Brunei celebrates 38 years of independence

Brunei Darussalam recently celebrated its 38th national day with over 3000 participants showcasing their unwavering patriotic spirit in a parade at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.

The annual celebration themed ‘Menjayakan Wawasan Negara’ or Accomplishing the National Vision was graced by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The monarch was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; and His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah.

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Despite a smaller fete due to COVID-19, citizens and residents of the country still flocked to the capital to give their love for the sultanate and to His Majesty the Sultan.

The auspicious ceremony began with His Majesty inspecting the Guard of Honour mounted by personnel of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Royal Brunei Police Force.

The parade saw the participation of eight groups comprising of 3,800 individuals from various government and private agencies led by giant-sized national flag bearers, oath readers, bearers of the medium-sized national flag and the 38th National Day logo flag.

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Among the participating agencies and organisations include the National Peace Group, Bestari Community Group, Public Sector, Private Sector, Education Sector, Public Movement Group, and the COVID-19 Frontliners Group.

After the march past, the National Day oath was recited, echoing throughout the field, led by Muhammad Abdul Wafi Haji Sofian, the head of the COVID-19 Youth Volunteer Operations Management Center Secretariat.

The National Day oath readers comprised of 38 youths from various backgrounds, including the differently-abled.

The celebration concluded with the patriotic song performance titled ‘Berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing’.

  • Image: Iqbal Dato Selamat

This article was first published on 26 February 2022 in our Weekly Epaper issue 182 | More stories here


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