His Majesty urges more PKBN community services

Lyna Mohamad

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 hopes to see the board and working committee members of the National Service Programme (PKBN) continue to ensure its alumni are actively involved in community services.

The monarch expressed this in a titah at the passing out parade ceremony of the 9th Intake of PKBN yesterday, adding that the objective of the training is not limited to shaping the youth but also building character that is eager to work with communities.

His Majesty also cautioned against fluctuating efforts as community work should have continuity to see positive transformations.

His Majesty noted that to date, over 65 per cent of PKBN graduates have successfully gained employment or continued their studies. While it is proof that the programme is able to shape youth into models of the society, “efforts still need to be made to ensure that these PKBN graduates showcase their abilities upon completion of the course, such as carrying out their duties and gaining success in their field of studies”.

His Majesty expressed hope that the PKBN is capable of building a group of progressive youth that contribute towards the country’s socio-economic growth and boost national fortitude.

Since its establishment 10 years ago, the PKBN has shown its ability to build youth that are progressive and resilient, capable of aiding in the country’s socio-economic growth and development and strengthening national defence.

His Majesty concluded by congratulating the 393 graduates of the three-month PKBN training and acknowledging the strong cooperation from various parties in supporting and boosting the spirit of the youth.

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 presents Best Overall Male Trainee Award to PKBN graduate 12554 Mohammad Wafiy Mustaqim bin Bahrin of Platoon 2. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI