‘Be active in exchange programme’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports yesterday encouraged participants to the 43rd Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) 2016 to be active and make the country proud in the exchange programme organised by the Japanese government.
Yang Berhomat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof issued the call as he handed over the national flag to the 28 SSEAYP participants at the VIP room of National Stadium Hassanal Bolkiah.
“Take this opportunity to learn from other foreign participants by interacting with them,” YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi said.
He advised the participants to show their commitment by performing actively during the programme to bring honour to the country.
In his speech, he praised the Japanese government for their continuing initiatives to organise exchange programmes with ASEAN countries, which seek to produce future leaders.
He went on to say that youth must be prepared mentally, physically and spiritually so they can contribute to national development.
Brunei is working to develop the youth so they can help in nation building, the minister said.
The event continued with the handing over of flight tickets to Japan by Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Noriko Iki to the head of contingent, Pg Kamal Ariffin Pg Hj Md Yassin.
This year’s programme will commence on October 25 until December 15, involving 330 youths from 10 ASEAN countries.
The participants will board the Japanese cruise Nippon Maru from Tokyo. The ship will then sail for brief stops in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
During the programme, Brunei’s head of delegation will also visit Cambodia during the stop in Bangkok.
Also present during the ceremony were MCYS Permanent Secretaries Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin and Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abd Jalil and Deputy Permanent Secretary Hj Md Noor Jusmin Hj Abd Samad as well as representatives from the Japanese embassy.
Prior to their departure, the participants attended several trainings to improve their leadership skills.
The Brunei Times