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MINISTER of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong participated in the second dialogue session for Mukim penghulus and village heads in the Brunei-Muara District for Zones 2, 4 and 5.
The dialogue, held at the Brunei-Muara District Office at the Old Airport in Berakas, focussed on ideas and views on current issues, and is meant to foster closer ties between the ministry and penghulus and village heads.
During the meeting, the minister reiterated the roles of the penghulus and village heads in the dissemination of information on the Golden Jubilee celebrations of 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 Accession to the Throne.
The minister also urged the penghulus and village heads to contribute their ideas, particularly with regard to the welfare of their residents in their capacity as grassroots leaders.
The minister thanked them for their efforts and initiatives to involve their residents in numerous national activities which inculcate and strengthen unity among the people.
The Bulletin caught up with several of the penghulus and village heads to gather their views on the upcoming celebrations of His Majesty’s Golden Jubilee and what it will mean for them and their residents.
A member of the Legislative Council, YB Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman, Village Head of Kampong Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun and Pelumpong, said a key aspect of celebrating the Golden Jubilee is the hoisting of the national flag during the designated period.
“Apart from that, the Golden Jubilee also marks the success and glory of His Majesty’s rule; there are not many countries that will have such a golden opportunity to see their monarchs reigning for over 50 years,” he added.
“We must therefore, as Bruneians, demonstrate our undivided loyalty and appre-ciation for what His Majesty has done for our country’s develop-ment by taking part in activities and programmes organised to commemorate this historical event. They can also contribute ideas and give suggestions as to what activities can be organised.”
Meanwhile, Pengarah Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Naim, Penghulu of Mukim Mentiri, explained to the Bulletin that the celebration is “not just to commemorate the historical monarchical milestone, but also an event to tighten the bonds between His Majesty and his people”.
Haji Abdul Wahab bin Kampong Timbang, Village Head of STKRJ Rimba, urged the mukim and village consultative councils to take responsibility in leading their residents to take part in activities for the celebrations, especially during the main event on October 5.
For Haji Jumat bin Akim, Village Head of Kampong Putat, the Golden Jubilee is particularly significant for the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam.
“In the 50 years of His Majesty’s rule, our country has witnessed vast development, not only in the form of infrastructure or buildings, but also in our socio-economic development as well as mutual ties with other countries – both regional and international,” he said.
“We must therefore express our thanks and gratitude to His Majesty by contributing back to the country. One of the ways to do this is by taking part in the celebrations.”