Brunei: Public warned against reserving viewing spots

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - The warning comes following viral images making rounds on social media purportedly showing people sticking labels with their names on several areas along Jalan Residency and other areas in the capital since yesterday to reserve a spot to get good views of the much-anticipated event.

The public has been advised to refrain from reserving prime viewing spots in areas of the capital for the opening ceremony of the Sungai Kebun Bridge, decorated floats and boats procession and fireworks display tomorrow evening, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof said yesterday.

Abdul Mutalib, who was responding to queries from reporters during a press conference held yesterday for tomorrow evening’s event, said such a practise has never been allowed in the capital even for past events, later advising the public to compromise and settle their spots with each other on a first-come first-served basis and give their full cooperation to avoid any unwanted incidents during the event.

Hundreds of netizens have since commented on the photo that went viral on Facebook, with one saying that the practise is unfair and should not be permitted. Some netizens on the other hand have defended the action, saying that it is normal practise for stall hawkers and vendors to reserve spots for major events so they can set up their respective stalls at strategic areas.

The Bulletin was however informed that the Municipal Department has only allocated Jalan Pemancha, Jalan Pretty and Jalan Elizabeth II as designated areas for stalls for the event.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge in the capital for the event tomorrow evening, held in conjunction with the celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne.

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