His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Chairman of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Board of Governors, in a sabda reminded the Muslim ummah to strengthen the resolution to make this Ramadhan more meaningful. In a sabda at the launching ceremony for the distribution of His Majesty's Personal Gift of Dates in conjunction with Ramadhan 1444 Hijrah / 2023, on 18th March morning, His Royal Highness urged the Yayasan's management to always monitor the distribution procedures to ensure the implementation meets the desired objective. The launching ceremony for the distribution of His Majesty's personal gift of dates took place at An-Naura Hall, Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex in the capital. Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was welcomed by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris bin Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar, Deputy Chairman One of the Yayasan Committee of Governors; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohammad Yussof, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Defence as Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health as Deputy Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors; and Doctor Dayang Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, Permanent Secretary for Planning, Land Use and Environment at the Ministry of Development as the Acting Managing Director of Yayasan.
The recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah was led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar.
In a welcoming remark, the Chairman of the Yayasan Board of Directors said the personal gift of dates from His Majesty reflected the Monarch's care and attention.
His Royal Highness in the sabda said, although the country is still faced with COVID-19, efforts carried out by stakeholders were able to revive the country's confidence to continue these noble efforts to ensure every Muslim citizen and resident in the country can enjoy His Majesty's Personal Gift of Dates.
His Royal Highness in the sabda emphasised wasteful practices are among those required to be avoided. In fact, the practice is forbidden by Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala to the extent that wasteful individuals are likened to Satan's kin.
His Royal Highness distributed His Majesty's personal gift of dates to representatives of Uniformed Teams, members of the public, civil servants of the government sector, private sector employees and new convert associations. 157.5 metric tonnes of Safawy dates will be distributed to all Muslim citizens and residents in the country with each person receiving a small box containing 300 grams of dates.
Doa selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim.
The Launching Ceremony of the Distribution of Personal Gift of Dates marks the start of the distribution of the personal gift of dates to all Muslim citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam.