| Aziz Idris |
A SENDING-OFF ceremony was held yesterday at the Brunei International Airport for the participants of the 41st Ship for the Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) 2014.
Twenty-eight members of the BPY14 (Brunei Participating Youth 2014) will serve as the Sultanate’s “small ambassadors” during the programme, which will also include the participation of over 300 Asean and Japanese youths.
Present at the sending-off ceremony was Acting Director of Youth and Sports Department, Awang Haji Rosmadee bin Haji Mohd Daud, as well as officials and staff from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Awang Haji Rosmadee reminded youth leaders to always take care of the country’s image as they are now “small ambassadors” who will be representing Brunei. He advised them to always be disciplined and to actively engage themselves in all activities throughout the programme.
According to the leader of the delegation, Moh Paizzal Hj Piluk, the Bruneian youths’ national performance will be presented at all ports of call.
Muhd Aminuddin Ontong, the BPY14 Youth Leader, meanwhile, said he was looking forward to experiencing the cultural exchange and interaction with other Asean participants.
“It is an honour to be appointed as the Youth Leader for this year’s SSEAYP batch. The responsibility is huge but I will try my best to bring out the best in each and every one of them,” he said.
BPY14 will embark on a 52-day journey starting from its first port of call, Japan, followed by Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Surabaya, Indonesia.
The SSEAYP programme is an annual activity that was initiated in 1974 and is sponsored by the Japanese Government and supported by Asean member countries. The programme provides participating youths with unique opportunities to interact with others on board the Nippon Maru and at different ports of call.