His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, as Chairman of the Committee of Governors of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, yesterday graced the opening of three new galleries at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Islamic Calligraphy and Arts Studies Centre, as well as the launching of the Yayasan Strategic Plan 2020-2025.
His Royal Highness’ arrival at the centre was welcomed by Deputy Chairman I of the Committee of Governors of Yayasan Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris bin Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar; State Mufti and Deputy Chairman II of the Committee of Governors Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof as Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah as the Deputy Chairman of Yayasan Board of Directors and Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak in her capacity as the Acting Managing Director of Yayasan.
The ceremony began with the recitation of a Doa Selamat by Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin and a speech by Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi.
The ceremony continued with a video presentation on the Yayasan Islamic Callgraphy and Arts Studies Centre and the Yayasan Strategic Plan 2020-2025. This was followed by the launching of the book by His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.
The strategic plan is based on Yayasan’s establishment policy, as embodied under the Yayasan Act Chapter 166. It also reflects their vision of a self-sufficient society’ (Masyarakat Mandiri) and the mission of ‘Managing the Charitable Acts (Amal Jariah) 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 and members of the royal family with Professionalism, Efficiency and Dedication.
The strategic plan will serve as a guide in the direction of efficient and strategic administrative management towards producing a more proactive and innovative society that is resolute and self-reliant.
As an organisation which supports the goals of Brunei Vision 2035, the strategic plan also adopts a whole-of-nation approach involving collaboration with several agencies in tackling social issues particularly eradicating poverty and reducing unemployment.
His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik then toured the centre and officiated the launching of three new galleries, which are the Lauhah Al-Islamiah Gallery, Al-Aswad Gallery and At-Tasneem Gallery.
His Royal Highness also viewed several works of Islamic calligraphy on a tour of the centre’s facilities, which include the Al-Ma’rifah Hall, a lecture room, the Semaun Souvenir Shop, the Semaun Café, a Muzakarah room and a prayer room.
Before leaving the event, His Royal Highness was presented with two pesambah. The first was a decorated Al-Quran bearing a plumeria motif with six petals representing the pillars of faith in Islam. The theme was designed by Muhammad Asyraaf bin Haji Rambli. The second pesambah was a string art portrait of His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik by Muhammad Miqdam bin Zaini.
Muhammad Asyraaf is a staff member at the Yayasan Islamic Calligraphy and Arts Studies Centre, while Muhammad Miqdam is a Yayasan scholarship recipient pursuing further studies under the Diploma in Mushaf Arts at Restu International College, Malaysia.
The Yayasan Islamic Calligraphy and Arts Studies Centre was established as a platform for the development of Islamic art education in Brunei Darussalam. The concept behind the centre is to develop a range of knowledge, skills and expertise, particularly in terms of Islamic calligraphy and decorative art.