Religious event marks Bandar Brunei renaming

Syazwani Hj Rosli

The Ministry of Home Affairs held a recitation of Surah Yaasiin and Tahlil ceremony for Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam and Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Bendahara Pengiran Anak Abdul Rahman, the late parents of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the Royal Mausoleum yesterday.

The ceremony was held to commemorate the 49th anniversary celebration of the renaming of Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan.

It was held in remembrance of the contribution of a monarch and Ulul Amri who is also known as the Architect of Modern Brunei. Bandar Seri Begawan has progressed in terms of development and infrastructure with public facilities as well as leisure parks.

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong was present.

Legislative Council members, permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries at the ministry, senior officers, officers and staff members of departments under the ministry as well as penghulu mukim and village heads from Bandar Seri Begawan were also present.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Brunei-Muara Mosque Officer Haji Abdul Aziz bin Haji Abdul Ghani followed by the reading of Surah Yaasiin and Tahlil. Around 250 participated in the event.

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and other senior officials during the religious ceremony. PHOTO: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI