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 yesterday highlighted the role of youth as the main driving force in expanding efforts towards realising the goals of Brunei Vision 2035 that also form the 35th National Day theme of Menjayakan Wawasan Negara.
In a titah delivered during a get-together ceremony with Brunei citizens and residents, His Majesty said youth under the Educational Loan Assistance Scheme have shown that the education system in Brunei Darussalam is capable of producing students with a strong educational foundation and easily adaptable to any institution of higher education.
However, His Majesty also reminded that there is much to be done in meeting the established target, apart from facing the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which requires the country to have quality and skilled human resources.
His Majesty advised all students to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills, in addition to gaining knowledge through experience and books as well as by emulating successful people.
“Students need to be astute in distinguishing between the good and the bad; and they must be mindful about the misapplication of technology, since it can induce negative influences into society, especially among youth,” said the monarch.
“Therefore, students who are studying abroad in particular should steer clear of meaningless activities that can divert them from their main objective, and they need to maintain their commitment to the principles of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).”
Earlier, His Majesty’s arrival to the event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kuala Lumpur was greeted by Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Malaysia Dato Paduka Haji Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Awang Mohd Taha and President of the Brunei Student Council Malaysia (BSCM) Mohammad Fakhirin bin Dato Paduka Haji Zainal.
His Majesty was invited for a group photograph with senior officers from the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Malaysia and the student members of the BSCM.
His Majesty then consented to sign a commemorative parchment and joined the students for afternoon tea, before proceeding to the Grand Ballroom for the get-together ceremony.
His Majesty’s arrival was accompanied with a Dikir Marhaban recitation by Brunei students from Darul Quran under Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM) in Malaysia, the Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor and the International Islamic University Malaysia.
The ceremony began with the national anthem of Brunei Darussalam, led by the Brunei students at the INTI International University.
This was followed with a recitation of verses Al-Quran by Mohammad Wafiy bin Mohamad from the International Islamic University Malaysia, and its translation read by Mohammad Aiman bin Haji Mohd Mansor from Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor.
State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned recited Doa Selamat to bless the ceremony.
The welcoming address was read by the BSCM president, which included a pledge of unwavering loyalty and allegiance to His Majesty.
Afterwards, His Majesty received a pesambah from the students, presented on their behalf by the BSCM president.
His Majesty then interacted with approximately 1,363 citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam who are currently in Malaysia pursuing their studies, on official government duty, or vacationing with their families.