Photos celebrate Belait’s history
SENTRAL Shopping Centre (KBSentral) launched a photography exhibition yesterday chronicling Belait’s modern history and its development under His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s leadership.
Titled ‘Reminiscing Belait’, the display comprises 40 photos dating as far back as 1953 and as recent as 2010 showcasing the district’s changing landscape from its small beginnings to its role as the heart of the sultanate’s oil and gas industry.
General Manager of KBSentral Abby Lim said the exhibition was launched in conjunction with His Majesty’s 70th birthday, with 30 of the photos selected from the National Archive of the Museums Department and the remainder from the Information Department under the Prime Minister’s Office.
She said the exhibition, which will run in the mall’s atrium until August 7, aims to portray the care and contribution of His Majesty’s government towards improving the standard of living of the district’s residents and the parallel development of the oil and gas industry that “in turn reflects to the progressive development of Brunei as a whole”.
“The exhibition hopes to engage with the local communities so they can show their affection and appreciation towards His Majesty for the improvements and advancements in education, defence and security developments, health, welfare and community services and many more,” she said.
The Acting Deputy Director of the Information Department, Hjh Noorashidah Hj Aliomar, whose department collaborated with KBSentral for the project, supports future partnerships with the private sector on similar concepts.
“It’s a good effort in conjunction with His Majesty’s 70th birthday to organise such an event,” she said. “And not only for KBSentral, but maybe other (retail centres) to follow (suit).”
The pictures include His Majesty’s annual visits to the district for the popular meet-and-greet or junjung ziarah, special visits to Suri Seri Begawan Hospital and Sungai Liang Industrial Park as well as the handing over of houses under the National Housing Scheme.
Also contributing to the exhibition are Interhouse Company, which printed the photos, and Sayyidina Ali Secondary School, which provided display boards.
The Brunei Times