His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in a titah, has expressed optimism that it is crucial for ASEAN to fulfil its aims of being a people oriented and people centred Community as well as bring tangible benefits to them. His Majesty made the titah in a message in conjunction with ASEAN DAY 2017 which falls every 8th of August. In the titah, His Majesty stressed that, in celebrating this year's ASEAN Day, ASEAN commemorates a decision made 50 years ago to strengthen the bonds of regional solidarity and cooperation by establishing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to serve as a foundation for common action to promote regional cooperation.

His Majesty in the titah added that over the years, the monarch had personally witnessed ASEAN's significant contributions towards peace, progress and prosperity in the region. ASEAN, His Majesty said, has become a platform for cooperation and interaction between governments and peoples in the region as well as for ASEAN region to engage with the wider world.

His Majesty in the titah said in 1967, few people could have envisioned ASEAN's evolution from an association of states to a Community. Today, ASEAN is synonymous with Southeast Asia and is intertwined with ASEAN region's present as well as its future promise.

Looking towards the future, His Majesty, in the titah, believed that it is crucial for ASEAN to fulfil its aims of being a people oriented and people centered Community, and bring tangible benefits to them. To help achieve this, His Majesty stressed that ASEAN must continue to build regional solidarity and work to realise a Community that is cohesive, integrated and responsible.

In an increasingly interdependent world, His Majesty stated that it is also important for ASEAN to continue to be a reliable friend by further deepening cooperation with our many neighbours and partners.

His Majesty in the titah congratulates the Philippines on its chairmanship of ASEAN during this significant year. The Monarch also expresses Brunei Darussalam's support the theme of 'Partnering for Change, Engaging the World'.

In concluding the message, His Majesty expressed best wishes to everyone in ASEAN for a very happy ASEAN Day and congratulate all on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN.

Source: Radio Television Brunei