Thousands of proud participants from all walks of life gathered at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien to show their patriotic spirit at the 36th National Day celebration yesterday.
Communications Commissioner of Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam (PPPBD) Nasriah binti Nasib said this year saw 250 members of PPPBD throughout the country participate in the parade.
“We are actively involved in major national events as well as other activities to develop the skills and knowledge of our PPPBD members and also helping to build self-identity and contribute to the development of the country through any field,” she said.
She added that as adult leaders, they have the responsibility in giving opportunity to other PPPBD members to be involved in beneficial activities such as national and religious activities to improve skills and achieve the Brunei Vision 2035.
Deputy Commandant of the National Service Programme (PKBN) Major (Rtd) Sopian bin Haji Mohd Yassin said this year saw 541 officers, alumni and trainees of PKBN participate in the 36th National Day celebration.
“The enrolment into PKBN is increasing every year with the support 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, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as parents and families. Through their training, it is part of their bonus where they are taught physically, march-past, weapon training and change their character to be useful for the country,” he said.
He shared that they are also prepared in receiving any instruction in achieving the Brunei Vision 2035, while PKBN is producing youth who are able to meet with the national vision requirements.
PKBN trainee Wira bin Ejau @ Gregory said his involvement in the national service is to gain experience for a future career in army.
Highlighting on the development of youth in Brunei, he said, “Brunei Youth are progressing rapidly and the number of people in this intake is rising.”
Meanwhile PKBN trainee Muhd Nur Ashraaf Izzuddin bin Mohd Nur Adena said he joined PKBN to get out from the comfort zone. He said it has taught him to be more disciplined while gaining new experience and also to cooperate with others and be independent.
A representative from the Senior Citizens Activity Centre (PKWE) Atiqah binti Ibrahim said this year saw 350 participants from all districts in the parade.
“Our senior citizens are also contributing to achieve Brunei Vision 2035 while having experiences and skills the younger generation can learn. Most of us are former government officers and uniformed personnel, and we use the skills to keep our culture from not falling apart and learn our heritage.”