| Abdul Rahim Hj Ismail |
THE Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (PBSM), with emphasis on its Brunei-Muara Secretariat, has been reminded that apart from being an emergency aid organisation, its members should also focus on humanitarian services.
During the association’s Fourth General Meeting that was held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas yesterday, the former Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society President, Datin Hajah Siti Hajar binti Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Awg Mohammad Yusof, stressed that disaster management and community services, as part of their responsibilities, should also be made a priority.
The secretariat, she added, should also concentrate on the association’s strategic planning towards the development of model individuals, capacity development as well as competency especially when facing emergencies.
As part of yesterday’s ceremony, a total of eight senior association members received their respective accreditations whom, she reminded, should avoid abusing their status especially towards their younger peers.
“Distance yourself from misusing the phrase ‘I am your boss’ or ‘the boss is always right’ but rather, respect one another with an open mind,” she encouraged.
She explained that members who are still under the guidance of their seniors should be considered as partners in an association that has been categorised as ‘volunteers’ and as such, they should also keep in mind that activities conducted by the association should be handled with tolerance and understanding between leaders and members all of whom share the responsibility as a team.
With cooperation at the forefront for a successful organisation, she added that leaders should also be able to provide leadership at the ready as per the philosophy that a successful leader is one that is respected by its followers as opposed to a leader that instils fear. “Leadership through teaching and constructive criticism alongside exchanging of views among leaders and members are far more effective as leaders are mentors and teachers that should be respected and are approachable during times of need.”
The meeting, meanwhile, was described as being an important event filled with high hopes that leaders will carry out their responsibilities with commitment, dedication and honesty as per the teachings of Islam.