His Majesty, accompanied by several cabinet ministers, granted 83 standard house keys to the new home owners under the Kampung Rimba National Housing Scheme (RPN), while the remaining 81 terrace house keys were given to owners under the Kg Sungai Buloh Landless Indigenous Citizens Housing Scheme (STKRJ).
Upon arrival, the monarch was welcomed by Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman and Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman.
In his opening remarks, Brunei-Muara District Officer Hj Jamain Hj Momin expressed his gratitude on behalf of all recipients for granting them the houses so that they will have a more comfortable life and improve their standard of living.
Soon after the presentation ceremony, His Majesty visited students at the primary school and went to the house of Village Chief of Mentiri Area I Pg Hj Aliuddin Pg Hj Damit.
The programme continued with a visit to Sharif Ali Secondary School at Kg Salambigar, Mukim Berakas B. At the school, His Majesty spent about an hour inspecting the students' activities as well as visiting Nurkasih Building, which provides educational programmes for special needs students.
After touring the school, His Majesty and the entourage made a stop at the terrace houses at Kg Sungai Buloh, Mukim Mentiri under the Landless Indigenous Citizens Housing Scheme before heading to the National Housing Scheme project sites at Kg Meragang in Mukim Serasa.
At the project sites, the sovereign was briefed on the progress of the development projects.
His Majesty then made a number of visits to meet the families of seven houses at the Rimba National Housing Scheme.
Many of the residents took the opportunity to express their gratitude to the monarch and take pictures with His Majesty.
After spending about an hour visiting the homeowners, the monarch then proceed to Hadfa, the recreational park in Rimba, Gadong before concluding his eight-hour visit yesterday.
The park, situated on land that was once forested, was once a botanical garden supported by the Agriculture and Agrifood Department before owner Hjh Halus Hj Karim got ownership of the land in 1999.
"What I hope for is that the public will realise that this is the first such park to be developed by a local."
As the progress bloom grows more evident, more features to the park are sought.
Currently, the park can host several activities such as camping and fishing.
The park owner also shared that guesthouses for backpackers were on offer with a total of three chalets housing three rooms, built with bamboo wood and other traditional materials.
(The Brunei Times)
The happy faces. Hassan Kamis (L) was among the recipients.
Greeting His Majesty with 'bunga rampai'
After tens of years waiting, it should be recorded in pic then.
HM touring the school
(Dato Haji Mohammad Yassin Primary School, Mentiri)
HM in conversation with the school's choir
A choir perfomances before His Majesty present
...and I admit, they are very talented. Good job girls!
2km walk to get back to my car *lol*
(Images by bruneidaily)