| Lyna Mohamad |
PERSATUAN Guru-Guru Melayu Brunei (PGGMB) yesterday held its ‘Majlis Jejak Kasih Warga Emas PGGMB’ at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, seeing Acting Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yusoff bin Hj Ismail as the guest of honour.
The ceremony opened with the singing of the national anthem and was followed by the recitation of the Surah Al-Fatihah and verses from the holy Al-Quran, and welcoming remarks delivered by PGGMB President Hj Antin Ahad.
In a separate speech, the acting minister noted that PGGMB is the oldest non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the country and has played a significant role in several key events in the country’s history.
It is undeniable that since its establishment, PGGMB leaders have played a crucial role in enlivening the vision and mission of the educational system at the national, regional and international levels, particularly those related to human resource development in the country, the acting minister pointed out.
At the same time, its leaders and management team have worked hard towards notching development, particularly in the fields of economy and business. They have proven that Malays too can succeed in these fields if given the right opportunity and encouragement.
The development and strong economy brought by the earlier generation of PGGMB leaders and members are further proven with the ownership of several housing and apartments as well as five schools, private housing and shophouses in various locations, he added.
Following the speech, the acting minister presented tokens of appreciation to former PGGMB Supreme Council members who had served as president, deputy president, secretary general, chairman and secretary of finance. Their roles, coupled with assistance from administrative committee members, ensured the smooth-running of the overall administration and management of PGGMB.
Supreme council members and administrative committee members were tasked with administrating PGGMB and implementing various activities and project in the fields of education, finance, buildings and estates, capitals and investments, welfare, sports, social and culture, religious activities, information and PGGMB’s Women Association.
The day also saw the acting minister awarding certificates to the children of PGGMB members who had excelled in their PSR, GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels as well as STPU examinations.
The event continued with performances staged by students of PGGMB Tunas Jaya School and PGGMB choir, among others, before concluding with a Doa Selamat.
Organised for the first time, the ceremony was held to mark 100 years of formal education and Teacher’s Day 2014 celebrations.
The event gathered over 1,000 senior citizens comprising PGGMB members above 60 who are still active in the association. Of that figure, 30 are former PGGMB supreme council members (session 1937 – 2013) who served at the association in the 30s, 40s and 50s.
Other members celebrated included education officers who contributed towards the development of the association.
The ceremony, which aimed primarily to celebrate its senior-citizen members, hoped to further strengthen ties among members and at the same time enlighten all parties on the current development in terms of new policies and economic projects implemented.
Established in 1937 and registered in 1939, PGGMB serves as a teachers association that prioritises the welfare of Malay teachers.