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Queen’s Baton Relay ‘big success’

James Kon

JUNE 10, 2010 – In perfect weather conditions, the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi successfully made its way through Brunei Darussalam yesterday, passing by some of the famous landmarks in the capital such as Water Village, the Clock Tower, Bumbungan Dua Belas as well as the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council, said the relay was successful in his sabda after the conclusion of relay at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

Convener of the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi Alka Lamba in a congratulatory message on the successful conclusion of the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 in Brunei said, “I want to thank His Royal Highness, high commissioners from the Commonwealth countries and the school children as well as the people of Brunei.

“I want to congratulate the people of Brunei for organising one of the best Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi.

“On behalf of the host India and Commonwealth Games as well as our leader, I want to invite all Bruneians to witness the Common-wealth Games.”

His Royal Highness’s sabda was read out by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah.

His Royal Highness said, “This morning not only the baton passed through various historical landmarks such as the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Bumbungan Dua Belas but also through various roads of Jalan McArthur and Jalan Residency which are synonymous to the Commonwealth.”

The President of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council added, “This morning, the baton also crossed the Brunei River, home to our national heritage, the Water Village (Kampong Ayer), dubbed as the Venice of the East. The significance and uniqueness of the check points, hopefully could impress not only the Commonwealth communities here in Brunei Darussalam but also Commonwealth communities througout the world.”

His Royal Highness also said, “The serenity and glowing water of Kampong Ayer, coupled with the sporting spirit as well as enthusiasm and friendship shown by all participants, all reflecting, what the Commonwealth values are, in promoting international understanding and world peace. The Commonwealth Games, always reflect these.

“Before I conclude, I think, everyone of us agreed that the relay that we had this morning was a very successful one. On that note, I would like to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to all of you, students from government and private schools, athletes from various sports associations, athletes who have represented Brunei Darussalam in the previous Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth high commissions and their communities and others, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the sponsors, the police, the media, the medical team, teachers, volunteers and other relevant government agencies. My gratitude also goes to the Commonwealth Games Federation for giving Brunei Darussalam a chance to be part of this Queen’s Baton epic journey.

“To the ministers and senior officials thank you for your support and for being here with us at the relay. Last but not least, my best wishes to India and all athletes who will assemble in New Delhi, a very successful and memorable 19th Commonwealth Games 2010. My best wishes also go to Malaysia where the Queen’s Baton will make its 66 stop.” His Royal Highness said.

The Queen’s Baton route started from Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex at 7am with His Royal Highness was handed the privilege to be the first baton bearer.

Accompany His Royal Highness were His Royal Highness’ son Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul ‘Aleem, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Deputy Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman and others officials.

The baton then made its way to Water Village on traditional boat ride. The baton was then passed from hand to hand between the eight high commissioners of the Commonwealth countries in Brunei as well as their community up to the tower clock at Jalan Sultan.

From there, the baton was handed to a group of various sports associations, students from sports school as well as people with
special needs.

The baton arrived at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium at Budiman walk where some 300 students accompanied the baton for the final relay. Among the students was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak ‘Aizzatul Bulqiah.

The last baton bearer passed the baton back to the President of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council.

His Royal Highness then passed the Queen’s Baton to Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari for the next destination of the Queen Baton Relay 2010 Delhi.

Before the ceremony concluded, His Royal Highness presented a souvenir to Lamba.

Bargains galore at Customs auction

Achong Tanjong

JUNE 7, 2000 – There were bargains to be had when the Royal Customs and Excise Department held an auction yesterday, of vehicles and accessories seized during raids against smugglers.

A large crowd gathered outside the Royal Customs premises in Muara as early as one-and-a-half hour before the auction began to ensure themselves of a place in the proceeding. There were various types of items on offer, including saloon cars, sports cars, 4X4s, trucks, boats, outboard engines, tyres and more.

Bids could start as low as BND50 for a car, depending on the condition of the vehicle. However, with keen competition among the bidders, the prices usually rose very quickly, and the winning bidder could end up paying some two to three times the reserve price.

At yesterday’s proceeding, the opening offer for a Datsun 120Y sedan, for example, started at BND50, but it was eventually sold for BND200. And a Toyota Super Kijang wagon was initially bid for at BND4,000, but ended up sold for BND6,300.

Many of the motor vehicles on offer were still in working condition, though the large presence of auto repair specialists seemed to indicate that most of them would end up cannibalised for spare parts.

Other enthusiasts were more keen on bargains in wooden boats, outboard engines and auto accessories.

How much is this boat really worth, these people ponder. PHOTO: ACHONG TANJONG