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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


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



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presided over the swearing-in ceremony for the new Minister of Health.


The swearing-in ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at the Istana Nurul Iman. Also in attendance was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, The Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.


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


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



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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Yesterday afternoon attended the prize presentation ceremony of the Golf match in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne. The ceremony took place at the Royal Bekshire Hall of the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong.


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


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


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



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Nearly 24 thousand people took part in mass gatherings and processions in conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul or Birthday of Prophet Muhammad SAW which were held simultaneously in all four districts yesterday morning. The national level celebration was held at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien in the capital. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, joined citizens and residents in the Brunei Muara District at the Maulud Grand Assembly and Procession.


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


Also present were His Majesty's sons and brothers;


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


- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel;


- His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bolkiah;


- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah;


- And His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send congratulatory messages to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence, the United Arab Emirates, members of the Royal Family and to the Government as well as people of the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of its National Day.

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

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

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

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


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


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



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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, yesterday morning watched the Regatta held in the capital in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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There was little protocol yesterday when the Monarch and the people joined hands and oars to bring cheer and excitement to the day's regatta on the Brunei River. The presence of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam brought joy and smiles to the event held in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty's Accession to The Throne. The Brunei River was practically the focal point of happy scenes during the regatta. More significant was His Majesty acting as the Role Model of an active and healthy lifestyle to the people.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday afternoon received in audience His Excellency Professor Cao Jianming, the Prosecutor General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of People's Republic of China, who is on a three-day working visit starting from yesterday. The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman. Accompanying His Excellency during the Audience Ceremony were Her Excellency Yang Jian, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam; and Mr. Guo Xiangwang, Director General of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of China.


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



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, today attended the Sarawak Regatta 2017 and a High Tea Reception which were held in Kuching, Sarawak.  Accompanying His Majesty were His Excellency Tun Dato Laila Utama Pehin Sri Dr. Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak and wife, Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Hajjah Raghad Kurdi Taib; Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Patinggi (Dr.) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, the Chief Minister of Sarawak and wife, Yang Amat Berbahagia Datin Patinggi Dato Hajjah Juma'ani binti Tun Tuanku Haji Bujang.


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


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


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


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


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


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



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, this afternoon received in audience Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Dato' Sri Anifah bin Haji Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, who is on a two-day Working Visit to the country. The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Deputy Sultan, in a sabda stressed for the National Financial Literacy Council to give due attention on behaviour and psychology in arranging the strategy and implementation of the financial literacy awareness programme targeted towards different groups. By doing so, His Royal highness said in his sabda, it will enhance the efficacy of such an initiative and steer the society in making choices that will benefit as well as strengthen their financial resources. His Royal highness, as the patron of the National Financial Literacy Council made the sabda at the First Meeting of the Brunei Darussalam National Financial Literacy Council, this morning. The meeting took place at the Prime Minister's Office Building at Jalan Perdana Menteri.
 
Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Education as the Chairman of the National Financial Literacy Council; and Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohd Daud, the Deputy Minister of Education as the Deputy Chairman of the National Financial Literacy Council.
 
The function began with a recitation of doa selamat by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs as a member of the National Financial Literacy Council.
 
The Minister of Education in his welcoming speech among other matters said that the establishment of the National Financial Literacy Council is another national commitment to raise the level of financial literacy in Brunei Darussalam.
 
His Royal Highness in his sabda, noted on the improvement of non-performing loans ratio for households, which is one point nine percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to 3 point 3 percent in 2010. However, His Royal Highness added, a society with a strong foundation in financial knowledge is still needed to complement these supply-side improvements.
 
His Royal Highness in his sabda said, that although financial education serves as a viable solution, knowledge in itself does not necessarily translate into positive behaviour. This is evident based on the AMBD-CSPS study that found Bruneians score highly in financial attitudes but was not commensurate with their financial behaviour.
 
The National Financial Literacy Council was established with the main objective of ensuring the people of Brunei Darussalam to reach the highest level of financial well-being through access to quality and trusted products, information and advisory services. It is also in line with the Wawasan Brunei 20-35 objective to have citizens who are highly knowledgeable and skilled, enhancing the people's quality of living as well as a more sustainable economic growth. 


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Starting January 2018, a pilot initiative of twice-monthly salary payment would be introduced to officers and staff of the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Finance and departments under them.  This morning, the Treasury Department gave simultaneous briefings on the twice-monthly salary payment initiative at the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Finance.
 
