Brunei: Sultan makes surprise school visit

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam paid a surprise visit to one of Brunei high schools in the capital, a day before His Majesty's 64th Birthday. The event at the Sixth Form Center at Katok (PTEK) was without pomp and ceremony. This is not the first time His Majesty has made a surprise school visit since it is part of the “working monarch's” agenda to get to know the students’ aspirations and their involvement in the school.  His Majesty also visited the PTE Meragang school last May, as blogged by Vance Tan.

According to a source, His Majesty was willing to come down to Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang spontaneously without any preparations so that he could speak to the students on a human level and show them his appreciation of their hard work and talent.

The Brunei Times carried a story of His Majesty's visit to PTEK  which inspired many students. Brunei tweets were also buzzing on the surprise visit.

A student/blogger that was lucky enough to have the opportunity to greet and meet His Majesty was Hanee504

Despite having only a day in between entertaining the Prime Minister of Malaysia and taking part in the celebration of His Majesty's own birthday, His Majesty touched down to PTE Katok yesterday and shook a wave of surprise to all of us.We've been expecting his visit since last week but of all the days, we totally didn't expect it would be the day before his birthday. It was indeed a huge gratitude to all of us. I had few conversations with him, got his signature and it was such a great honor!

Randomly notes that PTEK students appreciate the unexpected visit of His Majesty. Vance Tan, another student from a different district also learned about the royal visit and blogged about it .

Brunei Lifestyle echoes the sentiments of most Brunei citizens who feel lucky for having a monarch who is interested to know more about the aspirations and concerns of his subjects

I sincerely think that His Majesty is a far-sighted ruler with his many visions, all for the goodness and welfare of Brunei’s future.

Photo courtesy of Hanee Majidah

1 comment

  • João Doe

    It is very interesting that the Sultan is so interested in highschool students’ aspirations and all. But does the density of positive tweets to the visit have any relation to how much media is restricted there?

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