By James Kon
His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, consented to officiate the new complex of the Brunei Malay Teacher's Association (PGGMB) School at Kg Sungai Akar in a ceremony held yesterday morning.
Upon arrival, His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince was welcomed by Cikgu Hj Antin Ahad, the President of PGGMB's Executive Committee, and other members.
Also present at the event were the Minister of Education, Pehin Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Rahman Dato Setia Hj Mohammed Taib, together with the Deputy Minister of Education and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education.
After the National Anthem was played, the choir performed the official PGGMB song, followed by a recital of the Ayat-Ayat Suci Al-Quran.
In his welcoming remarks, Cikgu Hj Antin said that PGGMB has almost reached 67 years since its establishment, and although its capabilities are still limited, the association still manages to care for the younger generation, nurturing and providing them with education.
He also stated that PGGMB is among one of the first non-government schools that started to provide its students with religious classes in the afternoon, so that parents do not have to send them to another location.
The president also stated that PGGMB has reached Phase Two of its project, outlining the school's vision and mission, as well as recalling some of its greatest achievements in recent years.
His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince then delivered a sabda and highlighted the ever-growing importance of private educational institutions for the country's population before officiating the new complex by signing a plaque.
Cikgu Hj Antin then presented a pesambah to His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince, who took a tour of the premises and a closer look at its facilities. His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince also spoke with some students and witnessed a number of science projects.
- Borneo Bulletin
(28th Nov 2006)