Involve all in National Day celebration, says minister

Azlan Othman

Everyone regardless of background and generation, from schoolchildren to the elderly should be involved in the 36th National Day Celebration in February next year, 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 said.

The minister made the remark during the first meeting of the Executive Committee for the 36th National Day Celebration at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports yesterday. The minister, who is also the Chairperson of the Executive Committee for the 36th National Day Celebration, said the focus of the celebration must be based on the Whole-of-Nation approach.

“February 23, 2020, will be the 36th year the nation enjoys peace and prosperity in Brunei Darussalam. It is a priceless gift from Allah the Almighty, especially in enabling us to continue to work towards achieving the country’s vision of prosperity under the wise leadership of our benevolent ruler.”

He said the theme ‘Making our National Vision a Success’ will be maintained in next year’s celebration as it is seen as still relevant. It is hoped that people will continue to appreciate the meaning behind the theme and play an active role in the development of the country to realise the goals of Brunei Vision 2035, the minister said.

“We do not want this theme to be rhetorical alone. This theme should serve as a catalyst for the commitment of all parties and inject the spirit to work together and unite towards achieving the best for the nation,” he added.

The minister also thanked committees elected and expressed his appreciation for the cooperation and commitment from all parties in making the 35th National Day Celebration this year successful.

Yesterday’ meeting discussed the post-mortem of the previous national day, theme and logo, events, side events, time line and budget allocation.

Also present were Principal of Brunei History Centre Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Haji Awang Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri bin Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Umar; Acting Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh; and Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar. Also in attendance were Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arshad, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Acting Commissioner of Police Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Mohd Jefri bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Hamid, permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries and executive committee member.

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 at the event. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN