| Syafiq Affendy |
THE familiar sound of verses from the Al-Quran resonated in the still of the night yesterday, as Md Ramli Hj Ladis from Mukim Saba Religious Hall emerged as the champion of the 7th National Al-Quran Reading Competition for Mosque Affairs Officers, at the nostalgic Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque’s Ceremonial Barge.
Present to hand over the prizes was Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad bin Pg Hj Abdul Rahman, Minister of Religious Affairs.
In second place was Hj Sabtu Hj Abdullah, from the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Silver Jubilee Mosque in Kampong Jangsak, while in third was Hj Haslan Hj Shahbudin from Belait District Mosque Affairs Department.
Results of the competition were revealed by the Chairman of the competition judges, Mudim Haji Metassim bin Haji Metussin.
Also present was Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi bin Hj Mohd Yussof; as well as the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ permanent secretary, deputy permanent secretary, directors and senior officers.