The National Housing Scheme becomes an important agenda in the country's development apart from its main role in designing the housing industry in the country. The Government through the Ministry of Development will continue to prioritise the national housing scheme in line with Wawasan Brunei 2035. 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 this morning presented house keys to 860 recipients under the National Housing Scheme, RPN and the Landless Indigenous Citizens Housing Scheme, STKRJ for the Brunei Muara District.
Upon arrival at the Plenary Hall, International Convention Centre, Berakas His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was greeted by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development who is also the Acting Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade who is also the Director of Brunei Economic Development Board.
The ceremony commenced with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Pengiran Doctor Haji Badaruddin bin Pengiran Abd Rahman, Brunei Muara District Syari'ah Subordinate Court Judge.
Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Matyassin, the Acting Brunei Muara District Officer in his welcoming remarks among other things expressed the gratitude on His Majesty's presence at the ceremony.
The housing provision for the country's citizens and residents portrays His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's care and attention on the well-being of the people in the country. Of the 860 recipients, 140 recipients were awarded semi-detached houses and 716 recipients were awarded terrace houses under the RPN Panchor Mengkubau and 4 recipients were awarded terrace houses under the STKRJ Kampung Tungku Katok 'A' and Kampung Mata-Mata Katok 'B'.
Since the establishment of the National Housing Scheme, to-date more than 29-thousand houses under the RPN and STKRJ were built nationwide and 27-thousand 379 of them have been awarded to qualified applicants. From the number, more than 18-thousand were applicants from the Brunei Muara District. His Majesty's presence at the house keys presentation portrays the monarch's wish to see more residents in the country own houses and at the same time towards enhancing the life quality of the people.
Towards ensuring the National Housing Scheme is sustainable and stable in meeting the ever increasing number of applicants, the Ministry of Development is currently conducting an overall assessment on the national housing scheme including assessing the housing design and construction quality for future houses.
To bless the ceremony, doa selamat was read by Brunei Muara District Syari'ah Subordinate Court Judge.
His Majesty's presence at every house keys presentation portrays His Majesty's and the government's care and attention to continue prioritise the housing provision through various National Housing Scheme.
Source: Radio Television Brunei