A strong grasp in Taqwa or piety forms a strong foundation in the country’s policy-making endeavours in various socio-economic aspects. Highly skilled human capital is also vital to Brunei’s development, 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 highlighted in a titah from Istana Nurul Iman last evening.
The titah broadcast over Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) was delivered on the occasion of Brunei Darussalam’s 36th National Day celebration, which is commemorated today.
While praising Allah the Almighty for the continuous blessings of peace, harmony and independence to Brunei, His Majesty said the blessings emanate from the country’s status as a Zikir Nation with its people living a pious life.
On the theme for this year’s National Day, Menjayakan Wawasan Negara or Accomplishing the National Vision, His Majesty said that only speaking about it is not sufficient, but what is important is “we must determine a policy, as a guide towards a goal or aim that is to be accomplished”.
The monarch said piety is the best of policies. “This is the only foundation capable of bringing us to success. Only with piety too, that our all life journeys will be guaranteed right and fair, including in our steps in empowering the National Vision,” added His Majesty.
Under this policy, His Majesty said that the welfare of the people and residents are priorities.
“The wisdom of piety can strengthen the unity of the people and guarantee harmony between races,” said His Majesty, while stressing that those outside Brunei will continue to enjoy friendly relations, on the basis of mutual respect and not meddling with each other’s affairs.
In the aspect of the economy, His Majesty said that piety also guarantees purity, by generating sustenance through Halal and not Haram sources.
“This policy strongly forbids deception or corruption and others. In conclusion, an economy with a piety policy absolutely does not allow for the mistreatment of any parties,” His Majesty said.
In Brunei’s endeavour to empower its community and the family institution, His Majesty said a piety policy is capable of assuring certain groups are safeguarded and protected. His Majesty said through the Poverty Eradication Programme under the National Council of Social Issues (MKIS), subsistence empowerment initiatives have been formulated for targetted groups, which will open wider opportunities for them to be employed or be involved in entrepreneurship, which will help alleviate their reliance on government assistance.
“This also supports the piety concept, which encourages Muslims to be independent with their own hard-work,” added His Majesty. Despite this, His Majesty said the country remains committed to undertaking various initiatives for the people’s welfare, while noting that the National Welfare System (SKN) will be implemented soon, where welfare applicants will be able to submit their applications online.
For any planning or transformation, human capital is vital, and is the country’s most important asset, His Majesty said adding that highly educated and skilled human capital is highly desired to bring change.
Citing the current Brunei-Muara to Temburong Bridge mega-project which is to be opened, His Majesty said that through this project, we can learn that without any skilled human capital, this project would not have been realised. “This is the utmost reason why we should encourage higher education to generate skilled human resources,” added the monarch.
His Majesty expressed thanks to all those involved in the 36th National Day celebration, and to the people of Brunei Darussalam.
“I also thank all citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam, as well as those in the public services sector. My thanks also goes out to those on duty abroad, the country’s security forces and those working in the private sector. May we all and our nation be under the constant protection of Allah the Almighty,” said His Majesty.