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Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 28 February 2017


DELEGATES and mentors of the Young Southeast

Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation

GR3EN Workshop on Sunday visited the

Sumbiling Eco Village in Temburong District as

part of their four-day workshop in Brunei.

The participants took part in a variety of

activities at the village, such as traditional

weaving, jungle and river trekking, painting, and

preparation of the ‘Bamboo Chicken’.

Special talks were also held, focussing on

the themes of ‘economic empowerment’ and

‘infrastructure development’, according to a

press release issued by the Embassy of the United

States in Brunei Darussalam.

The first key-note speaker, the founder of

Sumbiling Eco Village Leslie Chiang, kicked

off with a talk titled ‘Mutual Benefit: Enabling

Communities Towards Inclusive Growth’, and the

second keynote speaker, Director at Tao Kalahi

Foundation Rambie Lim, spoke on ‘Sustainable

Development: Practising and Preserving the

Environment by Design’.

US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Catherine

Muller stated, “The US Embassy is excited to

give workshop delegates the opportunity to

experience this part of Brunei Darussalam as

they learn more about the natural environment

of the Sultanate, as well as best practices for eco-

friendly tourism.

“We hope this part of their journey will inspire

them to further adopt a more environmentally

friendly lifestyle back home.”

The YSEALI Generation GR3EN Workshop

focussed on eco-entrepreneurship, and included

50 delegates between the ages of 20 and 35,

representing each of the 10 Asean member

countries. The delegates are students and

young professionals with relevant experience

and interest in the areas of green-business





The workshop is sponsored by the US

Department of State and funded through a

cooperative agreement from the US Embassy

in Brunei Darussalam to AGREA for the

administration of the workshop.

YSEALI Generation GR3EN

delegates visit Temburong

RIGHT: Some of the YSEALI Generation

GR3EN Workshop participants during one of

the activities at Sumbiling Eco Village

BELOW: A group photo of the delegates in

Bandar Seri Begawan

Launched in 2013, YSEALI is the United States

government’s signature programme to strengthen

partnerships with emerging leaders in Southeast


YSEALI Generation GR3EN is one of several

workshops that have taken place in the region

centred on one of the four YSEALI themes –

environment and natural resources management,

economic development, civic engagement, and


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THE Takmir Committee of the

RPN Kg Mentiri Mosque and the

Religious Bureau of the RPN








religious course recently at the

RPN Kg Mentiri Mosque.

Opened to residents of the RPN

Panchor Mengkubau, the Fardhu

Kifayah course was attended by 75

female participants. The course

aimed to provide understanding

and knowledge on the religious

rituals and prepare participants in

performing the religious rituals in

the event of a death in their family

or the neighbourhood.

The course was facilitated by

two officials from the Ministry

of Religious Affairs, who briefed

the participants on the religious

ritual procedures for cleaning the

body of the deceased. Participants

were also engaged in practical


The course concluded with the

presentation of certificates to the

participants by the guest of honour,

Ustazah Noraini Yanti binti Haji

Hussin, Head of Muslimah Affairs

Division at the Department of

Mosque Affairs.

Mosque committee, village council hold religious course

Participants during the Fardhu Kifayah course at the RPN Kg Mentiri Mosque


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THE Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA)

through the Islamic Studies Department

yesterday held its Nationwide Religious

Programme for religious and Arabic schools

for the month of February.

The programme, themed ‘Role of Students in

Accomplishing the National Vision 2035’, aimed

to provide students with an understanding of

their roles in achieving the national vision.

In the Brunei-Muara District, the event

was held at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit

Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School

(SUAMPRIPAD) and Pengiran Anak Puteri

Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah Religious School

in Berakas, while similar programmes were

held at Kupang Religious School in Tutong

District, Kuala Belait Religious School in the

Belait District and Bokok Religious School in

Temburong District.

The event in SUAMPRIPAD began with

a ‘tazkirah’ of the theme, followed by the

recitation of Surah Yaasiin in conjunction with

Brunei Darussalam’s 33


National Day.

The event touched on topics including

Brunei Vision 2035 as well as how to avoid social

problems, comply with the rules and laws of the

country and become a role model for siblings

and friends.

MoRA holds nationwide religious programme