| James Kon |
THIS weekend, members of the public can enjoy a good dose of fun in the sun and donate to a good cause at the Muara Beach Festival, following its launch yesterday by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof.
Organised by the consultative councils of Kampong Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun and Pelumpong, this is the third of such event held in line with the ‘One Village, One Product’ initiative.
Themed ‘I Love My Pantai’, the festival offers a wide range of games, activities and competitions for the public to participate in, and donations can also be made.
The lined-up activities include Newspaper Fashion Show, lucky draw, Bintang Radio performance, flying fox, haunted house and aerobics in the early morning, Navy band performance, cultural night show (at 7.30pm tonight), live band performance by Prisons Department, ‘Pencak Silat’ performance, Brunei Twin Gathering as well as a beach cleaning campaign.
Over 50 booths will offer food and beverages and showcase bikes, remote control 4×4 vehicles and handicraft. Non-government organisations like Pusat Ehsan and SMARTER are also participating in the festival.
In his opening remarks, Pengiran Hj Mohamed bin Pg Hj Osman @ Othman, the chairperson of the organising committee, noted, “This is the third Muara Beach Festival the consultative councils of Kampong Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun and Pelumpong have organised in collaboration with the Brunei-Muara District Office and Cityneon as a strategic partner.
“The festival serves to increase activities of the consultative councils and build on the unity, discipline and cooperation within the community.
“The festival is also an attraction for domestic tourism and foreigners to enjoy the beautiful view of nature at the Muara Beach, which is a well-known recreational destination on the weekends,” he added.
The three-day festival which ends tomorrow hopes to raise money for the Village Orphan Fund.
Meanwhile, the deputy minister lauded the efforts of the consultative councils for organising the festival, adding, “The initiative is a source of income for villagers, and showcases the beauty of Muara Beach, thereby attracting foreigners and domestic tourism.
“It has always been the Ministry of Home Affairs’ aspiration for villages to build on economic progress and to come up with new products for each village as a source of income. The project today is a good example,” he said.
Following the launch, the deputy minister toured the various booths and participated in activities.