His Majesty pays visit to Mukim Pengkalan Batu and Sengkurong

After consenting to present the land grants, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam visited the Kampung Junjongan Primary School and several villages in Mukim Pengkalan Batu. His Majesty also consented to visit several important government institutions and businesses in Mukim Pengkalan Batu and Sengkurong.

His Majesty first toured the Kampung Junjongan Primary School, where, upon arrival, His Majesty consented to plant a native fruit tree to commemorate the visit. His Majesty also consented to open the school’s educational mini park.

From the Kampung Junjungan Primary School, His Majesty proceeded to the residence of the Ketua Kampung of Kampung Junjungan, Awang Haji Tahir bin Jaya. He has been Ketua Kampung since 1989. Kampung Junjungan is placed under Mukim Pengkalan Batu and has a population of more than two thousand people, with nearly two hundred houses. His Majesty then consented to visit the houses of several recipients of the land lot grant scheme under the temporary occupation license in Kampung Junjungan.

His Majesty then moved on to visit the homes of recipients of the land lot grant scheme in Kampug Kuala Lurah. His Majesty also consented to drop by at the residence of the Ketua Kampug of Kampug Limau Manis, Awang Haji Mohaimin bin Johari. Kampug Limau Manis has a population of more than one thousand 800 residents, living in nearly 200 houses. With the granting of land titles to the rakyat and residents, the Monarch wishes to see that each will own land of his or her own upon which the owner will be able to build a house.

The Kuala Lurah Control Post also came under His Majesty's scrutiny. At the post, His Majesty watched closely the roles and functions of the Immigration and National Registration Department and other agencies in operations at the control post. The Kuala Lurah Control Post is the main entrance between Brunei Darussalam and Limbang, Sarawak. The Royal Brunei Police, the Customs Department and the Agriculture Department also operate at the Kuala Lurah Control Post.

His Majesty also visited the Badan Tanmiah Petrol Station and Trading in Kampung Kuala Lurah. The Limau Manis Post Office was the next destination for His Majesty. It provides such services as issuing drivers licences and road tax renewals. The Post Office was officially opened in October 1991. It also receives payments for electricity and water bills.

His Majesty then proceeded to the Kampung Limau Manis Police Station. For two consecutive years, 2003 and 2004, the station won the top award for cleanliness and maintenance of its surrounding. The Health Clinic of Kampung Limau Manis located not far from the Limau Manis Police Station, was also toured by His Majesty. The clinic has had its own building since 1979 and opens three times a week. The services offered at the clinic include child health assessments and pre-natal treatment.

The Golden Chick Sendirian Berhad Abbatoir Centre was also a focus for His Majesty's visit. The company is the first abattoir in Brunei to implement Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. The company annually supplies two thousand metric tonnes of chilled and frozen whole chickens and chicken parts to the local markets, providing thirty percent of the local demand for poultry meats in the country.

His Majesty then proceeded to the residence of Penghulu Mukim Pengkalan Batu, Awang Haji Tahir bin Haji Tarip. Eight villages are under Mukim Pengkalan Batu with a population of more than seven thousand people. The Mukim also has a Neighbourhood Crime Watch Committee with over six hundred members.

His Majesty later visited a number of houses owned by recipients of land titles. Under His Majesty's leadership, residents in rural areas such as in Kampung Wasan, Kampung Batong, Kampung Parit, and Kampung Selayun, have benefited from facilities which have enabled them to carry out extensive agricultural projects through the Communal Farming Scheme.

His Majesty also took a look at the Pasar Tani Serbaguna Selayun in Mukim Sengkurong. Here, His Majesty consented to meet some of the vendors. The established Agricultural market, Pasar Tani Koperasi Satenaga, was built by the Kampung Tanjung Nangka cooperative. The new market place can accommodate one hundred and thirty six vendors, and provide proper retailing and wholesale facilities for marketing of farm produces.

His Majesty continued his visit by taking a look at the Kilanas Agricultural Research Centre. The Agriculture Department welcomes the involvement of the private sector in making use of hydrophonic technology for commercial purposes. Kanglin Hydroponics Farming is one of the pioneer companies, that have grown hydrophonically grown vegetables since 1997. His Majesty ended his visit with a luncheon. Today's visit clearly demonstrates the Monarch's care and concern for the well-being his rakyat and residents of the country.