New PKBN centre may be ready in Dec

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THE sixth intake of the National Service Programme (PKBN) will begin their training at the new PKBN Centre in Kg Batu Apoi in Temburong at the end of this year, if all the centre’s facilities are completed by then.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof said this during yesterday’s meeting of the 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) session.

The minister, who was responding to Yang Berhormat Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahad’s question, said that the second phase of the PKBN centre’s construction should have begun in 2015, but was delayed following a review that took into account available resources and the facilities to be built.

Phase Two of the PKBN centre construction will see it being equipped with a parade field and a multi-training structure training centre, he said.

InsyaAllah, bidding for Phase Two of the project will be opened in April, and (construction of these facilities) is expected to be completed in November,” YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi said.

According to the minister, construction of Phase One of the centre began in June 2014 and was completed in June 2015 in accordance with the target.

At the meeting, YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi also responded to another PKBN-related query by another LegCo member, Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad.

YB Hj Mohd Shafiee said that the following aspects should be included in the PKBN programme: understanding of the significance of being involved in associations within the context of a Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) country, features to transform youth mindsets, entrepreneurship and leadership, as well as ambition and commitment to become excellent youth of Brunei.

In response, YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi said that these aspects were already included in PKBN’s current curriculum and modules, which is composed of nine main components.

He added that the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) has mulled over the inclusion of additional modules to the PKBN curriculum, but was wary as they might prolong the three-month training period for PKBN trainees, and potentially affect their schooling schedules.

It was previously reported that PKBN officially began in 2013 as a project initiated by MCYS to develop youth in upholding Bruneian values and the Bruneian lifestyle in support of the MIB ideology.

A total of 1,131 trainees have completed the PKBN to date.

The Brunei Times