Swearing-In Ceremony for New Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers

Brunei Darussalam's new Cabinet was sworn-in yesterday to carry out its national duties and responsibilities for a period of five years. The swearing-in ceremony was held in the presence of His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda 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.

The ceremony was held at Istana Nurul Iman. The letters of appointment were read by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Haji Alauddin bin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, the Grand Chamberlain.

First to be sworn-in was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.

Followed by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa bin Pehin Datu Perdana Manteri Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Ibrahim, Special Advisor to His Majesty and Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja (Retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yusof, Second Minister of Defence.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr. Awang Haji Md Isham bin Jaafar, Minister of Health.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka (Dr.) Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Second Minister of Finance.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Minister of Energy and Industry.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education.

Yang Berhormat Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Communications.

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.

Also sworn-in at today's ceremony were five newly-appointed Deputy Ministers, beginning with Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

Followed by Datin Dayang Hajah Elinda binti C.A Mohamed, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.

Dato Paduka Awang Ahmaddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Deputy Minister of Finance.

Datin Paduka Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Deputy Minister of Education,

And Dato Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry.

Also present at the swearing-in ceremony was Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Also in attendance were Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr. Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti and Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohammad Salleh, the Attorney-General. In announcing the cabinet reshuffle on the 30th of January, His Majesty, in the titah, also stated that the positions of State Mufti and Attorney-General are of Ministerial status. Doa Selamat was read by the State Mufti.

The appointments of ministers and deputy ministers are effective from 30th January 2018 for a period of five years. In announcing the new cabinet appointments, His Majesty, also reminded that the appointments are trust which must be carried out with utmost loyalty and responsibility. THe Monarch stressed that no one can neglect a trust because it is akin to a holy pact with Allah the Almighty.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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