Santai Sihat strengthens bonds

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Members of the Information Department under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Kg Belimbing Subok Consultative Council (MPK) took part in a Santai Sihat programme at Tasik Sarubing Recreational Park yesterday

At the crack of dawn, over 100 Kg Belimbing residents and information department officers along with their families flocked to the park’s lake.

The guest of honour at the event was Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Yunos.

Also present were Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s office Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Roselan Hj Mohd Daud and Acting Brunei-Muara District Officer Hj Sunadi Hj Buntar.

The department in a statement said the Santai Sihat aimed to encourage participants to practice a healthier lifestyle through sports activities.

“These best practices done with a relaxed state of mind at the park can inherently produce a community that’s physically and mentally healthy,” it said.

“The family fun activities can also strengthen relations between the department (and residents) all the way to the grassroots level and instill a spirit of friendship and family togetherness.”

The Santai Sihat hosted team building activities that catered to all ages.

In the first activity, Hj Mohd Rozan blew the whistle, sending off participants on a hike along a three-kilometre trail at Bukit Markucing.

He also visited Kg Belimbing’s exhibition gallery, toured the lake’s surroundings and threw fish food into the lake, attracting a school of snakehead fish.

There was also a colouring competition for the children, a drawing competition for senior citizens and a bowling competition using coconuts.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, MPK Kg Belimbing member Yusri Hj Mohd Daud said the lake’s cleanliness was maintained by the village residents

“We occasionally do some cleanups here regardless of whether there’s an event coming up. If we see litter while we’re jogging here, we remove it straightaway,” he said.

“Only when it comes to building maintenance - for example, building concrete bridge pillars over the lake - do we ask for help from the authorities.”

As a safety precaution, Yusri said the MPK also keeps an eye on cars parked until late in the area.

“If we see there are some cars here so late at 7 pm, we go as a search team to check the park as a precaution just in case anyone’s in trouble.”

Touching on the park’s lake, Yusri said there were reports of some people fishing there.

He advised against this because it could affect the lake’s fish population, which he said is one of Tasik Sarubing’s attractions.

Members of MPK Kg Belimbing and the Information Department also took part in a friendly tarik kalat, or tug of war.

Team MPK Kg Belimbing was headed by Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Hj Gapor @ Hj Mohd Daud Karim and Acting Director of the Information Department Mawardi Hj Mohammad.

The Brunei Times