| Azaraimy HH |
WITH the ever increasing number of participants in the National Service Programme (PKBN), more training staff and supervisors are needed from uniformed government agencies.
Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Hamid bin Jaafar, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the guest of honour, said this as 315 youth, the largest intake ever, took oath during the launch of the fourth intake at the Indoor Stadium, Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex yesterday.
From its inception, PKBN has trained 821 youth, and with the fourth intake, the total number of participants has swelled to 1,135.
Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Hamid was confident that the strategic cooperation between the National Service Programme Division, government agencies and non-government agencies would be augmented.
He also believed that with the strong commitment that has existed since the PKBN started, the programme will go much farther in strengthening its image and position as a premier national programme that must be prioritised in the strategic planning of all ministries.
The National Service Programme alumni can show the capabilities of the country’s young generation in managing itself as it holds various activities at the district or national level.
The increase in the number of participants also means that the PKBN management appreciates and needs the service of former PKBN trainees as volunteers in assisting trainers and instructors at the training camp.
During the previous intake, the PKBN training camp received a number of official visits from state dignitaries from inside and outside the country. This increased the awareness and interest of this National Service Programme in our country and region.
Other than that, the effectiveness of PKBN is improving by the day and this could be seen when several local academic institutions recently held a discussion to identify any oppor-tunities to include personal development modules of PKBN into their curriculum, besides the probability of placing their students (at PKBN) to follow the modules.
Speaking on the module, the Permanent Secretary said the National Service Programme Division for the first time will include a briefing on the introduction of Islamic medicine from Darusysyifa’ Warrafahah.
“It is hoped that with this briefing (introduction to Islamic medicine), more PKBN youth will deepen their knowledge on Islamic medicine, which is a heritage from the Prophet and his companions,” Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Hamid said.
Other than that, the Permanent Secretary reiterated the sabda of HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik on the need to include the training content prescribed by the consultant with the inculcation of Critical Thinking and Public Speaking.
He said the new modules introduced during the third intake such as the Syariah Penal Code, Occupational Health and Safety, Work Culture and Social Media will continue in the fourth.
Addressing the parents, he assured them of the experience that their children will acquire.
“I believe that when they finish their three-month training camp, they will feel a certain satisfaction and pride as they successfully complete their training camp, which will also mark a time of triumph for the trainees and also the officers, instructors and trainers,” he said.
He said, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports hoped the quality values they acquire during the training camp would be practised in the participants’ daily life. The PKBN trainees were also urged to follow the training and always uphold Bruneian values.