Tutong monument for Sultan's birthday
By James Kon and Za'im Zaini

The Tutong District Office yesterday received more than $22,000 from sponsors for the construction of a monument (Arca) as well as decorations to celebrate His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's 60th birthday.

Awang Mutalib bin Haji Md Idris, Tutong District Officer, was the guest of honour receiving the sponsorships in a ceremony at the Main Hall of Kompleks Dewan Kema-syarakat.

Awang Mutalib conveyed his thanks and appreciation to the sponsors for their continuous support.

The monument which has been completed, is expected to be unveiled by His Majesty during the get-together with the community of Tutong District on July 17, 2006, he revealed.

Awang Mutalib added that the construction of the monument in Tutong District with the theme "Bangsaku Negaraku Teguh Bersatu", represented the people's love and adoration for His Majesty.

The sponsorships were received from various government agencies, schools, private companies and individuals in the district. Among the contributors are BLNG, Perusahaan Ala Haji Bolhassan, sawmill companies in Tutong and the residents from the eight 'mukims' of Tutong District.

Construction work is being carried out around the Dewan Kemasyarakatan Tutong building and field in preparation for His Majesty's 60th birthday celebrations.

Rehearsals for a mass cultural performance are also held. The participants of the grand show are members of the community, students and associations of Tutong District.

A number of activities have also been arranged for the celebration of His Majesty's birthday.

According to Haji Haris Bin Othman, Assistant Tutong District Officer, more than 20,000 people are expected to turn up to pay tribute to His Majesty at the get-together on July 17.

During the ceremony, there will be numerous cultural shows as well as an exhibition by more than 35 organisations from the public and private sectors and NGOs.

To be held at the Padang Kompleks Kemasyarakat Tutong District, the get-together will give the people of the district the chance to greet His Majesty in person. - Borneo Bulletin (6th July 2006)