| Daniel Lim |
THE Belait Youth Association (PEMBELA) officially opened its first office in Kuala Belait yesterday afternoon.
The premises, located between the Islamic Da’wah Centre and Seaview Hotel along Jalan Maulana, was set up to provide a central location for the association’s youth members to develop and hone their skills and discipline, as well as foster cooperation.
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 attended the launch ceremony.
He was welcomed by Head of PEMBELA for the 2018-2020 session Atikah Rumaizah binti Dr Haji Awang Harun.
In her opening speech, Atikah Rumaizah pointed out that the new PEMBELA office building represented a huge milestone for the association, as it helps the association accomplish its mission of aiding the government 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 in instilling among the youth in the district a sense of resilience and self-reliance and proactive spirit.
“Since the association’s inception back in 1966, more than 700 members had actively participated in the various activities conducted by the association,” she said. “The association also currently has more than 67 active members under the age of 40, as well as 37 active members above the age of 40.”
Atikah Rumaizah highlighted the various achievements PEMBELA and its members had achieved since its establishment.
“The achievements serve to showcase the association’s ability to not only continuously conduct activities to better develop its youth members, but also represent an opportunity to give back to the surrounding community,” she noted.
“Without the commitment, harmony and cooperation between all former and current association members, we would not be here today to witness such a tremendous occasion for the association.”
The ceremony continued with various traditional performances by members of the association. A brief video collating the association’s activities and achievements through the years was also presented.
The minister toured the PEMBELA Nostalgia Gallery and Exhibition at the new premises, which showcased the association’s history, milestones and achievements.