Over 200 granted Brunei citizenship

Aziz Idris

A total of 222 recipients were granted Bruneian citizenship rights during a Citizenship Certificate Awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre yesterday.

The ceremony, now on its 32nd instalment was organised by the Immigration and National Registration Department, Ministry of Home Affairs.

The ceremony aimed to officially recognise recipients as Bruneian citizens with the consent of 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.

This was in accordance to the provision under Section 5(1), Section 8(1), Section 5(6) and Section 6(1) of the Brunei Nationality Act, Chapter 15.

Guest of honour Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong presented the certificates.

The minister revealed that 1,262 applicants were granted Bruneian citizenship rights from January 2017 to October 2019.

He reminded all recipients to work together in contributing and maintaining Brunei Darussalam’s sovereignty, peace and prosperity by providing full cooperation and loyalty to the monarch and His Majesty’s government.

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong awards the citizenship certificate to a recipient. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI
ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong awards the citizenship certificate to a recipient; and attendees during the event. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

“As a subject of His Majesty, you must fully accept Brunei as a sovereign country, which reigns under an absolute monarchy, and to uphold the country’s philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).

“It is the duty of every (Brunei) citizen to adhere with the laws and regulations and together maintain a peaceful and safe environment for the welfare of the people in the Sultanate,” he added.

The minister urged all recipients to cherish the citizenship rights with undivided loyalty to the country and His Majesty along with his successors and renounce all loyalty to any other country, state or sovereign nation. Among other requirements to acquire a Brunei Darussalam citizenship, one must have a good command of the Malay Language and customs and strong knowledge in MIB.

The Immigration and National Registration Department had organised briefings from several agencies such as Adat Istiadat Negara Department, Information Department, Language and Literature Bureau and Anti-Corruption Bureau to enhance the understanding of their roles and responsibilities as Bruneian citizens.

The briefings were conducted in phases before the citizenship ceremony. One of the recipients Iszdiyani binti Sahbudin, originally from the state of Sabah, Malaysia, said that she can proudly proclaim herself as a Bruneian when she was granted the citizenship.

Currently working and residing in Temburong with her husband of 16 years along with their three children, Iszdiyani hopes to continue to contribute to the nation with a display of loyalty to the monarch and the Brunei Government. Meanwhile, Haji Abdullah bin Adi, who was accepting the citizenship rights on behalf of his stepson was “grateful and blessed” for the “gift” and will promise to “show undivided loyalty to His Majesty”.

As a symbol of their loyalty, all recipients were required to attend the ceremony in Brunei’s national costume – Baju Cara Melayu and Baju Kurong

Also in attendance were members of the Legislative Council, deputy permanent secretaries, heads of department and senior officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs; and penghulus from four districts.