Monarch calls for a more dynamic economy

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam inspecting the Guard of Honour at the Taman Sir Muda Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien in the capital this morning. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Waqiuddin Rajak
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, underscored the need to shift away from oil and gas, and look further into other sectors to develop the economy.

In his Titah delivered on his 72nd birthday at the Istana Nurul Iman today, the monarch said it is unwise for Brunei to continue depending on just one source, highlighting that “economy” itself is dynamic in nature and should be able to grow in many different ways.

One step to be taken, said His Majesty, is to explore the agricultural sector further, especially when new agriculture technologies are already in place to further accelerate improvements in the sector.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam waves at spectators while inspecting the Guard of Honour at the Taman Sir Muda Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien in the capital this morning. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Monarch went on to say that it is no longer practical to just import basic food necessities without attempting to self-fulfill those needs.

“That is why I remain persistent in bringing people in to meet this obligation, especially related government agencies, those that need strong determination to achieve their targets and strengthen their resolve in heading towards self-sustenance,” he said.

Besides agriculture, the Monarch pointed out that Brunei is also focusing on building up its entrepreneurship sector, especially for its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, with a number of the initiatives including training in book-keeping and basic accounting already being made by its Ministry of Finance.

His Majesty said that these initiatives are important; looking at how capable it can be in helping entrepreneurs develop their businesses and to get them ready to face the challenges as they help Brunei diversify its economy.

Additionally, the monarch said Brunei is also in the process of reviewing its moves to improve its telecommunication infrastructure, which is believed to better facilitate businesses in terms of cost and productivity.

Besides pointing out the need for greater economic diversification, His Majesty also touched on the need for Islamic education to further penetrate across all levels academic institutions. He also highlighted his concerns over the preservation of health and environment in the country.

Honorary state medals

After delivering his titah, the monarch then moved to bestow honorary state medals to this year’s selected recipients.

His Majesty first conferred The Most Exalted Order of Paduka Keberanian Laila Terbilang, First Class, DPKT that carries the title Dato Paduka Seri to three recipients. They are:

  • His Excellency Air Chief Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, the Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces;
  • Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, the Commander of the RBAF, and
  • His Excellency General Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan, the Chief of Defence of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

The Most Gallant Order of Pahlawan Negara Brunei First Class, PSPNB that carries the title Dato Seri Pahlawan were conferred to:

  • Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohammad Irwan bin Haji Hambali, the Deputy Commissioner of Police and
  • Brigadier General Awang Khairul Hamed bin Awang Haji Lampuh, the Commander of the Royal Brunei Land Force.

Eight were conferred The Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei, First Class, PSNB that carries the title Dato Seri Setia. They are:

  • Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, the Minister of Health;
  • Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office;
  • Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Dr. Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, the Second Minister of Finance;
  • Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, the Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
  • Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, the Minister of Development;
  • Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, the Minister of Energy and Industry;
  • Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, the Minister of Education;
  • Yang Berhormat Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, the Minister of Communications.
Royal Brunei Navy personnel marching past during His Majesty’s 72nd Birthday celebrations held at Taman Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Meanwhile, five recipients were conferred The Most Honourable Order of Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei, First Class, SPMB that carries the title Dato Seri Paduka. The recipients including four deputy Ministers, are:

  • The Honourable Justice Awang John Barry Mortimer, President of the Court of Appeal;
  • Dato Paduka Awang Ahmaddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, the Deputy Minister of Finance;
  • Dato Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, the Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry;
  • Datin Dayang Hajah Elinda binti Haji C.A. Mohammad, the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office;
  • Datin Paduka Doktor Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, the Deputy Minister of Education.

One recipient was conferred The Most Distinguished Order of Paduka Seri Laila Jasa, Second Class, DSLJ that carries the title Dato Seri Laila Jasa. The recipient is Justice Awang James Kerr Findlay, the Commissioner of the Supreme Court.

The Most Honourable Order of Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei, Second Class, D.P.M.B that carries the title Dato Paduka were conferred to three recipients. They are:

  • Assistant Commissioner of Police, Pengiran Hj Mohd Jefri bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Hamid, the Acting Director of the Criminal Intelligence Department, Royal Brunei Police Force;
  • Assistant Commissioner of Police Awang Haji Mohd Hassan bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad, the Acting Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Royal Brunei Police Force,
  • Pengiran Haji Mohd Yussof bin Pengiran Haji Bahar.

The Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei, Third Class, SNB, were conferred to:

  • Senior Police Superintendent Awang Husaini bin Haji Matzin
  • Senior Superintendent of Police, Awang Haji Zaini bin Haji Abdul Rahim.

The Bruneian