At the Prime Minister's Office, the briefing was given by Dato Paduka Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman, The Permanent Secretary (Policy and Investment) at the Ministry of Finance.  Among those present were Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohd Daud, The Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohd Jammy bin Haji Muhd Shah Al-Islam, the Commissioner of Police.  Among other matters, the briefings explained the rationale of paying salaries twice a month was to enhance the effectiveness of officers' and staffs' cash flow management to accommodate daily needs, facilitate spending plans and assist in the continuance of commercial and economic activities in the country as well as making the domestic economy more sustainable. 
 
Meanwhile, the briefing at the Ministry of Finance was presented by Dayang Norliah binti Haji Kula, The Permanent Secretary (Performance) at the Ministry of Finance.   Implementing the pilot initiative at the two Ministries is to enable the Treasury Department to assess and study the feedback on the project prior to extending it to other agencies. Since the Computerised Salary System and Daily Salary System are under the control of the Treasury Department, the pilot measure at the Ministry of Finance will make it easier for the Treasury Department to gain urgent feedback from the officers and staff involved in the initiative. 
 
The pilot scheme would involve all officers and staffs under the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Finance who are on permanent appointment, contract, month-to-month, open vote and daily paid, in particular officers and staffs whose salaries are paid through the Treasury Department.  Officers and staffs of Statuary Bodies and Government Link Companies could implement the initiative subject to the discretion of the respective Boards. 
 
Meanwhile, participants of the i-Ready Scheme and Capacity Building Centre are not involved in the twice-monthly salary payment initiative.  It also does not involve the payment of Service Pensions, Old Age Pension Allowance, Welfare Assistance, Allowance for the Disabled and others.
 
The implementation of the twice-monthly salary payment has received support and cooperation from Financial Institutions. The Financial Institutions would divide into two payments of personal loans, housing loans, car purchasing loans and other loans. This means the salary deductions for loan payments would be made twice a month. For further information, visit the Ministry of Finance Website at, www.mof.gov.bn or call telephone line 2383444. 


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam this afternoon was at the Royal Mausoleum for a Tahlil ceremony for His Majesty's late parents, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien and Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit. The tahlil ceremony was one of the events of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne.


His Majesty was greeted upon arrival by the Co-Chairmen of the Adat Istiadat Sectoral Committee, 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, and Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs. Also greeting His Majesty were Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs, Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.


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 Wakeel.
- His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah,
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah,
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah,


Also present were other members of the royal family.


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


The reading of Tahlil, doa tahlil and doa selamat was led by the State Mufti.


His Majesty then poured the ayeng asah-asahan or scented water on the graves of the monarch's late parents. Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien passed away on the third of Muharram 1407 Hijrah corresponding to the 7th September 1986. Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit passed away on the 20th of Syawal 1399 Hijrah corresponding to the 13th of September 1979.


His Royal highness the Crown Prince also poured scented water on the graves of Al-Marhum and Al-Marhumah.


This was followed by:


- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik,
- 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,


Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien was coroneted as the 28th Sultan of Brunei after his older brother, Al-Marhum Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Akhazul Khairi Waddin passed away in 1950. Al-Marhum was a monarch who was caring and far-sighted. In the history of his reign, Al-Marhum was renowned as the Architect of Modern Brunei for transforming Brunei into a developed country. Among the historical oral tradition during Al-Marhum's reign was the establishment of the Brunei Constitution, establishment of policies on education, religion, security, communications as well as welfare of the citizens and residents.


Also present were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, cabinet Ministers, and members of Councils, Deputy Ministers, Pengiran-Pengiran Peranakan, Pehin-Pehin Manteri, Manteri-Manteri Hulubalang, Permanent Secretaries and Deputy permanent Secretaries as well as senior government officers.



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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 watched the Singapore League match between Brunei DPMM FC and Balestier Khalsa FC. The match took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.


Also present were His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim as well as other members of the royal family. The match ended with Brunei DPMM FC 1, Balestier Khalsa FC 4.  Brunei DPMM FC's sole goal was scored by Shah Razen Said in the 90th-minute of the match.



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182 graduates received Doctor of Philosophy or PhD, Master and Bachelor degrees as well as diplomas and certificates in various fields and levels of study during the 7th Haflut Takharruj or Convocation Ceremony of the Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University today.  His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Dipertuan of Brunei Darussalam presented the degrees, diplomas and certificates to the graduates. The ceremony was held at the ICC in Berakas.


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


Upon arrival, His Majesty was welcomed by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Education as the Chairman of the UNISSA Council and Doctor Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, the Rector of the university as the Chairman the 7th UNISSA Convocation ceremony.


Also present was 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 who is also the Pro-Chancellor of the Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University, UNISSA.


