National flags lowered to mark end of celebrations
RESPECTING the national flag shows our obedience and loyalty to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, said the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs (MoHA) yesterday.
Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yussof during the flag-lowering ceremony at the open space of the Yayasan Shopping Complex in the capital to mark the end of the 69th birthday celebrations.
The MoHA Deputy Minister urged Bruneians to always honour the national flag as it is the best way to demonstrate their loyalty to His Majesty.
"To the youth and the new generation, I would advise that when the national flag is hoisted or lowered, it must be given the highest tribute. It should not be hoisted and lowered casually," he said.
A total of 69 flag-bearers – consisting of members of the Fire and Rescue Department, and the Prisons Department – marched into the flag pole area.
Another 20 Royal Brunei Navy personnel marched into the flag pole area, led by Royal Brunei Navy Lieutenant Dya Mohamad Izzat Dato Paduka Hj Mohamad Murad, who is the Parade Commander in charge of lowering the national flag during the ceremony.
As the Royal Brunei Navy personnel marched into the flag area, the singing of the national anthem was ensued by a choir group from members Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) band.
The flag, which measures at 3.7m by 7.3m, was then lowered and handed over by the Lieutenant Dya Mohamad Izzat to Home Affairs Deputy Minister, who was the guest of honour during the annual ceremony.
In Tutong, the flag-lowering ceremony took place at the Community Hall Complex area, where the flag was handed over by Royal Brunei Police Force personnel to Tutong Assistant District Officer, Hj Adnan Hj Adam.
The giant national flag was hoisted throughout the month in the capital, beginning from August 1.
With the lowering of the flag, the public are required to ensure all flags are lowered accordingly at places including homes, government and private buildings, as well as commercial premises.
A similar event was held in Belait District at the open space of Menara Cendera Kenangan.
Present as the guest of honour was Belait District Officer Hj Haris Othman, who received the flag after it was lowered by members of the Royal Brunei Police Force.
The Brunei Times