Every year the government spends millions of dollars to provide various infrastructure. However, every year allocations have to spend to repair all facilities damaged by vandalism. Vandalism includes the act of destroying, damaging including scribbling, marking, painting, sticking or dirtying personal or public property without the approval of the authorities. To raise awareness on vandalism, the Nationwide Religious Programme for August carries the theme 'Avoid the Culture of Vandalism'. The programme for religious and Arabic schools is held simultaneously in the four districts.
In the Brunei Muara District, the programme was focused at the Arabic Preparatory School in the capital. Among the contents of the programme was a talk delivered by Dayang Siti Noorani Binti Haji Norali, Assistant Academic Headmistress of the Arabic Preparatory School. The talk touched on the prohibition on vandalism in Islam that can be categorised as an act of fasad which is damage. Vandalism happens due to emotion and ego making it a way to vent or get rid of boredom.
At Jerudong Religious School yesterday afternoon, the religious programme began with a reading of the Sayyidul Istighafar followed by surah al-Fatihah and Ar-Rahman. More than 120 pupils from pre-school to Primary 5 attended the programme.
Source: Radio Television Brunei