Brunei government dismisses "viral" news about attire during mourning period for late prince

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 25 (Xinhua): The Brunei government has clarified that the attire throughout the mourning period for the late Prince Haji 'Abdul' Azim is as usual.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, citizens and residents of Brunei are mourning for seven days as a mark of shared sorrow and sympathy with the sadness of the Royal Family following the passing of Prince Haji 'Abdul' Azim on Saturday.

"In this regard, the Prime Minister's Office hereby announces that the attire throughout the mourning period is as usual," the statement said.

"Viral news on some social media referring to the wearing of a white band on a songkok, white headscarves, and white armbands throughout the mourning period, is not true and without basis," the statement added.

The statement also said that social and family activities such as wedding and birthday functions and the like as well as sporting and recreational activities including hiking are permitted, without containing elements of entertainment which run counter to the ethics of mourning.

Brunei's Prince Haji 'Abdul' Azim died on Saturday at the age of 38. - Xinhua
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