| Rokiah Mahmud |
THOUSANDS of people from all walks of life took part in the grand parade and march-past during the 31st National Day celebration in the Brunei capital yesterday.
The participating contingents included uniformed personnel from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and Prisons Department, and members of the Retired Royal Brunei Police Force Association (POLSARA), Brunei Darussalam Ex-Army Association and Neighbourhood Crime Watch.
ASP Haji Mohd Noor, who led a Crime Neighbourhood Watch contingent, said the celebration reflected the country’s socio-economic progress.
RBPF will continue to do its best to reduce the crime rate so that the people can live in peace and harmony.
RBPF will increase police visibility in the community by conducting patrols in order to respond effectively to public complaints, especially in emergency cases, he said.
The availability of technology, especially in forensic science, has helped the police solve cases faster and accurately, he added.
Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Salim bin Pengiran Haji Wahid, the President of POLSARA, who led 50 members during the parade, shared his views on the National Day theme, “Generation with a Vision”.
He said that the young generation must be disciplined and competent and also be obedient and dedicated to Allah the Almighty, the monarch and the nation.
“Their involvement in today’s grand parade will provide an encouragement to future generations and instil a sense of belonging and patriotism,” he added.
Major (Rtd) Haji Idris, who is head of the Brunei Darussalam Ex-Army Association, said, “The younger generation needs to be more proactive, dynamic, knowledgeable, multi-talented and skilful as they will be the nation’s future leaders.
“The success and harmony enjoyed by our nation all these years will drive them to contribute more to our beloved country,” he added.