Brunei crown prince visits development plan projects

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Brunei's Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni Hassanal Bolkiah yesterday made a working visit to several project sites under the 10th National Development Plan (RKN10), specifically projects under the Ministry of Development.

The crown prince, who is also Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and the chairman of the Executive Committee of the development plan, was greeted on arrival at the Project Site Office by Abu Bakar bin Apong, the Minister of Home Affairs; Abdul Rahman bin Ibrahim, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance II, as the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of the RKN10; Bahrin bin Abdullah, Minister of Development; as well as other members of the Executive Committee of the RKN10.

The crown prince was then given a briefing that began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and a Doa Selamat read by Mohammad Hafizuddin bin Bakar, Mosque Affairs Officer.

This was followed by a briefing by Marzuke bin Mohsin, Acting Permanent Secretary (Technical and Professional) at the Ministry of Development on projects that were to be visited.

After the briefing, the crown prince, accompanied by the Minister of Development, proceeded to visit the Kampong Ayer Zone ‘A’ Revitalisation Project Site where he was briefed on the current status of the project by Mohd Salleh bin Abdul Karim, Acting Director of Drainage and Sewerage Department at the Public Works Department (JKR).

Al-Muhtadee Billah was then ushered to the Revitalisation Project Site near the Kampong Sumbiling Jetty.

There, he was briefed by Muhammad Fuad bin Ali, Acting Executive Engineer at JKR, before signing the royal parchment and a group photo.

The revitalisation project aims to mitigate flooding in Sungai Kedayan catchment areas, improve connectivity, nurture a healthy life style and provide a platform for economic development. As of this month, 53 per cent of the project has been completed, which is four per cent ahead of schedule. It is expected to be completed on May 25, 2018 at a cost of 35.991 million Brunei dollars.

The project involves the construction of a grand entrance, crescent bridge, landscape area, Kampong Sumbiling Jetty, Fire and Rescue services jetty and Riverfront Promenade.

The crown prince then proceeded to Tarindak D’Seni to view the project sites under Phase 2 of the Jalan Residency Expansion Project.

There, he was briefed on the project by Mazlan bin Abdul Salim, Acting Director of Roads at JKR. 

To have a closer look at the project, the crown prince then proceeded to the Jalan Residency Expansion Project Site (Phase 2) where he was briefed by Rafitra bin Abdul Razak, Acting Assistant Director of Roads at JKR. He also signed a royal parchment and joined a group photo session.

He was then escorted to the project site of the connecting bridge from Sungai Kebun to Jalan Residency. At the site, the crown prince was briefed by Acting Director of Roads before boarding the vehicle to survey the bridge towards Jalan Sungai Kebun.

The crown prince then proceeded to the middle of the bridge for a briefing, before signing a royal parchment and joining a group photo session to mark the end of the visit.

The working visit to the RKN10 project sites reflects the leadership of the crown prince in ensuring the smooth execution of the planned projects in order to support the nation’s aspiration towards achieving Brunei Vision 2035.