Parents witness benefits of PKBN

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PARENTS of youths under the National Service Programme (PKBN) witnessed the fruits of labour of their children’s three-month training programe during the PKBN Open Day in Berakas yesterday.

In front of the Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar, their coaches, parents and families, the PKBN traines showcased their acrobatic prowess and synchronisation in a series of exercises.

Unfazed on the sunny Sunday, the PKBN trainees completed their exercises with a pledge of loyalty to Brunei Darussalam and recited a prayer.

Afterwards the parents had the opportunity to meet and interact with their children’s coaches and stakeholders from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

A special PKBN colourful gallery was also set up at the Sports Village for the parents to witness the vision, mission, objectives and historical development of PKBN as well as take pictures with portraits of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam donning the PKBN navy uniform.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Dato Paduka Hj Hamid said the Open Day yesterday was dedicated to the PKBN youths’ parents because PKBN would not have moved forward without the helping hands of family support.

“We organised a day like this to give parents confidence that the over 90 days of hardwork, time, effort and sweat invested by their children delivers good returns,” he said.

According to him, what was heart-lifting was how the parents were very happy with PKBN’s outcomes, seeing the changes in the children.

“For example some said they may have noticed in positive light the relationship between themselves and their children; how they address them and how they behave more respectfully in front of their parents,” he said.

“It’s something the parents have immediately recognised when their children were in the camp. Alhamdulillah these moral values are one of the values observed by the parents themselves.”

The Permanent Secretary said this harmony of diligence, teamwork and value of physical resilience were beneficial for the youths to have especially at a young age.

PKBN Training Camp Commandant Major (Rtd) Mohammad Dollah, who’s been with PKBN since the first intake, said the Open Day was good for the parents because they can see what their children have been working on during their three months of training under the programme.

“They can see their accommodation, where they studied, where they prayed and also the training facilities (of the Sports Village),” he said.

Touching on the current intake that will complete their national service today, he said the batch was quiet yet showed great discipline and they were mentally and emotionally strong.

This outgoing intake of PKBN, abbreviation of Program Khidmat Bakti Negara), featured a total of 76 youths comprising 58 males and 18 females.

Also present at the Open Day were Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Hj Kifrawi Dato Paduka Hj Kifli and PKBN Director Colonel (Rtd) Pg Zulkifli Pg Hj Ismail.

The Brunei Times