Sultan leads by example
By Kartika Rahman

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Inspector General Police, consented yesterday to attend a Charity Walk organised in conjunction with the Royal Brunei Police Force's 85th Anniversary.

His Majesty was accompanied by His Royal Highness Deputy Inspector General Police Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik.

His Majesty and other members of the royal family were greeted at Jerudong Park Polo Club by Commissioner of Police, Pehin Datu Kerma Setia CP Dato Paduka Seri Zainuddin bin Jalani.

The Charity Walk, which was organised by the Royal Brunei Police Force, drew 2,300 participants including personnel from the Police Force, Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Fire Services and Rescue, as well as members from non-government organisations consisting of private security firms, various private sector companies, and invited members of the public and their families. Also in attendance to support the event were various ministers, deputy ministers and permanent secretaries.

People congregated at the starting point were able to make contributions to the Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah Charity Fund for Orphans as donation boxes were set up.

To warm up for the event, His Majesty joined all the participants in performing synchronised aerobics exercises led by ASP Matnor Sarbini with the assistance of personnel from the Police Training Centre.

His Majesty then consented to officially mark the start of the walk with a blow-horn before leading the six-kilometre walk through the main roads of Jerudong Park.

Leading the women and children in a 3.5-kilometre walk was the Police Commissioner's wife, Datin Suriayati binti Haji Morneh. The walk took them around the Crystal Arch roundabout and back to the starting point.

The presence of His Majesty and other members of the royal family showed their concern towards the health of the subjects. His Majesty led by example for others to follow in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The aim of the Charity Walk was to increase cooperation and strengthen relationships between various sectors of the armed forces and non-government organisations, as well as to promote fitness and agility. - Borneo Bulletin (3rd Apr 2006)