Capital bursts into colour

Azlan Othman

Thousands thronged for activities at the Malam Minggu Pusat Belia (MMPB) in the capital last Saturday night. Throughout the MMPB programme, implemented from January 2019 to January 2020, many local youth demonstrated their hidden talents.

From traditional to modern art, talented street artists drew sketches, life portraits, showcased crafts and modern design, while youth with theatrical skills conducted stage performances and magicians unveiled their masterpieces to the public.

Youth with martial arts expertise in modern and traditional technique or youth active in sports such as archery and extreme sports also staged demonstrations. Youth also focussed on religious activities while entrepreneurs came forward to gain an extra income.

Chairman of MMPB Abdul Shafiq Azim bin Julkepli, the founder of The Woodshack BN, said the response from visitors and tourists was encouraging. Local artistes like Miennan Yunos, Suzan Maidin, Aahil Alex, CJ, Jamayrul and Zarif enthralled the audience with local songs, musical hits and the MMPB song.

Two awards were also presented during the night – Creative Youth Award in Arts to Beatrice Ya Sze Shim and Best Innovative Creation Award for Youth to Showtime Creative Entertainment Services Sdn Bhd.

Outside the Youth Centre compound fashion arts, artisan market from SeniModa were showcased. The local movie Ranggau was also screened. Ranggau is a horror film genre about a black magic practitioner who keeps an apparition called Ranggau for his own interest. The film portrayed a lesson on the evil of practising deviant acts or black magic. The increasing involvement of locals in the film industry is a positive sign as the industry has the potential in developing the country’s economy. Cat Show, exhibition by PoniDivers, a Beyblade contest, Creative Art exhibition, and an acoustic show from Chordnesia Group wa among the other attractions.

At the launch of the MMPB a year ago, the President of MMPB Hajah Noor Monasalieana @ Suzie binti Haji Mohd Salleh, said the creative industry is interesting. One can turn a creative hobby to a source of income which can contribute to the country’s economy. It helps reduce the rate of unemployment in the Sultanate.

Besides the Youth Centre and Dermaga Diraja, MMPB is also planning to widen the platform for youth to places such as the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium and Temburong District on January 25.

A lively atmosphere at MMPB. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR/ MMPB
A musical show during the event