Some 393 trainees of the 9th National Service Programme (PKBN) Intake participated in the passing out parade ceremony at the PKBN Training Camp in Batu Apoi, Temburong District yesterday.
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 graced the event and consented to present awards to Best Male and Female Trainees in three categories.
His Majesty was greeted on arrival by 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, Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohammad Irwan bin Haji Hambali and Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud.
Also greeting His Majesty were Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and Director of the National Service Programme Colonel (R) Pengiran Haji Zulkifli bin Pengiran Haji Ismail.
The ceremony began with the singing of national anthem followed by His Majesty inspecting the parade of 237 male and 156 female trainees.
His Majesty witnessed the passing out parade and then delivered a titah.
His Majesty presented awards to the six trainees – Best in Drill 12417 Amirul Afizan bin Moksin of Platoon 2 and 12269 Nur Munawwarah binti Haji Ismail of Platoon 7; Best in Physical Training 12305 Kasyful Asymawi bin Haji Khairul Ariffin of Platoon 6 and 12324 Nur Hernna Syafiqah binti Abdullah Hirman of Platoon 5.
Overall Best Male and Female Trainees were awarded to 12554 Mohammad Wafiy Mustaqim bin Bahrin and 12345 Nurul Maziah binti Abdullah Kamarul Sarip both from Platoon 2.
Before leaving the drill ground, three chants of Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik were shouted to show the trainees’ loyalty to the monarch, their willingness to contribute to the country’s socio-economic development and strengthen national fortitude. Religious Officer at PKBN Haji Mohd Khairul Azmi bin Haji Munir recited the Doa Selamat.
His Majesty then headed to Block 1 lobby for a tour of an exhibition by PKBN Alumni Association Committee and Young Farmers Programme of the Youth Development Centre.
His Majesty interacted with the best trainees and joined a group photo session before going to the multipurpose hall lobby to sign a commemorative parchment and received a pesambah.
Before leaving, His Majesty consented to a group photo with the trainees and received a Junjung Ziarah by the trainees and family members.
The ninth intake began their training on December 9, 2019 and they were trained by 150 people made up of supervisors, instructors, medical staff and operators from various organisations to shape youth who are disciplined and prepared to face changes. It is also the largest batch in PKBN history. PKBN has produced 2,930 alumni since its formation.