The International Students of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) would like to thank 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 and the government for looking after international students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also stand witness to the support, extended to us by the Prime Minister’s Office and Immigration and National Registration Department for helping us to travel back home. The quality and delivery of healthcare to UBD international students by the Ministry of Health should all be mentioned.
The treatment and conduct of ‘care’ extended to UBD International students by the Government of Brunei Darussalam is an inspiring example for the world during the COVID-19 situation.
We are inspired and impressed to see the Bruneian tradition of helping and supporting each other at a time of difficulty.
I strongly believe that this is the result of a clear understanding of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) and effective implementation of its ideals when carrying out responsibilities by the government.
I strongly believe, that the value system of MIB has benefited international students as well. Irrespective of different backgrounds, international students at UBD have received care, acceptance, safety, shelter, free food, toleration, respect and equal opportunity during these times.
We recognise that all this is a result of His Majesty’s vision, interest and importance given to us at this critical juncture.
His Majesty’s leadership will continue to inspire us throughout our lives, even when we will be long gone from UBD and Brunei Darussalam. We will always remember Brunei’s great history, tolerant nature, and noble traits of Bruneian society now deeply entrenched in our souls and consciences.
We are therefore confident that Brunei will prosper further by accomplishing all the objectives of Brunei Vision 2035 and by achieving even greater levels of global recognition, success on all fronts, under the astute leadership of His Majesty.
We wish His Majesty and the Bruneians good health, happiness, lasting progress and prosperity!
His Majesty, you are truly a ‘Raja Berjiwa Rakyat’.
May Allah the Almighty’s blessings and peace be upon you and your family.
Muhammad Adil Iqbal
President of UBD International Students Club