National Day full dress rehearsal sees Royal participation

|     James Kon     |

A FULL dress rehearsal for the parade and performances for Brunei Darussalam’s 35th National Day took place yesterday morning, an activity that saw the participation of His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, who was representing Jerudong International School (JIS).

Some 25,000 participants representing 147 teams will take part in the National Day parade tomorrow at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.

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 observed the practice performance alongside several Cabinet Ministers and senior officials.

The staging of the performances, carried out under the scorching sun, was segmented into two parts: a National Vision (Menjayakan Wawasan Negara) portion carried out by 7,335 students and personnel from the public and private sector, and a Visionary Generation performance executed by 1,035 individuals comprising students from primary schools, the National Service Programme (PKBN), uniform cadets and other participants.

“The performance is beautiful, perfect, lively and filled with a spirit of patriotism today,” Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan said following the practice session. “Today’s performances are not the best yet, I know that the best performance will be on February 23, 2019.

“I am confident that the performances on February 23 will be excellent. I would like to thank all the participants and instructors who have demonstrated a high spirit of patriotism in their performance.”

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel joining in the march-past during the National Day full dress rehearsal at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien yesterday
His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel in a group photo during a flag hoisting ceremony at Jerudong International School (JIS). – JIS
The rehearsal in progress
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Chief of Adat Istiadat Negara; Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof; Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud; and Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Mohd Nawawi bin Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Haji Awang Mohd Taha, Private and Confidential Secretary to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during the full dress rehearsal
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 interacts with participants
Photos above & below show participants during the rehearsal. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI