Her Majesty graces premier talk at Knowledge Convention
by Lyna Mohamad

Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam yesterday consented to grace the premier talk on 'Dapatan Terbaru Kajian Purba: Melayu Manusia Tertua?' otherwise known as the 'Latest Discovery on Ancient Research: Oldest Malay People?' at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, in conjunction with the ongoing Knowledge Convention.

Accompanying Her Majesty were Their Royal Highnesses Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah, Princess Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah, Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah, Princess Hajah Masna, Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam and Princess Hajah Noor Ehsani.

The premier talk was presented by Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Tan Sri Professor Dr Dzulkifli Abd Razak, who is also a knowledgeable figure and has rendered his services to USM for the past 30 years. He has held several positions in organisations or associations in national, regional and international higher education.

The subject he presented yesterday was related to the topic carried at the Malay Expertise Conference, which is one of the main events of the Knowledge Convention 2010, focusing on the Malay civilisation and intelligence in the context of history, the present and future.

After the talk, Her Majesty and other members of the royal family visited three pavilions under the theme, "MIB: Manifestasi Temadun Bangsa Berdaulat", namely the Brunei Pavilion, the Malay Archipelago Division as well as galleries at the Pavilion Balai Pameran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.

The four galleries at the Balai Pameran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah comprise the Gallery Utama, Gallery Laila Hasrat, Gallery Menjulang Hasrat and Gallery Titah Dijunjung.

The Gallery Utama showcases a billboard designed with a mural portrait of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam along with Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince. In between are pictures of the local people representing their respective careers and possessing their own distinctions.

Meanwhile, the Gallery Laila Hasrat features His Majesty's titahs, which serve as a foundation to the nation's policy direction in several nationhood aspects while the Menjulang Hasrat and Gallery Titah Dijunjung features Bruneians entrusted with safeguarding and supporting the Malay Islamic Monarchy concept and several other projects and services implemented by His Majesty's government.

Her Majesty and other members of the royal family took a group photo with members of the committee prior to leaving the venue. - Borneo Bulletin (28th July 2010)