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Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 28 February 2017

MIB will continue to guide nation to success

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ZAHARI

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IN CONJUNCTION with the 33

rd

National Day celebration of

Brunei Darussalam, a total of

2,100 officers and staff under

the Ministry of Religious Affairs

(MoRA)

came

together

to

celebrate the joyous occasion at

the Chancellor Hall of Universiti

Brunei Darussalam (UBD) .

Present as the guest of honour

at the special assembly was

Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka

Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang

Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato

Paduka Awang Haji Othman,

the Minister of Religious Affairs,

who also delivered a special

lecture titled ‘Signifikan Titah

Pemasyhuran

Kemerdekaan’,

loosely

translated

as

the

‘Significance of the Proclamation

of Independence Titah’.

Also present at the event

were the Deputy Minister of

Religious Affairs, Dato Paduka

Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin

Haji Mohd Daud; Permanent

Secretary at the Ministry of

Religious Affairs, Dato Seri Setia

Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya

Maharaja Lela Haji Mohd Yussof;

Deputy Permanent Secretary at

the Ministry of Religious Affairs

(Administrative and Financial

Affairs), Roslan bin Haji Taja’ah;

Acting Ra’es of the Religious

Teachers

University

College

of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB),

officers and staff at the Ministry

of Religious Affairs.

The event opened with the

recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah

and a special doa recited by

Haji Haris bin Suboh, Acting

Senior Religious Officer of

Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, who

quoted passages from the Doa

Kemerdekaan which was read

on the eve of celebrating the

Declaration of Independence

of Brunei Darussalam at the

main mosques all over the

country on December 31, 1983,

followed by the singing of the

national anthem, and the special

lecture.

Duringthelecture,theminister

mentioned that the Malay Islamic

Monarchy (MIB) is at the core of

the country and is apparent that

Brunei’s proclamation as a MIB

will remain as a political will to

ensure the peace, safety, welfare

and happiness of its citizens.

The MIB country of Brunei will

interact with other countries

on the basis of mutual respect,

equality and territorial integrity,

free from foreign interference,

he added.

The minister said that he has

high faith and confidence in that

will and that it will last forever

through generations of Bruneians

from this era to the next as they

will be able to remain as a country

that practises the Malay Islamic

Monarchy in nature, concept

and philosophy, taking Brunei’s

own experience as an example

in maintaining itself as a country

ruled by a monarchy for the past

1,500 years.

The challenge now, stressed

the minister, is the need to always

be vigilant in keeping the spirit of

love for the country and nation,

to be smart in interactions with

countries all over the world,

having self-confidence in unity, as

well as acquiring knowledge and

a strong economy.

On top of that, the minister

added that it is also important to

last as a nation that obeys Allah

the Almighty, and be thankful

towards Allah the Almighty’s

blessings

through

realising

the concept of a Baldatun

Tayyibatun Warabbun Ghafur

country.

The event endedwith a Selawat

Badriyyah performance by the

teaching staff and students of the

Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan

Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.

The objectives of the event

were to boost morale and

improve the quality of services in

the field of religion, to strengthen

unity among the people in

upholding the leadership of the

king and monarchy as a Zikir

Nation that supports the Islamic

Syariah, in addition to equally

strengthening the ties amongst

those working under the MoRA,

and as a form of celebrating the

33

rd

National Day.

Invited guests at the ceremony

PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM

Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji

Awang Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs, at the event

Cleaning activity at Sengkarai mosque

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‘MENYERTU’

cleaning

ceremony was held at the new

mosque in Kampong Sengkarai,

Tutong yesterday.

The cleaning was led by

Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz

bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela

Haji Mohd Yusof, Permanent

Secretary at the Ministry

of Religious Affairs, in his

capacity as guest of honour.

The ceremony was participated

by officers and staff from the

religious ministry and residents

of Kampong Sengkarai.

Tutong

District

Officer

Shamsul Bahrin bin Haji Mohd

Hussain also joined the cleaning

activity.

The mosque was built on

a four acre land worth $3.8

million which was funded by

the Brunei Islamic Religious

Council through the Zakat Asnaf

Al-Gharimin fund.

The

mosque

can

acc-

ommodate 1,000 people at a

time and it has many facilities.

Other than prayer halls, there

is also a counselling room,

administrative room, reading

room, special guest room,

Jenazah administration room,

kitchens and washrooms.

LEFT: Participants during the cleaning activity at the new mosque

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The Minister of Religious Affairs delivering the special lecture