| Aziz Idris |
INDONESIAN President Joko Widodo praised the “stable” relationship between Brunei and the Republic of Indonesia, saying that both countries have “no lingering issues” that needed to be solved.
He said this during a media interview yesterday at the Royal Regalia Museum before concluding the first day of his two-day state visit to Brunei Darussalam.
The president also noted that Brunei has been a popular destination for Indonesia workers. “All the (Indonesian) workers residing in Brunei are well protected. There were no pressing issues to be discussed and this shows the stability that both countries enjoy,” he noted.
Earlier, President Widodo enjoyed a cruise ship tour around Kampong Ayer. On hand to welcome the president and the first lady was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah.
Also present was the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman as well as a number of senior government officials.
The president and entourage were taken around to various exhibitions showcasing Brunei’s most valuable artefacts.
Near the end of the visit, the president and the first lady also signed the guest book at the VIP room at the Royal Regalia Museum.
In concluding his visit, President Widodo also lauded the rich cultural heritage that Brunei has to offer. “It depicts a well-preserved culture that is mirrored with a deep understanding and knowledge of the heritage,” said the President.
The Royal Regalia Museum is dedicated to the coronation of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, who ascended to the throne on October 5, 1967.
The museum incorporates various architectural elements that reflect the philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) and was established to become one of the landmarks associated with the capital.
Officiated by His Majesty in 1992, the museum displays regalia used during the coronation of His Majesty, such as the royal chariot, and it also contains various exhibits that chronicle the historic Silver Jubilee celebration of His Majesty’s ascension to the throne and the history of the Brunei Malay Sultanate since it was established in the 14th century as an Islamic monarchy.