| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
A PASSING out parade for 115 male recruits of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) who have completed their 25-week Basic Military Training (BTM) was held yesterday at the Parade Square of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Training Institute at Penanjong Garrison.
The guest of honour receiving the General Salute for the passing out parade ceremony was Hajah Normah Suria Hayati binti Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Haji Awang Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.
Also attended the ceremony were Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Yussof bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Acting Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Service Commanders, Commandants, Officers of all ranks as well as parents, family members and relatives of the graduating recruits.
Hajah Normah Suria Hayati, who inspected the parade, in her congratulatory speech, acknowledged the recruits’ achievements as a starting platform to become armed force personnel who are well-trained in performing their duties and responsibilities, in ensuring the well-being of the country and maintaining the national sovereignty based on the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).
According to her, the new recruits are an example for the younger generation in boosting their interest to be part of the military.
She appreciated the RBAF for the valuable assistance it provides in safeguarding the land and sea through effective law enforcement and security operations.
“This assistance contributes to the welfare of the people, peace of the country and also helps in ensuring that biodiversity – one of country’s major assets – is well-protected,” she said.
Hajah Normah Suria Hayati also highlighted the valuable contributions made by retired armed forces personnel who are actively involved in agricultural, fisheries and industrial activities through Koperasi Setia Kawan (KOSEKA), a cooperative venture for retired armed forces, which can be considered as an excellent model.
“KOSEKA has been granted a planting area in Wasan as part of the ministry’s effort to uphold His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah on ensuring food security. The discipline and energy among the retired members of the armed forces help the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood control and regulate agriculture efficiently,” she added.
She also expressed her gratitude to the RBAF for its cooperation in preparations for livestock disease control. On this note, she added, the initiative called “Operation Serama” was launched several times in collaboration with the RBAF.
Moreover, the RBAF has also helped the ministry in addressing flooding in rural areas, she said.
Hajah Normah Suria Hayati also presented awards to the best instructors and recruits.
The recipients of the awards were: 14656 Sergeant (U) Hj Sahepol bin Hj Yahya, Best Platoon Sergeant; 15222 Corporal Hazman bin Hj Johari, Best Male Instructor; 50797 Recruit Mohd Sarifuddin bin Abdul Rahim, Best Overall Recruit; 50823 Recruit Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong, Best in M16A2 Rifle; 50744 Recruit Mohd Hanif Badaruzzaman bin Zulkifli, Best in Heavy Barrel Automatic Rifle; 50819 Recruit Mohd Fathullah bin Hj Ahmad, Best in Physical Training and 50749 Recruit Mohd Zulaimi bin Hamdan, Best Academic Knowledge.
The ceremony ended with the recitation of Doa Selamat.