Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Penegak Warisan Bangsa Melayu
(Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Upholder of Malay National Legacy). Author: Dr Muhammad Hadi Muhammad Melayong. Publisher: Brunei History Centre, 2007. Pages: 146. Medium: Malay
THE book is a biography of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. His Majesty was born at Istana Darussalam in Brunei Town (now Bandar Seri Begawan), on July 15, 1946. It was the year when his uncle, Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin, who ruled as the 27th Sultan of Brunei, was struggling to sow the seeds of nationalism after a three-year Japanese military occupation and under the Allied Forces’s administration, and uniting Bruneian people to gain their independence.
The struggle of the Brunei independence was reached through processes under the leaderships of the three sultans. Firstly, Sultan Tajuddin who pioneered the movement of Brunei’s nationalism in the 1940s. Secondly, Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, His Majesty’s father, who designed and negotiated for the manifestation of an independent state based upon the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB, 1950-1967) concept. Thirdly, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah who prepared and gained the full independence of Brunei (1967-1984).
The pre-independence era had served as a platform to prepare to discipline and train His Majesty into becoming the “Visionary and Caring Sultan”. Under his leadership, His Majesty tries to continue his uncle and father’s struggles to rule and to develop the country.
By declaring the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) as the state philosophy in his proclamation of independence on January 1, 1984, His Majesty successfully rules his administration by uniting the people and revitalising the Sultanate as a peaceful, prosperous and respectful country as his commitment.
The book previously was a manuscript slated for the “Publication Project of the Committee for the Royal Sovereignty Exhibition” in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of His Majesty’s birthday in 2006. — Darul Aqsha