BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Happy cheers filled Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien as thousands flocked the capital to meet 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 at the ‘Junjung Ziarah and Ramah Mesra’ for the Monarch’s 72nd birthday celebration.
Brunei-Muara District is the final district for the annual get-together event for His Majesty’s 72nd Birthday Celebration which provides the opportunity for the citizens and residents to personally convey birthday greetings to their beloved monarch.
Hundreds of students lined up along the pathway leading to the Taman’s Royal Dais, waiving their flags and bearing the bunga manggar to greet His Majesty and members of the royal family upon their arrival.
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 Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.
On hand to greet the royal entourage were Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong, in his capacity as the Chairman of the National Executive Committee for His Majesty’s 72nd Birthday Celebration, and Brunei-Muara District Officer Misle Haji Abdul Karim.
The national anthem echoed throughout the jubilant capital followed by three strong shouts ‘Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik’ (Long Live Your Majesty).
His Majesty and members of the royal family were then treated to some lively song and dance performances by school students and youths.
After the end of the performances, the monarch along with his sons and brothers went down to the Taman to visit the several tents accommodated by public and private associations, corporates and members of the public.
Some of the participating organisations include Telekom Brunei Berhad, Royal Brunei Airlines and the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) Education Services, among others.