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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office yesterday afternoon presented prizes to winners of the under-15 tournament during the DPMM FC Football Fanfare 2021. 9 teams participated in the tournament held at the Jerudong Park Mini Stadium. 

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince as the Chairman of DPMM FC, firstly presented the top scorer prize to Safwan Zawawi from DPMM FC 'A' football team who scored 5 goals. 

Meanwhile, Awangku Mohammad Syafiq Hilmi bin Pengiran Mohammad Shahrom, also from DPMM FC 'A', won the Best Player prize. 

His Royal Highness then presented the prizes to the third-placed team, Jerudong International School and the runner-up team, DPMM FC 'B'. 

The champion was DPMM FC 'A' football team which was participated by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's grandson, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Liala Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim. 

Prior to departure, His Royal Highness mingled with DPMM FC players for 2021 season who are taking part in Brunei Super League. 15 teams are taking part in Brunei Super League 2021 held, started yesterday, 20th June.

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The Public Service landscape is transforming regionally and internationally. In facing the rapid progress and development, it is imperative for the Public Service to take transformative and modernisation measures and be future ready. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office explained the matter during the Public Service Department, JPA Roadshow, in Tutong District, yesterday morning. The roadshow was held at the Main Hall, of the Tutong Civic Centre Complex. 

Yang Berhormat said that one of the identified challenges in Public Service is focusing on efforts in human resources management through a manual process transformation to the Sistem Sumber Manusia or Human Resource System. The step that needs to be taken is to rethink the human resource management strategy and it is hoped that with the Human Resource System, SSM, conducted by the Public Service Department as a Fiscal Consolidation Project with the Ministry of Finance and Economy, can overcome these challenges. Another dynamic challenge in the Public Service is to review the talent management at all levels of the Public Service in an effort to achieve more sustainable and resilient planning, management and development of human resources. 

Roadshows and exhibitions organized by JPA are used as a platform to share the Department's new strategic plan, namely the Public Service Department Strategic Plan 2021 to 2025 which was first implemented this year as well as JPA's continuous efforts to improve Public Service excellence. 

Several briefings were also provided such as on matters of Discipline, Leaves, Transfers, Counselling as well as the Human Resource System which was launched last May. The briefing session provides an opportunity for civil servants to discuss together through several consultation sessions. A series of similar roadshows will also be held in the Brunei Muara District in conjunction with the JPA Golden Jubilee celebration on the 1st of July. Also present were Members of the Legislative Council.

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His Royal Highness Prince Doctor Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei, UTB graced the Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement, CIPTA Award 2021 Ceremony. The 9th Crown Prince CIPTA Award Competition is hoped to encourage youths and the public to build and process creative products or technology for the country and ASEAN's aspirations. The ceremony took place at the International Convention Centre in Berakas yesterday morning. 

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness as the Patron of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award was greeted by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy and Datin Seri Paduka Doctor Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Acting Minister of Education. 

The reading of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat was led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar. 

Professor Doctor Hajah Zohrah binti Hj Sulaiman, Vice Chancellor of UTB in her welcoming address, among others, touched on the increase in the Crown Prince CIPTA Award participation, from 41 entries in the previous competition to 67. She added that it shows a positive development towards cultivating innovative and creative minds among youths. The participation of ASEAN member countries can also act as catalysts to the competitiveness of local participants and act as a benchmark to the quality of participation in every Crown Prince CIPTA Award competition. 

The theme of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award this time around is 'Innovations for Society 5.0', which stressed a multi-dimensional technological innovation to fulfil the needs of the global community by tackling 17 main elements of the Sustainable Development Goals. The biennial competition was organised by UTB with the cooperation and sponsorship of Brunei LNG Sendirian Berhad. 

Pengiran Doctor Rafidah binti Pengiran Haji Petra, Co-Chair of the CIPTA 2021 Technical Committee in the judging summary said that a part of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award products were excellent for the environment and engineering, and can be used by the general public. 

His Royal Highness presented prizes to the winners of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021. There were no first and second place winners for the Creating New Product, Process or Technology category. 

The 'Smart Fish System-Water Quality Management System for Red Tilapia Rear in Poly Tank' project by Dayang Roshartiney binti Haji Damit, Awang Haji Ismit bin Haji Mohamad and Doctor Dayang Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili from UTB won the modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology category. They received 6 thousand dollars cash, certificates and trophies. 

There was no first place winner for the creating New or Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology by Young Inventors category. Second place went to Wesley Onn Wei Rong with his supervisor, Johary bin Haji Mohammad, with the project named 'Poseidon'. They received 2 thousand dollars, certificate and trophy. 

