Royal concern on runaway teens
By Azrol Azmi

Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha yesterday raised concerns on the news of runaway teenagers or teenagers that go missing in a titah at the launching of the Domestic Science Exhibition 2007 at the ICC.

Also present at the ceremony were HRH Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, HRH Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah, HRH Princess Hajah Masna and YAM Pengiran Bini Hajah Faezah.

Her Majesty stressed the need for parents to be responsible in bringing stability to domestic and family affairs.

Her Majesty said the frequent and increasing number of teenagers running away from homes is worrying.

"This shows that the challenges and influence of modern life have brought bad consequences to family values among our community."

Her Majesty added, "It is understood that with the hustle and bustle of work and efforts to make a living by both parents probably limit the time for their families. Consequently, there is a number of families that are having difficulties in providing full attention to their children.

"Children and youths need to be loved and cared for, they need to be guided towards good faith, as well as providing moral and emotional support for the development of a good personality," Her Majesty said.

Her Majesty called on parents to guide their children as they are the country's future generation. Parents are also responsible in moulding their children's behaviour, spiritual and physical aspects until they become adults.

Her Majesty hoped that this responsibility would be carried out by all without fail.

Her Majesty also congratulated the winners and participants of the Domestic Science Exhibition 2007. - Borneo Bulletin (27th August 2007)