Senior citizens celebrated National Day with a trip down memory lane at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien yesterday.
Seventy-two-year-old former Telekom Brunei employee Haji Md Tahir bin Timbang, who is now the Village Head of STKRJ Lambak Kiri, remembers the Proclamation of Independence ceremony at midnight, on January 1, 1984.
“Despite the heavy rain, many Bruneians thronged to the capital for the historic celebrations.
“The city was jammed. They came to witness the country’s independence which started from the stroke of midnight,” he said.
On what patriotism means to him, Haji Mohd Tahir said, “Even though this year’s celebration was scaled down, showing love and support for the country must always continue.
“Now, as village head, my patriotism continues as I serve my country in other capacities.” He was proud to see the participants in the National Day parade, especially those who served on the frontline to combat the coronavirus.
“They are the best examples of citizens from our nation demonstrating loyalty, allegiance, and service in achieving Brunei Vision 2035.”
Meanwhile, Haji Metamit bin Mat Zin from the Tutong District also shared his experience from the first National Day. The former teacher remembers the chanting of Allahu Akbar three times after the proclamation led by Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam.
He said patriotism is bred to those who cultivate and foster the future generations. It can be seen in everyday individuals and plenty more of those seemingly ordinary people.
“To do so is not just simply helping youth but rather expanding the minds of our future leaders. Patriotism is doing the hard work today, knowing it is going to benefit those of tomorrow.”