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National Day’s titah

February 22, 2008

It was a wake-up call by His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah The SUltan of Brunei when he delivered his titah in conjunction with Brunei’s 24th National Day broadcast over RTB about four hours ago.

His Majesty expressed his concern on the rise of crime cases in the country. In his titah, His Majesty said that from the statistics, 732 arrests were made for the mis-use of drugs where 606 were male. Of the total arrests made, 664 were Malays, 27 Chinese and the rest of other races His Majesty said.

His Majesty also noted that last year there were 443 cases of theft, compared to 359 in the previous year. In all the crime cases, those aged19 to 35 were involved including 57 students.

Now what’s worrying is the involvement of youths in crime. What is going to happen to Brunei’s future if we have such youth now? I think we should look at the root. From time to time I have been talking on how important a family institution is. This is the root.

If parents have already taught their children on moral values from a young age, I am positive that these children will grow up stronger; in faith, in self-esteem and confidence. Come what may, they will definitely be easy to say no to undesirable elements. 

Wahai Tuhan kami, selamatkanlah kami dan keluarga kami daripada yang dilakukan oleh golongan yang jahat itu. Amin.

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