By Yusrin Junaidi
The Brunei national flag was lowered yesterday by the Royal Brunei Navy Forces in a ceremony marking the end of the official flag-flying period in conjunction with His Majesty's 60th birthday celebrations.
They presented the flag to the chief guest, Pehin Dato Paduka Haji Awang Dani bin Haji Ibrahim, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of His Majesty's 60th Birthday Celebration.
The 3.6 metres long by 1.8 metres wide flag was lowered from a hundred-foot high stainless steel pole at the city square in the vicinity of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation Complex.
Also attending the ceremony were village heads and the penhulu kampong of Brunei-Muara, Fire and Rescue Department officers and guests.
A choir from Dewan Bahasa sang while the Royal Brunei Police Forces Band played the national anthem.
The giant national flag was raised on July l in a similar ceremony to honour His Majesty's 60th birthday.
- Borneo Bulletin
(8th Aug 2006)