Bandar Seri Begawan (London Post ) In conjunction with Brunei Darussalam’s 39th National Day celebration, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam joined thousands to cycle over 10.3 kilometres in the Semangat Kebangsaan 2023 Recreational Cycling event in the capital.
Accompanying His Majesty at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien were His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen.
After two years’ hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first Semangat Kebangsaan Recreational Cycling after Brunei entered the endemic phase.
Upon arrival, His Majesty and members of the royal family were greeted by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad as Chairman of the 39th National Day celebration executive committee, and other Cabinet ministers.
The day kicked off with His Majesty officiating the Semangat Kebangsaan 2023 Recreational Cycling and signing a framed jersey commissioned for the occasion.
His Majesty then led the cycling event along the route through Jalan Pretty, turning to Jalan Elizabeth II to Jalan Stoney and cycling to Jalan Haji Basir past Pusar Ulak Primary School and headed to Jalan Kumbang Pasang passing Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Silver Jubilee Park and toward Jalan Perdana Menteri.
His Majesty shares a light moment with musicians at the event
His Majesty made a U-turn at the roundabout in front of the Prime Minister’s Office building and headed back to Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien through Jalan Kumbang Pasang and passing Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien College and St Andrew’s School before reaching Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha and entering Jalan Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddein.
His Majesty then made a surprise move to continue cycling within the heart of the capital before concluding at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.
After a short break, His Majesty then received a pesambah presented by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and witnessed a march past by 39 cyclists and inline skaters who had earlier taken part in a 39-kilometre event.
His Majesty also witnessed several performances by trainees under the National Service Programme (PKBN), which included displays in body combat and silat. The public also posed for pictures with the monarch and members of the royal family.
His Majesty visits an exhibition on the traditional games, language, music and culture of Brunei Darussalam and exhibits traditional games such as Pasang, Sarok he Sarokan, Bua he Lapa Lapas, and Konkak set up by the museum I visited the stalls that do. Department. There was also a huge Pasang game to watch.
Products from the Pusat Bahagia and Senior Activity Center were also on display, as well as information on his 141 welfare hotline and Talian Anak 121 set up by the Department of Community Development.
The Language and Literature Office held quizzes on words, poems, Sahiba and traditional Malay images of Brunei Malay. On display were Office books, Learning about Kedayan dialect/dialogue, Understanding Jawi language, Bruneian food and 7 dialects. Meanwhile, at the Brunei History Center, jigsaw puzzles and an exhibition on preserving ancient records and books were all for sale.
His Majesty watched traditional music performances and demonstrations of silat and gassings, and visited a kite exhibition before the tour ended.
(London Post with borneo bulletin and Bru Direct)