Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin yesterday attended the full rehearsal of the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2019 which will be held at the Dermaga Diraja on Sunday.
The ministers who are joint advisors of the executive organising committee for the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2019, held in conjunction with 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’s 73rd birthday celebration, also inspected the venue and facilities.
His Majesty is expected to grace the annual event in the afternoon while His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office will attend the morning session.
The boat races are set to begin at 7.30am for the morning session and at 1pm for the afternoon session on Sunday. Twelve regatta races will be held – six in the morning and six in the afternoon.
These include a fibreglass regatta race between districts involving 20 rowers; an open traditional race involving 25 rowers; a fibreglass race among youth aged 30 and below, involving 15 rowers; a two-rower traditional race among ministries; a 20-rower fiberglass race among private companies; an open traditional race involving 30 rowers; a special fibreglass race involving 15 rowers; a fibreglass race for youth aged 30 and below involving 20 rowers; a fibreglass race among higher education institutions involving 15 rowers; a fibreglass race among colleges and secondary schools involving 15 rowers; an open youth category involving 20 rowers; and a marathon regatta race involving 30 rowers.
The 100-metre race will be flagged off at the Arts and Handicraft Training Centre, with the 2,000-metre race at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge and the 5,000-metre marathon race at Pulau Si Bongor. All three races will take place along a route on the Brunei River that ends at the Dermaga Diraja.
Three teams from Sabah, Lawas and the Federal Territory of Labuan will also participate in addition to one team from the People’s Republic of China and one team from Indonesia.
The Museums Department will also organise the 2019 Regatta Exhibition at the Dermaga Diraja Art Gallery, themed ‘Preserving Malay Technology Heritage: Boating’.