Love the Nation programme ends

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TUTONG

THE fourth and final phase of the 9th ‘Belia Cinta Tanah Air’ (Youth Love the Nation) programme came to an end yesterday at Dewan Wawasan, Kg Keriam, Tutong.

The 26 youths hailing from the Brunei-Muara, Temburong and Belait districts spent three days in Kg Keriam, staying with foster families throughout the fourth phase.

The fourth phase activities were facilitated by the Keriam Village Consultative Council (MPK), Keriam Malay Association (PESAKA) and the Keriam Mosque Takmir (committee), according to the Deputy General Secretary of PESAKA, Zainal Hj Zaidin.

Through PESAKA, the participants were introduced to traditions and customs of the country such as traditional sports and methods of preparing local delicacies such as wajid and penyaram.

Meanwhile the Keriam Mosque Takmir organised religious activities such as subuh (dawn) lectures and sharing sessions (tazkirah).

Besides that, participants were also involved in community service such as the cleaning of the mosque and halls. They also took a field trip to Tasek Merimbun and the Butterfly Garden in the Tutong District.

Present as the guest of honour at yesterday’s event was the Tutong District Officer, Wardi Hj Muhammad Ali. Also present was YB Orang Kaya Jaya Putera Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Taha Abdul Rauf, a legislative council member and Penghulu of Mukim Keriam.

With an interview with The Brunei Times, the Tutong District Officer stressed the importance of religion and youths to aspire towards the nation’s vision as a Zikir Nation.

“Youths are future leaders, so they must be able to see and understand the fundamentals of life,” Wardi said.

A participant of this year’s programme, Dk Nur Maseliyana Syafiqah, took her own initiative to join after hearing good reviews from her friends.

“I’m interested in volunteering and the programme already has set activities for that,” the 17-year-old said.

She suggested a selection process for future participants to ensure they are truly committed to the cause and objectives of the programme.

Muhd Izzat Zainal, a participant of the programme in 2011 who was invited as a representative of Keriam youths feels that the programme helps to strengthen ties and relations between youths of the different districts.

“The programme taught us to be more independent and develop a good self image,” the student from Institut Teknologi Brunei said. “We also learned about traditions from other districts while also encouraging youths to consider their future.”

In future, Muhammad Izzat hopes ex-participants will continue carrying out community service in the country and suggested an alumni be set up.

Amongst the aims of the “Belia Cinta Tanah Air” programme is to instil feelings of patriotism and living harmoniously in a community, whilst also encouraging camaraderie.

The Brunei Times