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Malaysian community marks 65th­ Independence Day with flag hoisting

Lyna Mohamad

Around 100 Malaysians in Brunei Darussalam marked their country’s 65th Independence Day with a flag hoisting ceremony yesterday.

The event was held at the Malaysian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam at the Diplomatic Enclave in Jalan Kebangsaan.

The Malaysians comprising diplomatic officials, prominent members of the business community as well as those residing and working in the country sang the Malaysian national anthem Negaraku to accompany the flag hoisting.

They also sang the flag anthem Jalur Gemilang, before reciting the Ikrar with Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Raja Reza bin Raja Zaib Shah and spouse Datin Roslina binti Ismail.

The high commissioner in his address touched on the strong bilateral relationship between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, emphasising that the diplomatic ties established since 1984 is one based on the Malay roots, Malay monarchy and supported by Islam and family ties.

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show the Malaysian community in Brunei Darussalam celebrating their country’s 65th Independence Day with Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Raja Reza bin Raja Zaib Shah and spouse. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMMAD

“These ties are further enhanced with the frequent high level visits by both countries,” he said.

Meanwhile, last year, Malaysia and Brunei recorded MYR8.03 billion in trade, a significant 70.4 per cent increase compared to 2020.

“The second quarter this year alone recorded MYR5 billion,” said the high commissioner, adding that the positive momentum could see bilateral trade between the two countries surpass MYR10 billion by the end of the year.

Yesterday’s ceremony concluded with a cake cutting ceremony and a get together session with the high commissioner and spouse along with officials at the high commission and guests.