The Smart Junior Competition category was won by 'Rubbish Rewards' project designed by Awang Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Yazid, Awang Muhammad Hashim Dzulkarnain bin Muhammad Redzuan Sani and Dayang Nuraqilah binti Ariffin, with their supervisor Awang Muhd Fauzan bin Awang Damit. The group from Berakas Secondary School received one thousand dollars, certificates and trophy. 

His Royal Highness received a pesambah from the CIPTA 2021 Organising Committee. 

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince then viewed the exhibition. The competition saw 67 participation, with 51 of them from Brunei Darussalam itself while 16 others from the ASEAN countries. Inspiring youths and the public to develop creative products, processes or technology in line with the country's aspiration as well as encouraging invention and innovation in the country were among the competition's objectives. 

In conjunction with the Crown Prince CIPTA 2021 Award, a number of seminars will be held for three days starting this Friday at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. His Royal Highness' presence showed his care and attention towards the progress of inventions and innovations in science, technology and engineering.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send congratulatory messages to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as well as members of the Royal Family, the Government and the people of the United Kingdom on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second's 95th Birthday Anniversary.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam also consented to send a congratulatory message to His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines, the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines on the occasion of the 123rd Independence Day.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send messages of congratulations to His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and His Excellency Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, as well as the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the occasion of Russia Day.


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The culmination of the Finals of the National Musabaqah Al-Quran for Adults 1442 Hijrah/2021 was the prize presentation ceremony. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presented the prizes. 

Upon arrival at the International Convention Centre, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs as Chairman of the Musabaqah Al-Quran for Adults 1442 Hijrah/2021 Executive Committee. 

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons and brothers:
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen;
- His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah;
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah;
- And His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah. 

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti. 

In his welcoming speech, the Minister of Religious Affairs highlighted that the National Musabaqah Al-Quran for Adults became a part of important events in religious event schedules organised by the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. It is part of a landmark that highlights the special and important position of Islam as the country's official religion. 

In announcing the results, Awang Haji Abdul Rajid bin Haji Mohammad Salleh, Chief Judge of the Musabaqah said that the overall ranking of this year's Qari and Qariah are at the same level, and categorised in the same group. 

Awang Mohammad Zul-Hafiz bin Awang Tengah and Dayang Hajah Nurfaezah binti Haji Emran emerged as Qari and Qariah champions respectively. 

His Majesty then presented prizes to the winners and participants of the Musabaqah. The Qari champion, Awang Mohammad Zul-Hafiz received a cash prize of 7 thousand dollars, the Challenge Trophy, Accompanying Trophy, Participation Certificate, Haj Package, a 10-gramme gold piece by Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei, TAIB and its subsidiaries, Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings Sendirian Berhad and Darussalam Holdings Sendirian Berhad; and a Brunei woven cloth donated by Syarikat Little Ummi. 

Meanwhile, runner up Awang Mohammad bin Ali received a 5 thousand dollar cash prize, accompanying trophy, Participation Certificate, and a 5-gramme gold piece by Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei, TAIB and its subsidiaries, Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings Sendirian Berhad and Darussalam Holdings Sendirian Berhad. 

Awang Haji Nasrul Fakhri bin Haji Yahya who came in third, received a cash prize of 3 thousand dollars, accompanying trophy, Participation Certificate, and a 5-gramme gold piece by Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei, TAIB and its subsidiaries, Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings Sendirian Berhad and Darussalam Holdings Sendirian Berhad. 

Meanwhile, Qariah champion, Dayang Hajah Nurfaezah received a cash prize of 7 thousand dollars, the Challenge Trophy, accompanying Trophy, Participation Certificate, a 10-gramme gold piece by Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei, TAIB and its subsidiaries, Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings Sendirian Berhad and Darussalam Holdings Sendirian Berhad; and a Brunei woven cloth donated by Syarikat Little Ummi. 

Qariah runner-up, Dayangku Fauziah Nadhirah binti Pengiran Haji Jofri received 5 thousand dollars cash prize, an accompanying trophy, Participation Certificate, and a 5-gramme gold piece by Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei, TAIB and its subsidiaries, Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings Sendirian Berhad and Darussalam Holdings Sendirian Berhad.

Dayangku Siti Ummi Syazana binti Pengiran Haji Marjuki in third received a cash prize amounting 3 thousand dollars, accompanying trophy, Participation Certificate, and a 5-gramme gold piece by  Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei, TAIB and its subsidiaries, Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings Sendirian Berhad and Darussalam Holdings Sendirian Berhad. 

His Majesty also presented souvenirs to the Musabaqah judges. This time, the panel of judges was joined by a female judge, namely Dayang Hajah Siti Noor Dzuhairah binti Haji Awang Damit, one of the country's Qariahs who has made a name for herself on the international stage. 

The reading of Doa Selamat was led by the State Mufti. 

