| Fizah HAB |
THOUSANDS took to the streets surrounding the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien yesterday to take part in celebrations marking the 35th National Day, despite cloudy skies and intermittent rain.
For Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli) Student Council member Calvinca Poerawinata, taking part in the march past as a college student is a somewhat different experience than participating in it as a primary/secondary school student, as it packs a greater feeling of patriotism and instils a strong sense of pride.
“Most of us grew up here in Brunei, so it is nice to take part in such a historical event,” Poerawinata said, adding, “We are striving for the Brunei Vision 2035, so a small contribution such as this goes a long way in this society.
Director of Industry Liaison and a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Jennifer Voon shared with the Sunday Bulletin, “It is a wonderful day for Brunei, especially the participants and members of the public coming together to celebrate the National Day in a sign of cohesive unity. I have been doing this for the past 30 years since I first started working at the then Institut Teknologi Brunei, and I hope to continue participating in the future.”
“For the young generation, this is your day; a day for you to show your loyalty to both Brunei and to 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, as a thank you gesture for the good things done for us,” she added.
Meanwhile, Administration Assistant at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Najib Jaafri was a picture of pride at the event, saying, “It is an honour to be here participating in such a ceremony because this is our country and we are celebrating our own independence today. I’m proud to be a Bruneian and it’s warm to see everyone here coming together as one to celebrate. I hope the young generation will continue to take part in this event as living here in Brunei is a blessing and I hope they will appreciate the opportunities available here.”
Hajah Siti Nur Khadijah binti Haji Abu Samah, a first year student at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) noted that the good turnout in spite of the less than desirable weather was a mark of Bruneians’ love for their country.
“Despite the drizzle, people are still coming to the event, including young students, to showcase their unity and patriotism, a gesture not to be taken lightly and should be encouraged all the time,” she said.