 Well-Wishers
TOTAL - 102,621 Well-Wishers

Meanwhile, 37 thousand 4 hundred 34 well-wishers came on the second day. On the third and final day Istana Nurul Iman was opened, 30 thousand 388 well-wishers were recorded. In the morning alone, 15 thousand 114 well-wishers came to Istana Nurul iman while in the afternoon 15 thousand 274 well-wishers were recorded.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam received in audience and junjung ziarah from the male well-wishers.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons and brothers;

- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince;
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji 'Abdul Azim;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel;
- His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah;
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; And
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah. Also present were the other members of the royal family.

The well-wishers in the morning included Officers and Staff from a number of ministries and government offices, members of the mosque takmir committee, private sector employees, differently abled people, youths and children. The opening of Istana Nurul Iman to the public for three consecutive days every year in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri has become a platform for every citizen and resident in the country to show their undivided loyalty towards the monarch who is caring and attentive to the welfare and prosperity of the people. Also grabbing the opportunity on this final day were the new converts from the four districts.

Meanwhile, in another area of Istana Nurul Iman, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha received in audience and junjung ziarah from the female well-wishers.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's daughters and sisters,

- Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah;
- Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah;
- Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Bini Hajah Faezah;
- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah;
- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah;
- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul 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 His Majesty's grandchildren.

The junjung ziarah and greetings of "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri' to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri as well as other members of the royal family is a long-practised tradition that is evident of the closeness of the monarchical institution with the people. The leadership and integrity possessed by His Majesty makes the citizens and residents continuously give their thanks and attend the junjung ziarah ceremonies with His Majesty.

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Istana Nurul Iman was open to the public for the second day today in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan  Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha  Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Alam received visitors in audience and for the Junjung Ziarah at the istana.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam received male well-wishers for the Audience and Junjung Ziarah ceremony. 

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons and brothers

- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel;
- His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah;
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; And
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.

Also present were other members of the Royal Family. 

Among visitors in the morning session were delegations from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Mukim and Village Consultative Councils. Also visiting Istana Nurul Iman were delegations from the Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ministry of Health, Ministry Of Energy, Manpower And Industry, Ministry of Education and Ministry Of Transportation And Infocommunications as well as uniformed organisations comprising the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Royal Brunei Police Force, Immigration and National Registration Department, Royal customs and Excise, Prisons Department, Fire and Rescue Department, members of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association and Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association.

At another section of Istana Nurul Iman, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha received the female visitors in a similar audience and Junjung Ziarah ceremony.

Accompanying Her Majesty were Her Majesty's daughters and sisters,

- Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah;
- Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah;
- Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Bini Hajah Faezah;
- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah;
- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah;
- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul 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 His Majesty's grandchildren.

Visiting Istana Nurul Iman in an atmosphere of joy and excitement is an opportunity that does not come on normal days. This is the uniqueness of Brunei Darussalam that during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, the country's citizens and residents as well as other visitors have the opportunity to meet the Monarch and the Royal Family to convey Hari Raya greetings.

During the morning alone, twenty thousand and one hundred ninety three people (20,193) were received in audience and the Junjung Ziarah ceremonies and conveyed Hari Raya greetings to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri and members of the Royal Family. 

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It is important to seek blessings, assurances and assistance from Allah SWT while carrying out obligations and duties in the public eye as well as the obligation of obeying Allah, the Prophet and rulers and at the same time implementing and upholding Allah's law. The Minister at the Prime Minister's Office said that the attitude of always being grateful for the blessings bestowed by Allah SWT is also a strength that is needed to complete one's leadership. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud made the speech at the Information Discussion Programme with the residents of Mukim Amo.

Yang Berhormat said that it is here that Muslims are required to stand together and unite in facing any mockery or defamation given to us, do not worry as Allah has promised that anyone carrying out and is loyal to Allah's laws will be given the best protection and defence.

Such discussions provides opportunities for mukim residents to raise issues faced for the consideration of the government agencies. The discussion can also maintain solidarity in community life and the country.

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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, yesterday morning received in audience His Excellency Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan. The Audience Ceremony took place at Qashr Al-Meezaan.

Joining the delegation were His Excellency Motohiko Kato, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Brunei Darussalam; and Mr. Shingo Miyamoto, Director, Second Southwest Asia Division, Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.

Also present were Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Second Minister of Defence as Chairman of the National Security Committee; and Retired Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma'awiah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence.His Excellency Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan and delegation are in Brunei Darussalam on a two-day Working Visit.

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TITAH OF 
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 CONJUCTION WITH THE MONTH OF RAMADHAN
1440 HIJRIAH / 2019 MASIHI

AT ISTANA NURUL IMAN
30th SYA’BAN 1440 / 5th MEI 2019

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi
Wabarakaatuh

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Alhamdulillaahi Rabbil ‘Aalameen,
Wabihee Nasta’eenu ‘Alaa Umuuriddunya
Waddeen Wassalaatu Wassalaamu
‘AlaaAsyrafil Mursaleen, Sayyidinaa
Muhammadin Wa’alaa ‘Alihie Wasahbihee
Ajma’een, Waba’du.

Alhamdulillah, I am grateful to Allah SWT for his blessings that our country remains peaceful and prosperous.

Insya Allah, let it be with His blessings that we enter the holy month of Ramadhan.

As we approach the holy month of Ramadhan, I would like to wish you all much blessings in performing the fast, which is one of the pillars of Islam.

Let us pray to Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala for our continuous good health and well-being so that we can perform our obligation during the month of Ramadhan in comfort and happiness.

