| James Kon |
MEMBERS of the public can relive the nostalgic days of traditional boat and speedboat racing of the 1950s to 1970s in the coming weeks as three ministries come together to host the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2015 along the Brunei River.
Organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, the March 1 regatta race enters its fourth year this year after its introduction in 2012.
During a press conference on Monday, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Haji Mohd ‘Abdoh bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Salam, who is the co-deputy chairperson of the organising committee, revealed that as many as 24 events have been lined up for the Brunei Regatta, including special boat race, traditional boat race, fiberglass boat race, speed boat race, jet ski race and commuter boat race.
This year will also see the participation of invited teams such as Putera Kuala Lawas, GP Punang Bersatu and Pewaris Kuala Lawas.
“It is hoped the Brunei Regatta will bring liveliness back to Bandar Seri Begawan as the town centre, and at the same time help raise the income of residents who will be carrying our business during the event,” he said.
Haji Mohd ‘Abdoh also commended the Brunei Regatta for helping to develop the Brunei tourism industry, particularly the Kenali Negara Kitani (KNK) programme which looks to turn Bandar Seri Begawan into a centre of attraction for tourists.
Side activities in the run-up to the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2015 include a Regatta Exhibition from February 18 to March 1 at the art gallery of the Dermaga Diraja. The exhibition comes under the Museum Department of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources will hold a welcoming reception for participants at 4pm on February 28 at the Dermaga Diraja.
Members of the public can also visit the ‘One Village, One Product’ expo set to run until March 1 in the vicinity of the Dermaga Diraja. The expo, which will see the participation of entrepreneurs representing their respective Mukim and Village Consultative Councils, will be open from 9am to 8.30pm. Other attractions include a cultural Gulingtangan performance and handicraft-making demonstration.
Also present at the press conference were Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Haji Idris bin Haji Ali; Senior Special Duties Officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs Haji Madli bin Mohd Yussof; Information Officer Haji Hassan bin Haji Ismail, who represented the Acting Director of Information; and Special Duties Administrative Officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs Haji Shahrul Jeffri bin Dato Paduka Haji Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, in his briefing on regulating the traffic flow, Inspector Azlin from the Traffic Police noted that the Brunei River will be closed from February 27 to March 1, while roads that will be affected include the routes from the traffic light of Jalan Kianggeh, Simpang 3, Jalan McArthur and the traffic light of Jalan Pemancha, Simpang 4, Jalan Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien as well as the traffic light of Jalan McArthur, Simpang 3, Jalan Pretty.
Following the press conference, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Haji Idris bin Haji Ali presented posters of the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2015 to government public relations practitioners and the local media.