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​The 'Masjidku Ma'mur, Negara Berkat' programme welcomes congregants to further enliven the mosque and perform the mass Fardhu Subuh prayer together. This week, the programme was organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs with the support of the Prime Minister's Office. The programme was conducted early yesterday morning at the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital. 

The programme began with the mass Fardhu Subuh prayer. Among present were Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs; Awang Haji Roslan bin Haji Taja'ah, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office; and Awang Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Policy and Religion at the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The programme ran concurrently with a tazkirah or short talk titled 'Mema'murkan Masjid Mendatangkan Redha Ilahi', delivered by Doctor Haji Ismuhadi bin Haji Abdullah from the Islamic Da'wah Centre.


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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 attended Official Welcoming Dinner hosted by His Excellency Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordination Minister for National Security of the Republic of Singapore and Spouse, Madam Teo Poh Yoh Yim. The dinner was held at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Accompanying His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness were Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman, Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs, as Minister-in-attendance, and spouse, Mrs. Sadiah Sahal.

Upon arrival at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by His Excellency Teo Chee Hean and Spouse.

His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness then held an informal meeting with His Excellency Teo Chee Hean and Spouse, before proceeding for the Official Welcoming Dinner at the 'Philippine Room'. 

Before ending the Official Welcoming Dinner, His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness joined a photo session with His Excellency Teo Chee Hean and Spouse. 

Present during the dinner were His Excellency Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance; His Excellency Ong Ye Kung, Minister of Education; Ms. Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communication and Information; Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education; and His Excellency Lim Hong Huai, High Commissioner Republic of Singapore to Brunei Darussalam as well as Senior Officers of the Republic of Singapore.

Also present were 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 Dr. Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy; and His Excellency Haji Awang Saifulbahri bin Haji Awang Mansor, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of Singapore, and spouse.


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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 morning consented to officiate the High Yielding Hybrid Variety Paddy Planting Ceremony at the Wasan Agricultural Development Area, KKP Wasan in Mukim Pengkalan Batu in the Brunei-Muara District. The event was held in conjunction with His Majesty's 72nd Birthday anniversary. 

The country records yet another milestone in its effort to increase self-sufficiency in rice. Planting the High Yielding Hybrid Variety paddy is a step further in answering His Majesty's call for the formulation and implementation of a National Agriculture strategic plan and policy to ensure food security for the country's people.

Upon arrival at KKP Wasan, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was greeted by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, as well as the Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism. 

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen.

Shortly after arriving at the KKP Wasan paddy field, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was briefed on the development of the country's paddy industry and on increasing paddy productivity through hybrid paddy. The briefing was delivered by Dayang Khairunnisa binti Haji Omar Ali, Agronomist at the Agriculture and Agrifood Department, Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Awang Haji Mohd Shahlan bin Hidup, Chairman of the Koperasi Setia Kawan, (KOSEKA); and  Awang Haji Yakub bin Haji Othman, Chief of the Paddy Planting Field Project of Mukim Pengkalan Batu Consultative Council. The trend in the production of local paddy has shown a very encouraging increase. Since the last decade, the yield increased from 911 metric tonnes in 2008 to 1,527 metric tonnes in 2017. However, production decreased in 2016 and 2017 compared the previous years. This was due to a prolonged drought. 

Hybrid paddy is produced by cross-breeding two different main varieties of paddy. The cross-breeding produces the hybrid paddy which has different characteristics and produces a higher yield compared to the original variety because of the hybrid fertility phenomenon called Heterocyst.

The ceremony began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr. Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

After that, His Majesty was invited to plant with a paddy transplanter at the High Yielding Hybrid Variety Paddy at the KOSEKA paddy field. 

The presentation of Salawat Ibrahimiyah upon Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam by students of the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute echoed as the Monarch planted the paddy which is known as the Padi Sembada 188.

Joining His Majesty in planting the Padi Sembada 188 were His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen.

Padi Sembada 188 is a paddy variety identified from the Research Cooperation Project between the Agriculture and Agrifood Department and Indonesia's Syarikat PT. Blogene Plantation which has been implemented for three seasons that started in May 2016 and ended in March this year. Through the research it was established that Padi Sembada 188 is capable of an average yield of 5 to 6 metric tonnes per season. Also present were Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Heads of Diplomatic Envoys and Legislative Council members.

The Padi Sembada 188 seeds were imported from the Republic of Indonesia through Yaz and Wyn Enterprise, a local company which has been appointed as the sole supplier in the country. The planting of the hybrid paddy involves a 35 hectares area manned by KOSEKA and the Mukim Pengkalan Batu Consultative Council. Last year the production of local paddy from the four districts involved a 1,300  hectares area, totalling more than 2,300 metric tonnes, while the production of local rice totalled more than 1,500 metric tonnes. 

The demand for rice which is the country's staple food will grow in tandem with population growth which average one percent a year. Planting the high yielding hybrid paddy is intended to increase the country's self-sufficiency in rice from only 6% in 2015 to around 22% by 2020.

