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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 awarded land lots and house keys to more than 950 recipients under the National Housing Scheme, R-P-N and the Indigenous Citizens Land Scheme, STKRJ in the Brunei Muara District. The ceremony took place yesterday at the Plenary Hall, International Convention Centre in Berakas.
Upon arrival, His Majesty 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, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohamad Daud, Acting Minister at the Prime Minister's Office: Dato Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Acting Minister of Development and Awang Misli bin Haji Abdul Karim, Acting Brunei Muara District Officer. The ceremony began with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Pengiran Haji Shahril Azman bin Pengiran Haji Metussin, Syari'ah Subordinate Court Judge, Brunei Muara District.
The Acting Brunei Muara District Officer in his welcoming speech among other matters said the award of the land lots and house keys portrays His Majesty's care and attention to his subjects. It is hoped that the occupants of the National Housing Scheme homes will always maintain and preserve the harmony of nationhood, establish unity and a neighbourhood spirit, well-being and prosperity in a peaceful environment and mutually respectful as well as adhering to the conditions stipulated by the Housing Development Department.
The presentation of the land lots is for applicants under the RPN Lambak Kanan, Madang, Rimba, Meragang and STKRJ Kampung Mata-Mata (Katok 'B'), Gadong. Meanwhile the keys for houses, cluster homes and terrace houses are for applicants under the RPN Meragang, Tanah Jambu and Lugu as well as terrace houses under the STKRJ Kampung Mata-Mata (Katok 'B'), Kampung Tungku (Katok 'A) and Lugu. Of the 954 recipients of the land lots and house keys, 222 people were awarded land lots while 732 received house keys. The presentation is an award that is invaluable and meaningful to recipients.
According to the statistics from the Housing Development Department, out of more than 28,000 houses constructed, 26,640 housing units have been awarded to qualified recipients throughout the country. From the number, more than 17,000 units were for recipients in the Brunei Muara District. The award signifies the government's commitment through the Ministry of Development in planning and reviewing the housing provision under the National Housing Scheme to ensure the well-being and harmony of the citizens in line with the development strategy under Wawasan Brunei 2035.
In efforts to ensure the housing provision under the National Housing Scheme is capable of being sustainable, the Ministry of Development has set up a Housing Focus Group Committee to closely study new approaches by reviewing holistically the government subsidy policy, applicant qualification conditions, types of housing to be built by taking into account the availability of state lands.
To bless the ceremony, doa selamat was read by the Brunei Muara District Syariah Subordinate Court Judge. His Majesty's presence portrays the monarch's leadership and personality that places serious attention on the interests and needs of the citizens as well as residents of the country. It is also a clear indication of how the monarch and His Majesty's government gives serious attention and will continue to prioritise the people's housing through various schemes. The recipients expressed their thanks and gratefulness to His Majesty for this meaningful award.
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