| Azlan Othman |
A SOVEREIGN is obliged to rule with fairness, while the people are obliged to show their loyalty in return, said His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah during the Royal Audience Ceremony held yesterday at the Istana Nurul Iman, prior to the Golden Jubilee Royal Procession in the capital.
“The sovereign is responsible for solving the problems of his people, while the people are obliged to be responsive towards their sovereign. This is a mutual obligation for the wellbeing of all. Together, the sovereign and the people equally hold this great trust,” said His Majesty, addressing an audience of foreign dignitaries, including Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
His Majesty further stated, “My history is also the history of the people and the nation. As a sovereign, I am unable to sever ties between the people and the nation.
“I also give thanks to Allah the Almighty, that with His blessings the nation is able to celebrate the Golden Jubilee in peace, prosperity and harmony. Today marks a historic event for the country’s citizens and residents.
“If the people see that I am pleased, then the people should be equitably pleased. If I am thankful, so are the people. That is the close ties between the sovereign and the people, with no boundaries in between.
“This is the mainstay of our existence within this nation, which has endured well for 600 years. Let us maintain and continue to nurture it, for many more years to come,” the monarch added.
His Majesty also expressed warm gratitude and appreciation towards all of the committees involved in the organising and planning of the Golden Jubilee Celebration.
“Equal appreciation also goes to members of the royal family, state dignitaries, community leaders and all levels of society in the country and abroad, for their continuous support and loyalty towards their monarch. May Allah the Almighty grant us with blessings and guidance,” said His Majesty, concluding the titah.