| Azaraimy HH |
SECURITY agencies in Brunei Darussalam must establish a good working relationship with grassroots leaders in Mukims and villages, especially in remote areas, so as to safeguard the security and prosperity of the nation.
Speaking at the passing out parade of the 152nd male recruit intake at the Parade Square of the Training Institute Royal Brunei Armed Forces (TI RBAF) in Penanjong Garrison yesterday, Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, underscored the importance of penghulus, heads of longhouses and members of the consultative council of various Mukims and villages in providing information to the nation’s security agencies and monitoring any suspicious activity in their respective mukims or villages, especially those in remote areas.
While efforts to safeguard the peace and security in Mukims and villages have been strengthened with the establishment of security bureaus within village consultative councils and neighbourhood watch committees under the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy said all parties should always be prepared and united in working together to ensure that any matters that could tarnish the nation’s peace and security are effectively identified, monitored and overcome.
Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy expressed his appreciation to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) for enhancing the level of effectiveness of working together through various training programmes with both government and private agencies.
Besides carrying out its main duty, the RBAF is also actively involved with the welfare of the society, he said, noting that RBAF has, among others, assisted district offices in the country during natural disasters like floods either by contributing personnel or providing logistical support.