Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brunei's Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Centre











REBECCA OI
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Sunday, April 19, 2015

LOCATED at the famed and historical water village of Brunei Darussalam is the Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery.

This unique gallery — with an enclosed area of 565 square metres — was established to provide visitors and locals a glimpse into Kampong Ayer’s celebrated past while preserving part of Brunei’s heritage as well as to assist in rejuvenating the cottage industries in the area and diversify the local economy.

The $3 million centre was inaugurated by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office in August 2009.

The gallery is built in the style of a grand house and is managed by the Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resource.

The historical reminders of Kampong Ayer are exhibited in five mini galleries within the building stretching back to the 10th century and this also includes modern transitions which the Sultanate has experienced over the years.

The galleries showcase history, traditions, society and arts as well as antique handicrafts and relics from the origins of the water village with information in both English and Malay.

Gallery One comprises exhibits of Kampong Ayer from the 10th to 13th century, second gallery is from 14th to 16th century and the third is from the late 19th to early 20th century.

Meanwhile, the fourth gallery houses information regarding contemporary Kg Ayer Economic development and the fifth gallery comprises contemporary Kg Ayer Social development.

Located in the middle of the room is a small stage called the Sunken Gallery where visitors can take a glimpse at live, traditional weaving of the Sultanate’s iconic fabric, Kain Tenunan, along with cultural performances.

Other features include a souvenir shop where traditional handicrafts can be purchased, multimedia display which provides information on various tourists’ sites in Brunei and an AV room where video presentations of archived footage of life in Kampong Ayer are screened.

There is also an observation tower, which gives visitors a panoramic view of the water village and the capital’s skyline. Visitors can also identify famous landmarks and tourist attractions, which are marked on photographs at the tower for easy reference.

Project supervisor of the gallery Mohamad Asulhamhaidi Hj Mohd Ashrane said there has been an increment of tourists especially from China to the gallery since it first opened.

He urged people to visit the gallery as it brings together a mixture of maritime relics and antiques of Kampong Ayer’s past.

To get to the Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery, take a water taxi from the Royal Wharf. The fare only costs 50 cents.

The gallery opens from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Sunday with the exception of Friday, which opens from 9am to 11.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm.

It is closed on all public holidays and last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

Courtesy of The Brunei Times

Monday, April 20, 2015

Making Songkok in Brunei














NORLIHA DIN
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Monday, April 20, 2015

“PRACTICE makes perfect”, was an old adage emphasised by Siti Aishah Salleh, 52, the manager of Syarikat Aisma Aishah, when she gave The Brunei Times an insight into the songkok-making craft.

Songkok is a traditional headgear worn by males, primarily in Malay community, to complete a customary attire, especially during formal occasion or any religious events. The headgear is also part of the school uniform worn by male students.

Siti Aishah, who was the overall winner in the Compulsory Sinjang (traditional woven cloth worn around the waist for males) and Creative Sinjang Category at the Making and Wearing of Dastarand Sinjang National Competition last year, saw a niche in the local market that was worth investing for its uniqueness.

According to her, she was inspired to learn the craft by her cousin, who she spent some time observing making the songkok, when she was young.

However, the idea to turn this into a business came later in life, after she and her former husband separated; she was left pondering on the means to support her children — five sons and a daughter.

“I have no opportunity to continue my studies to secondary hence it was difficult for me to find a secure job, however, it does not mean I cannot find my own income,” Siti Aishah.

She grabbed the opportunity to learn at Advanced Education Section (BPL) in Gadong, where she learned various skills and craftmanship namely, cooking, flower decoration, sewing, dressmaking and saloon course at the Youth Centre, to name a few.

During the course of studies, she promoted a few of the songkok pieces that she had made to the male teachers, and this was received well.

Seeing that Siti Aishah had potential in the business, she was recommended to become a participant for the business incubator programme under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources’s Entreprenurial Development Centre in 2005. She used this time to focus on establishing herself in the market while learning the essentials of becoming a entrepreneur ranging from acccounting, promoting, selling her products.

The first few years of her journey were among the hardest, she said, and will be forever etched in her mind, but she perservered. She knew that it would take constant practice and intricate observation to make one of the most well-known traditional apparel for the Malay community.

