| James Kon |
VILLAGE heads and mukim penghulus, community leaders and heads of families should work together to remind one another to ensure the responsibility of each citizen and resident to hoist Brunei’s national flag during certain occasions.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) through Municipal Departments and District Offices frequently monitor and carry out checks to make sure the hoisting of national flag and also warn and remind house or building owner as well as business premises if the national flag and banner are damaged, faded or put up incorrectly.
The hoisting of the flag during 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 birthday celebration and National Day celebration is the responsibility of all citizens and residents. This was said by Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong at the Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday morning.
The Minister of Home Affairs was responding to member of the LegCo Yang Berhormat Hanapi bin Mohd Siput’s inquiries on any action taken by enforcement agencies for home or business owners who do not hoist the national flag or hoist damaged flags or at homes at business premises during His Majesty’s birthday and National Day celebrations.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar said, “The MoHA plays a role in requiring the public to hoist the national flag for a month during His Majesty’s birthday celebration.”
The hoisting of the national flag, he said, “is hoped to raise awareness of the responsibility of home or business owners. The hoisting of the flag enlivens the celebratory atmosphere and brings about unity as well as being a symbol of patriotism and nationalism.”
Members of the public were also given talks through workshop on respecting, guidelines and rules on hoisting the flag by the Department of Adat Istiadat Negara and Information Department under the Prime Minister’s Office
Currently, he added, “there are no suggestions of other actions to be taken besides giving warnings and reminders”.