His Majesty also consented to receive junjung ziarah by the farmers. Exploring the agriculture sector is among the country's efforts towards economic growth because it is vital to life and plays an important role in building civilisation. For a country which receives much rain and has vast unexplored land areas, exploring agriculture, especially planting paddy is a wise step towards the country's self-sufficiency requirements. Hence, all parties, in particular, the relevant government agencies should work together towards realising the country's aspiration for self-sufficiency with their own hard work.  

His Majesty then visited the IBTE Agro-Technology Campus in Kampung Wasan and toured a mini exhibition which among other things showcased a number of courses offered at the campus. The IBTE Wasan campus currently offers 10 courses, among them the NTEC in Aquaculture, food processing, as well as the HNTEC in Pharmaceutical Technician and Science Laboratory. 

His Majesty's itinerary ended with a luncheon at the IBTE Agro-Technology Campus multi-purpose hall. 

Prior to leaving the venue, His Majesty received junjung ziarah by the event's 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, has consented to send a message of congratulations to His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, the Government as well as to the people of the Republic of Turkey on the occasion of the country's Republic Day.

In the message to His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, His Majesty expressed his  great satisfaction for the close and warm friendship shared between the two countries, and through active cooperation between the people in many areas and looked forward to future opportunities in deepening these important relationship.  In ending the message, His Majesty extended his warmest regards and very best wishes for His Excellency's continued good health and happiness. 


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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, last night watched the Brunei West Lake Tyre Open Badminton Championship. The championship was held at the Multi-purpose Hall of Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong.

Also in-attendance were His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's son and daughter, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.

Participating in the Under-14 Boys Individual category was Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim. In the match, Yang Teramat Mulia defeated Mohd Daffa Dany Ali Hussin in straight sets, 21-10, 21-18 and at the same time, advanced to the quarter finals. The championship which began on the 18th of August competed 8 categories, namely Male 'A' and 'B' Doubles category, veteran doubles, mixed doubles, individual male and female category as well as the Under-14 and 18 Boys Individual. The championship which will end this Saturday is participated by 363 players. 


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At Istana Nurul Iman, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam graced the Hari Raya Aidil Adha celebration this morning. At the ceremony, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri presented the sacrificial meats to special recipients. 

Upon arrival, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri were greeted by the Co-Chairmen and members of the working committee for the Rites of Sacrifice for 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 as well as His Majesty's family and the Hari Raya Aidiladha Celebration at Istana Nurul Iman for this year.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's children, brothers and sisters, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince 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 'Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; 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; and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah. 

Also present were, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Noor Ehsani as well other members of the royal family. 

The Hari Raya Takbir praising and glorifying the Greatness and Oneness of Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala resounded at Istana Nurul Iman shortly after the arrival of His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri. The Hari Raya Takbir was presented by officers and staff of Government Departments, Religious Teachers, students of Institutes of Higher Learning and members of associations. 

The holy verses of Al-Quran, surah Al-Baqarah was read by Awang Mohd Auni Marzuqi bin Haji Anuar, a student of the Aliyah Qiraat Diploma from Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute, who represented the country at the 11th Edition of Mohammed the Sixth International Award of Psalmody of the Holy Quran in Casablanca, Morocco, among other matters stressed on the practise of always remembering Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala with the tahmid, supplications, tahlil, tasbih and istighfar which should be increased and empowered by muslims during the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration and Tasyrik days.

Glorifying the Aidiladha celebration is one of the prominent Islamic eminence which contains within it teachings from the sacrifice and patience of Prophet Ibrahim 'Alaihissalam and Prophet Ismail 'Alaihissalam in obeying the commands of Allah which is an extraordinary manifestation of faith that should be exemplified. The success of Prophet Ibrahim 'Alaihissalam and Prophet Ismail 'Alaihissalam in going through the test of Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala is a blessing that contains teachings and rewards for muslims.

His Majesty then presented the sacrificial meat to 50 special male recipients and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri presented the sacrificial meat to fifty special female recipients comprising the poor and destitute from the four districts. The Korban Sunnat or commendable sacrifice performed every year by His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri and the Royal Family reflects Their Majesties generosity to the less fortunate people. 

The Rites of Sacrifice is Sunat Muakkadah or Commendable religious deed that is almost obligatory for those who can afford it, training muslims to instil care and attention as well as a humanitarian attitude amongst themselves especially for the poor and destitute. It also provides the opportunity to share their fortune and joy aside from alleviating the burden of the less fortunate.

The Hari Raya Aidil Adha celebration at Istana Nurul Iman is another of His Majesty's visions in exemplifying the importance of raising the Islamic eminence and religious assimilation according to the Bruneian mould. It is a manifestation of being grateful for the blessings of Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala in allowing the country's people to live in peace, mutual understanding and upholding the relation between the monarch and his subjects. As a result, the country is blessed with the fortune to develop it, enhancing the quality of life through various initiatives and welfare programmes for the well-being of the people.