The structure of a songkok is made up of two components: atap (roof or the top) and dinding (wall or the sides). The first step of making a songkok is to first create its inner frame using newspapers. One will be cut into an oval shape according to the customer’s head in diameter for the atap, and the other into a long rectangular piece for the dinding.

Siti Aishah will sew the edges of the rectangular piece together to form the dinding (the main body of the songkok) before attaching the atap. A black cloth is further sewn along the bottom half of the dinding to cover the newspapers.

At this point, she will use a small hammer to knock on the edges to flatten and soften it to shape. She then cuts a velvet fabric into the shape of the atap, giving an additional allowance of a few inches, to sew over the (newspaper) atap.

The leftover fabric is later used to cover the dinding. She reinforces the frame by sewing on a piece of manila card — cut according to size — before slipping the velvet fabric over it. Siti Aishah will stretch the fabric over the frame before stitching everything into place by hand.

On average, it only takes her less than an hour to produce one songkok, and in a day, she can assemble 30 pieces, providing the atap and dinding were prepared in advance.

“It needs a lot patience. There are timed when the demands were quite low back in the day, but it never deterred my goal to stock up until that very one day, one of the government uniform officers requested 500 (pieces) within a duration of six months, and then another for 300 items within three months, which was not a hassle for me as I already had a lot in stock.”

From there, she gained a profit of around $10,000, and she used this as funding to buy sewing machines, shelves, and other equipments needed to establish the business which is now based in Beribi Industrial Complex.

When asked about recruiting workers to assist her, she shared a valuable advice for all business entrepreneurs: “In order to be successful, an owner needs to have the initial specialised skills in making the product before the workers. It’s better to learn by ourselves from all aspects, so we know how to manage the finance and administration, queries and so forth.”

Her workers were mainly employed on a part-time basis, to assist her in completing the tender requests.

She welcomes those who are willing to work part-time at her boutique, and also students who are interested in conducting their industrial attachment in learning the fundamentals of making songkok.

She explained that there are two types of songkok made by her namely Gunung (slightly curved outward) or Rata (flat); both ranging from $25 to $35, depending on the request and type of fabric used.

At the same time, she also produces a variety of unique songkok covered in various colourful patterns and thick fabrics as well ornaments, to decorate the head gear which would mainly be used for showcasing in exhibitions.

“The profit is nonetheless seasonal, however, I’m blessed that the request is still there, especially from those who want a uniformed headgear for weddings, formal occasions, as well before school term starts,” Siti Aishah said.

Despite the limitation in selling to a wider sphere of customers as it only caters to the male population, Siti Aishah is determined to market her product, and is now updating her Facebook page under ‘Aisma Salleh’. The response has been encouraging as word of her quality songkok has reached customers all the way up to Belait district.

To know more about the selections of songkok available at Syarikat Aisma Aishah, contact Siti Aishah at 8884600 or email at aismasalleh@yahoo.com. Alternatively, you can visit her shop located at Block C, No 8 at Beribi Industrial Complex, which opens from 9am to 9pm daily.

Courtesy of The Brunei Times

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Brunei Halal Industry Targets British Midland Business

The Birmingham Post, UK reported on 13 April 2015:

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Brunei's halal industry centre targets Midland businesses

05:45, 13 April 2015
By Enda Mullen

The Asian nation, which is located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, is creating what is set to be the largest concentration of firms producing halal products in the world through its Brunei BioInnovation Corridor


Sabri MD Taha, head of the Halal Industry Innovation Centre, Hajah Normah SH Jamil, permanent secretary Brunei Darussalam's Ministry of Industry & Primary Resources and Gary Ho, MD of SQW China


Midland businesses in the food, pharmaceutical and fast-growing biotech sectors are being urged to explore opportunities in Brunei as the country seeks to position itself it the centre of the halal products industry.

The Asian nation, which is located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, is creating what is set to be the largest concentration of firms producing halal products in the world through its Brunei BioInnovation Corridor.

The corridor has been established to promote the development of halal-certified industries in Brunei and is focusing on halal food products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and logistics.

