Carrying the theme, 'Sektor Pertanian: Survivabiliti Bangsa dan Negara', or 'Agricultural Sector: the Survivability of the People and the Nation', the Hari Raya celebration of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah witnessed a gathering of participants comprising people involved in developing the country's agricultural sector. They comprised of producers or manufacturers in the agricultural sector, super market operators, exporters or manufacturers who market and process local agricultural products and local catering service companies who buy the products. Also brought to the fore were youths involved in agricultural projects, agriculture students studying at institutions in the country and government representatives involved in supporting the agricultural sector.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris bin Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar, Deputy Chairman One of Yayasan Committee of Governance;
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, State Mufti as the Deputy Chairman Two of Yayasan Committee of Governance;
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 as members of Yayasan Committee of Governance;
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yusof, Second Minister of Defence as Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors;
And Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mohamad Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy as Deputy Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors.
Accompanying His Majesty were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office,
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik, Chairman of the Jemaah Tabdir Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah,
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen,
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah,
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and
- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
The ceremony commenced with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah and doa selamat led by the State Mufti.
The Chairman of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Board of Directors in his welcoming speech among other things expressed hope that the gathering of the local agriculture producers of various commodities with the local entrepreneurs, wholesalers and catering service companies will help in marketing the local agriculture products through a business network of the two parties including in facilitating the products marketing offer.
The celebration was further enlivened by a combined stage performance of the Taman Asuhan Kanak-Kanak, TASKA pupils, as well as primary and secondary students of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Primary and Secondary Schools. Three TASKA pupils read the translation of Al-Quran's Surah An- Naml, Verse 19, on the doa or supplication of Prophet Sulaiman to Allah the Almighty so that he would always be grateful to Allah for the blessings given to him and his parents and that he would continue to perform pious acts. The translation was in 3 languages namely Arabic, Malay and English.
Meanwhile, this TASKA pupil, Dayangku Nurhamizah Zhafirah binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Salam expressed words of gratitude in Mandarin, for the peace, harmony and prosperity enjoyed under His Majesty's wise leadership.
Another highlight of the Hari Raya celebration was a Tausyeh performance.
The performances as a whole centred on the country's agricultural development. The priority was on maintaining resilience, not easily disappointed and appreciating the land or agricultural products as sources of sustenance for survivability of life which is also capable of elevating the standard of life to prosperity and success.
The Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration organised by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah gave the participants the opportunity to meet their beloved Monarch. The participants who are players in the agricultural sector have a vital role in developing the field of agriculture in the country.
Source: Radio Television Brunei