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His Majesty questions efficacy of National Council for MIB
HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday raised the issue of efficacy of the National Council for Malay Islamic Monarchy and asked whether the council was still active?

His Majesty raised this question in his titah delivered during the opening of the Special Forum on Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) at the International Convention Centre in Berakas yesterday evening.

His Majesty enquired whether there was any shortage of qualified persons to chair the council or if the council was deemed no longer relevant.

"Whatever the reason we would like to hear about it and would like to know the exact situation," said His Majesty, referring to the absence of any updates from the council except for appoinments made in 2001 for a five-year term. Since 2006, nothing has been reported about any activity of the council.

His Majesty in his titah expressed the confidence that the MIB concept has been fully embraced by the nation and that it is not merely a slogan but a system which guides people's way of life.

His Majesty said he realised that in the beginning there were some doubts about where the MIB concept would lead the nation. However "as all new ideas, the concept was not fully recognised and realised at that time," the monarch added.

"Now that we are a more matured nation," said His Majesty, "we have been able to understand the concept and its basic foundation. From this concept we have been able to produce pearls of wisdom which have not only drawn praise from others but also proved beneficial to us all as a nation.

"What we are showing to the world is our system, which has given us peace and prosperity as a nation under the MIB banner," said His Majesty.

"Since our independence, we had many schools of thoughts on the concept of MIB. So we established a committee for the purpose which was upgraded to a national body and in 2001 the National Council was established," said His Majesty.

"What is the situation of this National Council since it was appointed for a five-year term in 2001?" asked His Majesty.

The second Special Forum on Malay Islamic Monarchy was organised by people who are bestowed with titles and was attended by among others, HRH Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, Chairman of the Special Forum Executive Committee, HRH Prince 'Abdul 'Azim and HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik.
In Courtesy of The Brunei Times
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