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.

Some 6 thousand people attended to together enliven the Hari Raya Aidil Adha celebration at Istana Nurul Iman, comprising ministries, government departments, uniformed personnel, higher education institutions and students of religious schools, youth groups and associations.

The presence of His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri at the ceremony clearly shows how the beloved monarch gives serious due attention towards the people's welfare and also portrays His Majesty's care in together enlivening the Hari Raya Aidil Adha celebration.  


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After performing the Sunat Aidil Adha prayer, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam proceeded to the Sacrificial Ceremony. This year, His Majesty and His Majesty's family sacrificed 158 cows and 14 goats. A part of the sacrificial meat was distributed to 7 thousand 567 of the country's poor and destitute. 7 goats were slaughtered in the ceremony held at the compound of Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah. 

Upon arrival at the slaughtering ceremony site, His Majesty was welcomed by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Acting Minister of Religious Affairs.

Also present were His Majesty's sons and brother, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah. 

During the ceremony, His Majesty consented to slaughter His Majesty's sacrificial animal.

The ceremony continued with His Royal Highness the Crown Prince slaughtering the sacrificial animal. 

This was followed by His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik.

The period set for the conducting the rites of sacrifice is after performing the Sunat Hari Raya Aidil Adha prayer on the 10th of Zulhijjah until sunset on the final tasyrik day, 13th of Zulhijjah. His Majesty's personal participation in the rites of sacrifice shows His Majesty's personality as a caring monarch to the less fortunate in the country. Meanwhile, the slaughtering of the rest of His Majesty and His Majesty's family's sacrificial animals was undertaken by Mulaut Abattoir Sendirian Berhad at its centre in Kampung Mulaut.


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Human creativity, today, has been exploited to distort truth and create false stories with the aim to deliberately misinform the public for various interests and purposes. The biggest challenge is to guarantee the credibility and reliability of the sources of information. Without doubt, fake news is a threat not only to the government, but also to society's trust in each other.


Hence, there is need for education at all levels on the responsible use of digital technology; the collective ASEAN way to engage media providers and enhance data security. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud stressed that, such misinformation requires swift response in order to avert public confusion and social disharmony that may harm a country's socio-political stability. Speaking at the opening of the 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference (CAPGC), yesterday morning, the Minister at the Prime Minister's Office also touched on a number of initiatives to tackle cybercrime.


Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hairol Arni bin Haji Abdul Majid, the Attorney General as the Chairman of the Conference, in his opening remarks shared some of the Attorney General Chamber (AGC) Brunei Darussalam's initiatives in addressing cybercrime. According to Yang Berhormat, the Prosecution Unit is very much involved in ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice.


The conference focused on the sharing of best practices to address the challenges emerging from the prevalence of cybercrime. Also in attendance was Datin Seri Paduka Dayang Hajah Elinda binti Haji C.A. Mohammad, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. Themed "Enhancing Capabilities and Cooperation in Addressing Cybercrime", the two day conference was held at the Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong.



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The Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2018 commenced yesterday morning with the Inter-Ministry 25 Paddlers Traditional Boat Race. 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 launched the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2018 at the Royal Wharf in the capital.


Upon arrival, 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, Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Communications who is also the Acting Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism; and 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 as Co-Advisor of the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2018 Executive Committee. Also present was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.


Boarding a special boat, His Royal Highness proceeded to the waters of Sungai Brunei, 2 thousand meters away from the Royal Wharf, to flag-off the Inter-Ministry 25 Paddlers Traditional Boat Race.


11 teams took part in the Inter-Ministry 25 Paddlers Traditional Boat Race, comprising the Ministry of Home Affairs; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Religious Affairs; Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Development; Ministry of Communications; the Prime Minister's Office; Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Education.


First place went to the Ministry of Defence, followed by the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Development.


In the morning session, 6 events were competed, namely the Inter-District 20 Paddlers Fibre Glass Boat Race;


the Open 25 Paddlers Traditional Boat Race; the Under-30 Youth 15 Paddlers Fibre Glass Boat Race;


the Inter-Ministry 25 Paddlers Traditional Boat Race; the Inter-Private Company 20 Paddlers Fibre Glass Boat Race; and the Open 30 Paddlers Traditional Boat Race.


The next event was the Inter-Private Company 20 Paddlers Fibre Glass Boat Race. 6 teams competed in the race, namely Setia Protective Security Services (S-P-S-S); TAIB; DST; the Royal Brunei; Telbru; Takaful and Baiduri Bank. SPSS took first place, while the second and third place went to Telbru and Royal Brunei respectively.


