Call to adapt to changing world

Hakim Hayat

The Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) that was established 82 years ago must strive to maintain its relevance to adapt to today’s needs to help the country’s development, Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Umar said yesterday.

Although the association has achieved its hopes and dreams 82 years on, he reminded that the PGGMB’s success back then begs the question of its relevance now. “How can PGGMB shape itself to be relevant in this age? Because PGGMB today cannot justify itself on the needs and goals of the community 82 years ago,” he said during the opening ceremony of PGGMB’s 71st Delegates General Meeting for the 2020-2021 session at the PGGMB School Sungai Akar recently.

He said that if PGGMB cannot show its relevance for the community today, he fears that it will struggle and said that he hopes to see there will be guidance. “This is our challenge today, on how we can inculcate PGGMB to be of noticeable significance in today’s community, so that the community will not turn away, except for its vital role in developing our beloved nation.”

He said PGGMB should inculcate a role that reaches to the national interests and not personal interests, tracking on its leadership back then, that does not see internal interests only. “Relevance will only be visible through unity of Malay teachers in the country, that is revolved around the national interest and the community at large,” he added.

Meanwhile, PGGMB President Haji Yussof bin Haji Mohamad in his speech said that the annual meeting, serves to not only foster closer relations among its members, but also as a platform to discuss, and exchange ideas as well as get latest updates on the current position of the PGGMB.

Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Umar presents a certificate to a recipient
President of PGGMB Haji Yussof bin Haji Mohamad. PHOTOS: SYAHMI HASSAN

He hoped that the members will use the meeting to give ideas and constructive criticism to the leadership of the association, so they can jointly devise an action plan that is in tandem with the aspirations of PGGMB, as well as in boosting efforts to empower PGGMB as an NGO that is still relevant in the country.

He also noted that PGGMB School Sungai Akar was the only school to have achieved 100 per cent passes with 13 students attaining five As during last year’s Primary School Assessment (PSR); while Tunas Jaya PGGMB Lambak Branch achieved 89 per cent passes with six attaining five As and Tunas Jaya PGGMB Kuala Belait Branch achieved 85 per cent passes with five attaining five As.

The overall results were very good with 34 of their students attaining five As, he said. The students were also feted during the meeting and received certificates and prizes.

The meeting, chaired by Permanent Chairman of PGGMB Haji Jamal bin Haji Kahar saw 90 selected members from six zones in each district taking part. Each zones were represented by 15 members.