Youth wear patriotism on their sleeves

Wani Roslan

Thousands of patriotic youth turned up for the 36th National Day celebration in the capital, among them students from higher education institutions including Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB).

UBD Senior Administrative official Mohd Najib bin Haji Mohd Jaafri said, “Our youth are progressing well in upholding 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 titah in achieving the Brunei Vision 2035,” which is in line with this year’s National Day theme ‘Accomplishing the National Vision.’

“We can see they are active in starting their own businesses, and we are also producing independent and visionary youth who are getting involved in various fields, which will make Brunei Darussalam proud.”

He noted that youth involvement is increasing, not only with regard to field performances, but also those who turned up to wave miniature flags in a strong show of patriotism.

Meanwhile, UTB Student Representative Council President Muhd Aqil Fakhrullah bin Haji Azrol Azmin said a 110 computing students, Student Representative Council members and lecturers from UTB participated in the parade.

KUPU SB delegation in high spirits in the capital for the 36th National Day celebration. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI
FROM LEFT: UTB Student Representative Council President Muhd Aqil Fakhrullah bin Haji Azrol Azmin; KUPU SB Student Representative Council President Awangku Muhd Ridhauddin bin Pengiran Mohd Amin; UBD Senior Administrative official Mohd Najib bin Haji Mohd Jaafri; and UNISSA Student Representative Council member Muhd Hanafi bin Rosli speak to the media
UNISSA delegation are all smiles

“This year, I witnessed the involvement of more youth. I hope this trend continues, especially for major national activities. This will create patriotic youth, and spur them to achieve our national vision, Insya Allah,” he said.

UNISSA Student Representative Council member Muhd Hanafi bin Rosli shared his point of view on youth development, noting that it is “progressing well.”

At the university, the students are introduced to the Community Camp to learn and gain experience, he said.

“This year, we had 234 students, lecturers and staff involved in the parade, and we hope this experience will teach them about patriotism.”

KUPU SB Student Representative Council President Awangku Muhd Ridhauddin bin Pengiran Mohd Amin shared that 150 KUPU SB students, lecturers and staff participated in the 36th National Day celebration.

Youth play an important role to achieve Brunei Vision 2035. The Sultanate is producing even more proactive and productive youth who are experts in various fields, he said.

“Our current local youth mindset has changed – they are innovative and proactive, with many of them involved in volunteer work. At KUPU SB, all students are introduced to community work courses to sharpen their skills set,” he said.

“We are happy to see our youth are productive, proactive, and this is what we need from them. They are the ones who can achieve the Brunei Vision 2035”.