By Yusrin Junaidi & Syafiq Affendy
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha yesterday consented to receive Hari Raya greetings from the rakyat and members of the public on the second day of the Istana Nurul Iman open house in Bandar Seri Begawan.
It was a rare opportunity for the public as 33,956 people from all walks of life extended their Hari Raya handshake to the 'Caring Monarch' and the royal household in the morning and afternoon.
Also present were His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, HRH Prince Abdul Malik, HRH Prince Abdul Mateen and other members of the royal family.
In a separate venue, thousands of female guests had their opportunity to extend Hari Raya greetings to Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha and HRH Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar.
Also in attendance was HRH Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, HRH Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah and HRH Princess Hajah Masna, HRH Princess Hjh Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah, HRH Princess 'Azemah Ni'matul Bolkiah and other members of the Royal family.
Today (Oct 5) is the last day Istana Nurul Iman will open its doors to the public to convey greetings to the royal family. It starts from 10am to noon and again from 2pm until 4pm.
- Borneo Bulletin
(5th Oct 2008)