The Musabaqah Al-Quran for Adults organised annually by the Ministry of Religious Affairs is a very benevolent practise, in which every person can together listen to the Quranic verses read. It is one of the zikir practises, in line with the country's aspiration in realising the Zikir Nation.​


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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office yesterday morning graced the Aidil Fitri Get-Together Ceremony hosted by Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam, AMBD. The function took place at the Banquet Hall, Prime Minister's Office. 

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness as the Chairman of the AMBD Board of Directors, was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs as the Deputy Chairman of the AMBD Board of Directors and members of the AMBD Board of Directors.

The Aidil Fitri Get-Together acted as platform for the Board of Directors and AMBD Management to celebrate the month of Syawal with the AMBD officers and staff but also as an appreciation for the AMBD employees' dedication and commitment since its establishment on the 1st of January 2011.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al- Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday afternoon received in audience Her Excellency Yoon Hyun-bong, outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam. The Audience Ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman. 

Her Excellency presented her Letter of Credence to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al- Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di- Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on 7th of July 2018.

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The first night of the Finals of the National Level Musabaqah Al-Quran for Adults 1442 Hijrah/2021 commenced yesterday evening with 3 qari and 3 qariah presenting their readings. 

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs as the Chairman of the Musabaqah Executive Committee, as well as other committee members. Also in attendance were His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's brothers, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik AND His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Mateen. 

The ceremony began with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar. 

The Minister of Religious Affairs, in his welcoming address, among others presented the progress of tilawah tarannum training programme which has produced numerous talented young qaris and qariahs. 

The Musabaqah Al-Qur'an is held for 3 consecutive nights. The first night saw 6 participants presenting their readings namely Awang Abdul Mu'in bin Haji Abdul Hamid; Dayang Siti Zahrina bini Abdul Wahab; Haji Awang Mohd Fikri bin Haji Awang Metussin; Dayang Hajah Nurul Akmalina binti Haji Yahya; Awang Mohammad bin Ali; And Dayangku Siti Ummi Syazana binti Pengiran Haji Marjuki.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday afternoon watched the Charity Polo Tournament 2021 and presented the prizes. The tournament was organised by the Brunei Polo Team in collaboration with Royal Brunei Polo Association and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam. It was held at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, Jerudong.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by the Monarch's son and daughter, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen and Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzillah Lubabul Bolkiah.

At the tournament, the Angry Birds team led by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah defeated The Addams Family team led by Her Royal Highness Princess 'Azemah Ni'matul Bolkiah, 2-nil in 2 chukkas.  

Also in attendance were His Majesty's son, daughter and sister:

- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel;  

- Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah;  

- And Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Earlier, the Angry Birds defeated the The Incredibles team by 3-2 in two chukkas. In another match, The Addams Family defeated The Incredibles by 4-3 in two chukkas. 

His Majesty then presented prizes to the participating teams. The Angry Birds emerged champion and took home the Charity Polo Tournament Trophy. In second place was The Addams Family, while The Incredibles came in third. The proceeds from the Charity Polo Tournament will be donated to Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajah Maryam.

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The culmination event of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF Diamond Jubilee Celebration, was highlighted with a Giant Parade of more than one thousand personnel from the combined RBAF Units. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, graced the ceremony. 

Upon arrival at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohammad Yussof, Second Minister of Defence and Major General  Udara Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sahat, Commander of the RBAF. Also in attendance was His Majesty's son, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.   

Shortly after arriving, His Majesty received the Royal Salute. 

The Monarch then inspected the Grand Parade comprising one thousand and sixty personnel from the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force, RBAF Training Institute, RBAF Special Forces Regiment, RBAF Women Military Personnel and Royal Brunei Malay Reserve Unit under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Mohd Rizal bin Haji Abdul Hadi.

The slow and fast march past by the parade forces carrying His Majesty's Crest and the RBAF Crest followed the celebration. This year's celebration carries the theme "Bersama Menjayakan Wawasan Negara" which is a continuation for the RBAF to give solid cooperation in making a success of Wawasan Negara 2035. The theme coincides with RBAF's role in supporting the country's progress and development holistically by ensuring a peaceful environment through solid defence and security. 

The RBAF is a pillar of national defence and security, an agent and catalyst for unity and integration between security agencies to strengthen national stability and peace. At the same time, it also contributes towards regional and international well-being. The balance in terms of physical and spiritual development as well as religious and secular based on the concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy, MIB as disciplined personnel is also vital for the integrity of the defence and security as well as the country's dignity. 

The cheers of 'Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik' echoed in the air symbolizing the spirit of all RBAF personnel. 

Doa selamat was read by Commander Haji Ainolnizam bin Haji Ibrahim, Head of the RBAF Religious Department. 

