Minister praises Scouts’ work as they grow in numbers

|     Wani Roslan     |

FOR an organisation, reaching 100 years of existence is a significant achievement.

The ability of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association (PPNBD) to stand up as a volunteer movement in its 86 years of establishment reflects the quality of the organisation’s endeavours, which unites its members and volunteers of various ages to contribute to the organisation’s cause even to this day.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin underscored this during his keynote address at the association’s ‘Towards 100 Years of Scouting in Brunei Darussalam Seminar’ yesterday.

The minister shared that according to current statistics, the number of PPNBD members has increased to over 1,300, one of the significant improvements the association has made compared to five years ago when it only had 966 members.

“I am also proud to share that the number of female scouts has also increased from 360 to 600,” he added.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin officiates the seminar. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

“The PPNBD has proven that it is able to stand alone by having its own building in the form of its headquarters to symbolise the maturity and strength of this organisation.

“Its most notable success is providing quality manpower for the needs of the country, including leaders throughout its establishment whom have clearly demonstrated their achievements and success in their respective fields. Overall, these accomplishments are endless.”

The minister pointed out that apart from this, at the international level the PPNBD has also contributed to international bodies such as the Asia-Pacific Regional Scouts Conference, ASEAN Scout Association for Regional Cooperation and, recently, to the success of the first ASEAN Rover Moot assembly in 2018.

“These achievements within and outside the country have shown that PPNBD is indeed capable and must continue to play an important role in national development,” said the minister.

“When one is appointed as a Scout, one will embrace a role that equally provides the foundation for all individuals in this country, irrespective of age or background, in developing their knowledge and forming them into noble, patriotic, educated and commendable human beings capable of contributing to society and the nation.

“This is the source of excellence and value-added quality of the PPNBD since in its 86 years of establishment.”

The minister called for the association’s members to work together and play their roles in demonstrating the association’s core values under the framework of the Malay Islamic Monarchy philosophy.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in particular, we welcome the Scout fellows to use the National Service Programme (PKBN) Training Camp to implement the activities organised by the organisation,” he added.

“With the close collaboration and constant sharing of ideas between agencies and others, I am confident that the success of this movement from the school Scouts to the level of its leaders will be achieved.

“As such, today’s seminar is well-suited and is on the right track towards achieving our desire to defend the honour of the PPNBD towards the 100 years of its establishment.”