Another event was the Open 30 Paddlers Traditional Boat Race, where teams from various ministries, mukims, districts, uniformed organisations as well as from overseas took part. Laksamana Seri Sinampuan took first place, followed by Majlis Sukan Angkatan Bersenjata Diraja Brunei, and Olahraga Dayung Seluruh Indonesia Kalimantan Barat (PODSI Kalbar).


His Royal Highness then presented the prizes to the winners. Each winner received a trophy, cash prize and medals.


This traditional event not only protects the country's culture and heritage for the future generation, it also enlivened the atmosphere in the capital, apart from further raising the country's name. Organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs; Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism; and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the regatta is hoped to strengthen the tradition of togetherness and solidarity among the people in the nation.



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, received in audience eleven Heads of Delegation attending the 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference. The ceremony was held yesterday afternoon at the Istana Nurul Iman. The two-day Conference opened today. Present at the Audience Ceremony was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.


His Majesty received:


His Excellency Zhang Jun, the Procurator-General of the People's Republic of China;


Her Excellency Madam Chea Leang, the Prosecutor-General of the Kingdom of Cambodia;


His Excellency Wong Yuen Kuai Lucien, Senior Counsel (S.C.), Attorney General of the Republic of Singapore;


His Excellency Xaysana Khotphouphone, the Deputy Supreme People's Prosecutor of the Lao People's Democratic Republic;


His Excellency Win Myint, the Deputy Attorney-General of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar;


His Excellency Doctor Arminsyah, the Vice Attorney-General of the Republic of Indonesia;


Her Excellency Datin Paduka Zauyah Be Binti T.Loth Khan, the Second Solicitor General of Malaysia;


His Excellency Nattachak Pattamasingh Na Ayuthaya, Inspector General of the Kingdom of Thailand;


His Excellency Tran Cong Phan, the Deputy Prosecutor-General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam;


His Excellency David Leung Cheuk-Yin, Senior Counsel (S.C.), Director of Public Prosecutions, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;


And His Excellency Ip Son Sang, the Prosecutor-General of Macao Special Administrative Region.


Also present at the ceremony were Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hairol Arni bin Haji Abdul Majid, the Attorney General; and Dayang Zuraini binti Haji Sharbawi, the Solicitor General.



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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 Yang Berhormat Dato' Saifuddin bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia. The Audience Ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.


Accompanying Yang Berhormat the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia during the Audience Ceremony were Mr. Eldeen Husaini bin Mohd Hashim, Undersecretary, Southeast Asia Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia; and Mrs. Rafedah binti Abd. Aziz, Charge d'Affaires who is also Minister Counsellor, High Commission of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam. 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 Trade, and Dayang Emaleen binti Abdul Rahman Teo, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Yang Berhormat Dato' Saifuddin bin Abdullah was sworn in as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia on 2nd July 2018.



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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 Dr. Sujatmiko, newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam. The audience ceremony took place at Qashr Al-Meezaan.


His Excellency previously served as Deputy Coordinating Minister for Women and Children Protection, Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. His Excellency presented his Letter of Credence to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on the 7th of July 2018.



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Asia is rising rapidly in economic and global importance. Coupled with stable economic growth, Asia currently has an interesting demographic profile. Asian countries must take the correct measures such as restructuring the educational curriculum, engage with the private sector and the community. This is to ensure the country's youths are better equipped to take on jobs of the future. The Minister at the Prime Minister's Office emphasised the importance of investment in human capital where universities play a significant role in meeting future demands. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud stated the matter at the Launch of 'The Brunei Dialogue 2018', yesterday morning. The event took place at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, Jerudong.


Earlier, Datin Doctor Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Vice Chancellor and President of Universiti Brunei Darussalam, UBD as the Dialogue's Chairperson among others said that the dialogue is a platform for the panel members to share their view and experiences on the transformation of universities in promoting lifelong learning, innovation and enterprise.


The session was participated by 16 distinguished speakers from the top universities in Asia. Also present were Awang Mohamed Riza bin Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohamed Yunos; and Awang Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim, the Permanent Secretaries at the Prime Minister's Office; Doctor Haji Azman bin Haji Ahmad, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education; and Professor Doctor Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei, UTB.


The event was followed by a keynote presentation titled 'The role of Universities in Lifelong Learning' by Professor Tan Eng Chye, the President of National University of Singapore.



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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 Premier League match between Brunei DPMM FC and Home United FC.

Also in attendance was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah. In the match, Brunei DPMM FC lost 2-1 against the visitors. Home United opened the scoring in the first half through Hafiz Nor, before going on to double their lead a minute after the restart. Brunei DPMM FC'S solitary goal came in the 79th minute through Brian Mclean.

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The practise of supplication and praying for one another is the sunnah of Rasulullah S.A.W that should be practised in our daily life. Supplication acts as a weapon to overcome difficulties, and at the same time, praying to seek blessings and happiness. This was among the content of the 'Tazkirah Subuh' or Dawn Talk during the 'Masjidku Makmur, Negara Berkat' programme early yesterday morning organised by the Mosque Affairs Department, Islamic Dakwah Centre and the Syiar Development Section, with the cooperation of Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque.

