His Majesty pays last respects to state dignitary

|     Azlan Othman     |

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 paid his last respects yesterday to the late Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abdul Karim, who passed away peacefully last Sunday at the age of 76 at a hospital in Bangkok.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office was also in attendance to pay his last respects at the residence of the late Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman in Kampong Mabohai.

His Majesty and His Royal Highness performed the Jenazah prayer, led by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.

The late Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman was appointed as the Director of Financial Services and Managing Director of the Brunei Investment Agency.

He was appointed as the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance in October 1986, and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence in December 1991.

After his retirement, the late Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman was appointed as the Managing Director of Islamic Bank of Brunei.

He was bestowed the title of Pehin Manteri 32 as Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja in May 1996, and was also awarded the Most Distinguished Order of Paduka Seri Laila Jasa (2nd Class) or Dato Seri Laila Jasa; the Most Distinguished Order of Paduka Seri Laila Jasa (3rd Class); and the Meritorious Service Medal (PJK).

The late Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman was laid to rest at the Ranggas cemetery near the capital.

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 and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office arrives at the residence of the late Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abdul Karim
His Majesty and His Royal Highness during the Jenazah prayer. – PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI