The Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF) Commander’s takeover ceremony was held at the parade square, First Battalion (1Bn RBLF), Berakas Garrison yesterday.
The newly appointed Commander of the RBLF Colonel Saifulrizal bin Abdul Latif attended the ceremony.
Deputy Commander of the RBLF, military directors, senior officers of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Land Force Sergeant Major and RBLF personnel were also present.
Upon arrival, Colonel Saifulrizal received the honorary salute and inspected the guard of honour comprising RBLF personnel commanded by Deputy Commanding Officer of 1Bn RBLF Major Erawan bin Haji Abu Bakar.
The ceremony saw the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Staff Officer Grade One Religious Operations of the RBAF Religious Directorate Major Abdul Mujib bin Japar.
Colonel Saifulrizal delivered his inaugural speech as the 13th Commander of the RBLF where he emphasised factors that need to be taken into account by all levels in the RBLF.
Firstly, for RBLF personnel to have an unwavering pledge of allegiance for 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. This includes exercising trust in keeping the peace and defending sovereignty with a sincere and right spirit.
He conveyed his desire for the RBLF to achieve a sustainable leadership at all levels in being authoritative and well-rounded by maintaining the quality of work, professionalism and discipline.
Secondly, the importance of prioritising RBLF’s preparedness level to uphold the sovereignty and security of the country where RBLF is an important asset in contributing towards effectiveness in its execution of tasks and missions.
The RBLF Commander called upon those entrusted to align to the Force’s Strategic Planning 2035 and Force Structure Review for RBLF in carving the direction of the RBLF in the short- and long-term. With this, emphasis is placed on the readiness of RBLF assets at an optimal level to perform any mission and operation at any time while supporting the whole-of-nation approach.
Thirdly, the RBLF should always be prepared to carry out its operations in total dedication and trust to achieve this effectiveness. Thus, the level of spiritual strength also needs to be strengthened by drawing close to Allah the Almighty, to reap the blessings as well as empower responsibilities entrusted to the RBLF.
Major Abdul Mujib recited Doa Selamat, Doa Ambil Alih Tugas and Doa Peliharakan Sultan dan Negara Brunei Darussalam.