Brunei Darussalam celebrates its twenty-ninth National Day. Jubilation and high spirits of patriotism were the order of the day as thousands of participants took to the field staging performances depicting the journey and meaning of independence, while thousands more filled the grandstand and perimeters of Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien in the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, to watch the vibrant and colourful displays.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam joined his subjects at the celebration.
The presence of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the celebration adds fervour to the spirits of the participants in the entire event, especially to renew the pledge of independence, re-invigorate pure values and to shore up the spirit of nationalism towards an even brighter future. His Majesty's arrival was greeted with the resounding rhythmic beat of the hadrah. Further adding to the fanfare were the waving of miniature flags by children and youths who lined up along the road leading up to the entrance of the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien.
His Majesty was greeted on arrival at the Taman by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair as Chairman of the Executive Committee for Brunei Darussalam's 29th National Day Anniversary Celebration.
Also present were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel; and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.
His Majesty consented to inspect the Guard of Honour mounted by personnel of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Royal Brunei Police Force.
His Majesty often emphasises the importance of the nation's security and stability by guaranteeing that the territorial sovereignty and the independence of the nation and its people are protected from negative elements and external threats. In this regard, all citizens and residents are called upon to support and give their full cooperation in eradicating crime so that the country is free from any threat.
The march-past was led by bearers of the giant National Flag, followed by flag bearers carrying the National Day Logo. The flag is the symbol of national identity and sovereignty. It also symbolises the unity and solidarity of a nation that possesses its own goodness, glory and esteem.
Participants in the parade comprised participants from the group of Achievers of Excellence 2012-2013, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, the Royal Brunei Police Force, Uniformed Groups, participants of the Program Khidmat Bakti Negara Pilot Project, ministries and government departments, as well as district representatives and members of private sector organisations, higher education institutions, colleges, schools, associations, public bodies, members of the Foreign Diplomatic Corps in Brunei Darussalam, members of the Seven Ethnic groups and the team of pledge takers.
The Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Royal Brunei Police Force that play a vital role in maintaining the country's peace and security, are continuously given serious attention to further strengthen their capability and credibility, either at the national, regional or international level. His Majesty in his Titah had stressed that His Majesty's Government would never neglect the affairs of security. The government is very attentive towards traditional and non-traditional security challenges and will always work towards strengthening regional and international cooperation...
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