Retired personnel to contribute to national development

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THE deputy defence minister yesterday called on retired personnel to contribute to national development through community service.

Speaking at an appreciation ceremony, First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz Hj Mohd Tamit hoped retirees will share their ideas and leadership through activities conducted by village consultative councils or local non-governmental organisations.

He said in his speech that such organisations play a role of growing importance as “society can no longer depend on government alone”.

During the event held at the Ministry of Defence (MinDef), the deputy minister presented certificates to 86 newly-retired personnel as well as three recipients of the MinDef Outstanding Employee Award 2015.

Hjh Halimah @ Hjh Erna Hj Ahmad, a retired clerk, counted her involvement in the renovation of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Museum as one of her biggest achievements.

“Now that I’m a retiree, I plan to continue contributing to society by running a mini museum from my home in Jerudong. I’m passionate about history and I’ve collected a number of artefacts over the years, which I hope to share with the public as my legacy,” she said.

The 61-year-old, who joined MinDef in 1977, also advised the younger personnel to serve the government with dedication and sincerity. Meanwhile, Kugi Alub said his proudest moments from 40 years of service were shaking the hands of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, during the RBAF anniversary celebrations.

The Brunei Times