Pride, patriotism on display

ON BRUNEI’S 35th National Day, 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 witnessed the patriotism of people who participated in a grand celebration that marked the occasion.

This year’s theme Menjayakan Wawasan Negara was a timely reminder for the people of Brunei Darussalam that everyone plays an important part in the nation’s strife towards accomplishing Brunei Vision 2035.

Spotlight shone on Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien on the morning of February 23 as more than 30 thousand people, citizens and foreigners alike, gathered to celebrate Brunei’s 35th National Day. Students all over the country assembled and lined the streets of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city, proudly showcasing their patriotism in events like flag-waving, marching and dance performance.

The Gerak Cergas Towards Wawasan Negara 2035 performance put together by a combination of 388 National Service Programme (PKBN)participants and pupils from primary to secondary levels stole the show as the highlight of the celebration.

Year 10 students from Chung Hwa Middle School BSB were fortunate and privileged to be selected once again to participate in the Gerak Cergas Towards Wawasan Negara 2035 for a second year. They had undergone training conducted by volunteer coaches from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for two months.

Participants at the event

To ensure that they put on an impeccable show, the students arrived at the open field in the capital city early in the morning of the momentous celebration for some final rehearsals. Nervousness hung heavily in the air as the tense students awaited their turn to march into the field to perform. Even though it had rained early in the morning, it was apparent that the spirit of the students could not be dampened. Mirroring the sun that was shining brilliantly, the students’ sense of patriotism increasingly intensified. Finally, months of dedication and hard work proved fruitful when the student performers staged an impressive dance performance to commemorate Brunei’s past, future and present. Using pompoms, placards, and paper fans, the performers created an array of vibrant images, including an image of the android logo and a laptop with the number ‘35’ to reflect Brunei’s present technological advancements. A palpable sense of excitement and euphoria were keenly felt among the students as their performance concluded.

His Majesty’s titah emphasis-ed the importance of the roles and contributions of the youth, which are vital in the nation’s road to fulfil Brunei Vision 2035.

“I felt very inspired by His Majesty’s titah. As a Bruneian youth, it is indeed our responsibility to prove our patriotism and commitment to the nation by contributing to the continuous development of Brunei,” Ngau Zi Xuan, a CHMS Year 10 student, who participated in the nation’s celebrations said in an interview.

“As a member of the Chinese community, I am grateful to live in such an inclusive society like Brunei. All residents of Brunei, no matter our background, should come together in unity and do our part in furthering the country’s national interests,” Wong Jun Wen, another CHMS student commented. Tan Jian Wu and Yong Shan Ren, Year 10 Science 1