| Hakim Hayat |
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 highlighted the vital role of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in ensuring that the country remains vigilant amid the prevalence of increasingly rapid, dynamic and complex global security threats.
Delivering a titah on the occasion of the Grand Parade to mark the 58th anniversary of the RBAF at the Bolkiah Garrison yesterday, His Majesty noted that as a country constantly blessed with peace and security, complacency is not an option with threats such as radicalism, maritime and cybersecurity, and also trafficking posing serious challenges on the current global security landscape.
“Our level of vigilance must be stepped up from time to time. Its consistency is imperative. And without any doubt, the RBAF holds the key to this role,” added His Majesty.
The monarch also touched on defence diplomacy efforts by the RBAF which has allowed them to shine through international engagements, such as their involvement in the International Monitoring Team (IMT) and Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) in Mindanao, the Philippines, and also the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
“This gives a good image, not just to the RBAF, but also to the country. Their involvement is a significant contribution and testament to the country’s commitment in regional and global security, and this must be maintained,” said His Majesty.
Despite these achievements, His Majesty reminded that a holistic defence strategy is still required to manage all types of contemporary threats.
“In updating the Defence White Paper, I recommend a Whole-of-Government approach for the development of the RBAF, so that it can be planned in a holistic manner to bridge capability gaps according to priorities,” noted His Majesty, adding that such planning is envisioned to create an all-inclusive security for the nation without compromise.
His Majesty also expressed hope that the updating of the Defence Science and Technology Policy Framework would help to generate innovation among existing RBAF personnel.
In the titah, His Majesty also stressed that physical strength is not the only measure for success, as real strength is derived from ethics such as loyalty, sincerity, trustworthy and courage.
“With these qualities, instances of breaches will not happen especially in the area of security. Everyone must know that any security breaches threatens the capabilities of RBAF. This is why it is important to possess such ethics,” said His Majesty.