RBPF's grand banquet for His Majesty's 65th birthday celebration
by James Kon

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) personnel last night conveyed their birthday greetings to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, who is also Inspector General of the Royal Brunei Police Force, in a grand banquet to mark His Majesty's 65th birthday celebration.

The auspicious occasion was held for the first time at The Empire Hotel and Country Club's Indera Samudera Grand Hall.

Accompanying His Majesty were Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office who is also the Deputy Inspector-General of RBPF, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Sarah, HRH Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah, HRH Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim, HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik and HRH Prince 'Abdul Mateen as well as HRH Princess Hajah Masna, who is the Commandant of Women Police of the RBPF, and YAM Pg Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pg Anak Hj Abdul Aziz.

Upon arrival, His Majesty and members of the royal family were greeted by a trumpet fanfare.

Present to welcome His Majesty and the royal family were RBPF Commissioner Pehin Orang Kaya Pendikar Alam Dato Paduka Seri Hj Hasrin bin Dato Paduka Hj Sabtu and senior police personnel.

After the arrival, the police choir sang "Allah Peliharakan Sultan", followed by three loud roars of "Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik".

His Majesty then proceeded to the stage for a cake-cutting ceremony. This was followed by a pesambah presented to His Majesty by the Commissioner of Police on behalf of RBPF marking the happy occasion.

During the dinner, members of the RBPF also showcased various entertaining performances.

Before the banquet concluded, the RBPF personnel lined up to greet and convey their birthday greetings or wishes personally to His Majesty. The song of "Allah Peliharakan Sultan" was also played again.

Before leaving, His Majesty consented to sign the parchment prepared by RBPF to commemorate His Majesty's presence at this year's celebration. - Borneo Bulletin (27th July 2011)