12th National Youth Day Celebration

The culmination of this year's celebration was the presentation of the National Youth Day 2017 Awards by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Upon arrival at the International Convention Centre, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohamad Yussof, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports as the Chairman of the 12th National Youth Day celebration Executive Committee.

Also in attendance were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik. Also present were other members of the Royal Family.

The celebration began with a reading of surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in his welcoming address touched on this year's National Youth Day celebration theme which is 'Belia Berdaya Usaha dan Berinovasi Menjayakan Wawasan Negara' or 'Capable and Innovative Youths Accomplishing Wawasan Negara', selected to spread hope on the importance of youth preparedness to become highly educated, skilled and successful citizens, who contribute to the efforts to establish quality life and participate in generating a dynamic and sustainable economy in line with the Wawasan Brunei 2035 objective.

'Taat kepada Allah, Setia kepada Raja dan Cinta kepada Negara' or Loyal to Allah, Allegiance to the Monarch and Love for the Nation are among the pledges in Youth Oath read by Awangku Muhammad Adibul Amin bin Pengiran Haji Marjuki, a Brunei Investment Agency Officer and Runner Up of the International Musabaqah Tilawatil Quran 2016 and 2017 with 33 youths of backgrounds and achievements in various fields.

A video presentation produced by Kumpulan Belia Kreatif portrays the importance of being capable and innovative to reach success. The video also aimed to inspire youths to continue being diligent in finding alternate and creative ways to achieve success in life.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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