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Press Release: Department of Information \ Photos: Mohd. Asri Haji Awang Abas & Ampuan Haji Mahmud Ampuan Haji TengahTranslated by: Hajah Musmariani Haji Mohammad\ Cleared by: Musa Mohidin
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Wednesday, January 30. – A host of activities were arranged for the fourth day of the 1st Civics Course for Brunei Darussalam Graduates for 2019 Programme, which were participated by graduates from local and foreign institutions of higher learning. The morning session began with a visit to the Department of Adat Istiadat Negara where they received a briefing by the department's Research Officer, Awang Muhammad Zaim bin Mahmud. Awang Muhammad Zaim's briefing covered the historical background of the Lapau building (the royal ceremonial hall with ornate interior), which was completed in 1968, the major events held there such as the 'Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga' on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam Accession to the Throne. The participants then received a briefing on the 'Terasul dan Bahasa Pengganti Diri Bahasa Dalam' (translated loosely as matters associated with the proper way of using the prefixes and addressing royalty and individuals with titles of nobility or aristocracy; and the proper way of using personal pronouns when addressing such individuals), which was delivered by the Adat Istiadat Officer, Awang Md. Zaizul bin Haji Daud. According to Awang Md. Zaizul, the purpose of including the terasul (translated loosely as the prefix and title of nobility or aristocracy) on the name of a person was to show respect. Awang Md. Zaizul said terasul was suitable only for certain formal or official occasion for correspondence or hosting events whether the setting was steep in protocol or modest. The presence of the terasul, he said, enabled a person to use the proper personal pronoun when addressing royalty or individuals with titles of nobility or aristocracy. The participants subsequently held a dialogue with a Member of the State Legislative Council, Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Ahmad at the Multipurpose Room of the Tarindak D'Seni. Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy shared his experience and success, which culminated with his appointment as a Member of the State Legislative Council: his voluntary activities with the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council, Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT), co-curriculum, sports and so on. Yang Berhormat Awang swandy urged the participants to join any type of voluntary activity and explore opportunities associated with it in order to gain experience and skills, which are useful as part of the preparation in looking for jobs. Awang Iswandy advised the participants of the Civics Course Programme to nurture their interest towards continual learning, upgrading knowledge and positive attitude. The dialogue with Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy inspired and motivated the participants in facing various challenges and tests in the job finding process. The afternoon session was spent on listening to a briefing on the Wawasan Brunei 2035 (translated loosely as the Brunei Vision 2035) at the Prime Minister's Office Building. The briefing was delivered by the Grade II Special Duties Officer of the Wawasan Brunei 2035 Permanent Secretariat Office, Dayangku Hajah Amanina Syazwani binti Pengiran Haji Aliudin. According to Dayangku Hajah Amanina Syazwani, the Wawasan Brunei 2035 Permanent Secretariat Office also kept track of the initiatives and programmes carried out by the Department of Information such as the Civics Course Programme as one of the initiatives to familiarise the Wawasan Brunei 2035. Dayangku Hajah Amanina Syazwani said youths are one of the target audiences of the Wawasan Brunei 2035 because they have an important role in the vision's success and will lead the country's future development. The Prime Minister's Office has implemented several initiatives to familiarise the public with the Wawasan Brunei 2035 such as establishing the Wawasan Brunei 2035 website, promoting the vision by advertisement at Radio Television Brunei, workshops and briefings. Any enquiry about the Wawasan Brunei 2035 could be submitted to the Wawasan Brunei 2035 Permanent Secretariat Office via 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. The evening was spent on religious activities, which were conducted by a lecturer from the Pusat Da'wah Islamiah (translated loosely as the Islamic Propagation Centre), Drs Andus Haji Ismuhadi bin Haji Abdullah. The lecture was conducted at the Multipurpose Room 2 of the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex. Operational since 1976, the Civics Course Programme is a project implemented through the departmental work strategy of 'Interpersonal Communication', which is in line with the department's vision as one of the government's leading agencies in delivering and distributing government official information.