Singing contest at Taman Mini Belalong
By Rosli Abidin Yahya

Ampuan Damit Ampuan Saifudin and Ampuan Siti Masitah Ampuan Aliomar emerged champions in the male and female categories respectively in the "Bintang Keputeraan" singing competition in the Temburong District Sunday night, after captivating the local crowd and judges with their performances.

Held at the Pentas Taman Mini Belalong, Temburong District, the competition was organised by former personnel of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces in the district in conjunction with His Majesty's 60th birthday celebrations.

The singing contest was meant to unearth and develop vocal talents in the district.

Ampuan Damit serenaded the crowd with his song "Seruling Anak Gembala" while Ampuan Siti Masitah belted out "Bertakhta Di Hati". Some 52 contestants took part in Sunday night's event where only fourteen - 7 men and 7 women - made it to the finals.

Present as the guest of honour was Major Zulkifli Hj Bujang, the OC for RBAF Bangar Camp.

Hj Salleh Bungsu, the Penghulu of Mukim Bokok and Awg Simpul bin Gimban, the assistant chairman for "Malam Aneka Pesta" were also present at the event.

The audience also witnessed traditional and contemporary dance routines as well as "Mukun Menyubuh", a singing performance accompanied by gongs. - Borneo Bulletin (1st August 2006)