HM opens knowledge meet

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday launched the Knowledge Convention 2014 that focuses on the role of science and technology in improving the lives of Muslims.

Accompanying the monarch at the International Convention Centre yesterday were His Royal Highness Prince Jefri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel.

Delivering his titah, the Sultan encouraged the use of science and technology in the nation’s development.

However, His Majesty warned against the use of science and technology to belittle Allah SWT, and that it should instead be used solely for its benefits.

The Minister of Development said this year’s Knowledge Convention focuses on the role and contribution of science and technology in all aspects of life, development and responsibilities as Muslims in ensuring harmony and stability. YB Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said the government is aiming to be among the top 10 nations based on the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index. The minister, who is co-chair of the Knowledge Convention Committee, further hoped the convention could demonstrate the government’s efforts toward achieving a high standard of living. His Majesty also visited the Balai Kenangan Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien and Knowledge Convention exhibitions.

The monarch was given a tour of the exhibits including a replica of Istana Nurul Iman as well as buildings of all the ministries.

His Majesty also tried some of the activities offered by the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre after viewing some of the Ministry of Development’s projects at the exhibition.

The launch of the convention also saw State Mufti YB Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned delivering a lecture on ‘Science and Technology: Catalyst of Development and Enhancing the Ummah’s Quality of Life’.

In his lecture, the State Mufti touched on the role of faith and taqwa (obedience of Islamic laws and fear of Allah SWT) in enhancing Muslims’ quality of life.

Pehin Dato (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abd Aziz said science and technology are not enough, and that faith and taqwa are required to ensure the survival and development of Islam and Muslims.

Six foreign and Bruneian experts will speak at the convention including Prof Dr Salim Al Hassani, president of UK’s Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation on “Lessons from 1,000 years of Innovation to Inspire Young Learners and Business Leaders’. Acting Vice-chancellor of Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB), Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman is also expected to speak on the topic ‘Innovation Unleased: The Role of Higher Education Institutions’ today. The Knowledge Convention will run until November 4.

The Brunei Times