A massive investment, it is part of a drive by the oil-rich Asian country to diversify its economy away from a reliance on oil and gas.

The Brunei government wants to place itself at the epicentre of the fast-growing halal products industry, which is currently estimated to be worth more than $1 trillion a year.

The BioInnovation Corridor, being spearheaded by Brunei’s Halal Industry Innovation Centre, is to be created in three phases and will ultimately cover an area of 6 sq km.

To promote the venture a delegation from Brunei recently visited Birmingham in a bid to highlight the opportunities on offer.

The visit coincided with meetings with Midland universities and companies interested up operations in Brunei.

Gary Ho, managing director of consultancy SQW China, which is advising the Brunei government on the project, said: “The BioInnovation Corridor is an industrial and technological park dedicated to halal products designed to diversify the Brunei economy.

“We are looking for international collaborators, in terms of R&D, co-investment and technology transfer.”

Mr Ho said SQW and the Brunei government were currently targeting businesses globally with a view of helping the BioInnovation Corridor to grow.

He added: “We are talking to many countries including China, Hong Kong, the US, Australia and New Zealand, as well as countries in Latin America and Europe.

“That is why we are here in the UK - in London and Birmingham.

“I myself know the West Midlands quite well, we have a lot of projects here in Coventry, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

“Our company SQW is working with different science parks and we have working relationship with Warwick and Aston universities.”

Mr Ho said Birmingham and the wider Midlands were seen as an area that could deliver prospective partners in the scheme given its industrial strengths and the fact it is home to a significant proportion of the UK’s Asian population.

Normah Jamil, permanent secretary at Brunei’s ministry of industry and primary resources, who was part of the delegation visiting Birmingham, said: “We are using this as a tool to diversify our economy.

“This initiative is aimed at the halal industry, which is not well-served.

“There are1.8 billion Muslims globally and that number is increasing. The halal food industry alone is worth an estimated $634 billion.

“But halal is not just food but the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and high value biotech sectors.

“It offers very good potential for companies, particularly if they are interested in expanding their business into a niche product that is actually a trillion dollar business.

“By definition it is the fastest growing product in the world.”

She added: “What we are looking at is a very big picture. One of the reasons we came to Birmingham is because we feel there are a huge amount of companies we can work with and we are very keen to do so.”

Businesses interested in finding out more about halal industry opportunities in Brunei are also being wooed with a number of other incentives.

They include low taxes and trade tariffs, or in some cases none at all, as well as access to China, other Far Eastern countries and their large Moslem populations.

A trade agreement has already been formalised with China’s Guangxi region, offering a route to many of China’s Muslims.

Being a member of ASEAN (the Association of South East Asia Nations), Brunei also has free trade agreements with Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and Korea.

Ms Jamil said: “There are zero tariffs to ship out - including China. For companies who want to expand into the region Brunei would be a very good choice.

“We can offer both a good operational environment and a friendly diplomatic environment.”

Mr Ho added: “The halal products industry is under-served but because it is under-served it means the market will grow.

“A well-served market will be substantially bigger so there is very good potential for business development.

“The Brunei government is very interested in manufacturers going there and they can do sole investment or co-investment.”

The BioInnovation Corridor is located in the Brunei-Muara District, just minutes from Brunei International Airport and the Muara Container Port is around half-an-hour away.

A two-day International Food and Bio-Industry Investment Conference is being held in Brunei in May for companies who are interested in setting up operations there.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Brunei Royal Wedding 2015: Royal Wedding Banquet

Royals & heads of states attend ‘Istiadat Persantapan Pengantin Diraja’
Posted date: April 13, 2015

| Azaraimy HH |

THE week-long glittering celebration of the royal wedding ceremony between His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah concluded last night with a dazzling royal banquet (‘Istiadat Persantapan Pengantin Diraja’) ceremony at the Istana Nurul Iman.

Gracing the event were His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha.

Also gracing the event were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and YAM Pengiran Bini Hajah Faizah binti Dato Haji Nasir; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati binti Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and other members of the royal family.