His Majesty received the Royal Salute, followed by a fly-past of the Royal Brunei Air Force aircrafts led by His Majesty's son, His Royal Highness 920 Major Udara Prince 'Abdul Mateen. 

The Grand Parade was held at the same venue during RBAF's 45th Anniversary in 2006. It was to commemorate the history of the First Intake of the Brunei Malay Regiment, AMB, on the 9th of November 1961 when they returned to their homeland after completing training in Port Dickson, Malaysia. In its 60 years, the RBAF continues to develop as well as enhance its personnel capacity and capabilities, through the enhancement of professional skills of better quality and at the same time glorifying the integrity of the RBAF in line with current changes and developments.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam joined the country's citizens and residents for the Sunat Hajat Prayer and Reading of Doa Qunut Nazilah to seek protection and safety for the People of Palestine. The ceremony took place at Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampung Kiarong.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka  Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs as the Chairman of Major Islamic Events Executive Committee for 1442 Hijrah; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohammad Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri  Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti; and Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen.

The mass Fardhu Maghrib prayer was led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar. 

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim also led the Sunat Hajat prayer and reading of Surah Yassin to seek protection and safety for the people of Palestine.

The special prayer was read by the State Mufti.

His Majesty, members of the royal family and other congregants then performed the mass Fardhu Isyak prayer led by Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin.

The Sunat Hajat Prayer and Reading of Doa Qunut Nazilah to seek protection and safety for the people of Palestine will continue to be held during the mass five obligatory prayers and Fardhu Jumaat prayer. It will be held for a month or until a later date at all mosques, suraus and religious halls nationwide.

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His Majesty Sultan  Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam present the rank insignia to his son, His Royal Highness 920 Captain Udara Prince 'Abdul Mateen upon his promotion as Substantive Major. The function took place at the Officers' Mess, Bolkiah Garrison yesterday morning.

Upon arrival at Bolkiah Garrison, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Laila Raja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Second Minister Of Defence, and Major General Udara Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sahat, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF. Also in attendance was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was accorded the Royal Salute and inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by 5 officers and 105 personnel of different ranks from Royal Brunei Land Force Company 'D' Third Battalion, Royal Brunei Land Force Third Battalion Royal Colors and the RBAF Band, led by the Commander of the Guard of Honour, Major Harensuhandy bin Haji Abdullah from the Royal Guard Unit.

His Majesty then proceeded to the Officers' Mess, Bolkiah Garrison for the rank insignia conferment ceremony. The function began with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Commander Haji Ainolnizam bin Haji Ibrahim, Head of RBAF Religious Department.

His Majesty then put on the rank insignia of Substantive Major to His Royal Highness 920 Captain Udara Prince 'Abdul Mateen. The promotion is effective yesterday, 20th of May 2021. His Royal Highness 920 Major Udara Prince 'Abdul Mateen attended basic military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

His Majesty also conferred rank insignias to 26 RBAF senior officers.

Doa selamat was read by the Head of RBAF Religious Department.

His Royal Highness 920 Major Udara Prince 'Abdul  Mateen embarked on a career as a military pilot and successfully completed seven months of Elementary Flying Training at the Royal Air Force Cranwell, United Kingdom on the 28th of April 2017.

His Majesty consented to sign a commemorative parchment.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to bestow personal gifts to a total of 21 thousand 254 recipients in the country. This comprised those with special needs, orphans, the poor and those who receive monthly welfare assistance in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration this year. It started at the Brunei Muara District today, Wednesday, 5th of May 2021 whereas for Belait, Tutong and Temburong Districts will start on Thursday, 6th of May 2021. This is the twelfth time such a ceremony is held, with the objective of alleviating the burdens of the under-privileged in this country.

There are 14 thousand and 60 recipients from the Brunei Muara District, 3 thousand 203 recipients from the Belait District; 3 thousand 120 recipients from the Tutong District; and 871 recipients from the Temburong District who will be receiving the personal gifts of His Majesty this year.

In view of the current situation and in safeguarding the welfare of various parties from the spread of COVID-19, the distribution of His Majesty's personal gifts will be conducted in accordance with the Ministry of Health regulations Operation Readiness Guideline Level 5.

For this purpose, 5 venues will be used as distribution centres, namely:

- Plenary Hall, International Convention Centre, Berakas, and Bridex Hall, Jerudong for Brunei Muara District.
- Main Community Hall Complex for Tutong District,
- Insani Centre, Seria for Belait District, and;
- PKBN Hall for Temburong District.

It is hoped that the distribution of His Majesty's personal gifts will run smoothly in order to carry out the responsibility entrusted by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, to see the less fortunate groups in the country receive the same care and assistance from the monarch in conjunction with this year's Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration. 

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The Prime Minister's Office and departments under it yesterday morning also held a similar function. 

