| Azlan Othman |
MINISTER of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awg Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, said the success of the National Service Programme (PKBN) trainees comes from the belief everyone has in the system and the support from strategic partners of PKBN. The group that exerts greater influence on PKBN’s success is the parents of the trainees.
“I wish to congratulate the parents of the trainees who have showed their full confidence in the programme and full belief in their children to participate in the programme. We understand that it is not easy for parents to let their children engage in this programme.”
The minister said this at the passing out parade of the third intake of the National Service Programme yesterday.
“With the awareness and confidence shown by the parents, the trainees can overcome obstacles and march with confidence in line with the motto of PKBN, ‘Prepare, Serve and Meritoriously Devote’.
“We hope that more parents will have such confidence in this programme and encourage their children to participate in it, which is highly beneficial. The awareness should reach more parents so that the nation’s plan in establishing this programme will run smoothly and meet the target.
“The provision of facilities to improve and strengthen this progamme incurs a high expenditure,” the minister added.
Also present were Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awg Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah; Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, and other senior government officials.
Some 77 trainees including 18 women have completed their programme after undergoing 12 weeks of training from August 24 to November 24, 2014.
Earlier, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Hamid bin Haji Mohd Jaafar, said in the third intake, four additional value-added programmes and modules including Health and Work Safety, Syariah Penal Code Order 2013, Work Culture and Social Media were included.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awg Abu Bakar later inspected a guard of honour and presented prizes to six trainees who excelled in the programme.
Mohd Hafidz Putra bin Manjanai was selected as the best overall trainee among men while the best overall trainee for women was Siti Mashaffifah binti Harun. The best drill trophy among men went to Abdul Alif bin Jamaluddin while for women, it went to Sharifah binti Sufian.
In physical exercise, the best trainee in the men’s category was Nazri bin Jalani and Aida Batrisyia @ Aini Syamimi binti Asri in the women’s category.
The Minister of Education also viewed a mini exhibition showcasing visits by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and foreign dignitaries to the PKBN training camp, administration and management’s role, workforce and number of trainees in the third intake, PKBN alumni, list of activities followed and future plans of trainees, as well as the development of the new PKBN building in Batu Apoi, Temburong.
The minister also handed over certificates marking the completion of the course and mingled with the trainees and their parents.
The PKBN aspires to shape responsible, disciplined, dynamic and united youth and contribute to the socio-economy of the nation. It also aims to strengthen the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) concept. It is in line with the nation’s youth policy to ‘Establish Excellent Youth’ with Bruneian identity.