Among those in attendance were 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 Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Md Yussof, Second Minister of Defence; 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 Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development; and 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. The talk titled 'Mahabbah Melalui Doa' was delivered by Haji Awang Mohamad Raimi bin Awang Tengah, Istinbat Officer at the State Mufti Department.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, this morning graced the Get-Together and Junjung Ziarah with the citizens and residents in the Temburong District in conjunction with His Majesty's 72nd Birthday celebration. About Four thousand people attended the assembly which took place at the Temburong Civic Centre Complex Padang.

Temburong District is the third district to welcome His Majesty for such an event. Students lining up the route leading to the Civic Centre Field in the Temburong District waving miniature flags further enlivened the atmosphere.

The greeting was made livelier with the beating the hadrah to welcome the beloved Monarch.

Upon arrival His Majesty 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 as the Chairman of the National Committee of His Majesty's 72nd Birthday Celebration and Awang Haji Adnan bin Haji Adam, the Acting Temburong District Officer. 

Also in attendance 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 Malik;

His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen;

His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah;

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; and

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah;


Three cheers of 'Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik' from the Penghulus Mukims, Village Chiefs, Heads of Branches, Committee Members and the communities in the Temburong District echoed in the air.

The Acting Temburong District Officer, representing the citizens and residents in Temburong, in the speech of gratitude and loyalty expressed that His Majesty's consent to grace the ceremony was a golden opportunity for the citizens and residents in the Temburong District.

With its theme 'Raja Prihatin, Mahkota Rakyat', the special performance was presented by more than 350 students from primary, secondary and Arabic schools as well as members of the Brunei Darussalam National Martial Arts Association, PERSIB. With the concept of the expression or display of the people's love and admiration for the Monarch, the performance portrays a manifestation of strong cooperation and unity of citizens and residents in the Temburong District in together developing the country under the His Majesty's leadership.

The traditional self-defence values showcasing the readiness of the people to protect the Monarch and Country were presented by the joint performance of the students and members of PERSIB. The people's love and admiration for the Monarch was manifested in the colourful grand finale. Three cheers 'DAULAT KEBAWAH DULI TUAN PATIK' ended the field special performance.

Prior to meeting with the citizens and residents in the Temburong District for the Get-Together and junjung ziarah, His Majesty consented to mingle with the participants as an expression of His Majesty's appreciation of their commitments, persistence and consensus as well as solid cooperation from all parties in making the performance a success. 

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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 Ra'afat Abdullah Al-Sabbagh, Special Advisor at the Royal Court, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, King of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.

During the Audience Ceremony, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam received a formal invitation to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Accompanying His Excellency was Mr. Hussain Mohammed Al-Dajani, Charge D' Affaires at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Brunei Darussalam. Also present at the Audience Ceremony was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and Hajah Dayang Siti Norishan binti Haji Abdul Ghafor, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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The Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Celebration organised by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah this year presents participants from corporate entities including government-linked companies and private companies who require the services of local post graduates as well as degree holders from higher learning institutions who are still looking for employment. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the 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 consented to grace the event at the International Convention Centre in Berakas yesterday morning.


Upon arriving, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri were welcomed by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris bin Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar; the First Deputy Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Governors;


Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doktor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti, the 2nd Deputy Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Governors;


Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doktor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Home Affairs and 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 Members of the Yayasan Board of Governors;


Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja (Retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yusof, the Second Minister of Defence, the Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors and Dato Paduka Awang HAJI Eddie bin Dato Paduka Haji Sunny, the Managing Director of Yayasan.


Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons, daughters-in-law, brothers and sisters.


- 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, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah; 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 Masna, the Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade;


and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam.


The event began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah ad Doa Selamat led by the State Mufti.


In his welcoming address, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah among other matters highlighted the selection of both categories of participants this year was inline with His Majesty's aspiration to further develop the country's economy by empowering the private sector.


In expressing gratitude for the presence of His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri, the pupils of the Yayasan Kindergarten, TASKA, conveyed their humble thanks to Their Majesties in four languages, Malay, Arabic, English and Mandarin.


The story of Prophet Musa 'Alaihissalam in Surah Toha in Al-Quran was performed by pupils of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Primary School. It focused on not forgetting the good deeds and services of others to us no matter how small they were.


A combination of more than 130 pupils and students of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah TASKA, Primary and Secondary Schools took part in a variety of performances during the celebration, including choir and dances.


The drama titled 'Raja Kita' of 'Our Monarch' enlivened the event further.


The 15th Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration organised by the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah gave the participants the opportunity to interact with their beloved Monarch. The celebration also provided them with inspiration and motivation to carry out their respective roles. The presence of Their Majesties made yesterday's celebration and all previous similar events very meaningful and beneficial, leaving lasting impact and effect among the attendees.