As we are all aware, Brunei Darussalam has begun to fully implement the Syariah Penal Code Order, 2013 (SPCO) on 3 April 2019. This is our religious obligation to Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala as an Islamic country.

The aim of implementing the law is to uphold the objectives of Syariah which are to protect religion, life, lineage, property and intellect.

I am aware that there are many questions and misperceptions with regard to the implementation of the SPCO. We have given clarification to this. We are conscious of the fact that misperceptions may cause apprehension. However, we believe that once these have been cleared, the merit of the law will be evident.

There should not be any concern on the Syariah law as it is full of Allah’s mercy and blessings. Allah, the provider of blessings, will never bestow upon us laws meant to inflict cruelty on others. As evident for more than two decades, we have practiced a de facto moratorium on the execution of death penalty for cases under the common law. This will also be applied to cases under the SPCO which provides a wider scope for remission.

In upholding our international commitments and obligations on human rights, Brunei Darussalam will be ratifying the United Nations Convention Against Torture (UNCAT). Both the common law and the Syariah law aim to ensure peace and harmony of the country. They are also crucial in protecting the morality and decency of the public as well as respecting the privacy of individuals.

With the righteous intent of implementing this law, may Allah bless us and our country with this holy month of Ramadhan.

Wabillahit Taufeq Walhidayah, Wassalamu 'Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.


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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday afternoon received in separate audiences the Assistant Minister for Utilities (Rural Electrification) of Sarawak and the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan. The audience ceremonies took place at Istana Nurul Iman. His Majesty first received in audience Yang Berhormat Datuk Dr. Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Junaidi, Assistant Minister for Utilities (Rural Electrification) of Sarawak as the Minister in charge of Sarawak's Religious Affairs.

Joining the delegation were Yang Berbahagia Datu Haji Misnu bin Haji Taha, Chief of Sarawak Islamic Council; Sahibus Samahah Datu Haji Kipli bin Haji Yassin, Sarawak State Mufti; Yang Berbahagia Datu Abang Haji Mohd Shibli bin Haji Abang Mohd Nailie, General Manager of Baitulmal Fund of Sarawak and Yang Amat Arif Tuan Haji Awang Suhaili bin Ledi, Syarie Chief Judge, Sarawak Syariah Judiciary Department. Also present were Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, State Mufti; Yang Amat Arif Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar, Chief Syarie Judge; and Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

His Majesty then received in audience His Excellency Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan. Accompanying His Excellency were His Excellency Motohiko Kato, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Brunei Darussalam; and Mr. Shingo Miyamoto, Director, Second Southwest Asia Division, Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. Also present were Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja (Retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd. Yussof, Second Minister of Defence as Chairman of the National Security Committee; Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohammad Jammy bin Haji Muhd Shah Al-Islam, Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force and Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

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The Public Services Department, Prime Minister's Office hereby informs that, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented for Yang Mulia Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mazanan bin Haji Yusof, Head of Buhuth at the State Mufti Department to be promoted as Assistant Mufti (Buhuth) at the State Mufti Department, Prime Minister's Office. The officer's appointment is from the 19th of June 2017. 


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The National Isra' Mi'raj celebration of 1440 Hijrah carries the theme, 'Sembahyang Membentuk Umat Bertaqwa', literally meaning, "Prayer Shapes a Pious Ummah". The celebration is an expression of gratitude to Allah the Almighty for the blessings and rewards that has elevated Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam with the great miracle of the Isra' Mi'raj, the night journey of the Messenger of Allah from Makkah Al-Mukaramah to Baitulmaqdis and to the Heavenly Sky during which Allah also decreed for Muslims to perform the five daily prayers.  His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam graced the event at the ICC in Berakas yesterday morning.

Upon arrival His Majesty was welcomed by:

- Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Yang Di-Pertua Adat Istiadat Negara;
- Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs as theChairman of the Executive Committee for Major Religious Events of 1440 Hijrah;
- Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office;
- Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education;
- Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti; and
- Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar; Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's son and brothers;

- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;
- His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; and
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah.

The verse of Al-Mu'minun of the Quran was read by Pengiran Muhd Amirul Aiman bin Pengiran Haji Marjuki, Education Officer at Hassanan Bolkiah Boys Arabic Secondary School. The Surah or verse describes 7 characteristics that bring success and deliverance in the world and in the Hereafter. They include total faith in Allah the Almighty, performing prayers with sincerity and total submission to Allah.

In his welcoming speech, the Minister of Religious Affairs touched on the implementation of the National Education policy that covers Islamic religious education and schooling to ensure that Islam is taught and learnt properly and propagated in a wise and courteous way. 

The Isra' Mi'raj celebration was enlivened further with a drama performance on Exemplary Stories in Islam by students of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School. Titled the "Love of Allah", the act stressed the importance of praying and respecting one's parents. It taught about praying early and the effects of not praying.   

The mass recital of Sayyidul Istighfar was led by the students of the Youth Al-Quran Reading Scheme with the combined students of the Islamic Studies Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Schools Department of the Ministry of Education. 

To invoke blessings for the ceremony, the Doa Selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

It is part of the country's tradition to celebrate the Isra' Mi'raj with religious activities or events which signify the greatness of Islam's eminence. The Isra' Mi'raj of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam which took on the 27th of Rejab more than one thousand four hundred years ago was both a test and miracle that proved the greatness and mightiness of Allah the Almighty. It also gives many lessons, reminders and guidance for life in this world and in the Hereafter.

His Majesty's presence at the event was very meaningful and displayed the strong commitment and support of His Majesty's government to the propagation of Islam as the country's official religion.

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