| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Brunei Darussalam Regatta will this year fall on March 1 and as consented by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, various activities will be carried out to further enliven the Regatta festival.
This was yesterday disclosed by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi bin Hj Mohd Yussof during the 3rd Executive Committee Meeting for the Regatta Brunei Darussalam 2015.
Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman attended the meeting at the Brunei-Muara District Office, as did Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Hazair bin Hj Abdullah – in their capacity as co-advisors to the executive committee.
The meeting was jointly chaired by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina binti Othman.
Several development updates were highlighted at the meeting, before discussions were held to ensure the event runs without a glitch. Similar to the last race, the regatta will this year see participants from other countries, including China, and Borneo.
In view of the recent boat incident along the Brunei River that claimed the life of a teenager, the executive committee stressed on the need to step up safety measures by enforcing race regulations to avoid any mishaps throughout the event.
In his remarks, the Minister of Home Affairs noted that the regatta race, having entered its fifth year, is being well-received as a traditional sporting event, and hopes it will be developed further. He also expressed belief that strong cooperation from ministries will help promote the Brunei Regatta and turn it into national calendar event.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports highlighted the executive committee’s successful efforts in making the event a national activity that draws the attention of international tourists and other countries.
The event depicts the unity among Brunei citizens and residents, as well as the warm relations between the monarch and his subjects.
Jointly organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, the Regatta Brunei 2015 will start at the Dermaga Diraja in the capital.
The event looks to revive the nostalgic days of boat and speedboat racing history that took place in the 50s, 60s and 70s, during which time events were often carried out along the Brunei River. Additionally, it hopes to enliven the capital and, at the same time, allow small businesses to generate income.