| James Kon |
A COUNTRY’S national flag is a potent symbol that represents the sovereignty of a land and its people. It is a dignity that its citizens should cherish and protect with integrity, which is why the participation of the different races and cultures that make up Brunei Darussalam in waving the national flag on occasions such as National Day celebrations should be carried out with pride.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, urged the people of Brunei to partake in this activity during a ceremony to hoist a giant national flag at the open area of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex yesterday, in conjunction with the start of celebrations for the upcoming 31st National Day.
The ceremony also marked the beginning of a tradition where households and commercial buildings across the country are encouraged to display the national flag to enliven the atmosphere.
The guest of honour at the ceremony was the Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof.
Also present were the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, who attended in his capacity as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for Brunei Darussalam’s 31st National Day Celebration; Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman; Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Wahab bin Juned; Senior Assistant Chief of Adat Istiadat Negara, YAM Pengiran Seri Wijaya Pengiran Haji Ahmad bin Pengiran Mohd Yusof; Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar; Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah and Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force, Dato Paduka Seri Awang Bahrin bin Mohd Noor.
Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy, who is also the co-chairman of the ceremony said, “As a citizen who resides in Brunei Darussalam, I am proud of our national flag flying high, showcasing the country’s peace and harmony.”
Led by Lieutenant (L) Awangku Abdul Rauf bin Pengiran Haji Yusof, 19 Royal Brunei Navy personnel marched to a 110-foot- tall flag pole where they received a giant national flag from the Minister of Health, which was then hoisted to the top.
Students from Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Secondary School, Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna Secondary School and Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, sang the national anthem in accompaniment to the Royal Brunei Police Force’s brass band.
The Minister of Health then presented national flags and posters to representatives of each of the Sultanate’s four districts.
The theme for Brunei Darussalam’s 31st National Day is ‘Generasi Berwawasan’ or ‘Generation with a Vision’.