Present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohammad Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. The function began with the reading of Al-Quran verses by Awang Abdul Wafi bin Haji Ibrahim, Security Assistant at His Majesty the Sultan's Flight Office. 

The function was highlighted with a special talk titled "Nuzul Al-Quran dan Mesejnya" or Nuzul Al-Quran and Its Message presented by Dr. Haji Adanan bin Haji Besar, Raes of Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, KUPU SB. 

The ceremony ran concurrently with the presentation of donations to 52 staff of the ministry and departments under it presented by the Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. The event was jointly organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the Manpower Planning and Employment Council, MPEC and the Brunei Research Department, Prime Minister's Office.

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The culmination of the National Level Nuzul Al-Quran Celebration for 1442 Hijrah was the presentation of prizes to the winners of the National Musabaqah Al-Quran Memorisation and its Understanding Final for 1442 Hijrah/ 2021. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presented the prizes to the winners. 

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs, as the Chairman of the Major Islamic Events of 1442 Hijrah Executive Committee as well as other members of the Executive Committee. 

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons and brothers, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah. 

The ceremony commenced with the reading of surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja  Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doktor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul  Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti. 

The Minister of Religious Affairs in his welcoming address among other matters expressed gratitude that the Nuzul Al-Quran celebration can be held even though the country is still on alert in curbing and preventing the dangers of COVID-19. Yang Berhormat said that it is a blessing from Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala to the country and with the wise, just and charitable leadership of His Majesty guided by Allah's teachings. In strengthening such policy, His Majesty's Government has implemented Al-Quran learning covering its reading and memorisation. 

At the function, the winners from the five categories of the National Musabaqah Al-Quran Memorisation and its Understanding presented the memorisation and its understanding. Category A, Memorising Chapter 1 to 30 and its understanding for ages 13 and below, was won by Dayang Nur'aliyah Amani binti Muhammad Al-Ameen. 

Meanwhile Dayang Nuramal Shoffiyah binti Irma Shukrin won Category B which is memorisation of selected surahs as well as the understanding of Surah Al-Jumu'ah and Surah An-Nuur for ages 14 and above. 

Category C, memorising 3 chapters of Al-Quran which is from Chapter 1 to Chapter 3 and the understanding of Surah Al-Maaidah, which was open to all ages was won by Awang Haji Julazni bin Haji Zaini. 

Awang Muhammad Azib bin Muhammad Azim won Category D, memorisation of 15 Chapters of Al-Quran which is from Chapter 1 to Chapter 15 as well as the understanding of Surah  Al-Maaidah, which was open to all age levels. 

Category E, the memorisation of 30 Chapters of Al-Quran which is from Chapter 1 to Chapter 30 as well as the understanding of Surah Al-Ahqaaf, Surah Muhammad, Surah Al-Fath, Surah Al-Hujuraat and Surah Qaf, which was open to all age levels was won by Dayang Aqilah binti Haji Ayop. 

His Majesty then presented the prizes to the winners. Dayang Nur'aliyah Amani binti Muhammad Al-Ameen, Champion for Category A took home a one thousand five hundred dollar cash prize, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Runner-up Dayang Nur Shofiyyah Solehah binti Mohammad Fikri received one thousand dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Third place, Sharifah Ayesha Al-Insyirah binti Shaikh Sharul Azhar received seven hundred and fifty dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. 

Category B Champion was Dayang Nuramal Shofiyyah binti Irma Shukrin who received a two thousand dollar cash prize, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Dayang Siti Nur Darwisyah binti Sabli took second place and received one thousand five hundred dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate while Awang Abdul Qawiy bin Haji Mat Yamin came in third and received one thousand two hundred dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. 

Emerging Champion of Category D was Awang Haji Julazni bin Haji Zaini who took home a two thousand eight hundred dollar cash prize, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Second place went to Awang Muhamad Faiz Najwan bin Muhamad Saleh who received two thousand dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Meanwhile Dayang Nur Izzy Aziah binti Ahmad who came in third received one thousand five hundred dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. 

Category D was won by Awang Muhammad Azib bin Muhammad Azim who received a three thousand five hundred dollar cash prize, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Dayang Siti Hafizah Al-Haziqah binti Ariffin in second place received two thousand five hundred dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Meanwhile, Awang Ahmad Hamizan @ Ahmad Aliridha bin Haji Laidin who came in third received two thousand dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. 

The winner of category E, Dayang Aqilah binti Haji Ayop received a five thousand dollar cash prize, while the runner up, Ak Muhammad Abdul Qadir bin Pengiran Haji Ibrahim received three thousand five hundred dollars and the third place winner Awang Muhammad Faturrahman bin Awang Embran received two thousand five hundred dollars. All winners received an accompanying prize and participation certificate. 

