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Inglaterra, The Guardian, Inglês

Inglaterra, The Guardian, Inglês

Inglaterra, The Sun, Inglês

Inglaterra, The Sun, Inglês

Bélgica, Le Soir, Francês

Bélgica, Le Soir, Francês

Rússia, The Moscow Times, Inglês

Holanda, Nieuws, Holandês

Suiça, La Liberte, Francês

Suiça, La Liberte, Francês

Suiça, NZZ, Alemão

Suiça, NZZ, Alemão

Turquia, Haber Ekspres, Turco

Turquia, Haber Ekspres, Turco

Grécia, Protothema, Grego

Grécia, Protothema, Grego

Grécia, Tanea, Grego

Grécia, Tanea, Grego

Croácia, Zagreb Ancija, Croata

Croácia, Zagreb Ancija, Croata

Noruega, Aftenposten, Norueguês

Noruega, Aftenposten, Norueguês

Noruega, DN, Norueguês

Noruega, DN, Norueguês

Bósnia, Hayat, Croata

Bósnia, Hayat, Croata

Estônia, Aripaev, Estoniano

Estônia, Aripaev, Estoniano

Romênia, Ziarul de Lasi, Romeno

Romênia, Ziarul de Lasi, Romeno

Romênia, Cotidianul, Romeno

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Estônia, Laane Elu, Estoniano

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Brunei, Borneo Bulletin, Inglês


Participants wave flags during Brunei Darussalam’s national day celebration in 2021. PHOTO: HAJI MUHAMMAD HAJI SULAIMAN

A journey back in time to the spirited festivities that marked Brunei’s entry into independence

As the clock struck midnight on January 1, 1984, Bruneians were swept up in a wave of emotion as they welcomed the dawn of a new year and a historic moment in their nation’s history. Gathered at the Padang Besar, now lovingly referred to as Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, in the heart of the capital, the air crackled with anticipation and pride.

Amidst the jubilant cheers and the beating of drums, Brunei declared its independence, marking a monumental milestone for its people. It was a moment of unity, resilience and unbridled joy as the nation stepped into a future brimming with promise and possibility.

The capital was still very much surrounded by part of the water village along the riverbank in Bandar Seri Begawan, and it was indeed a memorable event for the residents, including those who were still very young, as it was only a short walk to the field to witness the proclamation by Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam.

People from diverse backgrounds dotted the field, patiently and eagerly waiting for hours before the event.

Children dashed around, indulging in snacks and refreshments from vendors who had set up stalls despite the heavy downpour. The elders viewed the rain as ‘Hujan Rahmat’, or blessed rain, a fitting symbol as their beloved country achieved independence.

On that historic night, Bolhassan bin Haji Abu Bakar, now 68 years old, joined the ranks of young children who, alongside elders and fellow patriots, thronged the field before midnight to secure prime viewing spots for the event. The capital gleamed with colourful decorations, heightening the festive ambiance.

Bolhassan bin Haji Abu Bakar and friends participate in past national day celebration. PHOTO: BOLHASSAN

He reminisces about the atmosphere, deeply nostalgic, particularly when Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien led the chanting of “Allahu Akbar” and “Merdeka”, the eagerly anticipated chant of the people of Brunei. Many were overcome with patriotism, their eyes brimming with tears of joy.  As time flies, so does the rush of emotions flood back, for four decades have swiftly slipped away since that unforgettable moment.

The Padang Besar, once a mere field, now stands as a testament to history, bearing the name of the late monarch and serving as one of the nation’s cherished landmarks. While January 1 marked the proclamation of independence, Britain’s control over Brunei ceased 54 days later on February 23, which became the official date of the country’s independence.

Bolhassan was a mere 18-year-old when the inaugural celebration occurred at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. He was among the thousands fortunate enough to partake in the festivities.

“I was a student at Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien College at that time and was one of the 30 students selected to carry the giant national flag.

“Obviously we were honoured and excited to be able to contribute to the glorious occasion that has become part of history to this day,” he shared.

Bolhassan participates in carrying a giant-sized flag during Brunei’s national day celebration at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. PHOTO: BOLHASSAN

Reflecting on his experiences from that time, he expressed a profound sense of pride and patriotism as he stepped onto the field. The sight of the stadium brimming with yet another massive crowd, representing diverse backgrounds from across the country, filled him with awe. Despite the relentless heat of the scorching sun, people from all walks of life had gathered once again to witness the first national day celebration.

His pride swelled even further as he walked past the royal dais, leading the parade while carrying the towering national flag.

“I can’t speak for others, but my feelings at that time were indescribable.

“There were mixed emotions, especially seeing our beloved monarch standing proudly on the royal dais alongside numerous world leaders and high-profile guests, including Prince Charles from the United Kingdom.” While the celebration at that time differed from recent years, featuring more improvised performances and the like, it remained his most memorable one.

Bolhassan participates in flag waving during past Brunei National Day celebration. PHOTO: BOLHASSAN

It marked not only the inaugural National Day but also his participation as a youth carrying the colossal national flag – an opportunity not easily obtained, given the stringent selection process aimed at ensuring the event’s seamless execution.

Seeing his family witness him among the youth bearing the giant flag was a moment of immense pride for him. His participation back then wasn’t a one-time occurrence; he remained active, joining in every year throughout his tenure at the Information Department. He was consistently chosen to represent the department in the march past and field performances.

Additionally, he dedicated time to participate in the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Volunteer group on some occasions. Since retiring, he has continued his active involvement with the Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM).

“Perhaps it is time for the younger generations to experience what we went through back then and allow them to take pride in being involved in this historic event, so they can pass on the experience to future generations, just as I did with my younger family members,” said Bolhassan. – Lyna Mohamad



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