Last night’s banquet also had an extensive list of royals and heads of states from Malaysia as well as other esteemed international guests.

Arrival of the royal couple, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengi-ran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah during the ‘Istiadat Persantapan Pengantin Diraja’ ceremony

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah at the Istana Nurul Iman

His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah with Tun Dato Laila Utama Pehin Sri Dr Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak, and Toh Puan Datin Ragad Kurdi Taib

KDYMM Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah of Pahang Darul Makmur and DYMM Sultanah Pahang

DYMM Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin of Perlis Indera Kayangan and DYMM Raja Perempuan Perlis

KDYMM Al-Wathiqu Billah Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu Darul Iman and KDYMM Sul-tanah Terengganu

YAM Pengiran Muda Abdul Qawi and YAM Tengku Amalin A’Ishah Putri with YAM Pengiran Muda Ab-dul Mu’min

Some of the banquet’s attendees last night. 
PHOTOS: AZROL AZMI, BAHYIAH BAKIR & DEAN KASSIM


Royal guests included KDYMM Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah of Pahang Darul Makmur; KDYMM Al-Wathiqu Billah Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu Darul Iman; DYMM Sultan Ibrahim of Johor Darul Takzim; DYMM Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin of Perlis Indera Kayangan; DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj of Selangor Darul Ehsan; DYMM Tuanku Muhriz of Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus and DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah of Perak Darul Ridzuan.

Also in attendance were state dignitaries, cabinet ministers, foreign diplomats and others, including Tun Dato Laila Utama Pehin Sri Dr Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak.

Prior to the banquet, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha consented to hold an audience with the Malaysian royalties and heads of states.

The royal wedding began on Sunday last week with the ‘Istiadat Bersuruh Diraja’ (Proposal of marriage) ceremony at Istana Nurul Iman’s Balai Persantapan Diraja.

It then continued last Monday with the ‘Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga’ ceremony, followed by the ‘Istiadat Menghantar Tanda Diraja Dan Pertunangan Diraja’ (royal engagement) on Tuesday.

Wednesday evening saw the ‘Istiadat Berbedak Pengantin Diraja’ (royal powdering) ceremony, followed by the ‘Istiadat Akad Nikah Pengantin Diraja’ (royal solemnisation) at the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque on Thursday.

Then on Saturday, a ceremony called the ‘Istiadat Berinai Pengantin Diraja’ was observed.

The ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ yesterday morning was the highly anticipated culmination of the week-long celebration, also attended by royalties and heads of states, which was telecast live on Radio Televisyen Brunei and the Web.

Brunei Royal Wedding 2015: Royal Bersanding Ceremony

Pomp and pageantry of royal ‘bersanding’
Posted date: April 13, 2015

| Lyna Mohamad & Hakim Hayat |

THE ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ ceremony for the royal couple, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah, took place amid pomp and pageantry, steeped in royal traditions, at the lavishly decorated Balai Singgahsana Indera Buana or royal throne hall of Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha attended the glittering ceremony that was also attended by over 5,000 guests, marking the climax of more than a week of royal wedding ceremonies.

The ceremony, which was conducted in full royal tradition, began with four Awang-Awang lighting a set of candles called the ‘Dian Empat’, before another pair of Awang-Awang placed the two-piece ‘Kasur Namat’ consisting of a yellow mattress and silk mat at the centre of the candles.

As part of the ceremonial proceedings, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Dewa Major General (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Haji Mohammad bin Haji Daud informed YAM Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar that the ceremony was ready to begin.

His Majesty then consented for the ceremony to commence upon receiving the message from YAM Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz that it was ready to begin.

His Majesty places His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik’s right hand on the head of YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah during the ‘Menapak Tangan’

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam; Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah; and other members of the royal family in a group picture after the ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ ceremony for the royal couple, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah at the ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ ceremony

Their Majesties sharing a light moment during the royal ceremony.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam; Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah during the ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ ceremony

The royal couple, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiy-yah during the ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ ceremony at Istana Nurul Iman
Sporting a tiara over a yellowish-gold veil and wedding dress while clutching a bouquet adorned with precious stones, the royal bride was escorted into the Balai Singgahsana Indera Buana and her seat on the bridal dais by Datin Dayang Hajah Edah binti Haji Mohd Noor, the spouse of Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamed Taib, the Speaker of the Legislative Council, Datin Paduka Dayang Hajah Jahrah binti Haji Mohammad, the spouse of YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Education, and also the spouses of state dignitaries.

