The youth are valuable assets of a country as they are the pillar and future leaders.
This was said by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad at the closing ceremony of Cohort 1 Identity Programme (PJD) held at National Service Programme (PKBN) Camp in Batu Apoi, Temburong District yesterday.
The minister said, “I believe the challenges faced by students in the future will be greater than before. Thus I call on the youth to prepare themselves by being more cautious, sensible and proactive.”
He added, “I have been informed that the identity programme for Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) students was held for the first time with the aim of building the foundation to help them achieve success in life.”
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi also said with the completion of the programme, the students are now physically, mentally and emotionally ready to enter the workforce. “I am confident the programme produces a high-quality workforce and individuals with resilience, integrity, skills, knowledge, creativity and innovative ideas,” said the minister.
The programme was a collaborative effort between IBTE, Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC) Secretariat and National Service Division (BKBN), for 217 trainees.
The event saw a speech from Head of MPEC Secretariat Dr Hajah Siti Haziah binti Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin in her capacity as the chairperson of the ceremony.
She expressed hope that the students have been equipped with traits and values required by industries such as discipline, integrity, sense of responsibility and resilience.
A video presentation of the trainees’ journey was shown followed by the awarding of prizes to top students by the minister.
1034 Trainee Daniyal bin Mohd Zinin and 1217 Trainee Nurhidayah binti A Zaini topped the overall category while 1023 Trainee Mohammad Hilmi bin Dahnan and 1188 Trainee Nurul Intan Nazeerah binti Haji Mohamad Azman came out on top in the marching category.
Awards for the physical category were given to 126 Trainee Mohd Shazreemin bin Manan and 1186 Trainee Low Len Le.
Permanent Secretary (Youth) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Haji Zakaria bin Haji Serudin, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Chin Wei Keh and Temburong District Officer Pengiran Mohd Ameer Mubaarak bin Pengiran Haji Hashim were present.