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a message of congratulations to His Excellency Donald J. Trump, President of The United States of America, as well as to the government and people of the United States of America on the occasion of their Independence Day.


In the message, His Majesty expressed his great appreciation for the long-standing friendship and cooperation shared by both countries and its people, and also expressed his satisfaction that the bond between Brunei and the United States of America continued to be strengthened as demonstrated by the recently Brunei Darussalam and The United States Senior Officials' Dialogue held in Washington D.C. in June, 2018.Furthermore, His Majesty was optimistic that the fruitful discussions will lead to more opportunities for both countries to work together as bilateral and regional partners. In ending the message, His Majesty conveyed his kindest regards and best wishes to His Excellency Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America and his family as well as to the people of the United States of America for a very happy Fourth of July celebration.



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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the 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, this afternoon received in audience Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, President-Elect, Union for International Cancer Control, UICC. The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.


Accompanying Her Royal Highness were Miss Maria Barbara Leon Cartin, Chief Operating Officer, UICC; Doctor Saunthari Somasundaram, Board Member of UICC and Miss Selvamalar Kanaga Sundaram, Staff Member of the National Cancer Centre Malaysia.


Also present were Dato Paduka Doctor Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health; and Awang Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office. UICC is a Non-Government Organisation and the largest cancer fighting organisation. Her Royal Highness is in the country for a working visit.



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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, who is also the Chairman of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam Board of Directors, AMBD attended an Aidilfitri Get-Together hosted by AMBD.


Upon arrival, 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, Minister of Home Affairs as the Deputy Chairman of AMBD Board of Directors; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Second Minister of Finance; and Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education.


The get-together was highlighted with several musical performances and a sketch entitled 'Raya Di Perantauan' presented by AMBD's staff.


At the ceremony, His Royal Highness presented souvenirs and certificates of appreciation to 4 AMBD staff who retired in 2017.


His Royal Highness later received junjung ziarah from officers and staff of AMBD.


Before leaving the function, His Royal Highness toured a 'Turkish Bazaar' exhibition showcasing various items ranging from food, vase, clothing and artwork.


His Royal Highness then received a pasambah. Aside from strengthening ties among AMBD's staff, the Aidilfitri Get-Together also encourages a harmonious and solid work culture and environment.



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Bestowed with a just monarch is one of the blessings given by Allah Subahanahu Wataala and as citizens and residents, we should express our thanks and gratefulness to Allah for such blessings received by the country. This was highlighted in the special talk during the Semarak Hari Keputeraan programme in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's 72nd birthday celebration. The programme was held yesterday morning at Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan.


Present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. The special talk was delivered by Dato Seri Setia Doktor Awang Haji Japar bin Haji Mat Dain @ Maidin, Deputy State Mufti.


The programme continued with the mass reading of Surah Al-Mulk led by Awang Mohd Hasnal bin Haji Mohammad, Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque Officer. The programme is one of the direct communication approaches that is able to bring the community closer in order to deliver the aim and objective of the programme in a clear and precise manner apart from providing understanding on the role of the monarch and leaders who lead the country towards becoming a Baldatun Tayyibatun Warrabun Ghafur nation with a core of the Malay Islamic Monarchy and Zikir nation concepts.


Also present were members of the Legislative Council, Permanent Secretaries, heads of departments including senior officers and officers from government departments, Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Royal Brunei Police Force. Fire and Rescue Department, business premises, private companies, teachers and residents of mukims and villages in the Brunei Muara Department. The programme organised by the Information Department aimed as a physical manifestation of undivided loyalty to the beloved monarch.



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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 messages of congratulations to His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada and The Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, as well as to the Government and people of Canada on the occasion of Canada Day.


In the message to His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada, His Majesty expressed his great satisfaction for the warm and friendly relations shared by the two countries and people, and looked forward to more opportunities to deepen the bilateral and regional cooperation in the years to come.


In a similar congratulatory message to the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, His Majesty expressed great appreciation for the warm and long-standing friendship that the two countries have shared over the years and looked forward to further opportunities to enhance these ties.


In ending the messages to His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada and The Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, His Majesty conveyed his kindest regards and very best wishes to Their Excellencies and for the continued progress and prosperity of Canada and its people.



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The climax of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF 57th Anniversary was the Grand Parade by more than one thousand personnel of combined RBAF units. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces attended the ceremony.


Upon arrival at the Penanjong Garrison, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja (Retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohammad Yussof, the Second Minister of Defence, and Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, the Commander of RBAF.


Also gracing the event were His Royal Highness Prince General Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, and His Royal Highness Captain Prince 'Abdul Mateen.


Shortly after arriving at the Parade Ground, His Majesty received the Royal Salute.


The Monarch then inspected the Grand Parade comprising one thousand and fifty seven (1057) personnel from the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force, RBAF Training Institute and RBAF Special Forces Regiment, RBAF Women Personnel, the colours of the Second Battalion of the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force, the combined Royal Brunei Armed Forces Band and the RBAF vehicles and equipment.


