Preparation for Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2013 on a fast lane
| Azaraimy HH |
PEHIN Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman, Minister of Home Affairs as Co-advisor to the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2013 Executive Committee, said the upcoming regatta will not only be an event where the public can witness the competition, but there will also be a local product exhibition.
The minister said that this year the committee for the regatta also comprises of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.
This, according to the minister, reflects the committee’s efforts to make the regatta as a sporting event as well as a tourism product.
The minister was speaking at the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2013 Executive Committee Meeting held at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports yesterday.
Also present at the meeting was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Hj Hazair bin Hj Abdullah as the Co-advisor to the Executive Committee.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, in the meeting spoke on the need to elevate the regatta as a prestigious water sporting event in Brunei Darussalam, if not in Borneo.
Towards this aspiration, the minister said there may be a need to invite ministers from the neighbouring countries.
The minister believed that this can also create strong relations between the neighbouring countries, not only in a social perspective but also in various aspects in shared development interests such as tourism and economic activities.
The minister said that even though the event looks more like a sporting event, it has an added value to contribute towards development sectors.
The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi and Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina binti Othman.
Among the agendas at the meeting was to listen to the reports from the co-chairman on competition as well as on peace and security.
The meeting was attended by permanent secretaries from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources as well as senior government officers.
The Brunei regatta is hoped to enliven Bandar Seri Begawan and contribute towards Brunei tourism and to help introduce Brunei Darussalam to the world.
The competition is an annual event and has been listed in the national ‘Calendar of Events’.