By Siti Hajar
The Istana Nurul Iman came to life last night for the second time this week as invited uniformed officers from different sectors filled the palace's hall to celebrate His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's 64th birthday.
Accompanying His Majesty were Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Saleha, HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, HRH Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pg Anak Sarah, HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, YAM Pengiran Bini Hajah Faizah, HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah, HRH Prince 'Abdul 'Azim, HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik, HRH Princess Hajah Masna, HRH Princess Hjh Amal Umi Kalthum and HRH Princess Hjh Nur Ihsani.
Among those present included uniformed expatriates currently serving in the Sultanate.
When approached by the Sunday Bulletin, these expatriates echoed similar enthusiasm in which their main highlight of the night's event was the chance to meet and greet His Majesty in person. They also took the time to share their thoughts on living in the Sultanate.
For Mrs Procter, whose husband is currently with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and have resided in the nation for almost two years, commented that Brunei Darussalam is a "lovely place" and are planning to extend their stay.
Meanwhile, a uniformed officer from the Second Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles who has also been in the country for almost two years, was impressed with the attendance of hundreds of officers who donned their respective uniforms ranging from veteran Royal Brunei Police Force to the much younger generation from the Girl Guides and Scouts.
"It's a pleasure to be here," said Dhan Prasad Dsale. "Brunei is very peaceful."
Last night's dinner, which was blessed with the recital of the doa selamat by the State Mufti. Itwas followed with a meet and greet session with His Majesty who was seen conversing with the guests.
- Borneo Bulletin
(18th July 2010)