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The Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik” cheers once again reverberated in the capital as a sign of renewed loyalty to the beloved king. The pledge was made during the Junjung Ziarah and Get-Together ceremony between 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 with his subjects in the Brunei Muara District marking His Majesty’s 68th birthday anniversary.

Happiness was shown on the faces of hundreds of students who lined-up the main road leading to the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien, waving flags. The resounding music of hadrah added to the mood of joyfulness, with scores of students bearing the colourful Bunga Manggar.

His Majesty was greeted upon arrival by the Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Chairman of the National Committee for the Royal Birthday Anniversary Celebration; his deputy, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof; and the Acting Brunei Muara District Officer, Awang Mohammad Sunadi bin Haji Buntar.

The National Anthem was played shortly after His Majesty arrived. The “Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik” was pledged by the Mukim Penghulus and Kampong Ketuas, members of the Royal Birthday Celebration Executive Committee, representatives of non-governmental organisations and the different ethnic groups.

The royal entourage included His Majesty’s brothers and sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen.

The Acting District Officer pledged undivided loyalty to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, on behalf of the citizens and residents in the Brunei Muara District, as well as the members of the public service. He also expressed gratitude for His Majesty’s recent consent to grant the loan scheme for education.

The field performances carry the theme “RAJA BERDAULAT MEMACU NEGARA” or A Sovereign King – Forefront of the Nation”. The performances were split into three segments. It is a manifestation of love, devotion and loyalty of the citizens and residents towards their caring Monarch. The first part, which is based on “honouring a sovereign king”, displays their readiness to serve and sacrifice for the ruler. It is preceded with a series of traditional dances titled Diang Dangan and Gerak Indah Gumalai. This is followed by shows of the Malay martial arts “Silat Cakak Asli Brunei dan Kuntau”.

The second segment of the field performances is in the form of a sketch show incorporating the elements of the primary, secondary and higher education. It carries the motif of the National Education System in the 21st Century – The Main Pillar in Moving Towards Success. It evolves around educational activities, projects, research works in the context of teaching and learning in a conducive environment. It shows relevancy in the best practice and competitiveness, in line with the guidelines in the National Education System in the 21st Century.

The grand finale of the show was in a choir titled “Dirgahayu”. The choir was participated by 68 students of the Berakas Secondary School. The lyrics of the song centers around the theme of the celebrations in the district. It is written by Dato Paduka Haji Aliddin bin Haji Othman, while the music is arranged by Haji Abdullah bin Haji Kifli, a seasoned local musician and song writer.

Every level of the participating party work hard toward ensuring the performances go smooth. The shows reflect an educated, skilled and outstanding people whose mission is to fulfil the aspiration of the nation. They are also leaders in realising the Brunei’s Vision by 2035.

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
Photo courtesy of InfoFoto

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