Members of the Diplomatic Corps joined 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 members of the royal family in the Semangat Kebangsaan 2023 Recreational Cycling at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the capital yesterday in conjunction with Brunei Darussalam’s 39th National Day celebration.
Outgoing Ambassador of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko, who joined the event for the last time before leaving the Sultanate, said, “I always joined all the cycling events. I would like to congratulate His Majesty and the people of Brunei on the country’s 39th National Day celebration.
“Under the wise leadership of His Majesty, the Sultanate will continue to prosper and the people will continue to live in harmony and peace. Today, we have some 15 members of the Diplomatic Corps with 20 personnel from the Indonesian Embassy joining the event. With the huge participation, I think this is the biggest cycling event since COVID-19.
“It is always a special and memorable occasion when we can meet and greet as well as cycle with His Majesty and members of the royal family,” he said.
Meanwhile, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Raja Reza bin Raja Zaib Shah said, “I would like to commend the initiative of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for organising the event.
“It is a praiseworthy effort to promote healthy lifestyle among Bruneians and provide a rare occasion for the community including members of the Diplomatic Corps to cycle along with His Majesty.”
He also shared, “It is proven that through events like this, people from all walks of life can get together to celebrate the Brunei’s 39th National Day.
“The event also allows the Diplomatic Corps to engage and interact with Bruneians, including His Majesty and members of the royal family as well as Cabinet ministers in an informal event.
“I am pleased with the encouraging participation from the Diplomatic Corps which includes ambassadors and high commissioners of Indonesia, Malaysia, the United States of America, Laos, Germany, Vietnam, India and Pakistan as well as deputy heads of mission from Singapore, Cambodia and Japan.”