The Pedestrianisation of Jalan Roberts in Bandar Seri Begawan

Photo Credit: PASB
Categories: Design, Technology & Construction
November 26, 2020

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The atmosphere in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan has shifted to become more lively as several building blocks along Jalan Roberts were painted in bright, lively colours and the floors decorated with murals made by several local artists. The project called ‘ The Pedestrianisation of Jalan Roberts and Adjacent Alleyways’ is one of the initiatives made by Municipal Department, Ministry of Home Affairs with the cooperation of Ministry of Development to further attract people to visit the capital. The project was launched at Jalan Roberts in the capital on 22nd November 2020.

Present at the ceremony were Yang Berhormat Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ingenieur Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development; Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The first phase of the project consisted of the repainting of 5 shops in pastel colours. The project was then extended to the BIBD Ar-Rahnu building with the “Tujuh Padian” mural on the building’s floor. The second phase was the result of the cooperation between two ministries and the ‘Guerilla Architects’ and also contributions from the private sector industry led by the Manpower Industry Steering Committee, MISC and Pertubuhan Ukur Jurutera & Arkitek Brunei, PUJA.

The project aimed to highlight the history of Brunei Darussalam and the traditional way of life through art. Also in attendance were Dato Seri Paduka Architect Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Minister of Development and Yang Berhormat Architect Siti Rozaimeiyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, Member of the Legislative Council as well as the former president of PUJA (B).