His Majesty visits Regatta Exhibition

Aziz Idris

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, yesterday attended the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2019 Exhibition.

His Majesty was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

The Museums Department is holding the Regatta Exhibition in conjunction with His Majesty’s 73rd birthday celebration.

The exhibition carries the theme ‘Melestarikan Warisan Teknologi Melayu: Memburis Perahu’ or loosely translated as ‘Preserving Malay Technology Heritage: Boat Making.’

The theme was chosen in view of Brunei’s boat-making history, which serves as a symbol of the Malay culture, and at the same time, highlights the rich culture in recognising the lives of the Brunei people, especially the people of Kampong Ayer.

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, tours the exhibition. Also pictured is His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office
His Majesty in conversation. Accompanying the monarch were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik. – PHOTOS: INFOFOTO

The exhibition aims to disseminate information on the boating culture in Kampong Ayer. It also hopes to foster the spirit of boat racing among visitors, especially the young.

Key features of the Regatta Exhibition include a photo exhibition of His Majesty’s involvement in previous regatta, as well as Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam as well as other members of the royal family.

Several video documentations showing activities related to boat racing and recordings of boats used by the Brunei community are also featured in this exhibition.

This year’s exhibition also showcases a number of collections from the Museums Department, including traditional boat models such as the Gubang Pengalu and Bidar, as well as traditional equipment used in boating making.

A demonstration of boat activities was also showcased by experienced boat builder Haji Asgar bin Othman from Kampong Tamoi Ujung.

Members of the public are welcome to view the Regatta Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Dermaga Diraja from August 25 until September 30, from 9am to 4.30pm daily, except Fridays during which the operation hours are from 9am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Admission is free.