Brunei Eyes Victory In Asean Competition
Posted on July 31, 2012, Tuesday
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Three students and two officials will depart the Sultanate today to represent Brunei at the 5th Asean Regional Quiz competition scheduled to run from August 1 to 5 in Cambodia, Borneo Bulletin reported.
The trio, Mohd Azim bin Hj Zailani, Najeehah binti Hj Abdul Hamid and Masdianawati binti Suhili, will be led by Hjh Hamsah binti Datu Kerna Hj Jaya, the Head of International Relations as the Secretariat of the Asean COCI Sub-committee on Asean Information. Meanwhile, Education Officer Irwan bin Hj Abu Bakar will take on the role as trainer to the students.
The Brunei team yesterday received the national flag at a doa selamat ceremony held at the Information Department under the Prime Minister’s Office.
Speaking to the Borneo Bulletin yesterday, Hjh Hamsah said, “We expect the students to do well and to gain valuable experience from the competition. We also hope the students will exchange information with other participants.”
The competition, she said, “is divided into the individual country quiz and friendly quiz. In the friendly quiz, Brunei will be grouped with another country”.
“The three students, aged from 16 to 18 years, were selected from the national Asean competition last year, and were the top three participants,” she added.
The national flag was handed over by Hjh Noorashidah binti Hj Aliomar, the Acting Director of the Information Department as Acting Chairperson for the Asean COCI Sub-committee on Information. The doa selamat was read by Pg Asrul bin Pg Hj Abd Momin.
In her remarks, Hjh Noorashidah said, “The quiz is a project under the Sub-committee on Asean Information, Asean COCI and is held once every two years by member countries. Asean countries take turns in hosting the competition and this year the competition will be held in Cambodia.
“The aim of the competition is to raise youths’ knowledge and understanding on the functions and roles of Asean in preserving peace and prosperity, as well as regional unity It also serves to foster ties among the younger generations of Asean member states, as well as to move forward in the integration among the younger generation of Asean with the hope of instilling the spirit of unity and the identity of Asean.
“I understand that our students have already made their preparations with the guidance of the trainer and support from a number of officers,” she said of the upcoming competition, which this year carries the theme “Asean: One Community One Destiny”.
Recalling Brunei’s achievement in the history of the competition, she said, “In the 2006 competition held in Malaysia, Brunei grabbed third place. Therefore, in each competition, we have high hopes of winning. This time with the hard work and motivation of the students, Insya Allah, our hopes will be realised.”
She also hoped that the students representing the country would be in good health and maintain the good image of the country.