Tutong fetes His Majesty
By P Marilyn and James Kon

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday consented to attend a get-together ceremony with the community of Tutong District, held in conjunction with His Majesty's 62nd birthday celebration at the Seri Kenangan Community Field, Tutong.

Accompanying His Majesty were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Mateen.

The event began with the national anthem followed by three cheers of 'Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik'.

In his welcoming address, Tutong District Officer, Haji Jamain bin Momin, said under the leadership of His Majesty, the residents of Tutong District are able to live in unity and enjoy a peaceful, comfortable and secured life.

The Tutong District has gone through changes and developments under His Majesty's reign, in all aspects, which in turn have contributed to a rise in the standard of living for the residents and community of the district, said the district officer.

In terms of economy, the new main stall building is one of the efforts to encourage SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) in the district.

The Mukim and Village Consultative Council and non-government bodies have also been actively encouraging various economic activities such as agriculture and farming to increase the source of income for the residents.

The Tutong District Officer, representing the residents and community in the district, pledged their undivided loyalty to His Majesty.

Yesterday's event saw various cultural performances themed 'Raja Disanjung Titah Dijunjung' staged by approximately 1,000 students and youths of multi-racial background.

The performances comprised five segments with a grand finale that concluded the colourful event.

Segment one, a medley dance entitled "Sirih Pinang Tari Melayu", was followed by a Malay dance named "Joget Cinta Sakti".

The third segment saw performers dancing to "Lagu Rindu" and the forth was a blend of traditional ethnic groups from the district performing a song called "TAAT". The fifth segment was a dance performance named "O.E.O".

The grand finale was a colourful affair with performers singing " Raja Khalifah Islam".

Dato Paduka Haji Hamdillah bin Haji Abdul Wahab, Deputy Minister at MIPR, told the Bulletin how impressed he was with the performances and the improvements that are made every year.

"I especially loved the end which added a bit of zest to the whole performance," he said.

After the performances, His Majesty and the royal entourage met and mingled with members of the public from various mukims and villages in the district.

His Majesty also viewed a gallery exhibiting the profiles of reputable individuals from the district, recognised for their contribution to the country.

Tutong District covers an area of 1,166 square kilometres, making it the third largest of the four districts in Brunei.

It consists of eight mukims, namely, Mukim Pekan Tutong, Mukim Keriam, Mukim Tanjong Maya, Mukim Telisai, Mukim Ukong, Mukim Rambai, Mukim Lamunin and Mukim Kiudang.

It has a population of approximately 42,000 people and more than 15,000 of those attended the special occasion to greet His Majesty.

Twenty-one were on display representing every mukim including an alliance of Youth, Welfare, Women and non-government associations, National Development Party, Chinese and Indian Community, ABDB and Special Needs, amongst others.

The next get-together ceremony with the community will be held in Kuala Belait on Saturday at the Padang Bandaran, Kuala Belait. - Borneo Bulletin (18th July 2008)