Treat autistic with respect, says HRH
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HRH Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim (R) with Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Hjh Adina Othman during the Smarter Gala Night yesterday. Picture: BT/Zamri Zainal
Sunday, May 1, 2011
"TREAT them with respect, as you would to any of your family members, and as you would to any other person."
These were the words of His Royal Highness Prince Hj 'Abdul 'Azim to Bruneians about individuals with autism last night, during his attendance at Smarter Brunei's musical charity gala night.
In an exclusive interview with The Brunei Times during the charity show held at the Empire Hotel and Country Club's Indera Samudra Hall, HRH said he thought the charity show was "wonderful."
"I think the children are excited about what they are doing and I feel this is the right way for people to view them, as people who are capable and it is a wonderful show," HRH said.
The prince added attending the charity show was "important" for him, as it was a way to show support for individuals with autism.
"I think it is important for me to be here and show my support. I think you have to look after what is at home before you do anything else. You have to do what you can with what you have," HRH said.
"So being here for these kids is important for me right now," HRH added.
During the show, it was evident HRH was enjoying the performance, and continuously applauded whenever different acts were introduced.
HRH was also seen to be clapping along with the rest of the Grand Hall, beaming, when the performers sang songs for Oddy's Quest as part of their show.
The charity performance by 31 individuals with autism was the first of its kind undertaken by Smarter.
The Brunei Times
Courtesy of Rachel Thien, The Brunei Times