By Za'im Zaini, Azrol Azmi, Sonia K. & James Kon
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to visit the affected areas of the landslide at Ulu Belalong yesterday morning for the 'Hikmat Bersatu II' exercise. His Majesty left for Ulu Belalong from the Royal Brunei Air Force, Rimba, Gadong.
Upon arrival at Ulu Belalong, His Majesty was greeted by Pehin Datu Singamanteri Col. (Ret) Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Deputy Minister of Defence. His Majesty was then briefed on the situation at the affected area.
The scenario was more than 200 people were reported injured with 50 dead and between 45 and 100 missing.
His Majesty then met with the chief medical officer, Lt Col.Tim Swan, who briefed the monarch on the process of medical attention and treatment given to the victims.
His Majesty then proceeded to tour the areas of the Ulu Belalong National Park where the disaster occurred.
After visiting the affected areas in Ulu Belalong, His Majesty went to the Temburong District Office, the location of the Secretariat of the Temburong task force on the natural disaster.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Acting Temburong District Officer, Awang Haji Mohammad Abdoh bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Salam.
His Majesty then visited the Bangar Hospital to have a closer look at the 'victims' that were given further treatment.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Health.
There, His Majesty looked at the kind of treatments given to the 'victims' of the disaster.
His Majesty later went to Bangar Camp, from where he left for Bolkiah Garrison for a briefing.
Returning from Ulu Belalong, His Majesty landed at Bolkiah Garrison for the briefing at the Ministry of Defence.
His Majesty later took a short tour around the Officer's Mess of Bolkiah Garrison, where His Majesty attended a luncheon and consented to receive a 'pesambah' from the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
His Majesty later signed a plaque to commemorate his visit to the 'Hikmat Bersatu II' exercise.
(7th February 2007)