BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V and several Malay rulers attended the royal banquet held in conjunction with Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s Golden Jubilee celebration at the Nurul Iman Palace here last night.
Sultan Muhammad V arrived at the palace at 8pm.
Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
The Golden Jubilee celebration, which began officially last Tuesday, marks the 50th anniversary of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s accession to the throne on Oct 5, 1967.
On Thursday, the Sultan and Permaisuri Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha travelled in a golden royal chariot through the streets and waved to tens of thousands of his subjects as part of the celebration.
Among the Malay rulers who attended the royal banquet were Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor, Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Pahang Regent Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin.
Also present were Penang Governor Tun Abdul Rahman Abas, Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, and Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Other country leaders who were also invited to the royal banquet were Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore president Lee Hsien Loong and Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Cha-O-Cha.
The event ended at around 10.30 pm.-- BERNAMA