The Mukim Consultative Council (MPM) of Mukim Bukit Sawat, Village Consultative Council (MPK) of Kampong Bukit Sawat and Kampong Merangking in the Belait District held a celebration for the International Day of Older Persons yesterday.
The event was held at the Mukim Bukit Sawat Multipurpose Hall, with cooperation of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), the Belait District branch of the Community Development Department (JAPEM) and the Belait District Office.
The guest of honour was 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, accompanied by his spouse Datin Nurhayana Janis binti Abdullah Lim.
The minister was welcomed to the venue by Legislative Council member, and Acting Penghulu of Mukim Labi I and Advisor for the celebration Yang Berhormat Hanapi bin Mohd Siput and Penghulu of Mukim Bukit Sawat and Chairman for the celebration Haji Mohd Salleh bin Haji Othman. Also present were Acting Permanent Secretary (Strategy and Policy Management) at the MCYS Saidah binti Haji Wahid; Acting Director of JAPEM Rostinah binti Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Sura Pahlawan Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Tahir and Belait District Officer Ramlee bin Haji Jamudin.
The minister was greeted on arrival with a Gulingtangan performance by an ensemble of senior citizens.
Haji Mohd Salleh said the International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 every year, to honour the dedication and hard work of senior citizens to help further develop the mukim and village.
The minister later presented several senior citizens with tokens and awards, including the award for the healthiest to Haji Junaidi bin Teradi, the most productive to Professor Dr Ismail bin Opak, the most supportive to Noraini binti Abdullah, and the oldest to 88-year-old Haji Junaidi bin Abdullah Manai, who was born on March 30, 1931.
The minister also presented donations to the senior citizens, before joining for a group photo session.