‘Bandarku Ceria boon for tourism, fitness’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

LOCALS are optimistic that the Bandarku Ceria initiative will help bring in tourist dollars and advocate healthy living.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, a group of students from the School of Business and Economics (SBE), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) said the car-free Sunday poses a great opportunity to host fun games and challenges to promote the local heritage sites.

Ardi Maswadi Musim, a third year student from SBE, UBD said that the initiative was a great way for Brunei to promote tourism as foreigners will be able to mingle with the locals and immerse themselves in different activities.

“Driving in Bandar can be quite stressful, with lack of parking. However, it was quite fun to walk (around the capital) and enjoy the scenery,” said Ardi Maswadi.

He added that it would also be a great opportunity to open heritage sites in the capital such as the museums as it would add more activities that can be done during the car-free Sunday.

Another SBE student, Abdul Azim Hj Daud, said the initiative encourage people to protect the environment by walking and cycling rather than driving cars and contributing more to air pollution.

“It’s a good opportunity for families to get out of the house and have fun. Every day of the week we use cars to go everywhere but now it’s a good change to just (walk) and enjoy the moment,” said Abdul Azim.

Similarly, owner of fitness studio, Studio 96, said that the Bandarku Ceria initiative is a good platform to advocate healthy lifestyle.

“The old and the young are riding bicycles, jogging and exercising. It’s a very good initiative to promote healthy lifestyle,” said Mike Chia, whose fitness studio held a free aerobic session open to the public yesterday.

Chia said that the car-free Sunday creates a lively atmosphere which encourages healthy living as the community can come and enjoy cycling and exercising along with their family and friends in an open space.

“I think a lot of people are really busy with their work and career and find it difficult to spare some time to exercise. This programme gives them a very good opportunity to prioritise their fitness while combating our obesity problem,” said Chia.

One of the participants of the aerobic session named Ahmad hopes that the government will continue to run and promote the programme as it is beneifical for the health of Bruneians.

“The initiative has created a happy and vibrant atmosphere and I hope it continues. This is especially beneficial for those who do not have a lot of free time on the weekdays to work out and enjoy themselves,” said Ahmad.

The Brunei Times