The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) through the Community Development Department (JAPEM) and in collaboration with the Senior Citizen Activity Centre (PKWE) in all districts and the Senior Citizens Association as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) organised a religious ceremony to mark the International Day for Older Persons at Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque in Kampong Tamoi yesterday.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin was the guest of honour.
Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the MCYS Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary at the MCYS Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the MCYS Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said; and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Culture) at the MCYS Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah were present.
The event saw recitations of Ratib Al-Attas and Doa Kesyukuran as well as Doa Allah Peliharakan Sultan dan Negara Brunei Darussalam followed by mass Asar prayer led by Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque Affairs Officer Imam Faizal bin Janif.
The delegation also went to the Royal Mausoleum for Tahlil and reading of Surah Yaasiin for the late parents of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam and Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Bendahara Pengiran Anak Abdul Rahman.
Member of the Tutong Senior Citizen Activity Centre Haji Hanaffi bin Haji Md Yassin led the ceremony.
This year’s celebration is themed ‘Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing’. As of August this year, 38,537 recipients of Old Age Pensions have registered at JAPEM.