Bandarku Ceria gets bigger

Azlan Othman

Additional event space for the weekly Bandarku Ceria programme will be introduced this Sunday to encourage members of the public to have fun with their families. The new venue will cover a distance of 5.20km, which will allow visitors and cyclists to attempt more challenging routes instead of being limited to the existing one.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said highlighted this at a press briefing yesterday.

“This move is also intended to make it easier for Bandarku Ceria visitors to use parking space in the vicinity of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, to enliven the atmosphere of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex area with beneficial activities, and as a starting/finishing point for any related activity using the Bandarku Ceria programme as a platform,” he said.

“Since 2016, the Bandarku Ceria programme has been held every Sunday from 6am to 10am. The programme aims to enliven the Bandar Seri Begawan atmosphere into that of a dynamic and vibrant city, while allowing people to relax and enjoy the morning ambience on Sundays.”

Senior Special Duties Officer at the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood Saidin bin Namit announced the opening of a local market this Sunday called the Pasar Kitani programme, starting from 6am, near the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said at the media briefing yesterday. PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN
The additional routes for the Bandarku Ceria programme

“Over 40 farmers will sell fresh farm produce in the Pasar Kitani programme,” he said.

Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin added, “The additional venue for the Bandarku Ceria programme will cover a distance of 5.20km and include Jalan Menteri Besar, starting from the roundabout of the Prime Minister’s Office until the traffic light cross-junction in front of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT).

“It also includes Jalan Pusat Persidangan, by turning left from the traffic light cross-junction in front of the MPRT, past the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) building, turning left into Jalan Stadium and turning right to the main stairs of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.” He said that roads closed to the public would include a section of Jalan Menteri Besar facing Edinburgh Palace and the traffic light T-junction of Jalan Stadium leading towards the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

The main route to the city centre is from the Government Department Complex, turning left through Jalan Perdana Menteri, passing the Ministry of Defence and turning right to a T-junction passing the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) building and into Jalan Stadium, heading towards the Islamic Da’wah Centre roundabout and turning left into Jalan Kebangsaan.

Another route is from the Government Departments Complex, turning left towards the Ministry of Defence up to the T-junction of Jalan Perdana Menteri and turning right towards the T-junction past the AITI building and entering Jalan Stadium towards the Islamic Da’wah Centre roundabout and turning left into Jalan Kebangsaan. Alternatively, one may start from the Berakas roundabout and turn left towards the T-junction past the AITI building and enter Jalan Stadium towards the Islamic Da’wah Centre roundabout and turn left into Jalan Kebangsaan.

Senior Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Ahmad advised, “Those who are not feeling well should not attend the Bandarku Ceria programme, as COVID-19 is still raging outside the country, although our nation has been free from the pandemic for three months. Visitors are also recommended to stay hydrated.”