Jubilation and high spirits of patriotism were the order of the day as thousands of participants took to the field staging performances depicting the journey and meaning of independence, while thousands more filled the grandstand and perimeters of Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, to watch the vibrant and colourful displays.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam joined his subjects at the celebration.
The presence of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the celebration adds fervour to the spirits of the participants in the entire event, especially to renew the pledge of independence, re-invigorate pure values and to shore up the spirit of nationalism towards an even brighter future. His Majesty’s arrival was greeted with the resounding rhythmic beat of the hadrah. Further adding to the fanfare were the waving of miniature flags by children and youths who lined up along the road leading up to the entrance of the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.
Involvement of about 22 thousand participants – a large number – reflected the solid commitment of all levels of the citizens and community from the four districts, regardless of age, descent, race, religion, ethnicity and tribe, in together ensuring the success of the auspicious event. For the youth and students, their participation on the whole, translates their commitment towards the nation – a spirit that had been cultivated among them since their very young age, considering their position as catalysts of the nation’s excellent future development.
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in his Titah in conjunction with the 29th national day anniversary, pointed out that the country’s citizens cannot be left behind in together upholding the nation’s plans. His Majesty urged the citizens to be responsive towards the government efforts for the country and at least understand the government’s aspiration in carrying out its plans.
The private sector is also hoped to be able to work hand in hand with the government in nation-building. Hence, in the provision of the National Development Plan, specific allocations are provided each year to develop and facilitate growth in the private sector in various aspects so that it can be more capable of contributing to national development and progress.
For 29 years, Brunei Darussalam has breathed the air of independence. Independence has become a driving force towards a more progressive, solid and honourable life for further national development. Solid commitment from all sectors is necessary, meaning that no one can afford to be careless or negligent in together fulfilling independence with appropriate contributions in accordance with their respective fields.
Aside from development within the country, diplomatic relations with friendly nations will continue to be strengthened and maintained. These are central to political strength, economy and security. Such relations will become a continual practice based on the principle of mutual goodwill and respect for each other’s sovereignty.
This year’s National Day theme – “Negara Ku Brunei Darussalam” or “My Country Brunei Darussalam” – epitomises the manifestation that all true citizens who recognise the meaning of nationhood and statehood will continue to absorb and assimilate the values of patriotism which need to be nurtured within the souls of such citizens as the core of strength in nationhood and statehood. The emphasis on love for the homeland must constantly be made so that such affection remains relevant and functional for all time.
The celebration marks one important note in history, for by the year 2013, Brunei has enjoyed rapid development. And the nation’s prosperity which is borne out of the efforts of the citizens and residents as well as the government in ensuring that the country will continue to be one that plays a vital role in various regional and international issues.
As the rakyat celebrates Brunei Darussalam’s twenty ninth National Day anniversary, they can feel proud of the development and progress achieved over the past three decades. But much more needs to be done as the country looks ahead to 2035 – the year targeted for the achievement of the National Vision 2035. With this in mind, Bruneians must pool resources, muster their knowledge and hold on firmly to their high patriotic spirit for national development, so that in a little more than two decades from now, the country can proudly stand on par with the developed nations.
Adapted from RTB News.