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 has consented to confer the State Decoration of ‘The Most Exalted Order of Paduka Keberanian Laila Terbilang’, First Class (DPKT) which brings the title ‘Dato Paduka Seri’ to Chief of Defence Force of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) General Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Haji Zulkifli bin Haji Zainal Abidin at the Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.
Following the Investiture Ceremony, His Majesty received in audience the Chief of Defence Force of the MAF.
Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof and Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud were also present.
The State Decoration was awarded to the Chief of Defence Force of the MAF in recognition of his deeds and service in enhancing military relations between the (RBAF) and MAF.
Under his leadership, bilateral interactions and cooperation between RBAF and MAF have steadily grown and developed. Both armed forces engage frequently in a wide range of activities which include professional interactions, courses, and bilateral exercises. These extensive exchanges have enhanced the camaraderie and friendship between the personnel of both armed forces.
In a separate event, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam also consented to receive in audience the spouse of the Chief of Defence Force of the MAF Puan Sri Datin Seri Hajah Rusnah binti Haji A Rahman. She was accompanied by the spouse of the Commander of the RBAF Datin Hajah Rasidah binti Haji Brahim.