Royalty attend premier talk at ICC

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

HER Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman yesterday attended the Premier Talk of the Knowledge Convention 2017, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

The event was held in conjunction with the 71st birthday celebrations 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.

Upon arrival at the Plenary Hall of the ICC, Her Royal Highness was greeted by Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Home Affairs; Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim, the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance II; and Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs, in their capacity as the Co-Chairmen of the Steering Committee of the Knowledge Convention 2017.

Also on hand to welcome Her Royal Highness was Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohamad Roselan bin Haji Mohamad Daud, the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, as the Chairman of the Working Committee of the Knowledge Convention 2017 Premier Talk.

Accompanying Her Royal Highness was Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna arriving at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. – PHOTOS: AZROL AZMI
Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade during the Premier Talk of the Knowledge Convention 2017 yesterday
Some of the distinguished guests at the talk yesterday

The ceremony commenced with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, led by Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Salim bin Haji Besar.

In his welcoming address, Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohamad Roselan said that the Premier Talk is one of the prime events in the Knowledge Convention 2017 that has been organised in honour of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne, in addition to the monarch’s 71st birthday celebrations. He described the convention as a medium for the people to express their gratitude for His Majesty’s leadership, especially in terms of religious matters.

This was followed with the premier talk on the topic of ‘A Pious Ruler Protects and Respects Women’, delivered by Dr Hajah Ummi Fa’izah binti Haji Abdul Rahman, a lecturer from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali.

This year’s Knowledge Convention was held with the joint collaboration of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Religious Affairs.