PKBN trainees attend Khatam event

National 1 minute, 17 seconds

BRUNEI-MUARA

A TOTAL of 286 trainees from the fifth intake of the Program Khidmat Bakti Negara (PKBN) or national service programme attended a Khatam Al-Quran ceremony to mark the completion of their reading of 30 chapters of the Quran.

The reading was part of the religious co-curriculum that they are required to take as part of their training which started last December.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yussof said the reading of Quran is important in developing the trainees’ spiritual beliefs.

“They (trainees) should not only possess physical strength, but also inner power in preventing themselves from conducting immoral activities and elements that are against the teachings of our religion,” he said.

The programme also helps them avoid being influenced by the negative impacts of social media, he added.

“Spiritual strength is vital, particularly with the challenges of today. These kind of activities is important to fill their time rather than them wasting their time doing nothing, giving excuses of being jobless and so on,” he said.

The minister is also hopeful that this intake will strive towards becoming respectable youth, applying the experiences and skills learned in the programme to improve their lives.

The minister presented the certificates to male participants while his spouse, Hjh Kalshom Hj Suhaili, presented certificates to the females at the end of the ceremony at Masjid Kampung Lambak Kanan yesterday.

The fifth intake comprised 190 males and 96 females.

The Brunei Times