To seek blessings from Allah, Quranic verses were read by Awang Muhammad Hashim bin Abdullah, a graduate of the Bachelor of Usuluddin Tafsir and Hadith programme. Meanwhile, the Hadith was read by Awang Mohammad Marzuqi bin Sabtu, a graduate of the Bachelor of Law and Shari'ah Law programme. The interpretation of the Quranic verses and the Hadith were read by Sheikh Husrin Jairul Azry bin Sheikh Hassan, another graduate of the Bachelor of Law and Shari'ah Law.


In the welcoming address, the Rector of UNISSA among other matters outlined the positive development and progress achieved by UNISSA in 10 years of its establishment. Among them was the establishment of the Halalan Tayyiban or Halal Research Centre. UNISSA also reassessed the courses offered, and provided suitable new structuring and contents including getting the recognition or accreditation of authoritative and prestigious foreign institutions.


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam then pronounced the graduation to begin the conferment of the Doctorates, degrees, diplomas and certificates to the graduates.


Of the 182 graduates today, one received the Doctor of Philosophy, 38 received Master degrees, 6 received Diplomas in Islamic Law and Syari'e Court Matters, 14 received Post Graduate Diplomas, 95 received Bachelor degrees and three graduates received the special degree in Memorising 30 Chapter of Al-Quran. Meanwhile two graduates received the Dirasaat Islamiyah Higher National Diplomas and 23 received the 'Barnamij al-Tarqiyah' Enhancement Programme Certificates and Certificate of Syari'ah Criminal Justice System.


This year is the second time the Shari'ah and Law Faculty has produced graduates from the 5-year double degree programme, the Bachelor of Law and Shari'ah Law. 8 graduates received the twin degrees. This year UNISSA also offered programmes under the Halal Tayyiban Research Centre and Islamic Development Management Faculty as a way to further diversify courses to produce a highly educated generation inline with Wawasan Brunei 2035.


Since its establishment, UNISSA has achieved encouraging success. The university has attracted local and international students, at the same time witnessing recognition as an authoritative Islamic Studies hub or centre. UNISSA continues to be outstanding with the increase of networking between it and local and foreign universities through various memoranda of understanding. Sending its excellent students through the Foreign Studies Programme to Jordan, Malaysia, Oman, the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates also showed encouraging improvement.


Today UNISSA has one thousand and ninety six students attending 37 academic programmes at five faculties and 3 Centres of Academic Excellence, simultaneously seeing an average 19 percent yearly increase in student's enrolment.


Doa Selamat was read by the State Mufti. Since UNISSA started offering the Islamic Studies Programme in the region, it has become an alternative place for regional and international students to further their studies. Around 19 percent of UNISSA students today are international students and up to today, the university has received 197 international students from 34 countries.



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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 says based on the fact that the world is constantly changing and developing, the demand on human resource capacity is more challenging, thus implicating also on the definition of a teacher's excellence. 

Realising this, His Majesty is pleased with the Ministry of Education's efforts to make the teacher's capacity a major focus in the education strategy, including the implementation of the Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Programme.  In this regard, the Monarch stresses the programme should not contradict national philosophy.  His Majesty made the reminder in a titah in conjunction with the 27th Brunei Darussalam Teachers' Day Celebration at the International Convention Centre in Berakas this morning.

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The climax of today Teachers Day celebration was the presentation of the Teachers Day Awards to 27 recipients.  His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presented the awards.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi Bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs as the Co-Chairman of the 27th Teacher's Day Celebration; Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, the Deputy Minister of Education; and Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

Also present were His Majesty's sons, 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 Mateen and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel as well as other members of the Royal Family.

The function commenced with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah dedicated to Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien and teachers who have passed away.  This was followed by the reading of Doa Selamat led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

The ceremony continued with the reading of Surah Ali 'Imran by Awang Ahmad Syuza'iee bin Mudim Haji Matassim, the country's representative at the 2013 International Musabaqah Tilawah Al-Quran in Kuwait, while the interpretation was delivered by Awang Haji Mohammad Shahrol Azmi bin Haji Abd Muluk, the Deputy Director of the Centre of Core Knowledge, Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, KUPU SB.

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Education among other matters conveyed that the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Religious Affairs will continue to enhance teachers' excellence.  Yang Berhormat said under the Education Strategy of Wasasan Brunei 2035, teachers' excellence is measured through the National Key Performance Index (NKPI0 1.1), which is the percentage of qualified and top quality teachers.  The latest status of the assessement shows an improvement in the 2017 target achievements.  With the improvement, the Ministry of Education hopes to acheive the target of 90 qualified and top quality teachers by 2035.  The efforts towards this include updating the existing Teacher's Professional Development Framework and Guidelines to make it more comprehensive.

