| Wani Roslan |
A NATIONAL Flag Hoisting Programme dubbed ‘Program Semarak Pengibaran Bendera Negara’ was officially launched yesterday at the Atrium Hall of the Airport Mall in Berakas by Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The programme – organised concurrently in all four districts by the Information Department at the Prime Minister’s Office in conjunction with the upcoming 31st National Day celebration – was held to raise awareness on citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam’s roles and responsibility of hoisting the national flag during the National Day celebration and other major national celebrations in an appropriate manner.
“I believe that the programme, directly or indirectly, will be able to stimulate and enliven the spirit of the local citizens and residents to participate in expressing love to the country. I urge the public to jointly participate in hoisting the national flag as a sign of pride of our beloved country,” Datin Paduka Hajah Adina said during her launching speech.
Awang Mawardi bin Haji Mohammad, Acting Director of Information in his capacity as the chairman of the National Flag Hoisting Programme, highlighted that there are various initiatives made by the department to support the efforts made by government agencies in encouraging the citizens and residents to raise the national flag, including giving continuous briefings and explanations on appropriate flag waving and hoisting procedures.
“It is hoped that the programme will act as a platform to provide explanations and information to the society on roles and function of national flag,” he said.
The ceremony also saw the launching of the 31st National Day celebration website by the guest of honour, which provides information on various events and activities related to the 31st National Day celebration.
The website (www.nationalday.information.gov.bn) also provides information such as the brief history and background of Brunei Darussalam, the theme of the 31st National Day celebration, programmes and events for the 31st National Day as well as download links for various patriotic songs.
The guest of honour also visited an exhibition by the Information Department and Adat Istiadat Negara Department showcasing information on the national flag, as well as information on the new website. The exhibition will be held for a week until February 15.
Also in attendance were YB Haji A Ahmad bin Husain, Penghulu of Mukim Berakas ‘A’; YB Awang Haji Gapor @ Haji Mohd Daud bin Karim, Village Head of Kampong Belimbing; Haji Mohd Noor Jusmin bin Haji Abdul Samad, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as other senior officials and officers from the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, members of Mukim and Village Consultative Councils and students from government and private schools.