Brief Report on the Celebration of the 38th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fifth King of Bhutan in Perth, Western Australia.
ASSOCIATION OF BHUTANESE IN PERTH INCORPORATED (ABPI)
Perth, Western Australia
The Association of Bhutanese in Perth (ABPI) celebrated the 38th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fifth King of Bhutan in Perth, Western Australia.
We received this milestone gesture to celebrate the birth anniversary of our His Majesty through a jubilant entertainment performed by actors and singers from Bhutan (Ms. Lhamo Drukpa, Mr. Gyem Tshering, Mr. Namgay Tenzin, Mr. Sonam Tenzin and Ms. Sherab Lhamo). Dasho Colonel Kuenzang Rinzin, Minister, Royal Bhutanese Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand led the delegation along with Mr. Rinchen Dorji, Director, DoIM, MoIC and conveyed the message of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. The event had gathered highest Bhutanese audience in Perth, until then. This is a milestone for Bhutanese in Perth.
It was also a fortunate time for the ABPI to have met with key officials of Western Australia led by Dasho. Multicultural relations, bilateral talks, and welfare to the ABPI was disclosed from their end and earnestly welcomed for support. This event has not only cemented Bhutanese community in Perth but also ensured that the relations of ABPI with Western Australia grow dynamic and strategic with time.
Blessings to Bhutan continue through our leadership of the wise, the opportunity and the moments we as Bhutanese enjoy with our community, our country, and our beloved King. Today as we speak, we are fondly known by our nation’s name Bhutan. We receive a sense of security, love, and happiness through this six-letter word – Bhutan. Now, as we continue, the least we can assure is to uphold the values on which Bhutan is built on, the confidence of Gross National Happiness and most of all, remaining Bhutanese for all times to come.
We strongly believe that a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. We take this moment today to thank our leaders for their selfless sacrifice to keep Bhutan, independent, sovereign and a vision for Gross National Happiness. The Bhutanese in Perth with the ABPI once again acknowledges this gesture and will always remember in our hearts.
Thank you, Your Majesty, for your selfless leadership. We wish you a joyous birthday and pray for your happiness.
Pelden Drukpa Gyalo.
Timeline of events during the 38th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fifth King of Bhutan in Perth, Western Australia.
A. 19th February 2018
B. 20th February 2018
Meeting with Ms. Andrea Gleason, State Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Western Australia (WA). Discussed key issues on:
• It was informed that for the first time, the celebration of the birth anniversary of His Majesty the King of Bhutan was notably organized in such manner. DFAT extended their full support for the success of the event and wished His Majesty a very happy birthday.
• The celebration of 15 Years of Bhutan-Australia Diplomatic Relations. In commemoration of this milestone, the officials were pleased to note the waiver of tariff for Australians visiting Bhutan and the tourism impact for the same.
• In view of the growing number of Bhutanese in Perth, the possibility of a Consulate Office of Bhutan in Australia was discussed. The meeting was glad to know that the Bhutanese chose Western Australia as their preferred destination and ensured to provide support in relation to migration and border issues.
With the highest Bhutanese present during the event (more than 600), Bhutanese in Perth celebrated the event. Mixed cultural items from the Bhutanese community in Perth along with the performance of the Bhutan Film Association were duly performed and celebrated by international guests and all Bhutanese present during the occasion.
D. 22nd February 2018
Dasho Colonel Kuenzang Rinzin accompanied by the President, ABPI met Ms. Kim Ellwood, Executive Director, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Office of Multicultural Interests and Mr. Said S Padshah, Senior Policy Adviser, Minister for Tourism, Racing and Gaming, Small Business, Defense issues, Citizenship and Multi-cultural interests.
Discussed key issues on:
• Welfare support for the Bhutanese in Perth in terms of promotion of culture through country-specific language development, skills, and community development.
• 15 Years of Bhutan-Australia Diplomatic Relations. In commemoration of this celebration, the officials were pleased to note the waiver of tariff for Australians visiting Bhutan and the tourism impact for the same.
• In view of the growing number of Bhutanese in Perth, the possibility of a Consulate Office of Bhutan in Australia was discussed. The meeting was glad to know that the Bhutanese chose Western Australia as their destination and ensured the possible support to have a good time while their stay in Perth.
• Possible funding through Projects of the Office of Multi-cultural interests, Western Australia to support the activities of ABPI.
Followed through, Dasho and the President met Mr. Robertson Craig, Senior Constable, Coronial Investigation Squad, and Mr. Gary Scrimshaw, Sergeant, Coronial Investigation Unit. Dasho, on behalf of His Majesty the King and the Royal Government of Bhutan extended gratitude to the Western Australia Police in helping to solve the unfortunate demise of a Bhutanese student in Perth. The same was also discussed through the meeting with Federal Agent Mike Nicholas, Protection Liaison, Protection, Australian Federal Police (AFP).
E. 23rd February 2018
Dasho Colonel Kuenzang Rinzin along with the delegates from Bhutan bid farewell to Perth.