There was also a presentation of a video clip showcasing a collection of His Majesty's titah related to this year's theme, efforts by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs in enhancing teacher quality through various exposures and student achievement in specific fields.

The ceremony was further enlivened with a presentation of Syair or traditional poetry titled 'Kecemerlangan Guru Teras Kejayaan Ummah' and a medley of Teachers' Day songs by Primary and Secondary Schools teachers as well as teachers from the Schools Department and the Special Education Unit.

His Majesty then presented the 27th Teachers' Day Awards.  The recipient of the Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Education Award which is the highest Teacher's Day Award was bestowed to Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Home Affairs.   Yang Berhormat Pehin's contribution in education is undeniable, especially in increasing efforts towards high quality education in order to produce a generation capable of contributing the national progress and development.

His Majesty then presented the Meritorious Teacher's Award to Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali Hashim bin Haji Daud. Since becoming a Permanent Secretary in 1994, Dato Paduka played an important role in leading the efforts for the advancement of education in the country.  He was also active in activities related to community, religion and associations.

Five recipients received the Excellent Teacher's Award.  They are still in the service of His Majesty's government and represent different disciplines.  Awang Haji Mat Dani bin Haji Abu Bakar, received the Excellent Teacher's Award in School Leadership.  Pengiran Doctor Mohamad Iskandar bin Pengiran Haji Petra received the Excellent Teacher's Award in Engineering, while Awang Haji Maidi bin Haji Ahmad received the Excellent Teacher's Award in Special Religious Education.  Dayang Hajah Mariah binti Haji Abdul Manaf received the Excellent Teacher's Award in Management, and Dayang Zaitunah binti Haji Kurus received the Excellent Teacher's Award in Agro Technology.  Each of the recipients received an Honorary Certificate, four thousand dollars cash, and the priority to further education.

20 other teachers received the Special Mention Teachers' Day Appreciation Award.  Each of them also received Honorary Certificates as well as one thousand dollars cash and a plaque.  The Teachers' Day Celebration was first introduced in 1991.   The Teachers' Day Awards are significant because they represent the country' and the government's recognition to the teaching profession and professionalism.

This year's Teachers' Day carries the theme, "Kecemerlangan Guru Teras Kejayaan Ummah" or Teachers' Excellence, the Core of the Ummah's Success.  It emphasises the need for educators to be highly intellectual and to have integrity in refining the students' thinking skills and character in order to produce an independent and visionary generation.

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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 Negara Brunei Darussalam presided over the swearing-in ceremony for the Deputy Minister for Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister's Office.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman. Also in-attendance was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, The Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.

The ceremony began with the reading of the letter of appointment by the Grand Chamberlain, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Haji Alauddin bin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar. The ceremony was for Dato Paduka Awang Haji Jamain bin Haji Julaihi whose appointment as the Deputy Minister for Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister's Office, came into effect on Thursday, 29th Zulhijjah 1438, corresponding to 21st September 2017. Prior to the appointment, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Jamain was the Permanent Secretary for Energy at the Prime Minister's Office.

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

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At the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, attended the Informal Asean Ministerial Meeting (IAMM) and the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AFMM) with the UN Secretary-General and the President of the 72nd Session of the UNGA, which were both held on September 23.

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The Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne Celebration carves another grand history in the Brunei Darussalam monarchy. Members of the public should join and appreciate such a grand celebration as a way to express gratitude and happiness as well as undivided attention towards His Majesty's leadership and great contributions in pioneering the country's direction during the 50 years of His Majesty's reign.

The full rehearsal for the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne Celebration, especially the Ceremonial Parade, Audience Ceremony and the Procession around Bandar Seri Begawan was held today. His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister as the Patron of the Advisory Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration, took a closer look at the Golden Jubilee full rehearsal.

Also present was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, as member of the Advisory Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration. In conjunction of the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne Celebration, several matters have been discussed through meetings to ensure that all preparations for the celebration can be implemented. This portrays the continuous commitment of the sectorial committees towards ensuring that the Golden Jubilee celebration can be executed smoothly.

Meanwhile, the dissemination of information pertaining to the Golden Jubilee celebration through social Medias and websites was implemented by related parties. This is one of the efforts to ensure that the channelled information are clear and accurate. Such a celebration also portrays the strong belief towards the Malay Islamic Monarchy as the mould of the Bruneians. Apart from that, the celebration will also be a sweet memory, and will become an oral tradition amongst the citizens and residents in the country.

