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24.02.19 'Semangat Kebangsaan 2019' Cycling Recreation

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, joined the 'Semangat Kebangsaan 2019' Cycling Recreation around Bandar Seri Begawan. His Majesty's presence at the event certainly further enlivened the atmosphere in the capital. The event which was held in conjunction with the 35th National Day celebration, began and ended at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien, in the capital.

Upon arrival, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was greeted by the Cabinet Ministers led by 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.

Shortly after arrival, His Majesty launched the 'Semangat Kebangsaan 2019' Cycling Recreation, and signed the frame of the special shirt in commemoration of the monarch's presence at the event.

His Majesty then led the 11 point 5-kilometre cycling event covering several main roads in the capital. Also present were His Majesty's sons and daughter, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.

The cycling event attracted the interest and participation of the public from all walks of life, simultaneously held with the Bandarku Ceria programme, in further enlivening the Bandar Seri Begawan atmosphere. The event was also participated by the Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, and members of the public as well as foreign nationals.

The cycling recreation was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, ministry of Defence, Ministry of Health, Ministry of education, Ministry of Transport and Info-communications as well as other ministries and the Brunei Darussalam Cycling Association. The event passed through main roads namely Jalan Pretty; Jalan Elizabeth Dua, Jalan Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien; Jalan Kianggeh; Jalan Sekolah; Jalan Kumbang Pasang; Jalan Gadong; Jalan Perdana Menteri; and Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha before heading back to Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien.

The cycling recreation continues to shape a sports culture and strengthen unity through the holistic involvement of the society towards an active and healthy lifestyle in line with the proclamation of 'the Sport of Cycling is the Nation's Hobby' during the Golden Jubilee Cycling Recreation 2 years ago. In addition, the presence of His Majesty and members of the royal family, boosts the sporting spirit in a relaxed atmosphere.

His Majesty's participation in the cycling recreation together with more than 1-thousand cyclists has become a platform for the people to carry out physical activities together with the monarch as well as practise an active and healthy lifestyle.

Such an event not only can enhance the involvement of youths in sports activities, but can also develop the youths in establishing a healthy nation. This is in line with the call made by His Majesty's government to establish more health groups as the continuance of a more sustainable nation development.

Soon after the cycling recreation was completed, His Majesty as well as members of the royal family viewed the march-past by the participants led by the 35 cyclists for the 35 kilometre event comprising cyclists from 13 ministries and the Brunei Darussalam Cycling Association. The flag-off for the event was held early this morning. Also in the march past were the cycling participants comprising youths of all ages. The monarch also viewed an exercise and self-defence performance by the National Service Programme, PKBN trainees, aimed at developing the personal quality of the trainees, being dedicated, courageous and determined as well as highly confident in facing various challenges.

His Majesty also received a pasambah presented by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Before leaving to view the Bandarku Ceria exhibitions and activities, His Majesty got-together with the parents and family members of the PKBN trainees, as well as participants of the 35 kilometre cycling event and youths. The atmosphere shows that there is no dividing wall between the monarch and his subjects, reflecting that the loyalty and love of the people with His Majesty continues to be strong and harmonious wherever the monarch visits. The active involvement of all parties through the "Whole of Government and Nation Approach" including the people at all levels and non-government organisations in carrying out the duties and trust given has made the Semangat Kebangsaan cycling recreation a success.

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
Photo courtesy of InfoFoto