| Azlan Othman |
THE Belait District Office and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd (BLNG) held a forum to mark the 68th birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at Pusat Insani, Seria, yesterday.
The chief guest was Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman.
The forum, attended by government officers, teachers, students, private sector and NGOs, discussed the Brunei Vision 2035 and ways to achieve its goals especially in fine-tuning programmes and activities. Among the topics covered were upholding the MIB concept; deepening the understanding on religion in terms of leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and environmental awareness; instilling changes in thinking and to be proactive in generating changes.
One of the invited panellists was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Mohd Yusof. He covered issues such as action plan towards building future leaders and embracing Islamic education.
“Islamic education is a continuous process to change, train and educate the mind both physically and spiritually based on Islamic values to produce pious Ummah devoted to Allah the Almighty. Several steps need to be taken to ensure that institutions and schools strive towards excellence in teaching and learning to become future leaders.”
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary (Media & Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos touched upon upholding the national pride that involves unwavering loyalty to the monarch and our leaders. We should also defend the dignity of the people and country by all means to protect the sovereignty and independence of the nation.
The forum also explained the roles and responsibilities of the people to the nation under the monarchical system. Brunei Darussalam has attained peace and harmony under the monarchical system.
Brunei LNG and the Belait District Office have conducted a series of forums since 2008 to mark the royal birthday.