Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong watches Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas perform. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR
BY Rokiah Mahmud
The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas thrilled spectators with rousing musical numbers in the capital on Sunday as one of the first events for the Brunei December Festival 2019.
The 32-member military band had flown into Brunei to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles (2RGR) based in Seria, Belait District.
Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay, together with senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) witnessed the lively performances.
Starting at the iconic blue clock in the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan, the band marched towards Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, where both children and adults were regaled with the themes from James Bond’s Skyfall, Game of Thrones and The Last of the Mohicans.
The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas has travelled extensively to places like Australia, Canada, South Korea, Solomon Islands, the Falkland Islands, France, Germany, Cyprus, and Belgium, delighting large crowds with slick marching displays, vibrant concert music and Nepali folk tunes.
The band’s next overseas visit will be in Nepal.
The United Kingdom and Brunei enjoy a uniquely close defence relationship, with this year marking the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom has a long-established military presence in Brunei, through British Forces Brunei and the Loan Service Personnel within the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, along with constant bilateral exchanges and programmes – including this visit by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin