All smiles for residents of Brunei-Muara District
By Laila Rahman and Sonia K

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to present land titles to the Temporary Occupied Land (TOL) holders in the Brunei-Muara District yesterday. The event took place at the hall of the Junjongan Primary School, Brunei IV.

Upon his arrival at the primary school, His Majesty was greeted by Pehin Dato Haji Awg Isa, Special Adviser to His Majesty cum Minister of Home Affairs; Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Ahmad bin Haji Jumat, Minister of Development; Pehin Dato Paduka Haji Awg Adanan, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Dato Paduka Haji Adnan bin Haji Hanafiah, Brunei-Muara District Officer.

After the presentation of land titles, His Majesty also consented to tour the school and visit the residence of Village Head of Kampong Junjongan and homes of the land titles recipients (Kg Junjongan, Kg Kuala Lurah, Kg Batong, Kg Parit and Kg Bebatik) as well as the residence of Village Head of Kg Limau Manis, Kuala Lurah Immigration Control Post, Bangunan Kedai Badan TANMIAH and a filling station in Kg Limau Manis, Limau Manis Post Office and Police Station, Limau Manis Health Clinic, Golden Chicks Abattoir Sdn Bhd, Kg Wasan, residence of Penghulu Mukim Pengkalan Batu, Pasar Tani Serbaguna in Kg Selayun as well as the Brunei Agricultural Research Centre in Kilanas.

The residents were really happy to meet the monarch and had made full preparations to welcome His Majesty. Some were overwhelmed when His Majesty consented to enter their homes.

The Bulletin interviewed several recipients of land titles and one of them, Dyg Aisah binti Jumat, 60, from Kampong Junjongan, told the Bulletin that she had been waiting for this golden moment for 16 years. Yesterday was a memorable day for her and her children as they became proud owners of their premises.

In an interview with another recipient, Awg Narawi bin Haji Kamis, 29, from Kampong Parit said that he is grateful to His Majesty for presenting the land title to him and his family. Narawi applied for the scheme in 2001 and has been staying at the premises with his family for 15 years. - Borneo Bulletin