| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
THE official launching of the Eco-Corridor, coupled with the Junjung Kasih (get-together) and Kesyukuran ceremony, was further accentuated by a colourful procession of decorated floats along the main streets of Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday, by government ministries, private companies and local associations.
Hajah Suryani binti Haji Mahmud, a teacher from Katok Secondary School, told the Bulletin it had been a long time since a float procession was seen on the streets of the capital. “Both the teachers and students from our school were thrilled at the opportunity to witness them,” she said.
Pengiran Alias bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Hidup, a Manager at the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), said their organisation’s float symbolised the 50-year transition from the old analogue phone to the current mobile phone.
“Our float was personally made by AITI staff with great dedication,” he said. “It was made from recycled material that we found at our office, so we are very proud of it.”
Jasmine Wong, a Legal Manager at AITI, said, “It has been a wonderful 50 years under the leadership of 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.
“We are very fortunate to have a sovereign who constantly stays in touch with the people,” she said. “I feel that His Majesty has achieved this by getting Bruneians to realise that they are the nation’s greatest resource.”
Meanwhile, Haji Mohd Noor bin Haji Salleh, a Public Relations Officer at D’ Sunlit, said that the concept and design of their company’s float was based on the ‘Pemajangan’ decoration at the Istana Nurul Iman.
“The five yellow umbrellas signify His Majesty’s leadership and the four districts of Brunei Darussalam, while the gold-and-yellow paint signifies His Majesty’s Golden Jubilee,” he told the Bulletin.
Among the government ministries and departments that took part in yesterday’s parade were the Prime Minister’s Office; the Ministry of Defence; the Ministry of Finance; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; the Ministry of Home Affairs; the Ministry of Education; the Ministry of Religious Affairs; the Ministry of Development, the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism; the Ministry of Communications, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; the Ministry of Health; Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam; the Brunei-Muara, Belait, Tutong, and Temburong District Offices; Universiti Brunei Darussalam; Universiti Teknologi Brunei, and AITI.
The line-up of participating private companies and associations included Ya Nur Trading Company Sdn Bhd, Brunei Freight Forwarders Association, LSL Sdn Bhd, Build Mix Trading Brunei, Hua Ho, Sahid Sdn Bhd, D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Perbadanan TAIB, TelBru, DST, Royal Brunei Airlines, the Brunei Association of Banks, Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd, the Tiong Hwa Community, and the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.
Also forming part of the procession were several creatively decorated bicycles.