We are just days away from the National Day celebrations and the preparations for the grand assembly at Taman Sir Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien are currently in full swing.

The reading of the oath is one of the most significant part of the National Day event, usually led by a group of selected participants whose backgrounds vary from officers and staff in government organizations, uniformed personnels, higher education institutions, as well as representatives from the private sector.

Fuad Mohammad, an Assistant Officer at Attorney General’s Chambers told Sutera that being part of the oath reader group plays a role towards the youth, in line with the theme of this year’s National Day celebration, which is Menjayakan Wawasan Negara or Accomplishing the National Vision.

“I advise the youth to be more proactive, and to support the country’s ambition for the future in order to achieve the National Vision 2035,” said Fuad.

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According to Eve Sulrianah Sulaiman of Narcotics Control Bureau, the selection process for the oath readers takes a candidate’s pronunciation, intonation, and voice projection into consideration.

“After a challenging audition amongst worthy candidates, I am glad to be selected as one of the 43 people who are taking part in the 35th National Day oath reading this year,” said Eve Sulrianah.

Nabeela Fadzil of Investment Division under Ministry of Finance and Economy explained that the auditions started in December last year and the selection was finalised in January.

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“It feels surreal to be part of the National Day because I attend the event every year as a spectator for the patriotic feeling on the day,” said Nabeela.

Other than the oath reading, there are other performances that have been rehearsed for over two months at the National Stadium and Taman Sir Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.

Photo:Sutera/Amir Hazwan

“I hope for the performers to enjoy themselves on the big day and absorb the patriotism in the air so that the youth will be more encouraged to do more for the country,” Nabeela added.

The members of the public are encouraged to join in the celebration of the 35th Brunei National Day on Saturday, 23rd February 2019 at Taman Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien from 7.30am onwards.