The theme of the RBAF's anniversary this year is, "Bersama Menjayakan Wawasan Negara" Together in Accomplishing the National Vision which is similar to last year's. It stresses the important role of the RBAF in supporting the country's development and progress in a holistic way by ensuring a peaceful environment through strong defence and security. The theme is also a motto for all RBAF personnel in facing any present or future security challenge or threat which is becoming increasingly dynamic.


With a vision to produce skilled, efficient, and responsive Armed Forces, the RBAF continues improving the capacity and capabilities of its personnel through the enhancement of top quality professional skills which also elevate the prestige of the RBAF.


In past titah, His Majesty had reminded the Royal Brunei Armed Forces to be alert and far sighted on the future of national defence and security. The Monarch often motivated the RBAF personnel to play their role with true grit and to carry out their operational responsibilities effectively and efficiently.


The cheers of 'Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik' echoed in the air. The Doa Selamat was read by Commander Haji Ainolnizam bin Haji Ibrahim, the head of the RBAF Religious Department.


His Majesty again received the Royal Salute, followed by the fly-past of the Royal Brunei Air Force aircraft.


This year's RBAF anniversary celebration is conducted by the Royal Brunei Air Force. During its 57 years, the efficacy of training and discipline became the foundation that made the RBAF a strong and professional organisation. The foundation continued to be strengthened by the RBAF which is entrusted with upholding and defending the sovereignty of religion, the Monarchy, country and nation to ensure the country's security and prosperity continue to be enjoyed by the people of Brunei Darussalam, the Abode of Peace.



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The National Flag Hoisting ceremony in conjunction with the 72nd birthday celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was also held simultaneously at the district level. In the Brunei Muara District, the ceremony was held at the parking area of the Brunei Muara District Office.


The flag hoisting ceremony began with a march-past led by Awang Mohamad Yassin bin Haji Ahmed, the Acting Assistant Brunei Muara District Officer, accompanied by the national flag bearers. The national flag was then handed over to Awang Mohd Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunus, the Permanent Secretary of Media and Cabinet at the Prime Minister's Office, to be hoisted by representative of Brunei Muara District Police, Royal Brunei Police Force.


The function ran concurrently with the national flag distribution to 17 Penghulu Mukim and Village Chiefs. Also in-attendance were members of the Legislative Council AND Awang Misle bin Haji Abdul Karim, the Brunei Muara District Officer.


Meanwhile in Tutong District, the National Flag Hoisting Ceremony was held at Tutong District Civic Centre. The national flag hoisting delegation was led by Awang Haji Adnan bin Haji Adam, the Assistant Tutong District Officer. The flag was handed over by Awang Shamsul Bahrin bin Haji Mohd Hussain, Tutong District Officer to Dayang Norliah binti Haji Kula, the Permanent Secretary for Performance at the Ministry of Finance. The flag was then passed to the Royal Brunei Police Force. Also present were members of the Legislative Council.


The Cendera Kenangan Recreational Park was the focal point of the National Flag Hoisting Ceremony in Belait District. The national flag hoisting team was led by Abdol Hazis bin Haji Ahad, the Acting Assistant Belait District Officer. It was accompanied by members of Pengembara Association, Four Wheel Drive Association (PKTLB), Kuala Belait TTK group, XPDC Motor Group and Scooter Club in Belait District. The flag was later handed over to Dato Paduka Haji Awang Mohammad Nor bin Haji Jeludin, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who then passed it to the Belait District Police. Also in-attendance were members of the Legislative Council.


Meanwhile, in the Temburong Distrcit, a similar ceremony took place at the Bangar Town wharf area. The national flag was handed over to Awang Haji Mohamad Azmi bin Haji Suhaili, a Grade Two Special Duties Officer at Temburong District Office. The flag was later handed over to Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, the Permanent Secretary for Technical and Professional at the Ministry of Development, which was later hoisted by the Royal Brunei Police Force. The national flags were then distributed to Penghulus in 5 mukims in the district. Also present was member of the Legislative Council.



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Brunei DPMM FC continued their Singapore Premier League campaign against Warriors FC last night. During the match, Brunei DPMM FC took advantage of home ground by beating Warriors FC, 2-1.


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 fixture. Also watching the match were His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah and the children of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.


Warriors FC took the lead through a 25th minute goal by Ignatius Ang. Brunei DPMM FC equalised through Mojtaba Mollasaraei in the 55th minute. Brunei DPMM FC striker, Adi Said scored the team's second goal in the 65th minute changing the score to Brunei DPMM FC, 2, Warriors FC, 1.  The score 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 and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam yesterday morning consented to grace the graduation ceremony for Year 6 students of the Jerudong International School, JIS who have completed their primary level studies. Among those who received the certificates were His Majesty's son, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Wakeel. The ceremony took place at the Arts Centre Auditorium of JIS. Also present was Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah who is also a JIS student.