The royal bride was followed by a group of female ‘Pahawai’ and those carrying the Royal Regalia consisting of ‘Puan’, ‘Kabok and Panastan’, ‘Tarian’, ‘Kiap’, ‘Chupu’, ‘Pasigupan’, and ‘Kaskol’ with the ‘Dian 16’ carried by 16 Dayang-Dayang.

Forty men carrying the ‘Sinipit’, ‘Yang Mulia Juru Bini’, ‘Hulubalang Diraja’ carrying the ‘Pemuras’ and ‘Karga’, ‘Hulubalang Asgar’ carrying ‘Kalasak’ and ‘Kampalan’, ‘Awang-Awang’ carrying four ‘Dian Bunga’, ‘Nasi Tumpang’ and ‘Dian Tunggal’ and two ‘Kanak-Kanak Pahawai Laki-Laki’ carrying ‘Kiap’ and ‘Pasigupan’ as well as ‘Perhiasan Empat’ of His Royal Highness and also two ‘Pengangun Diraja’ entered the Balai Singgahsana Indera Buana.

Prior to entering Balai Singgahsana Indera Buana, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik underwent a ritual called ‘Membasuh Kaki’ (washing of the royal groom’s feet with scented water filled in a special ‘kiri’, a receptacle resembling a pitcher). This was followed by the sprinkling of yellow rice that is parried with a ‘kiap’.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, dressed in a matching coloured Malay wedding outfit, then made a grand entrance escorted by HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, YAM Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris, YAM Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim and Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria.

His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah upon arrival at the royal wedding

HRH Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati binti Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman

HRH Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and YAM Pengiran Bini Hajah Faizah binti Dato Haji Nasir

The royal groom, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik, accompanied by HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and other members of the royal family arriving for the ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ ceremony

The royal couple, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiy-yah leaving the ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ ceremony at Istana Nurul Iman

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Nor’ain, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kal-thum Al-Islam, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Rakiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Nasibah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Babu Raja Pengiran Anak Hajah Besar, during the ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ ceremony

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik was led to the dias by State Mufti, Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned. His Majesty then led His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik to the bride seated on the royal dais and placed His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik’s right hand on the head of YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah in a ritual called the ‘Menapak Tangan’ to signify their matrimony before leading the royal groom to his seat on the royal dais.

Following this, the ‘Selawat’ for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was called by the State Mufti as the royal groom took his place next to the royal bride accompanied by 17-cannon fire shots echoed outside the Istana Nurul Iman to mark the occasion. This was followed by the recitation of the Doa Selamat by the State Mufti.

The royal newly-weds were then ushered by His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel as they left the royal throne hall.

Present at the ceremony were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and YAM Pengiran Bini Hajah Faizah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati; His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.

The royal couple, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raa-bi’atul ‘Adawiyyah, during the ‘Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja’ at Balai Singgahsana Indera Buana, Istana Nurul Iman

Yang Di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak, Tun Dato Laila Utama Pehin Sri Dr Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud and Chief Minister of Sabah, Dato Seri Paduka Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Musa bin Haji Aman at the royal wedding

The lighting of the ‘Dian Empat’ at the start of the ceremony

Among the Dayang-Dayang carrying the Royal Regalia.
PHOTOS: AZROL AZMI, BAHYIAH BAKIR & DEAN KASSIM
Other royal family members in attendance included Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Nor’ain; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Rakiah and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Nasibah.

Regional and international leaders who were present included the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak, Tun Dato Laila Utama Pehin Sri Dr Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud and spouse Toh Puan Datin Ragad Kurdi Taib; the Governor of Ha’il Region Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen; Chief Minister of Sabah, Dato Seri Paduka Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Musa bin Haji Aman and spouse Datin Seri Panglima Hajah Faridah binti Haji Tussin.

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