Belait panel discusses preparations for HM’s 70th birthday celebrations
BELAIT's Executive Committee for the 70th birthday celebrations of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Wadaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam met yesterday to discuss district-wide preparations for the celebrations later this year.
Belait District Officer Hj Haris Othman chaired the meeting at his residence, with Belait district representatives from the Legislative Council, grassroots leaders and government representatives amongst those participating in the planning of the significant event.
The first order of the meeting was to disband the previous year’s committee and to appoint the members of the current Executive Committee.
Among the meeting’s following agenda was to verify the expenses of the previous year’s celebrations, to decide the activities for the coming celebrations, to identify the parties responsible and dates for His Majesty’s arrival preparations during the traditional “Junjung Ziarah” event and get-together ceremony, and to identify the parties responsible for the setting up and construction of the necessary equipment and stages needed.
Amongst the main activities discussed were the ceremonial raising of the national flag, a thanksgiving ceremony, a Khatam al-Quran ceremony and the hosting of the popular stalls known as gerai perayaan, which also feature cultural and religious performances.
The Brunei Times