Doa selamat was read by the State Mufti. The theme of the National level Nuzul Al-Quran Celebration, 'Al-Quran Asas dan Pemangkin Pembangunan Negara' or Al-Quran the Foundation and Catalyst of Nation Development emphasizes that Al-Quran is the foundation and main factor that contributes to development empowerment. Development that is inline with mankind's natural habit as created by Allah is development that is balanced in material, physical and spiritual needs.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a message of condolences to His Excellency Dato Laila Utama Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, the Government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia following the KRI Nanggala-4-0-2 submarine incident that resulted in the loss of lives of its 53 crew in the Strait of Bali.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, chaired the ASEAN Leaders' Meeting, which was held at the Bali Room, ASEAN Secretariat Building in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia. 24th April. Accompanying His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. The meeting was held at the ASEAN Secretariat Building. 

His Majesty was greeted on arrival at the ASEAN Secretariat Building by His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN. During the ASEAN Leader's Meeting, His Majesty in his titah acknowledges that this is an important time for the region as ASEAN is looking to advance its Community building, recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as address pressing regional developments. His Majesty then expresses appreciation for the support of ASEAN Member States for Brunei Darussalam's Chairmanship of ASEAN this year, under the theme "We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper". 

In addition, His Majesty also extends his support for the procurement of vaccines for the peoples of ASEAN through the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund. In facing future uncertainties, His Majesty emphasises the importance for ASEAN to continue strengthening its unity and Centrality through efforts that are people-centred and focused on the youth by instilling a continued sense of belonging to the ASEAN Community. On external relations, ASEAN should continue to take a proactive approach and be seen as leading the process, which includes holding the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meetings with the People's Republic of China and the United States.

Aside from that, His Majesty also welcomes the ASEAN Secretariat's recommendation to accept the United Kingdom's application to become a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN; and propose to facilitate the United Kingdom in becoming a dialogue partner at the 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting, AMM. At the meeting, His Majesty states that ASEAN Member States have been following developments in Myanmar, and at the same time have continued to respect the purposes and principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter. 

His Majesty recognises that regional stability is vital for the greater peace and prosperity of the people in ASEAN. In this regard, His Majesty notes the outcomes of the Informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting which was held recently, which called for all parties to refrain from further violence and to seek a peaceful solution in Myanmar as well as to continue efforts in the Rakhine State. In relation to this, ASEAN Member States expressed readiness to assist Myanmar through ASEAN mechanisms with the good offices of the Chairman of ASEAN and the Secretary-General to mediate between all parties concerned, based on ASEAN's long history with past experiences to draw upon on how to help Myanmar. 

At the end of the titah, His Majesty expresses appreciation for the constructive comments, positive contribution and ideas from ASEAN Member States on this matter. To this end, His Majesty hopes to continue in this spirit of close cooperation and coordination as ASEAN Member States work to overcome challenges as a family in ASEAN. After the Meeting, a Chairman's Statement on the ASEAN Leader's Meeting was issued. The ASEAN Leaders' Meeting is a significant milestone for ASEAN as it was held at the ASEAN Secretariat for the first time since the establishment of ASEAN on 8th August 1967.

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, left Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia after chairing the ASEAN Leaders' Meeting, 24th April afternoon. 

Accompanying His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. Prior to leaving the hotel, Doa Selamat was recited by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, this morning received a courtesy call from His Excellency Phạm Minh Chính, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, which took place at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Jakarta.

Also in attendance was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen.

During the courtesy call, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam discussed bilateral cooperation between both countries as well as exchanged views on regional issues of mutual importance, including sharing of experiences in handling the COVID-19 pandemic; promoting trade and investment; as well as cooperation in agriculture and energy. In addition, His Excellency also expressed the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam’s full support to Brunei Darussalam as ASEAN Chair in 2021, towards collectively achieving the intended deliverables.

At the courtesy call – which marks the first meeting between the two leaders – His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam also congratulated His Excellency on his recent appointment as the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Accompanying His Excellency were Mr. Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Tran Van Son, Minister and Chairman of the Office of the Government; and Nguyen Quoc Dzung, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Also present were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mohd. Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy; and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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The Prime Minister's Office and Departments under It yesterday afternoon continued the Tadarus Ceremony in conjunction with Ramadhan. The ceremony jointly organised by Councils of State and Attorney General Chamber was held at Kampung Belimbing Mosque in Subok. 

In attendance was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. The ceremony began with presentation of waqaf or endowment, followed by reading of tadarus Al-Quran from Surah Al-Mulk to Surah Al-Mursalat. Also present was Yang Berhormat Haji Ahmad bin Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa, the Attorney General. 

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, today left for Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia to attend the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting which will be held on 24th April 2021 at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta.

