| Wani Roslan |
THE MINISTER of Culture, Youth and Sports has urged the youth to show their intellectual capabilities and knowledge in resolving regional and global issues.
Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah was speaking during a ceremony to hand over the national flag of Brunei Darussalam to the 41st Ship of the Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) 2014, which was held yesterday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
This year, 28 national contingents are participating in the SSEAYP, comprising a National Leader, 14 male and 13 female participants, all from various different backgrounds.
Officiating the national flag presentation event as the guest of honour, the minister urged the national contingents to reflect the personality and propriety of Brunei and underlined the need to promote the culture and lifestyle of Bruneians, adhering to the concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) throughout their participation in the SSEAYP 2014.
“What I expect from participants is to have enough knowledge and understanding on Brunei Darussalam’s socio-cultural and political aspects in relation to Brunei Vision 2035, the National Development Plan, educational programmes, social security initiatives and the welfare schemes for the people, implemented by the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. This also includes the legal system and the implementation of Syariah Penal Code which aims to rectify the wrong impression about it”, he added.
The minister also expressed that participants should take the opportunity to learn new and positive matters, and gain new experiences which can help contribute to the development of youth in Brunei Darussalam, as well as the development of the country.
Receiving the national flag from the minister was Faisal bin Yunos, National Leader of the 41st SSEAYP 2014 Brunei contingent.
The ceremony also witnessed the presentation of air tickets to Japan by Ms Noriko Iki, the Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam.
The event commenced with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat followed by a welcome remark by Haji Abdul Malik bin Haji Mohammad, Director of the Department of Youth and Sports.
“Ship of the Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) is an international youth exchange programme which is specifically organised for Asean countries and Japan, with the aim to promote friendship and mutual understanding amongst youth of Asean and Japan, as well as to recognise and learn various activities in all aspects including ways of life, culture and politics, and country’s economic development”, the director said.
The ceremony, which also saw a get-together session between the guest of honour and the national contingents of the SSEAYP, concluded with a group photo.