Green Jewel fetes Sultan
By Azlan Othman

Temburong, dubbed the Green Jewel of Brunei, was at its traditional best yesterday for the final get-together ceremony between His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and citizens and residents.

Colourful performances showcasing the exquisite handicrafts and cultural heritage of ethnic groups welcomed the monarch and other members of the royal family that included His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, HRH Prince Abdul Azim, HRH Prince Abdul Malik and HRH Prince Abdul Mateen.

His Majesty was greeted on arrival at the helipad in Bangar town by the Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan; Deputy Minister, Pehin Orang Kaya Dewa Pahlawan Dato Paduka Awg Hj Dani; Permanent Secretaries; Acting Temburong District Officer and senior government officials.

Students lined up waving flags along the road leading to the royal dais. Three cheers of "Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik" followed at the field of the Temburong Civic Centre.

In his welcoming remarks, Acting Temburong District Officer, Awg Matusin bin Orang Kaya Sura Hj Tuba said the monarch's visit demonstrated the ruler's concern and caring attitude towards his subjects.

His Majesty's caring attitude was seen when the ruler toured the affected areas in the district that were struck by flash floods between February 9 and 11 and presented assistance to the flood victims, he added.

Carrying the theme "Menjunjung Kasih", this year Temburong portrayed a two-in-one concept, which showcased contemporary dance performances showing the cheerfulness and happiness in welcoming His Majesty, as well as showing the love and affection of the citizens and residents towards the monarch.

It also showcased the heritage gallery and cultural display.

Out of 450 participants that took part in the field performances, 150 were primary school students from Sultan Hassan Bangar Primary School, Sultan Hashim Batu Apoi Primary School and Puni Primary School.

Another 200 were from Sultan Hassan Bangar Secondary School while 100 choir participants came from Sultan Hassan Secondary School.

The handicrafts and cultural heritage gallery portrayed four ethnic groups, Kedayan Malay, Iban, Murut and Chinese. His Majesty exchanged greetings with the people who had lined up inside the camp and along the road leading to the banquet hall at the Civic Centre. - Borneo Bulletin (25th July 2008)