Accompanying His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen.
Prior to departure from Istana Nurul Iman, a Doa Selamat was recited by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr.) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

Present at His Majesty the Sultan’s Flight Hangar in Rimba to bid farewell to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also present at His Majesty the Sultan’s Flight Hangar to bid farewell to His Majesty were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-pengiran Cheteria; the Special Adviser to His Majesty; the Speaker of the Legislative Council; Cabinet Ministers; Members of the Privy Council; Deputy Ministers; the Commissioner of Police, Royal Brunei Police Force; and the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as the Chair of ASEAN for 2021, was invited by His Excellency Li Baodong, Secretary General of the Boao Forum for Asia, BFA, to deliver a special recorded titah at the Opening Plenary of the BFA Annual Conference 2021 in Boao, People's Republic of China, on 20th April 2021, which carried the theme "A World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Cooperation".


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha as well as members of the Royal Family, the Government and people of Brunei Darussalam have consented to send messages of condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and to His Excellency The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, the 9th of April, 2021. 

In the message, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha and members of the Royal Family as well as the Government and people of Brunei Darussalam expressed their utmost profound and deepest sympathy on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. 

His Majesty remembered his last meeting with His Royal Highness Prince Philip during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second Jubilee Monarch's Lunch at Windsor Castle in 2012 where His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha much appreciated the warm and close friendship and rapport with His Royal Highness and will always treasure the meetings and conversations they had with him. 

His Royal Highness Prince Philip will be fondly remembered through his work that has indeed touched many lives, particularly the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award that has inspired many youth around the world, including Brunei Darussalam. 

In ending the message, once again His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha and members of the royal family as well as the Government and people of Brunei Darussalam extended their deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second and to all members of the royal family at this time of great personal loss and mourning.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday afternoon received in audience The Right Honourable Dominic Raab MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom, who is in the country for a two-day Working Visit. Accompanying The Right Honourable at the Audience Ceremony were His Excellency John Virgoe, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam; and Sarah Catherine Cooke, Head of South East Asia Department in London. 

Also present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Audience Ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman. 

During the Audience Ceremony, His Majesty and The Right Honourable Dominic Raab MP discussed bilateral cooperation and regional issues of mutual importance to Brunei Darussalam and the United Kingdom. This reflects the longstanding relations between both countries.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a message of condolences to His Excellency Dato Laila Utama Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, Government as well as the people of the Republic of Indonesia; and also to His Excellency President Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste; and His Excellency Taur Matan Ruak, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Government and the people of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, following the recent flash flood and landslide caused by Cyclone Seroja which resulted in the loss of life and damage to properties.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send congratulatory messages to His Excellency Nguyen Xuan Phuc following his appointment as President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; and also to His Excellency Pham Minh Chinh following his appointment as Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.


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His Royal Highness Prince  Haji Al-  Muhtadee  Billah  ibni His Majesty Sultan  Haji  Hassanal  Bolkiah  Mu'izzaddin  Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Chairman of the Brunei Shell Joint Venture, BSJV Companies Board of Directors yesterday morning officiated the opening of the  Seria Energy Lab and Brunei Shell Petroleum  BSP Flagship Solar  PV Plant in the Belait District. 

Upon arrival at the BSP head office helipad, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted by Yang  Berhormat  Dato  Seri  Setia Doctor  Awang  Haji  Mohd  Amin  Liew bin  Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy as  Member of  BSP Board of Directors,  Dato  Seri  Paduka  Awang  Haji  Matsatejo bin  Sokiaw Acting Minister of Energy, Awang Mohammad Yassin bin Haji Ahmed,  Acting Belait District Officer and Yap Kong Fah, Deputy Managing Director and Technical Director of BSP.

His Royal Highness then proceeded to the S-20 area in Jalan Tengah Seria for the Launching Ceremony of the Seria Energy Lab. On arriving, His Royal Highness was greeted by Dato Seri Paduka Awang Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy for Fiscal who is also a Member of the BSP Board of Directors as well as BSP's Managing Director and Shell Country Chair in Brunei, Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis. 

The ceremony commenced with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah and doa selamat led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar. 

In her welcoming remarks, the BSP Managing Director and Shell Country Chair in Brunei said that the Seria Energy Lab and BSP Flagship Solar PV plant have given pride and encouragement in building Bruneian's expertise in areas of renewable energy and energy transition. 

His Royal Highness then launched the Seria Energy Lab. 

The Seria Energy Lab, formerly known as the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre, is a science centre designed to instil interest and knowledge in today's youth regarding renewable energy as tomorrow's leaders.  

The Seria Energy Lab, through Shell's NXplorers, which is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM educational programme, and its new exhibits aspires to enthuse students  and youths on renewable energy, environment and innovation. 

The Seria Energy Lab's new exhibition also features an interactive exhibition on the smart drilling technology, Aqualab. The Seria Energy Lab reflects today's energy industry from the oil and gas sector as well as renewable energy. 

