The Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition acts as a medium to produce an all-encompassing regional youth. This is inline with the aspirations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to instil exemplary values and strengthen Islamic solidarity within the youth. The 3-consecutive-night competition lowered its curtain with the prize presentation ceremony. His Majesty presented the prizes to the winners at the ceremony which took place at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, and Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs as Co-Chairmen of the 9th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition Executive Committee; and Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.
Accompanying His Majesty was His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik. The ceremony commenced with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah 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 remarks among others said that the Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition is a manifestation of the regional countries' closeness as a united community that uphold initiatives that gives huge impact.
The Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition was a golden opportunity for youths in the region to renew the existing solidarity. Apart from that, the competition can also further enhance the people-to-people interaction as the core for a harmonious relationship among regional communities.
In announcing the musabaqah's result, Awang Haji Abdul Rajid bin Haji Mohd Salleh, the competition's Chief Judge said that the competition had successfully became a platform for integrating and uniting the Muslim youth in the Southeast Asian region involving ASEAN member states and Timor Leste.
The ceremony was further enlivened with the reading of Al-Quran by the champion Qari and Qariah of the 9th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition. His Majesty then presented the prizes to the winners. Kamaruddin G.Zaidon from the Philippines was crowned as champion Qari, and he received His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Challenge Trophy, a prize, participation certificate and a 5-thousand-dollar cash prize.
The runner up, Awang Hadi bin Mohd Sharkawi from Malaysia received a prize, participation certificate and a 4-thousand-dollar cash prize. Meanwhile, the second runner-up, Awang Abdul Mu'in bin Haji Abdul Hamid from Brunei Darussalam received a prize, participation certificate and cash prize amounting to 3 thousand dollars. The title as champion Qariah went to Dayangku Siti Ummi Syazana binti Pengiran Haji Marjuki from Brunei Darussalam. She received His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Challenge Trophy, a prize, participation certificate and a 5-thousand-dollar cash prize.
Meanwhile, the runner up, Dayang A'tii Qah binti Suhaimi from Singapore received a prize, participation certificate and a 4-thousand-dollar cash prize. The second runner up, Dayang Nurul Husna binti Sharif from Malaysia received a prize, participation certificate and cash prize amounting to 3 thousand dollars.
His Majesty also presented appreciation prizes to other participants, and souvenirs to the competition judges. The Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition acts as connecting bridge to further strengthen relation among Southeast Asian communities. It is also one of the effective initiatives to propagate Islamic education and unite the youth in the region. The doa selamat was recited by the State Mufti.
At the ceremony, His Majesty signed the commemorative parchment and received a Pasambah. 22 Qari and Qariah from ASEAN member states and Timor Leste took part in the biennial event. His Majesty's presence reflected the Monarch's attentiveness in leading religious events among youth, specifically in uniting youths in the region to further elevate Al-Quran.
Source: Radio Television Brunei