Water cycling, one of the activities at the event
THE Ministry of Defence (MinDef) and Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) hosted several water sports and activities in the heart of the capital yesterday, as a supplement to the weekly ‘Bandarku Ceria’ programme.
The Sungai Kedayan and Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas provided the main settings for these sporting events, which included kayaking, water-ball, water-cycling and a dragon boat tug-of-war.
The participants included 1,000 personnel from the MinDef and RBAF, led by Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, the Minister of Defence II.
Also among those taking part were Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, the RBAF Commander; and Captain (Rtd) Dato Paduka Abdul Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Permanent Secretary at the MinDef.
The Radio Control Boat Race Association (Racobra) also showcased a radio-controlled boat display, alongside several other non-governmental organisations.
Earlier in the day, the weekly ‘Masjidku Makmur, Negara Berkat’ programme at the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque opened with mass Subuh prayer and a morning Tazkirah entitled, ‘Riadah Sebagai Satu Sunnah’, delivered by Major Ariffin bin Amit, the Assistant Head of the RBAF Religious Department.
The programme was organised by the Performance Optimisation Centre (POC), in collaboration with the Directorate of Administration and Manpower, and support from the units and departments of the MinDef and RBAF.
Among the highlights of the day was a very close race in the Inter-Ministerial Fibre-Boat Invitational Competition, won by the RBAF Sports Council, followed in second place by the Royal Brunei Land Force and in third place by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.