1 Syawal at Istana Nurul Iman

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CABINET ministers yesterday reiterated His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s call to address the issue of the unhealthy lifestyle and diet among Bruneians.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, during the VVIP Open House at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday, Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi called for the residents of Brunei to make their health a top priority in their daily lives.

“Health should be everyone’s business and not just the relevant agencies because everyone has the responsibility to monitor and take care of their own well-being,” he said.

During his titah to welcome Hari Raya Aidil Fitri on Tuesday night, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam cited the Global Nutrition Report 2016 where Brunei is said to be the highest ranked country for obesity prevalence in adults.

The health minister said that a partnership between members of the public and the relevant health agencies is needed in order “for us to understand what good health truly means.”

“It is good that nowadays I see more and more people exercising, however, people have to realise that exercise is not enough, in fact, exercise only represents about 20 or 30 per cent of what is needed to live a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports said that residents of Brunei should adhere to His Majesty’s titah of adopting a healthy lifestyle as it displays the monarch’s concern over the country’s future generation.

“A healthy lifestyle should be an individual’s responsibility and should be strived for because if one’s health is ignored, it will take more resources to cure than it is to prevent,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Development, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah called for members of the public to make a healthy living their top priority.

He added that it is necessary as an unhealthy individual will affect his surroundings, mainly in terms of being unable to perform his duties properly.

The Brunei Times