Bruneian delegates join SSEAYP

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BRUNEIAN delegates for the 43rd Ship for Southeast Asia Youth Programme (SSEAYP) departed for Japan yesterday to sail the South China Sea on board the Nippon Maru.

Twenty-eight Bruneians including one national leader will be joining 330 participants from 10 other ASEAN countries including Japan to live together on board for weeks.

Present at the departure hall of Brunei International Airport to give words of encouragement was Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Permanent Secretary Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin.

In an interview, national leader Pg Kamal Ariffin Pg Hj Md Yassin said around 30 per cent of the programme will be concentrated on cultural performances and the rest on discussions and presentations.

“We want the discussion topics to be more on issues that can benefit our local youth such as entrepreneurship, health and education, but we also want to discuss other topics that can help our youth to improve their knowledge,” he said.

Pg Kamal added that this year the cultural performance of Brunei delegates will show the modern or current lifestyle of Brunei society.

“Every year, we’ve been showing similar performances to other foreign participants. We are planning to perform differently but still follow the philosophy,” said the national leader, who is also a Special Duty Officer under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA).

The local participants will arrive in Japan today and will be staying there for 10 days before they begin their journey on board to Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Singapore as well as Jakarta.

The 51-day programme officially starts today and ends on December 15.

The cruise will make its return voyage to Tokyo before the the programme concludes.

Besides the opportunity to sail aboard Nippon Maru, as well as learn new cultures and knowledge from foster families, the participants will also learn new important skills for self-development.

In an interview, youth leader Norhidayat Ahim said the programme will help participants to improve their personalities.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for every youth. Besides an opportunity to visit other countries, the programme could help youth to improve their leadership and communication skills, values and behaviour that are important in order to become exemplary,” he said.

The delegation attended pre-departure training last month at the Sports Village of the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex in Berakas and also at Pulau Pelompong in Muara.

Brunei has been active in participating in the programme since 1985.

The programme was established to promote friendship among the youth from ASEAN member states and Japan as well as to reinforce the spirit of international collaboration.

The Brunei Times