A 'Happy Birthday' to Her Majesty
By James Kon

A birthday celebration for Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha was hosted by the spouses of top ministers and officials at the Royal Berkshire Hall, JPCC, yesterday afternoon.

The event was hosted by the spouses of Cabinet ministers along with the wife of the Confidential Secretary of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, spouses of deputy ministers, wives of permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries as well as associated members.

Accompanying Her Majesty to the event were Her Royal Highness Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar, HRH Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah, HRH Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bulqiah and Pengiran Bini Hjh Faizah.

Upon arrival, Her Majesty and members of the royal family were welcomed by Datin Hajah Edah binti Haji Mohd Noor, chairperson of the event.

Her Majesty's birthday celebrations began with a "Majlis Doa Kesyukuran and Sembahyang Berjemaah' on October 5 at Orchid Garden Hotel.

On behalf of the women, Datin Hajah Edah wished a 'Happy Birthday' to Her Majesty - "Selamat Puja Usia Kehadapan Majlis Kebawah Duli Tuan Patek" - and prays for Her Majesty's good health and happiness.

Speaking on the group's activities, Datin Hajah Edah revealed that "In 2007, the group has been participating in various charity activities. On April 18, the group presented a contribution to 'Kami Prihatin Kami Peduli' fund at the Dato Othman Primary School to support some 105 underprivileged students. While on October 3, the group made contributions to 64 students of Dato Basir Primary School."

"The donation came from the group's members. With the activities, we helped foster closer ties among members in together presenting donation to underprivileged families."

After the speech, Her Majesty Raja proceeded to cut the birthday cake and then received a 'pesembah' presented by Datin Hajah Edah.

There was also an array of performances staged by the wives of the Cabinet ministers as well as other dignitaries. - Borneo Bulletin (27th Oct 2007)