Compiled by Rokiah Mahmud, Wani Roslan & Izah Azahari
Despite the scorching hot weather yesterday, the spirit of patriotism among participants from all walks of life did not fade during the 36th National Day celebrations in the capital.
The parade served as medium for the people to deliver their nationalistic expression for Brunei Darussalam.
The following are comments from attendees and participants at yesterday’s National Day celebrations.
Haji Jeff Hadiman bin Dato Paduka Haji Danial, General Manager of Royal Brunei Catering
“We hope to continue and participate as a team with years to come. At RBC there are 620 of us with 90 per cent local workers.
It has been great to be part of the crowd and we hope we will be able to play our part in achieving Brunei Vision 2035.”
Shafie Othman, representative from the Ministry of Home Affairs
“We must be thankful for what we have been blessed with. We live in a peaceful and prosperous country. As the young generation, we need to maintain the country’s stability and security.
“As the young generation, we are regarded as assets of the country and must ensure that we deliver our gratitude and are thankful for the blessings that we have enjoyed all this time.”
Norsiah binti Haji Mohd Yusof, representative from imagine
“The theme for the 36th National Day invites us as Bruneians to uphold the country’s Vision 2035. Let’s work together so we can see the future development of our country as result from today’s goals and determination.”
Hajah Asmah binti Haji Omar, Vice-President of the Brunei Darussalam Nurses Association (PENJURU)
“This year, 100 members of PENJURU participated in the parade, and we would like to say Happy 36th National Day.
“With the theme ‘Accomplishing the National Vision’, PENJURU is playing its role to serve the community by enhancing nurses and midwives services, providing health care in achieving health goals for all.
“We also provide professional and basic care among mothers and children in the country.”
Afiq bin Roslan, student at IBTE School of Hospitality and Tourism
“I would like to wish a Happy 36th National Day to everyone in Brunei. I hope this year will bring more peace and harmony for the country, and I pray that no harm will ever come to it as well as to the countries surrounding it. The gathering today feels blessed with the presence 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 I pray that Allah the Almighty will grant His Majesty good health. I’m proud to be a Bruneian as our country has remained peaceful since before I was born, and the rich history and cultural traditions should be kept in mind and passed on to the next generations.
“I’m steadfast in praying for consistent stability and positivity within the nation, and today has shown the teamwork and productivity of the people of Brunei.”
Rafidah binti Hidup, Senior Trainer at the Special Needs Services Division of Community Development Department
“Happy 36th National Day to everyone in Brunei Darussalam. Let us all work towards contributing as a nation towards achieving the National Vision 2035!”
Surhaya binti Sabli @ Sablee, Customs Officer at the Royal Customs and Excise Department
“I would like to wish Brunei a Happy 36th National Day. May our country remain prosperous and always under the protection of Allah the Almighty.”
Ismawardey binti Haji Abdul Rahman, representative from Nusa Laila Puteri School
“With participation of school students during this National Day, it will further instil them with patriotism and understanding of the journey of our past generations in celebrating our first national day in 1984. The celebration is also an opportunity for youth to show their support to the country by providing helping hands not only as participants but as most of them were unsung heroes who contributed to the country. Eventually the opportunity that has been given to us will assist the nation in accomplishing Brunei Vision 2035.”