Grand display of nation’s love for His Majesty

Izah Azahari

Bright colours and upbeat music filled the atmosphere at Taman Haji Sir Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien as people from various backgrounds joined Brunei-Muara District’s get-together event held in conjunction with 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’s 75th birthday celebration.

This year’s performance was themed Raja Tersohor Kegemilangan Rakyat focussing on the sovereignty and authority of His Majesty in developing the nation to achieve Brunei Vision 2035.

The theme also showed all citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam as its backbone and key driver of development shaped by the Malay Islamic Monarchy philosophy.

The 10-minute stage performance were divided into four segments involving 200 youth participants as well as primary and secondary school students.

The first segment was titled Menjunjung Kasih with youth singing and dancing in Zapin rhythm specially created for His Majesty.

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 cuts a birthday cake. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR; MUIZ MATDANI & INFOFOTO
His Majesty; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah
ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show His Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses during the get-together event

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show Their Royal Highnesses with well-wishers

ABOVE & BELOW: Nuraqilah Bazilah binti Md Daud; and Dayat Ahim

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show performers during the event

The second segment was titled Kegemilangan Raja involving 40 youth participants from choir and acapella groups. They sang a specially created song that portrayed the monarch’s charisma and authority creating a high spirit among the people and residents to reach the country’s pinnacle of glory.

The third segment titled Raja Berkarisma saw a collaborative performance by veteran musicians, youth and children presenting a song for His Majesty’s birthday.

The fourth segment titled Raja Tersohor Kegemilangan Rakyat saw choral speaking with a group of 20 students that illustrated the people’s love for the rule of His Majesty. It also saw older-generation singers performing alongside today’s youth.

Gentara Begawan Group leader Nuraqilah Bazilah binti Md Daud, who led 34 female youth traditional dancers from colleges and technical education institutions, said they practised a month for the event and were honoured to be involved in making the event a success.

“The biggest challenge was the dancers being new to traditional dancing and our tight schedule,” said Nuraqilah Bazilah.

Local singer Dayat Ahim, who led the finale performance, said it was his first time performing for a get-together ceremony.

“My first performance was during the National Day. This was the second time I performed for His Majesty in a major event,” said Dayat. “It was unbelievable and I felt lucky to be chosen as a singer.”

Among the 200 performers, 60 were youth dancers, 21 child dancers, 20 youth musicians, four veteran musicians, 30 youth choir singers, 10 acapella singers, 20 primary school students for choral speaking, 30 secondary school students in choir and seven singers.