In celebrating the upcoming Golden Jubilee of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne, where the highlight of the event will take place on the 5th of next month, a number of preparations have been actively being carried out to uphold the wish of His Majesty in making the celebration a significant historic event. The rehearsal for the procession around Bandar Seri Begawan has provided an opportunity for citizens and residents, including foreign nationals in the country to take a closer look at the meaningful celebration. The rehearsal has been carried out several times to ensure that the event runs smoothly and according to plan.

The presence of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's portrays His Royal Highness' high commitment and attention in leading the direction of every aspects of planning and preparations for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne. The procession will be participated by officers who have been assigned according to their roles in the 'Adat Istiadat Negara' which still remains intact to this day. The event portrays the glory of Brunei Darussalam which is led by a just and wise ruler. Apart from the local media, the event will also be covered by journalists from abroad. The public, especially the younger generation, will have the opportunity to witness the country's unique adat istiadat that continues to bloom in the country. The Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne symbolises the existence of the country's culture which will always continue to stand upright.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam today joined His Majesty's subjects in the country in performing the Friday prayer and listening to the special Friday sermon at the Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampong Kiarong.

Also performing the prayer at the mosque were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel.


The special Friday sermon was delivered by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.  Among other matters, it stressed the ummah must maintain family relations as well as the brotherhood in Islam.  Yang Berhormat said such relations are important and blessed by Allah the Almighty.  The State Mufti also emphasised that the ummah should not ignore misdeed and vice.  In the Khutbah or sermon, Yang Berhormat reminded that Allah frowns upon people who refuse to right wrongs or help the oppressed, adding that Allah favours the people who show disapproval at the very least towards misdeeds, vice and oppression.  In this regard, Yang Berhormat also highlighted the plight of the Rohingyas in Myanmar and that Muslims who ignore them would be the first to be punished by Allah the Almighty.

The Friday prayer was led by Yang Dimuliakan Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Haji Suhaili bin Haji Metali Al-Hafiz.  During the prayer, the doa qunut nazilah was read to invoke upon Allah the Almighty to lessen the sufferings of the Rohingyas.

On the oppression of the Rohingyas, Brunei Darussalam, the Muslim ummah and the world regret the situation and demand the authorities in Myanmar to resolve the humanitarian crisis with the utmost justice.

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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 watched a Singapore League match between Brunei DPMM FC and Hougang United FC. The match took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

Hougang United FC led the game with an opening goal at the 8th minute through Fumiya Kogure's penalty kick. At the 27th minute, Kogure doubled the score for Hougang. DPMM FC netted its sole goal at the 74th minute through Rafael Ramazotti. Hougang continued to widen the gap as they netted 2 more goals at the 76th and 84th minute. The result Brunei DPMM FC 1, Hougang United 4 remained until the final whistle.

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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 bestowed the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah 'Sultan's Scholar' Scholarship to four excellent students.  The ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman this afternoon. Three students received the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah 'Sultan's Scholar' Scholarship for the 2017/2018 session while another received a scholarship for further studies at a higher level.  The four students will further their studies at prominent universities in the United Kingdom and Egypt.

Also present at the ceremony was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. The function began with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti. His Majesty then conferred the "Sultan's Scholar" Scholarship to the outstanding students.  The first recipient, Awang Muhammad 'Azim bin Abdul Hadi, a former student of the Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Boys Secondary School will further his studies in Lughah Arabiah or Arabic at Universiti Al-Azhar, Mesir.

Dayang Amal Aqilah Fathiah binti Haji Abdullah, from Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan will further her studies in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. The third recipient Awang Teo Zhi Perng, completed his advanced level at the Tutong Sixth Form Centre.  His next destination is the Imperial College London in the United Kingdom where he will study Material Science and Engineering.

Meanwhile Dayang Nurul Syadirah binti Awang Sayang has received the prestigious Sultan's Scholar scholarship previously and achieved a Bachelor of Science with 2nd Class Upper Honours in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economic (MORSE) at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Dayang Nurul Syadirah will be studying for her Master's degree in International Public Policy at the University College London in the United Kingdom.

Doa selamat was read by the State Mufti. His Majesty then received the recipients and their parents at the Junjung Ziarah ceremony and mingled with them.  His Majesty first consented to the conferment of of the Sultan's Scholar scholarships in 2006. Since the first conferment of the prestigious scholarship until this year, 46 students have received the scholarship.  Starting in 2013, the Yayasan expanded the Sultan's Scholar scholarship to a scheme for further studies up to the Doctor of Philosophy or PhD level.  Until 2016, four scholars have further their studies to the Doctor of Philosophy level and two others received scholarships for Master's degrees.  Attending the ceremony were Members of the Yayasan Board of Governors and Board of Directors as well as Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Education and Ministry Religious Affairs.

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