New members of Privy Council

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FIVE new members have been appointed to the Privy Council, by command of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul 'Azim, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen have been appointed as members of the Privy Council, His Majesty's Office announced yesterday.

Former Education Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abdul Aziz Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Seri Paduka Hj Umar and ex-Religious Affairs Minister Pehin Jawatan Luar Pekerma Raja Dato Seri Utama Dr Ustaz Hj Md Zain Hj Serudin were also named members to the council, in their personal capacity.

The appointments take effect today.

According to the 1959 Brunei Constitution, Clause (1) of Article 6, the Privy Council shall advise the Sultan in relation to the exercise of authority of mercy and in relation to the amendment or revocation of any of the provisions of the constitution.

The council may also, subject to the provisions of any written law, advise the Sultan on the appointment of persons to Malay customary ranks, title, honours, dignitaries and the designations of such appointments.

Its roles include performing other functions such as the Succession and Regency Proclamation, as may be conferred on it by any written law or, subject to the constitution and any such law, by the Sultan.

In a related development, by command of His Majesty, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) yesterday announced the promotion of three senior government officers.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (International, Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister's Office Hj Mahrub Hj Murni has been appointed as permanent secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE).

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the MoE Dr Hj Junaidi Hj Abdul Rahman has been appointed as permanent secretary (Higher Education) at the same ministry. Acting Director of Planning, Development and Research at the MoE Ak Abdullah Pg Hj Tengah will assume the post of deputy permanent secretary (Higher Education) at the ministry.

The appointments take effect today.

The Brunei Times