Bestowal of ‘Manteri Hulubalang’ Titles

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 consented to bestow Manteri Hulubalang Titles to 3 recipients. The Bestowal of the Manteri Hulubalang Titles Ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at the Istana Nurul Iman Surau. Gracing the ceremony was His Majesty's son, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Mateen, as His Majesty's personal representative.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was preceded by two Hulubalangs, the Hulubalang Diraja carrying the Pemuras and Karga, and the Hulubalang Asgar carrying the Kelasak and Kampilan. His Royal Highness was welcomed by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris bin Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar, Yang Di-Pertua of Adat Istiadat Negara. Accompanying His Royal Highness was His Royal Highness' Perhiasan Empat.

The ceremony began with the Bestowal of the Manteri Hulubalang title to 17535 Sergeant Awang Abdul Rashid bin Metarshad. 17535 Sergeant Awang Abdul Rashid entered the ceremony, accompanied on his left by Pengarah Awang Jaini bin Haji Mahmud and one Awang-Awang carrying the Gangsa Sireh and was seated at the designated place.

Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Adnan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Mohd Yusof requested an audience and informed His Royal Highness that the Bestowal of the Manteri Hulubalang title Ceremony for 17535 Sergeant Awang Abdul Rashid was in place to proceed.

Immediately after, His Royal Highness consented for the ceremony to begin.

This was followed by Begawan Mudim Awang Haji Mat Salleh bin Haji Damit proceeding with the ceremony, with two Awang-Awang, one carrying the Gangsa with the bestowal scroll and one carrying the Gangsa Kurnia Persalinan.

Begawan Mudim Awang Haji Suhaili then sought consent and lightly touched the Gangsa Sireh on the right and left shoulders as well as the top of 17535 Sergeant Awang Abdul Rashid's head.

The Doa Selamat was read by Yang Dimuliakan Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mustapa bin Haji Murad.

Penglima Asgar Awang Abdul Rashid then sought consent to be excused, followed by Pengarah Awang Jaini, Begawan Mudim Awang Haji Mat Salleh as well as the Awang-Awang carrying the Gangsa Sireh, Tauliah and Kurnia Persalinan. Among the obligations of a Penglima Asgar are to carry the Kampilan in his right hand and the Kelasak in his left, while heading the left side of a Royal Procession and is responsible for the safety of the monarch in any royal ceremony.

The ceremony was followed by the Bestowal of the Manteri Hulubalang title to 19523 Corporal Awang Mohamad Badarudin bin Haji Md Sofian. 19523 Corporal Awang Mohamad Badarudin entered the ceremony, accompanied on his left by Pengarah Awang Haji Kilali bin Haji Abdul Rahman as well as one Awang-Awang carrying the Gangsa Sireh and was seated at the designated place.

Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Adanan requested an audience and informed His Royal Highness that the Bestowal Ceremony for 19523 Corporal Awang Mohamad Badarudin was in place to proceed.

Immediately after His Royal Highness made the sabda for the ceremony to begin, Begawan Mudim Awang Haji Amran bin Haji Md. Salleh sought consent to proceed.

This was followed by Begawan Mudim Awang Haji Ahmad Kasra bin Haji Ibrahim proceeding with the ceremony, with two Awang-Awang, one carrying the Gangsa with the bestowal scroll and one carrying the Gangsa Kurnia Persalinan.

Begawan Mudim Awang Haji Amran then sought consent and lightly touched the Gangsa Sireh on the right and left shoulders as well as the top of 19523 Corporal Awang Mohamad Badarudin's head.

The Doa Selamat was read by Yang Dimuliakan Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Metali Al-Hafiz.

Perwira Asgar Awang Mohamad Badarudin then sought consent to be excused, followed by Pengarah Awang Haji Kilali, Begawan Mudim Awang Haji Ahmad Kasra as well as the Awang-Awang carrying the Gangsa Sireh, Tauliah and Kurnia Persalinan. Among the obligations of a Perwira Asgar are to lead on the left of the Begawan Sultan and Suri Seri Begawan Raja Procession in a royal ceremony by carrying the Pemuras on his right shoulder and is responsible for the safety of the Begawan Sultan in any royal ceremony.

The ceremony was followed by the Bestowal of the Manteri Hulubalang title to 19653 Corporal Awang Abdul Malik bin Awang Hidup. 19653 Corporal Awang Abdul Malik entered the ceremony, accompanied on the left by Pengarah Awang Haji Brahim @ Momin bin Haji Mohd Yusof as well as one Awang-Awang carrying the Gangsa Sireh and was seated at the designated place.

Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Adnan requested an audience and presented to His Royal Highness that the Bestowal Ceremony for 19653 Corporal Awang Abdul Malik was in place to proceed.

Immediately after, His Royal Highness gave the consent for the ceremony to begin.

This was followed by Begawan Mudim Awang Haji Tamin bin Haji Puting proceeding with the ceremony, with two Awang-Awang, one carrying the Gangsa with the bestowal scroll and one carrying the Gangsa Kurnia Persalinan.

Begawan Mudim Awang Abd Latif then sought consent and lightly touched the Gangsa Sireh on the right and left shoulders as well as the top of 19653 Corporal Awang Abdul Malik's head.

The Doa selamat was read by Yang Dimuliakan Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Awang Haji Emran bin Haji Kunchang.

Asgar Awang Abdul Malik then sought consent to be excused, followed by Pengarah Awang Haji Ibrahim @ Momin, Begawan Mudim Awang Haji Tamin as well as the Awang-Awang carrying the Gangsa Sireh, Tauliah and Kurnia Persalinan. Among the obligations of a Hulubalang Asgar is to assist the Perwira Diraja and Perwira Asgar in carrying out the duty for the Procession of the monarch as well as the princes and princesses in attending a Royal ceremony, and is responsible for the safety of the monarch or princes and princesses in any Royal ceremony.

Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Adnan informed His Royal Highness that the Bestowal of the Manteri Hulubalang Titles Ceremony has been duly carried out.

Among the ceremonies involving the Manteri-Manteri Hulubalang include the Coronation Ceremony, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Birthday Celebration Ceremony, Bestowal of Title Ceremony and Royal Wedding Ceremony. The Bestowal of the Manteri Hulubalang Title specifically Penglima Asgar was last held in 1973, Perwira Asgar in 1985 and Hulubalang Asgar in 1984. The Bestowal of Manteri Hulubalang Title Ceremony portrays the prominence of the national concept, Malay Islamic Monarchy.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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