Upon arrival, Their Majesties were greeted by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Dr Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Second Minister of Finance as the Chairman of JIS Board of Directors, Datin Paduka Doctor Dayang Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Deputy Minister of Education, Doctor Haji Azman bin Haji Ahmad, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education; Datin Paduka Magdalene Chong, member of the JIS Board of Directors; and Mr. Barnaby Sandow, Principal of JIS. His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri then visited the arts and design exhibition by the JIS Junior School students.


The ceremony was enlivened with several performances by the Year 6 students. The Jerudong International School began its operation in 1997 and is now 21 years old.


At the ceremony, 82 Year 6 students received certificates after completing their studies in the junior level. Among them was His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Wakeel.


In his remarks, Mr. Paul Bannister, the Principal of JIS Primary School congratulated the students on their success in completing their studies at the school and hope they will continue to be persistent and courageous in order to enhance their knowledge as well as develop their skills to the next level.


His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Wakeel also participated in the performance.


As an international school, JIS is committed to provide extensive outdoor activities and a friendly environment for its students.


The presence of His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri at the ceremony reflected Their Majesties' care towards the country's development in education and will certainly motivate the students to work hard in achieving excellence.


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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 the Chief Minister of Sabah. The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of BruneI Darussalam received in audience Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Pahlawan Haji Mohd. Shafiee bin Haji Apdal. Yang Amat Berhormat was sworn as the 15th Chief Minister of Sabah on 12th May 2018.


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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, attended 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 at the Royal Mausoleum. 

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, the Yang Di-Pertua of 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; and Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, 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 Mateen;

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; and other members of the royal family.

The ceremony began with the recital 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.

This was followed by a reading of the Tahlil, doa tahlil and doa selamat led by the State Mufti.

His Majesty then poured ayeng asah-asahan or scented water on the tombs of His Majesty's late parents. Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien passed away on the 3rd of Muharram 1407 Hijrah corresponding to the 7th of 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 ayeng asah-asahan on the tombs of Al-Marhum and Al-Marhumah.

This was followed by 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. Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien was crowned as the 28th Sultan of Brunei after Al-Marhum's older brother, Al-Marhum Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Akhazul Khairi Waddin passed away in 1950. Al-Marhum was a loving Monarch and far sighted. Among the most important events that occurred during Al-Marhum's reign was the establishment of the State Constitution, as well as policies on education, religion, security, communications and the welfare of the country's citizens and residents.

Also present were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Privy Council, Deputy Ministers, Pengiran-Pengiran Peranakan, Pehin-Pehin Manteri, Manteri-Manteri Hulubalang, Members of the Legislative Council, Permanent Secretaries and senior government officers. 

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The opening of Istana Nurul Iman for three days in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri ended yesterday, where a total of 110 thousand 828 well-wishers comprising the country's citizens and residents, as well as those from neighbouring countries and other nations. They had the opportunity to have an 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. On the first day Istana Nurul Iman opened to the public 35 thousand 613 visitors were recorded, 42 thousand 921 visitors on the second day, and 32 thousand 294 people visited Istana Nurul Iman on the last day it was opened in conjunction with this year's Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

In the morning session alone, 17 thousand 775 well-wishers from all walks of life visited Istana Nurul Iman.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam received in audience and the Junjung Ziarah from the male well-wishers. Also in attendance were;

- 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;

- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; and other members of the Royal Family.

The well-wishers included senior citizens, new converts from all districts, private sector staff, the underprivileged, and children. Regardless of age and wealth, all well-wishers took the golden opportunity to Junjung Ziarah with His Majesty.

Istana Nurul Iman is synonymous with Hari Raya visits, and it is not only open to the country's citizens and residents, but also to foreign employees who are working in the country, as well as tourists from various nations. This is the uniqueness of Brunei Darussalam in celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri. It reflects a country that is peaceful and united under the just leadership of His Majesty, apart from the culture and noble values that are still being preserved.

Visitors had the opportunity to meet and greet the Monarch in a friendly and harmonious atmosphere. The closeness between the Monarch and the people portrays a strong bond which can be clearly seen as the citizens and residents rushed to visit Istana Nurul Iman solely to Junjung Ziarah and convey their Hari Raya greetings to His Majesty.

Meanwhile at another part 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 present were;

- Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah;

- Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi'atul 'Adawiyyah;

- Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah;

- Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Bini Hajah Faizah;

- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah;

- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul 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 Her Majesty's grandchildren.

Visiting Istana Nurul Iman to greet Their Majesties during Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a long-practised tradition towards strengthening solidarity between the Monarch and the people.

The opportunity to meet and greet Their Majesties and other members of the Royal Family is a blessing for the country's citizens and residents for having a Monarch who is caring and attentive towards the citizens and resident's welfare and well-being. 

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
Photo courtesy of InfoFoto

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