Royalty tours Knowledge Convention 2014 exhibition
Hakim Hayat

HER Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha yesterday graced the second day of the Knowledge Convention 2014, which included a presentation by a renowned Malaysian medical practitioner, the Managing Director of Danial Zainal Consultancy (M) Sdn Bhd, Dr Danial bin Zainal Abidin.

Her Majesty also toured an exhibition being held throughout the week-long event at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

Accompanying Her Majesty at the event were Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam.

Her Majesty was greeted upon arrival by the Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman; Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Wahab bin Juned and the Ra’es of the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, Dr Dyg Hajah Masnon binti Haji Ibrahim.

In his welcoming speech, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Wahab expressed gratitude to Her Majesty for visiting the convention.

The highlight of the day was the lecture by Dr Danial that was entitled ‘Islamic Science in Pre-Times’, which was also in line with the theme of this year’s knowledge convention, ‘Science and Technology: Catalyst of Development and Enhancing the Ummah’s Quality of Life’.

Dr Danial’s lecture covered the flourishing of the Islamic civilisation during the 800-1600 BC period, which has been one of the catalysts for the development of modern science and technology in modern-day society.

Following the lecture, Her Majesty and members of the royal family toured the exhibition showcasing the progress and development Brunei Darussalam is undergoing as it strives to achieve the National Vision 2035 goal.

The exhibition highlights the vital role of science and technology in all aspects of life.

Her Majesty later toured the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien Memorial Gallery which highlights the role played by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and his late father, Al-Marhum Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, in the country’s progress and development throughout their respective reigns.

The convention, which ends on November 4 and is filled with various information-filled activities such as a symposium and forums, is an annual event held in commemoration of His Majesty’s 68th birthday celebration. The convention is jointly organised by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Development. - Borneo Bulletin (30 October 2014)