Brunei Darussalam citizens should resolve to be responsible and loyal to the monarch, religion and country by being involved in community activities at national or mukim and village levels.
Minister of Home Affairs Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ahmaddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman said this during the citizenship certificate presentation ceremony to 504 individuals at the Bridex Conference Hall in Jerudong yesterday.
The minister said, “Unity in community life can be instilled through villagers practising mutual respect and cooperation by helping each other and care for the well-being of each and every resident.
“Grassroots leaders can play a role in helping mukim and village residents in need of assistance, including senior citizens and special needs individuals through village and mukim consultative councils.”
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ahmaddin said, “We need to work together to carry out our responsibility of maintaining the country’s well-being, peace and order regardless of our position, background, race and religion.
“The peace we enjoy can be maintained through unity, respect for one another, tolerance in the community and upholding the national philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).”
Acting Director of Immigration and National Registration Department Haji Azmi bin Haji Abdul Rahim meanwhile said the department has held four Brunei citizenship certificate presentation ceremonies this year with the previous ones in February, May and July.
He congratulated the recipients and urged the new citizens to show appreciation by having undivided loyalty and compliance to the Sultanate’s law.
The recipients comprised candidates of the written citizenship test, children of Brunei citizens and wives of Bruneian husbands.
Legislative Council members, permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries and officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs were also present. – James Kon