Nothing can describe their excitement except for their gratitude for being able to meet face-to-face with their beloved monarch. That was some of the expressions by the citizens and residents in the Tutong District during the Get-Together and Junjung Ziarah with His Majesty.
The annual Get-Together and Junjung Ziarah was one of the platforms allowing the people to pay their highest regards and appreciation to the Monarch. The open area in front of the Tutong Civic Centre was donned with scores of tents designated for 18 groups.
The groups were made up of some 8,000 people representing school students, government officers and staff, mukim residents, participants of the 69-Khatam Al-Quran program and the Youth Tilawah Al-Quran Scheme, youth associations, business and bank institutions, the Chinese community, former military personnel association, children with special-needs, and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).
His Majesty consented to mingle with people – moving from tent to tent – holding his hand out to receive wishes and greetings. Such an opportunity to be with the monarch was one not to be missed and would be cherished in their memory.
The unique and personalised occasion is rarely seen in other countries and becomes the envy of the world community. His Majesty’s due attention to the welfare and wellbeing of his citizens and residents become the talk of the people outside the country.
As the second largest district, Tutong enjoys numerous progresses in the realisation of innovative programs toward raising the standard of the country’s development. The Tutong District is rich in agricultural resources and fertile land. It has eight mukims with a population of nearly 50,000. The majority of the people serve with the government and private sectors, while some of them are involved in the business industry and agricultural sector.
His Majesty gives a priority to the welfare of the people in the district. This is evident through the myriad efforts. The government continuously gives attention to every district by providing many facilities.
The ceremony enshrines solidarity, unity and identity of the Brunei people who respect each other, with a sense of tolerance and cooperation in ensuring the success of the national development agenda. The strong support shown by the people who come from different backgrounds also show their undivided loyalty and patriotism to their country, and becomes a unique tradition.
His Majesty and members of the royal family ended the ceremony with a Luncheon at the Main Hall of the Tutong Civic Centre. The Monarch also consented to receive a “pasambah” and cut a birthday cake.
A doa selamat was read by Pengiran Haji Shahril Azman bin Pengiran Haji Metusin, a Lower Sharie Court Judge of the Tutong District. Before leaving the ceremony, His Majesty and members of the royal family consented to receive the Junjung Ziarah from members of the organising committee.