BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 28 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): 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 commended the patience displayed by Brunei citizens and residents during the pandemic, while also highlighting the contributions made by the country’s frontliners.
In his titah delivered yesterday at the Hari Raya Celebration organised by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the monarch said, “Aidilfitri is a victorious day for Muslims who have successfully completed their fasting obligations, and it is only appropriate to observe the festivities with great thankfulness.
“Last year, Aidilfitri was celebrated in a different atmosphere, as a result of the global pandemic. Alhamdulillah, in spite of that, it has been a year since our country recorded a local transmission, which has enabled us to scale down on several restrictions and celebrate Aidilfitri in relative comfort.
“Nevertheless, we still need to maintain precautionary measures by adhering to the outlined standard operating procedures.
“I have admiration for the patience displayed by our country’s citizens and residents in giving their whole support to the government’s efforts in addressing the pandemic. Most of all, I wish to reiterate my appreciation for all frontline workers, including religious officers, for their contributions and commitment in confronting this unsettling situation.
“It also makes me proud to see the concerted efforts made by all government, private agencies and non-governmental organisations that are actively carrying out various initiatives, efforts and immediate actions to ensure the well-being of the citizens and residents.”
His Majesty said, “It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the participants of this year’s Hari Raya celebrations organised by Yayasan, as representatives of all the frontliners.
“This includes the religious personnel who provided the Zikir, Doa and Al-Quran recitation programmes on radio and television, as well as the medical teams involved directly in handling the pandemic cases, the public health officers who worked hard at tracing contacts to contain the spread of the pandemic, the officers of various agencies who directly or indirectly contributed their services, well as the volunteers who aided these efforts.
“Without question, the coronavirus pandemic is a great trial. There are hidden blessings in every trial, which should be faced with patience. Perhaps it is to remind or motivate us in being more harmonised when facing challenges or to be more creative by empowering ourselves with skills, and so on.
“I also commend the theme of this year’s celebration which corresponds to that of the Knowledge Convention 2020, ‘Mensyukuri Ni’mat Kesihatan Sebagai Anugerah Allah’.
“Health is truly an immeasurable gift and blessing. Amidst the government’s efforts to develop the nation, health is also a highly prioritised factor. The contributions of the citizens and residents are most effective when they are healthy.
“In the midst of our contentment in this peaceful, festive atmosphere, let us not forget our brothers and sisters in Palestine who are fighting to defend themselves and their country from enemy aggression.
“Many innocent people, including children, women and elderly people have been killed as a result of this aggression, along with the destruction of property, especially their homes.
“These violations, no doubt, are brutal acts which have exceeded the boundaries of humanity. Only to Allah the Almighty do we appeal for accountability.
“Lastly, I wish to convey my highest appreciation to the staff at Yayasan and all those involved in the preparation of this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri Celebration.” - Borneo Bulletin/ANN