Several schools and a long house in the Temburong District were fortu-nate to receive unscheduled visits by 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.
Following the presentation of the National Housing Scheme (RPN) of Kampong Rataie key plaques to the 234 terrace house recipents, the monarch visited Sultan Hassan Secondary School in Bangar to have a closer look on the condition of the school.
His Majesty was greeted by Principal Abdul Wafi Sia bin Abdullah Sia, who also briefed His Majesty while touring the school.
Among the school issues and challenges are a school hall that is currently not in a good and safe condition, need of additional teaching staff, requirement of a new building for school, portable cabins and sports amenities.
The school has 675 students studying from Year 7 to Year 1 and 83 staff comprising 55 graduate officers, 11 teachers, two contract teachers, four CfBT teachers, five physical exercise teachers, one daily paid teacher, two local contract teachers and three special education relief teachers.
His Majesty then headed to Sultan Hashim Primary School in Mukim Batu Apoi where the students were excited to meet and greet His Majesty.
They also performed a traditional dance to welcome His Majesty.
Sultan Hashim Primary School’s permanent Block ‘A’ was officiated by Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam on February 23, 1957 and has 111 students studying from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Prior to the visit to the Ujung Jalan Control and Inspection Complex in Kampong Ujung Jalan, His Majesty stopped by the Puni Primary School.
The Ujung Jalan Control and Inspection Complex began operation on April 24, 2012 with personnel from government agencies such as the Immigration and National Registration Department, Royal Customs and Excise Department, Internal Security Department, Narcotics Control Bureau and Anti-Corruption Bureaus as well as Health, Land Transport, Agriculture and Fisheries departments and the Halal Food Control Division of the Syariah Affairs Department.
The control post is responsible in controlling and inspecting entries and exists to and from Brunei Darussalam. The monarch then proceeded to the residence of Legislative Council member and Penghulu of Mukim Bokok, who is also Acting Penghulu of Mukim Amo Yang Berhormat Haji Emran bin Haji Sabtu in Kampong Meniup, Jalan Pendaruan Temada.
His Majesty then stopped by the Bokok Religious School. Mukim Bokok covers 14,616 hectares of land with a population of 3,576 residents and accommodates the only National Housing Scheme in the district, which is Kampong Rataie.
Before heading to the selected recipients houses, His Majesty made unscheduled visits to Temada Police Control Post and the residence of Village Head of Kampong Lepong Baru Ambol anak Bakit in Mukim Bokok.
At the selected houses of the recipients, His Majesty was greeted by the family members as well as other residents. His Majesty also consented to a group photo.
A total of 603 houses were built in RPN Kampong Rataie, 358 units of which are terrace house units. Each terrace house unit, measuring 106-square-metre, has three bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen and land covering 158 hectares.
The housing area is a comprehensive housing development concept equipped with land space for public convenience in the future such as school, mosque, recreational park and children’s playground.
According to latest statistics of the Housing Development Department, to date there are more than 28,000 houses and land lots under the RPN nationwide that have been awarded to qualified recipients and from this number, 635 are applicants from the Temburong District, marking the smallest number of applicants compared to other districts.