SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH: PENEGAK WARISAN
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).