Adib Noor, James Kon & Azlan Othman
Hundreds of civil servants received state honours in recognition for their services yesterday, in conjunction with 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’s birthday celebration.
The medals of honour also sought motivating officers and staff to improve work performance and strive for excellence.
Personnel from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Ministry of Defence (MinDef), Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and Ministry of Health (MoH) received awards in ceremonies yesterday.
Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong presented medals to 529 officers and employees under MoHA in a ceremony at the Legislative Council building.
A total of 146 recipients received the Pingat Indah Kerja Baik (PIKB) and 383 received the Pingat Kerja Lama (PKL). Fourteen recipients were from the MoHA ; nine from the Brunei-Muara District Office; 14 from the Belait District Office; 14 from the Tutong District Office; six from the Temburong District Office; 50 from the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Department; 20 from the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Department; and 10 from the Tutong Municipal Department. Recipients also included seven from the Labour Department, 72 from the Immigration and National Registration Department, 247 from the Fire and Rescue Department, 62 from the Prisons Department and four from the National Disaster Management Centre.
Meanwhile, Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof presented the medals to 768 officers and staff from MinDef and RBAF in a ceremony at An-Naura Hall, Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex.
Some 419 civilian officers and staff received PIKB; 95 RBAF officers and personnel were awarded Pingat Pahlawan Periwira (PP); 31 RBAF officers and personnel were awarded the Pingat Asgar Pahlawan (AP), four RBAF officers and personnel were awarded the Pingat Panglima Lasgar (PL) and 219 civilian officers and staff from MinDef received the PKL.
Also present at the ceremony was RBAF Commander Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Muhammad Haszaimi bin Bol Hassan.
Yesterday, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar presented medals to 834 officers and staff from the MoH of which 414 were conferred with the PIKB and another 420 bestowed with the PKL at Bridex Hall in Jerudong.
Present at the various ceremonies were permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, acting deputy permanent secretaries, heads of departments, senior officials, officers and staff of the ministries.