| Wani Roslan |
THE Maulidur Rasul Parade for 1436 Hijrah, which will take place in a week’s time, will see several major changes from previous processions. These changes were highlighted during a briefing held yesterday for the team leaders at the Islamic Dakwah Centre, Ministry of Religious Affairs in Pulaie.
The procession’s route will remain the same but its length has been shortened by 1km from 4.7km to 3.7km. The procession will also not pass through a road located between Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam Secondary School (SMJA) and Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) College but instead will pass directly through Jalan Simpang.
Apart from that, there are only four categories where 131 participating teams will compete in. They are Category II for secondary schools and higher institutions; Category III for ministries and departments; Category IV for organisations and private sector; and Category V for Mukim and Village and Takmir Mosque Committees.
Primary schools, which are under Category I, will only participate in performances and ‘Salawat’ at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.
The briefing was chaired by co-chairman of the working committee of the celebration (Pengerusi Bersama Jawatankuasa Kerja Majlis Sambutan), Haji Mohd ‘Abdoh bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Abd Salam, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Present to deliver the briefing were heads of teams and representatives from the Department of Adat Istiadat Negara, Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), Department of Medical Services of Ministry of Health, Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board, Fire and Rescue Department, Co-Chairman of Vehicle Division (Pengerusi Bersama Bahagian Kenderaan), and Co-Chairman of Judging Competition (Pengerusi Bersama Penghakiman Pertandingan).
The briefing provided information on the procession’s format to ensure that the parade will run smoothly.
The national assembly and procession ceremony for the celebration of the prophet’s birthday will be held at 7am on Saturday, January 3 at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, in Bandar Seri Begawan.
The celebration will also take place in the Belait, Tutong and Temburong Districts.