REMEMBERING BRUNEI DARUSSALAM’S 26TH NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION


With the 27th National Day celebration just days away, and numerous rehearsals underway for final preparation, I look forward to the big day when I would be sure to catch up with fellow photographers and friends from the media. Last year was my first National Day participation as media (usually only at His Majesty’s Birthdays)  and I shared just the one photo of His Majesty on Facebook. A year later, the rest of my favourite picks from the 26th National Day event are published here.

“Among those present to accompany His Majesty at the royal dais 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 Mohamed Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Jefri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Hj ‘Abdul ‘Azim, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen.” — BT

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His Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei, dressed in a white military outfit and a maroon beret, saluted as the national anthem was played, before headed down to the field to inspect the guard of honour.

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Amidst a slight drizzle, His Majesty inspects the guard of honour.

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After inspecting the guard of honour, His Majesty returns to the Royal dais where a total of 17,300 participants are set to march past.

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A total of 17,300 participants were involved in the march pass, comprising uniformed personnel, government ministries, special needs individuals, district offices, higher learning institutions, public schools, missionary schools, non-profit organisations as well as expatriate communities in Brunei.

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Deputy Supt Mohd Haruni Thamrin bin Haji Julaihi and other senior police personnel

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Hj Salleh Bostaman bin Hj Zainal Abidin (center) Managing Director and CEO of Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd.

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Sheikh Abas Sheikh Mohamad, chairman of Syabas Aviation, CEO and Founder of Shazanas Production House & Syabas Technologies

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UBD Vice Chancellor Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi (left) marches past the Royal dais. Beaming smile of girl holding cardboard "UBD" with an auspicious no. 38.

HM Yusof Chief Photographer at Information Department composes a shot.

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Bruneian artiste Haji Mohammad ZulFakhari or "Zul F" marches past the Royal dais in high spirits.

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Hj Mohd Khairul Bahrin Hj Abdurahman recited the National Day pledge.

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The cloth scroll with the pledge in the hands of Hj Mohd Khairul Bahrin

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Broadcaster Globo TV, Brazil's largest television broadcaster and fourth-largest in the world, besides documenting Brunei's "kingdom of unexpected treasures" showcases how Bruneians celebrated the 26th National Day.

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Hj Mohd Khairul Bahrin does a pledge encore for Globo TV crew!

ROYAL BRUNEI ARMED FORCES 48TH ANNIVERSARY

After 6 intense weeks of classes having only taken my camera to the Old Persons Home and The Royal Regalia class outings, yesterday’s trip to The Royal Brunei Armed Forces 48th Anniversary was my first public event in nearly two months … as a civilian armed only with the 5D MkII, EF100-400mm and EF70-200mm and restricted movements, I needed to get back to the swing of things  and there’s no better way of accomplishing this than being in the company of His Majesty Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah and HRH Prince General Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

Gavin and I left Lumut after 7 am and we arrived at the designated school with some spare time to catch the next available shuttle bus to RBAF base. Large crowds had gathered in acticipation of the celebration. Pictured below, parents keeping their little one entertained while waiting for the bus.

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Brunei’s military might on full display | Public all praise for RBAF’s lively and colourful show

“Under the theme, “Strengthening Defence in Supporting the Mature Nation,” the scheduled events commenced with a grand parade, where 1,448 soldiers marched pass a crowd of cheering supporters. Military vehicles, such as tanks, motorcycles, amphibious assault vehicles also rumbled pass. Decked out in camouflage gear, the military personnel readily mingled with the public whom they have sworn to protect and safeguard.” — The Brunei Times

“THE public was full of praise for the displays and lively and colourful demonstrations put up by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) to mark its 48th anniversary at the Royal Brunei Air Force Base in Rimba yesterday. Visitors to the event were treated enthusiastically to a dynamic display of a mock terrorist bus attack, colourful parachute jumps, exciting combat helicopter sequences and a vehicle parade just to name a few.” — The Brunei Times

“After the grand parade, His Majesty spent some time meeting RBAF personnel from the rank of corporal and below and the armed forces senior non-commissioned officers at a separate venue during a brief resting period. Subsequently His Majesty, who is well known for his passion for the military, also took the opportunity to tour RBAF’s capabilities and developments which were showcased in the static displays held in Hangar ‘A’ building of the RBAirF Air Base in Rimba.” — The Brunei Times

“Accompanied by the Royal Entourage, His Majesty took the opportunity to talk to military personnel and understand their scope of duties as well as view the various equipment on display. Among the static displays that caught His Majesty’s attention were the aircraft, jungle training, learning institutions, latest developments and new additions to the force.” — The Brunei Times

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BRIDEX 2007 DEFENCE EXHIBITION

© Jan Shim Photography    [Gallery] [Group Photo]

BRIDEX, short for Brunei Darussalam International Defence Exhibition, is the first Defence Exhibition ever organised by the Ministry of Defence in the Kingdom. Held at the International Convention Centre, it is expected to receive 2,000 participants, invited guests and officers from the military and government and this inaugural event was officiated yesterday by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Themed “Investing in Technology,” BRIDEX is a platform where local and international participants in the arms trade convene with their showcase of equipment and technologies, quite the eye-opener anyone who set foot in ICC, especially the public. Official publication Brunei Times reports “It is the hope of the organisers of BRIDEX that the benefits of the event be shared equally by all of the people of Brunei.”

As photograper to PICO, the Official Technical Services Provider of the mega-event, the event was successfully organised and coordinated and the capacity crowd it drew on the opening day showed the potential for a future event of similar calibre. It was little wonder His Majesty was all smiles as he met with participants throughout the morning. [Gallery] [Group Photo]

Also, check out The Brunei Times BRIDEX SPECIAL supplement.