| Azaraimy HH |
PEKAN Tutong has a new landmark feature, the installation of a unique ‘Sungai Tutong’ letter signboard accompanied by a colourful logo, built on the tip of a large river islet across the river facing Pekan Tutong. The signboard and logo will light up during the night powered by a solar generator.
Built mostly with recycled, repaired and reused materials, the signboard signifies the pride of the community. It was also an effort to prove that such materials can be used to beautify the environment.
The signboard was completed jointly by government agencies and the local community who were working together hand-in-hand towards a common goal of making the Pekan Tutong more attractive and lively.
Awang Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, Tutong District Officer, said, “This spirit of working together shows that members of the community were united towards developing the Tutong District. This is in line with the strategic objective of the Tutong District Office, which is developing with the community.”
According to Awang Wardi, the islet is actually a potential area for future development such as recreational projects.
The Tutong District Officer further explained that in order to economise the long-term cost, a solar power generator was installed to light up the signboard during the evening.
Also present was member of the Legislative Councils representing the Tutong District; YB Orang Kaya Jaya Putera Dato Paduka Hj Muhammad Taha bin Abdul Rauf, officers from government agencies in The Tutong District, mukim penghulus and village heads as well as members of the local community in the district.
This community work also aimed to strengthen working relations between the community and the government agencies, including grassroots leadership in developing the Tutong District.
The installation of the signboard is also one of the efforts of the Tutong District Office to bring back the once lively nature of the Tutong River.
The Tutong District Office envisions that the river will become one of the tourist destinations in the district. It maintains its wide natural surrounding with thick greeneries of Nipah trees along the riverbanks which is perfect for activities such as river cruises.
Recently Tutong River became a focal point for the public with festivals held in conjunction with the 68th birthday celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam that included fireworks display and regatta competition.