State medal recipients convey gratitude to His Majesty

Lyna Mohamad

Haji Alihan bin Haji Ahmad, who rendered his services to the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) for the past 30 years, is currently undergoing a transition course, as required of personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) prior to retirement.

He is one of the recipients of the Most Honourable Order of Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei, Third Class (SMB). He has undergone various courses and special tasks throughout his services in the RBN.

Thanking the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for the opportunities made available to him through the RBAF, he said, “This medal bestowed to me is a most rewarding and memorable event in marking the 30 years I spent with the navy.”

The Assistant Technical Facilities Coordinator Officer also rendered a Junjung Kasih to His Majesty, while expressing, “Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik.” (Long live His Majesty)

Senior History Officer at the Brunei History Centre Hanafi bin Haji Salleh who is also a SMB recipient, said that his past 30 years with the centre has been a memorable journey.

ABOVE & BELOW: Haji Alihan bin Haji Ahmad, Hanafi bin Haji Salleh, Basza Suriyati binti Haji Basri and Afsah binti Kurus during an interview with the media. PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI

Junjung Kasih to His Majesty for bestowing this medal. It has motivated me to contribute more to our government and nation. This is definitely an honour, to be rewarded with a medal just before my services end in a year’s time,” said Hanafi.

The recipient of the Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei, Fourth Class (PSB), Basza Suriyati binti Haji Basri, also extended a Junjung Kasih to His Majesty, while taking pride in receiving another State Honorary Medal.

Basza Suriyati has also been conferred with the Meritorious Service Medal (PJK), the Excellent Service Medal (PIKB) and the Long Service Medal (PKL).

Beginning her civil services at the Land Department in 1990, she expressed her gratitude at the conferment of another medal to mark her 29 years of service with the government next month.

Another PSB medal recipient, Afsah binti Kurus, was also conferred with the PIKB and PKL in 2008 and 2016, respectively.

“As a civil servant, one needs to be highly committed and dedicated in carrying out the responsibilities entrusted to us. We must also be bold in taking risks and possess a positive mindset,” she said.

Junjung Kasih to His Majesty for conferring me with this medal, which I feel honoured to accept. This has lifted my spirits, and I pledge to work better in contributing more effectively and efficiently towards nation-building for the remainder of my employment services.”