NGOs march loud and proud for N-Day

National 2 minutes, 27 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

NON-GOVERNMENT organisations (NGOs) showed their love and appreciation for the country yesterday by marching loud and proud at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) in the capital.

Despite the hot and humid weather, each member of the organisations synchronised and marched with full patriotic spirit.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Vice President of the Brunei Darussalam Scout Association (BDSA), Pg Abd Wahab Pg Hassan said the scout members practised diligently a week before the national event.

“Since marching is already an essential part of being a member of the association, we made sure our members were well prepared.”

Pg Abd Wahab said those participating in the parade consisted of senior and junior members of the association.

He said the association has established several strategic plans to ensure youth development, in line with this year’s theme: Visionary Generation.

Participating in the events and programmes will ensure our members will gain valuable knowledge that will contribute to the development of the country, he said.

Alhamdulillah I am quite proud to see the developments made by the youths who have a strong stance and identity.”

A representative of the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) who did not want to be named, expressed her gratitude in being able to participate again in this year’s parade.

“As a youth, I feel it is important for me to participate in this national event and play my part in being a visionary youth.”

In line with the theme, the 25-year-old said she has seen great developments from youths especially in the area of entrepreneurship.

“More youths are venturing into entrepreneurship and most of them have made it big and have even expanded overseas.”

“I believe this is due to the great encouragement from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty’s government and the people of Brunei.”

She praised the youths for venturing out of the traditional way of earning a living.

“With great encouragement and support, I believe everyone can do anything. Alhamdulillah we live in such a supportive country. I hope more youths will continue to be visionary.

I hope more youths will continue to work hard to contribute to the country and continue to become part of the visionary generation.”

Lim Han Chiong, who led the Hokkien Association of Brunei Darussalam group said the 300 members felt very proud to participate in the parade.

“This is our third time participating and we are in full spirits to march and show our love for the country.”

The representative of the Chinese Community wished the country will continue to grow with prosperity.

“Long Live His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.”

“We also hope the economy will be better, the country will continue to be prosperous and wishing everyone a very Happy 32nd National Day.”

The Brunei Times