Princess stresses on the importance of child safety
By Hj Minor Absah

Her Royal Highness Princess Rashidah Saadatul Bolkiah gracing a healthy baby competition in the Brunei Muara district observed that accidents and tragedies affecting children in their homes shouldn't be happening as home was supposed to be a safe haven for them.

Such accidents should be avoided by taking precautionary measures and serious attention at places frequented by children.

Stressing on the importance of safety for defenceless children the Princess went on to remind parents to give proper instructions to domestic helpers who are given the responsibilities to care for their children.

Domestic helpers should be implicitly instructed on child care safety and children should be made aware of the dangers of imitating scenes from the TV.

Her Royal Highness made the sabda at the Baby Contest organised by the Women's Institute (WI) yesterday.

More than 370 children had registered this time for the competition in the Brunei Muara district, compared to 250 entrees last year.

The event was held at the Manggis Ballroom of the Hua Ho Mall. Present as the chief guest was Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Rashidah. Also in attendance was Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Majeedah.

The competition yesterday was divided into four categories, namely Category 'A' for babies from 6 to 9 months of age, Category 'B' for 9 to 12 months, Category 'C' for 12 to 18 months and Category 'D' for 18 to 24 months.

Meanwhile in her welcoming remarks, Datin Hjh Masni bte Hj Mohd Ali, Co-chairperson of the Brunei-Muara District Healthy Baby Competition, highlighted the main aim of the competition that was to promote the importance of a high quality child health care, which includes physical and mental health.

This she said will contribute towards the development of a healthy community that can contribute towards the development of the nation. Besides the competition, an exhibition was also held on the Hand, Food and Mouth disease.

HRH later presented prizes to the winners. The winners will later represent Brunei Muara District at a national level competition. The royal guest also toured the exhibition that was organised for the event. - Borneo Bulletin (12th August 2006)