HM: Brunei must not lose identity due to changes

3 Sep
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah (R), the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, presenting a ‘sinjang’ to Goh Kiat Chun @ Wu Chun (L)

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah (R), the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, presenting a ‘sinjang’ to Goh Kiat Chun @ Wu Chun (L), who was honoured with the Excellent Youth Award during the National Youth Day celebration at the Indoor Stadium, Berakas, yesterday. BT/Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BRUNEI is not against changes or reforms, but such changes should not come at the expense of losing the country’s heritage, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, told youth yesterday.

“We should preserve our heritage and give it a new breath of life, not let it disintegrate and be crippled. This is the task for our Bruneian youth,” the monarch said in his titah at the 10th National Youth Day celebration.

His Majesty said it is important for youth, who are “agents of society”, to have an identity. “Without identity and a firm attitude, (our) youth will not be considered great.

“What I mean by identity here is identity in its original form, not copied or imitated from others, even worse if what is imitated is contrary to our customs and social norms,” he added.

The Sultan cited the wearing of songkok (traditional Malay hat worn by men) as one good example of Brunei’s culture and identity.

Male Muslims would often be seen wearing it when they perform daily prayers or recite the Quran. Covering one’s head is also a sunnah (teaching) of Rasulullah SAW.

“Unfortunately, there are those who perform their prayers and Al-Quran recitation without wearing songkok recently. This is not our culture and identity.

“This is a new culture imported from outside and imitated from the media,” the monarch continued.

His Majesty reminded youth that if there is a wish to imitate, to only copy those that are good and avoid reproduction in matters that are negative and cause losses.

The monarch said it was important for youth to avoid being trapped by new and “uncertain” cultural trends, adding that maintaining one’s identity is one of the challenges facing youth.

“For example, are we satisfied with the (status of) martial arts that we have inherited from past generations, or are we anxious because we found that they (martial arts) are being threatened by changes or reforms?” he said.

His Majesty called upon youth to be proactive in preserving their cultural heritage, and not let it decline or perish.

The monarch was also full of praises for youth, saying he had seen a growing number of young professionals and entrepreneurs.

Youth are starting to get involved in less popular fields such as padi cultivation and hard work, such as driving or operating heavy vehicles and scaffolding, the monarch said.

The Sultan went on to say that youth have also begun exploring new fields such as the creative industry and venturing into the international market, as well as active in community and charity work.

Also present during the National Youth Day celebration at the Indoor Stadium yesterday were HRH Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

Source: The Brunei Times

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