IBTE instructor receives prestigious Thai award

James Kon

Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul yesterday made an official visit to the School of Hospitality and Tourism at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) to congratulate assistant senior technical instructor Pengiran Haji Mohd Wahab bin Pengiran Haji Abdullah, one of the 11 recipients of the 4th Princess Maha Chakri Award (PMCA) this year.

The Thai ambassador, in her speech, said, “I would like to officially congratulate Pengiran Haji Mohd Wahab for being selected as one of the recipients of the prestigious award, announced by PMCA Foundation Chairman Dr Krissanapong Kiratikara on May 5.

“The PMCA was established in 2015 to commemorate Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday anniversary by recognising the achievement of outstanding educators from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and Timor-Leste. “

He said, “Hence, the award recognises Pengiran Haji Mohd Wahab’s contribution and commitment in preparing his students for a career in the hospitality and tourism sector, and in the development of the education system in Brunei Darussalam.

“I would also like to extend our appreciation to the Ministry of Education (MoE) for the support in nominating deserving teachers in Brunei Darussalam. Pengiran Haji Mohd Wahab now joins three other teachers in Brunei who have received this award.

Pengiran Haji Mohd Wahab bin Pengiran Haji Abdullah demonstrates the proper way of setting a table while Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul looks on. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“Normally recipients will have the opportunity to have an audience with Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn and receive the award personally. However due to the restrictions imposed on us by the pandemic, the award ceremony will be conducted virtually on October 29,” said the Thai Ambassador.

She added, ”With over 20 years of experience in the field of education, I am sure Pengiran Haji Mohd Wahab has helped many students along the way whether in achieving their career or having a positive impact in their personal lives.”

The ambassador said she looks forward to building a close cooperation and friendship with the new PMCA recipients like with previous awardees Ratnawati, Lim, and Noorliah. She welcomes them to approach the Thai embassy for discussions or support for any projects.

Meanwhile, Pengiran Haji Mohd Wahab expressed gratitude to Allah the Almighty and for the support from colleagues, friends, and family in receiving the award. He hoped that his achievement will inspire other teachers to achieve the award. He also dedicated the award to all his students, adding that the recognition has inspired him to do better and find ways to motivate his students.

First Secretary at the Thai Embassy Ekkasit Sittisa, Acting Director General of Education Dr Hazri bin Haji Kifle, Senior Education Officer Zarina binti Haji Kadir, Educational Officer Ajila ‘Izzati binti Haji Suhaimi, Senior Education Officer Hajah Rosmah binti Haji Kadir, Senior Education Officer Hajah Sarimah binti Haji Bakir, IBTE Deputy CEO (Academic) Hajah Mariah binti Haji Abdul Manaf, and IBTE Acting Deputy CEO (Corporate) Munirah’ Atirah binti Dato Paduka Haji Othman also attended.