Guest of honour, Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah (2R) and Mr Thura Thet Oo Maung (2L) cutting the anniversary cake with their spouses.

Traditional dance performance from Myanmar. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Ambassador of Myanmar (2R) and spouse (3L) welcoming Awg Abd Mutalib (R), Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications.

Myanmar and Brunei Darussalam have developed a long and strong relationship in various areas such as politics, economics and social sectors, which include health, education and cultural fields.

This was highlighted by Mr Thura Thet Oo Maung, the Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Brunei Darussalam yesterday during the 64th anniversary celebration of the Independence Day of Myanmar at the Grand Hall of The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

The Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar also said, “Myanmar and Brunei Darussalam enjoy a close relationship because of the shared cultural heritage and similar historical background.”

He added, “This friendship has blossomed into genuine cooperation and partnership. Myanmar seeks to maintain and develop a strong relationship and cooperation for the good of the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1993.”

He also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for setting up the humanitarian fund for the victims of Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

Mr Thura Thet Oo Maung then touched on Myanmar’s recent transformation. He said, “Myanmar has transformed towards a democratic nation in a smooth and peaceful manner. We have embarked on a series of reform process in various sectors to bring about democratisation, economic development and improved the livelihood of the people.”

Earlier in his speech, Mr Thura Thet Oo Maung also recalled the inaugural speech of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar where he outlined the policies and objectives of the new government in building a modern and democratic nation.

The guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Communications.

The highlight of the event was the cutting of cake to commemorate the 64th Anniversary of the Independence Day of Myanmar.

During the reception, there was also traditional Myanmar dances and music to entertain the invited guests.

Borneo Bulettin – James Kon