His Royal Highness then launched the BSP Flagship Solar PV Plant at G-11 area in Jalan Tengah Seria. Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy for Fiscal who is also a Member of the BSP Board of Directors. 

His Royal Highness then signed a commemorative plaque to mark the launching of BSP's Flagship Solar 3.3 Megawatt Photo Voltaic Plant. 

The construction of the plant took over seven months, where almost 7-thousand solar panels were installed. The solar power generated is equivalent to the electricity consumption of approximately 600 households per year and will offset some of the power used by the BSP Head Office. The power generated will contribute towards Brunei's target of producing 100 Megawatt renewable energy by 2025. 

With 90 percent of the BSP project team made up of locals, the project acts as a stepping stone in expanding the Bruneians' expertise in renewable energy. 

The launching ceremony reflects His Royal Highness's support in realising the country's economic development and improving the well-being of the people.

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting held in a friendly and productive atmosphere which reflects the long standing relations between the two countries and peoples. Both leaders recognised the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the economy and social fabric of each other's countries. In this regard, they reiterated their commitment to work closely together in addressing the common challenges, and underscored the importance of revitalising and protecting the socio-economic stability of both countries and peoples. The matter was among the contents of the Joint Statement issued following the 23rd Annual Leaders' Consultation between the two countries today.

The Joint Statement among other matters stated that moving forward, both leaders also discussed the possible cooperation of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia in vaccine diplomacy. The cooperation would be centred upon three matters, which include a reciprocal vaccination arrangement for both nationals covering diplomats, students and expatriates; ensuring access to vaccine supplies for both Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia; and a reciprocal mutual recognition of vaccination certificates between both nations as this step would facilitate cross-border movement of the people between both countries.

Both Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining the movement of peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring their safe cross-border movement, with the necessary safeguards in place so that public health concerns are addressed. In this regard, both sides have agreed in principle to establish a Reciprocal Green Lane, RGL, with effective COVID-19 prevention and control measures, to facilitate essential business and official travel between both countries. The Leaders further agreed for officials from both sides to undertake consultations on the draft Standard Operating Procedures, SOP's of the proposed RGL.

Both Leaders also expressed their appreciation with the collaboration between the two governments, particularly in managing the repatriation of their respective citizens stranded in each other's country and other countries during the COVID-NINETEEN pandemic. This is a testament to the close and enduring ties between the two countries and their peoples.

The Leaders underscored the need to further enhance closer economic cooperation, especially between Brunei Darussalam and the states of Sabah and Sarawak. Both Leaders also reiterated the importance of enhancing connectivity with the opening of the Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Bridge, which links the Brunei-Muara District with the Temburong District, to facilitate greater international trade and investment opportunities between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia as well as through the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, BIMP-EAGA.

They also welcomed efforts to strengthen business-to-business engagement, including the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chambers of Commerce and Industries of both countries which would cover economic cooperation and commercial exchanges.

Malaysia congratulated Brunei Darussalam on assuming the ASEAN Chairmanship and its apt theme for the year: 'We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper.' Both Leaders looked forward to working closely together with other ASEAN Member States on harnessing the caring nature of ASEAN to build a harmonious and resilient ASEAN Community with the people at its centre; preparing and adapting for future challenges and threats to ensure ASEAN remains relevant and resilient; and creating opportunities for people to benefit through initiatives that enhance the sustainable prosperity of the region. Malaysia reaffirmed its fullest support and cooperation to take forward Brunei Darussalam's key priorities and deliverables under its Chairmanship.

Both Leaders exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest and expressed serious concern on the ongoing crisis in Myanmar and the rising number of fatalities. They urged all parties to refrain from instigating further violence, and for all sides to immediately exercise utmost restraint and flexibility. The Leaders called on all parties concerned to seek a peaceful solution and pursue constructive dialogue, reconciliation and quickly return to normalcy in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar and for the greater peace, security and stability of the region. The Leaders also recalled the purposes and principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, and emphasised that it remains in ASEAN's greater interest to see Myanmar resolve the crisis and regain stability. The Leaders reaffirmed ASEAN's readiness to assist Myanmar, including through the good offices of the Chairman of ASEAN and the Secretary-General of ASEAN in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner. In this regard, both Leaders agreed for ASEAN Leaders to meet to discuss the ongoing developments in Myanmar and tasked their respective Ministers and senior officials to undertake necessary preparations for the meeting that will be held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam expressed his warmest greetings to all Malaysians celebrating the upcoming blessed month of Ramadhan. Yang Amat Berhormat, the Prime Minister of Malaysia returned the greeting, and wished all Bruneians observing the holy month a happy Ramadhan Al-Mubarak.

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