Her Majesty officiates Domestic Science Exhibition at ICC
By Rokiah Mahmud

Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha yesterday morning consented to grace the Domestic Science Exhibition 2011 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

Upon arrival, Her Majesty was welcomed by the co-chairperson of Pertiwi Association, Datin Hjh Dyg Siti Hajar binti POKSS Dato Paduka Haji Awang Yusof and members of the committee.

Also present were Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Bini Hajah Faizah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah.

Datin Hjh Dyg Siti Hajar, in her welcoming address said, "The active participation of women is regarded as a manifesto of their close relationship, friendship cooperation, integration and team spirit.

"This year's exhibition features modern and traditional concepts which is aimed at upholding the heritage inherited from our older generation and at the same time the modern concept will further enliven the event," she added.

At the ceremony, Her Majesty consented to officially launch the Domestic Science Exhibition, held in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam 65th birthday celebration.

Her Majesty also consented to present prizes to the winners in the Exhibition and Demonstration Presentation according to their respective categories.

In Category A - Traditional Lunch Presentation - the winner was Hajah Salwa binti Haji Md Tahir from Kampong Tungku Link. Meanwhile, Category B (Modern Style Presentation - Hi-Tea Reception) was won by the BAKTI Association.

In Category C1 (Assorted Cupcakes), the winner was Chaya binti Samat and Dyg Heny Salim was the winner in the Category C2 (Assorted cupcakes with decorations or icing for special events). Potzz and Petalz Florist was the winner of the arch and floral decoration for bridegroom.

After the prize presentation, Her Majesty consented to receive a 'pesambah' from the organising committee, presented by Datin Hjh Dyg Siti Hajar.

Before leaving the ceremony, Her Majesty and the royal entourage toured the exhibition's booths showcased by the participating associations, bureaus, organisations and individuals. The exhibition also featured the winning products of each category.

The competition was aimed at providing opportunities to women in the Brunei-Muara District to display their skills and ability, as well as promoting creativity in the fields of cooking, baking and craftsmanship. - Borneo Bulletin (20th July 2011)