A flag handover ceremony was held for the Brunei Darussalam contingent for the 46th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) recently.
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 was the guest of honour.
The minister officiated the handover of the national flag of Brunei Darussalam to the National Leader of the Brunei Darussalam contingent Syahminan bin Haji Md Yasin.
The proceedings also saw the presentation of air tickets to the Brunei Darussalam contingent by Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam Abe Hiroshi.
The Brunei Darussalam contingent comprises 28 youths and a national leader. A total of 330 youths from 11 countries are participating in the programme.
This year’s SSEAYP will run for 51 days from October 24 to December 13 starting from Tokyo, Japan. It will visit several ASEAN member countries, including Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar and Malaysia before returning to Tokyo. Participants of the programme will take part in activities organised by the visited countries, including a welcoming ceremony, homestays and study visits.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports expressed sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to the Government of Japan for its continuous commitment in hosting the SSEAYP.
“Indeed, in the 34 years of Brunei Darussalam’s participation in this special programme, we can see the high value of SSEAYP as an important platform to foster mutual understanding and strengthening relationships among Japan and ASEAN youth,” he said.
“Through this platform, we have constantly seen its positive impact and we are very proud all our youths here today will continue to be an integral part in strengthening the partnership between the peoples of Japan, ASEAN and Brunei Darussalam.”
The minister also congratulated the 28 local participants selected to take part in the 46th SSEAYP and urged them to uphold Brunei Darussalam’s image and reputation by displaying a high level of commitment and dedication as well as discipline, responsibility, ethics and respect at all times.
“Overall, I strongly believe that this programme will be able to provide a paradigm shift for participants, especially in raising awareness of the important role of youth in their respective communities and countries,” the minister said.