| Lyna Mohamad, Hakim Hayat & Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
THE festive Lunar New Year of the Goat began with a royal touch as His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office with Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah graced the Chinese New Year open houses of prominent figures in the Chinese community yesterday.
Accompanying Their Royal Highnesses were HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim and HRH Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.
Their Royal Highnesses first visited the house of a prominent business figure and Legislative Council (LegCo) member, YB Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin in Kampong Sungai Besar, Jalan Kota Batu.
Their Royal Highnesses were greeted on arrival by YB Pehin Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin and Datin as well his family members.
YB Pehin Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin is one of the prominent business figures who annually hosts the open house on the first day of the Chinese New Year.
He also welcomes members from various welfare associations and villagers around the area to his open house.
Their Royal Highnesses then visited the house of Managing Director of D’Sunlit, Jackson Ting, and were greeted on arrival by Jackson Ting and his family members.
HRH the Crown Prince and Their Royal Highnesses later visited the residence of Chan Key Hong, General Manager of Maju Motors, in Kampong Mata-Mata, Gadong.
Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by Chan Key Hong and Chairman of Maju Motors, Dr Chan Siu Kiat, as well as members of Dr Chan’s family.
A group photo session ensued with Dr Chan’s family followed by a feast. Prior to departure, Their Royal Highnesses witnessed a colourful dragon dance performed by a troupe of young traditional dancers.
Earlier, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik paid a visit to Dr Chan’s residence and was invited for a feast followed by a group photo with Dr Chan’s family.
The Chinese New Year open house serves as an opportunity to strengthen ties and friendship among the Chinese community in Brunei as well as to extend festive greetings to families.