Public support for His Majesty’s titah

Izah Azahari

Following 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 special titah on Saturday night urging the nation to be ready in an integrated manner to control the COVID-19 outbreak, the Bulletin spoke to some members of the public for their responses.

Hakim from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) who agreed with His Majesty for the public to not panic, hoped that the public can be more empathetic to those who are putting their lives on the line in handling the issue, as well as educate themselves to help each other in this difficult time.

Fida Fendi said she was moved by His Majesty’s message reminding everyone to stay calm and patient, to continue praying while working together to fight COVID-19. “Our Sultan is an exemplary leader and I am very grateful for the reminder and morale boost, especially those in the healthcare frontline to control the situation during these times of uncertainty,” said Fida.

Agreeing with this was private company employee Muhammad Abdullah, who added that if the situation persists and Friday prayers are still on hold for the coming week, the sermon could at least be recited through radio or aired on television.

Further reiterating the importance of people listening to what has been stated by His Majesty as well as Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar was a government education officer who did not want to be identified. She noted the decline in the number of people going around which gives a positive note towards the aspect of adhering to the advice to practise social distancing. She added that she is still anxious about returning to school in the coming week due to the current situation.

Marketing Executive Officer Nazmi Haji Souyono told the Bulletin that it truly is a whole of nation approach that requires some sacrifices, it is important to learn from other countries such as Italy and Iran as anything less could lead to the situation being prolonged. “I do believe that the government has been very proactive in tackling this pandemic and the measures thus far have been appropriate with the worst case scenario in mind,” said Nazmi.

A fast food establishment implements social distancing measures. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI
A closed sign at a mosque