Tears flow as youths head for PKBN

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

EMOTIONS ran high yesterday during the launching ceremony of the fourth intake of the National Service Programme (PKBN).

Parents and family members shed tears and were seen hugging, taking pictures with each other and enjoying each other’s company before the youths parted.

Among the 315 trainees is Christy Herviellenah who said she had always wanted to join the programme.

“I’ve heard so many good things about it. One of the reasons why I wanted to join is to improve my stamina. I am also a big procrastinator so I want to change that as well,” she said.

The 17-year-old also expressed that she wanted to improve her health and said that so far the programme has been good and challenging for her.

“They say that if it doesn’t challenge you, it will not change you.”

Christy’s mother, Christina Anak Johari said she felt proud, happy and touched that her daughter got into the programme.

Christy’s sister, Christy Hernah said she hopes the programme will help her sister change into a better person.

“I also hope it will improve her health and stamina as well as her personality and appearance. I think as a whole, this programme is very good.”

Another participant, Khairun Najiha Mohd Terang, said that the programme will give her the opportunity to experience new things.

“Apart from that it will teach me good values and teach me how to use my time wisely while giving me the confidence to speak to others.”

The 17-year-old said that she, too, has always wanted to join because it is related to what she wants to do in the future.

“I want to become a policewoman and through this programme I will learn some basics that will give me an advantage in the future. Specifically I want to learn how to march. I also wish to improve my physical appearance.”

She expressed that she felt sad at first because she won’t be able to see her family every day.

“It’s alright, I will get to see them after three months. And I will look forward to their visits every Sunday. Plus my platoon and the instructors are friendly.”

Khairun Najiha’s mother, Maryani Hj Md Salleh, said she was happy that her daughter is participating in the programme.

“At the same time I am sad because we’ve never been separated but I believe the programme is good because it will teach her and others to be independent.”

During his welcoming remarks, PKBN Director Colonel (Rtd) Pg Zulkifli Pg Hj Ismail said that 139 supervisors, trainers, medic, operators have been seconded.

These comprise 34 members of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, six from outward bound Brunei, one from the Royal Brunei Police Force, two from the fire and rescue department, 14 teachers from KUPU SB, 21 professional volunteers, and 60 volunteers from previous intakes.

He added that the National Service section will soon come out with a book on PKBN standard operating procedures (SOP) with emphasis on security in the camps.

The fourth intake started training on Dec 14 and will complete their programme on March 16, next year.

The Brunei Times