Brunei gears up for HM's 67th birthday celebrations

Sunday, September 15, 2013

BRUNEI will mark His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's 67th birthday with a celebratory parade at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) in the capital today.

The annual celebration, postponed from July 15 to September 15 to observe the month of Ramadhan, will see thousands of people joining in the festivities at the field, including state dignitaries, members of the diplomatic corps, titled VIPs, invited foreign guests, senior government officials, and corporate leaders.

A number of roads in the capital will be closed from 6.30am onwards in conjunction with the event.

The affected roads are Jalan Tutong in front of Ba'adiah Hotel, followed by the four-junction traffic light at the High Court Building, continuing on to the Jalan Haji Basir three-junction traffic light near the fire station.

Roads in the vicinity of Taman SOAS will also be closed. These include Jalan Bendahara near Chung Hwa Secondary School and Jawatan Dalam, Jalan Kebangsaan.

Other roads that will be closed include Jalan Sekolah; Jalan Tasek; Jalan Sentosa; Jalan Stoney extending towards Bandar Seri Begawan Police Station and Jalan Elizabeth 2; Jalan Kianggeh; Jalan Tamu Kianggeh across the Chinese Temple; and the stretch of Jalan Residency towards Jalan McArthur.

Motorists will not be allowed to park along the roads accessing Taman SOAS, where the event will be held. Only emergency vehicles, VIP and VVIP vehicles are permitted to park in the cordoned area.

Similarly, vehicles will also not be allowed to park at Jalan McArthur, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Roberts, Jalan Elizabeth 2, Jalan Sumbiling and Jalan Pemancha. Authorities have warned that action will be taken against drivers who park in these restricted areas.

A few areas are reserved for chauffeurs to park along Jalan Kianggeh heading towards the Jubilee Hotel and Jalan Residency in the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Jalan Subok.

Authorities are however, cautioning motorists that the above areas are likely to be packed with vehicles on the day of the event. The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and the Traffic Control & Investigation Department therefore do not recommend that motorists park in these areas.

Shuttle buses will be provided for members of the public wishing to go to Taman SOAS. The pick-up point will be outside Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah and the drop-off point on Jalan Bendahara.

Drop-off and pick-up points for shuttle buses designated for government and education institutions will be at Jalan Christian's cemetery, Jalan Tamu Selera and Jalan Bendahara. - Additonal reporting by Aaron Alwines The Brunei Times

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