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Rabu, 19 September 2012

'Event a great opportunity to greet HM personally'

Rabiatul Kamit and Koo Jin Shen
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

PROUD men and women from both government and non-government institutions in the Belait District joined in for the Meet-and-Greet Session for the district at the Padang Bandaran, Kuala Belait, yesterday.

For the 100 over members of the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), Kuala Belait Branch yesterday, it was an auspicious occasion.

The Chairman of BDRCS, KB Chai Yum Fatt, told The Brunei Times in an interview that the event presented a prime opportunity for the Red Crescent to show their appreciation to His Majesty the Sultan and yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam with a pesambah of the organisation's year book.

"The year book details our activities that we have carried out in Brunei over the past year and it would be an honour for His Majesty to accept it," he said.

The chairman explained that the BDRCS, KB had been attending the event in Belait for two years and that the members look forward to meeting His Majesty in person.

Meanwhile, for Skip Rafeah Hj Dollah, secretary of Squad 4030, Sea Scouts, from Sg Liang, the birthday celebrations in Belait has been a "special event" for herself and fellow scouts who have been attending the event for over a decade.

"To meet His Majesty is an opportunity not to be missed, which is why we have been coming every year. In person, you get to see how caring the monarch is as he takes his time to personally meet his people," she said in an interview.

Over 60 members of the Third Battalion of the Royal Brunei Land Force garrison in Lumut also had the opportunity to meet and greet the monarch. Lt Mohd Aji Hj Abdul Rahman, said that it would be his first time as a member of the army to be able to greet His Majesty on his birthday.

He said that he had been on a course in Malaysia for his first year in the military, so this year would be something he can proudly remember in the coming years. "I am proud, as a military officer and as a Bruneian citizen, to be here on this occasion," he said, adding he was also proud to represent the battalion alongside his fellow soldiers and subordinates.

Not all of those in uniform however, will have the opportunity to meet the monarch on this special occasion, as volunteers and civil servants carry out their respective duties to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Awaiting in a fire truck, Hj Sulaiman Hj Mohd Yussof, deputy station officer from the Kuala Belait bomba, is in a critical position next to the helicopter landing pad for His Majesty's arrival. "We are here on standby in case of any fire," he said, and noted that they also had men on duty around the Padang Bandaran.

"We have about 60 or 70 people on standby," he said, indicating that there are also extingusihers and 'Fire Tenders' (specialised supply vehicles for fire trucks) on hand to deal with any event of a fire. Fire vehicles and fire fighters from Sungai Liang and Seria was also present.

Alongside the firemen, police from the Belait District were present in force throughout the Padang and its surroundings, ensuring security for the people and for the beloved monarch. Present also were nurses and doctors from the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital, manning four health stations with the aid of First Aid trained members of the BDRCS.

One such civil servant, a fireman who only wished to be known as Hj Ali, said that it was an honour to be working at the event that day, noting that despite not being able to meet His Majesty because he was 'On duty', he considered himself lucky to be able to serve on that day. 
Members of the Red Crescent showed up in full-force yesterday to His Majesty's birthday celebrations in Belait to show appreciation to the monarch. Picture: BT/ Rabiatul Kamit

The Brunei Times.

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