Host of activities at ‘Pesta Roda-Roda Brunei 2019’

Lyna Mohamad

Aimed as a celebration of all things on wheels, the three-day ‘Pesta Roda-Roda Brunei 2019’ (Wheels Festival of Brunel 2019) was officially opened at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium car park last Friday.

Guest of honour, Acting Director of Tourism Development Haji Zulzalani bin Haji Osman officiated the opening ceremony.

The ceremony began with opening remarks by Managing Director of Mortar Events and Legal Representative of Pesta Roda-Roda Brunei 2019 Mohammad Fathullah Fuad bin Haji Abdullah.

He expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to be able to use the festival as a platform to not only entertain, but also educate the public. He thanked the Brunei Tourism Board, the Brunei National Road Safety Council (MKKJR), the Department of Environment, Parks, and Recreations (JASTRE), the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports, and Malam Minggu Pusat Belia as well as the sponsors and event partners for the help and support.

“Most importantly, we want to use this opportunity to reach out to the public and spark a conversation – about change that can bring about a positive impact in our community,” he added.

The festival also aimed to promote local entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and sportsmanship besides highlighting local talents in arts and creativity.

The event was also held in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival, and features booths and exhibitions, Malam Minggu Pusat Belia, test-drive, skateboard clinic, Fixie bike contests, BMX stunt performances, an RC Tank booth, a Hot Wheels display, Beyblade tournament, basketball competition, art installation, birds’ show from Persatuan Helang Brunei (Brunei Eagle Association) and food trucks.

Also included were children edutainment activities, bouncers, colouring contests, bubble vendors, and a kids’ corner. The MKKJR is demonstrating proper road etiquette and safety through exhibitions and games.

The JASTRE is promoting zero waste movement, and encouraged the public to use recycled bags, bottles, containers, and cutlery. The first hundred visitors of each day of the festival is given a free recycle bag.

ABOVE & BELOW: Acting Director of Tourism Development Haji Zulzalani bin Haji Osman tours the exhibition; and Haji Zulzalani in a group photo with organisers and committee members. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD