Medal recipients pledge commitment

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RECIPIENTS of the Excellent Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal stressed the need to continue contributing to the nation and that dedication and commitment in their profession is a must.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, as the personal representative of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, presented medals to a total of 636 recipients on the first day of the honorary medal presentation ceremony at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.

Norhayati Dato Paduka Hj Omar, Deputy Senior Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), was among the 552 recipients of the Excellent Service Medal.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, she vowed to continue maintaining integrity and professionalism in the criminal justice system.

“It is an honour to receive this medal. It is recognition for all that we have done for the government and the country.

“I would like to contribute more to amending legislation to improve our legislative system as a whole. In terms of practical aspects, (I would also like to) improve working relations between prosecutors and the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and other law enforcement agencies,” said Norhayati, who has been working with the AGC for 14 years.

Another recipient, Inspector Omar Hj Bahar, was one of only 84 who were awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

He began his career at the Marine Police Department and is currently working in the Special Operation Section of the RBPF.

“It is my hope that the Royal Brunei Police Force will continue to move forwards, alongside advancement of technology in handling challenges related to violence and crimes,” he said.

Inspector Omar is currently in his 29th year with the RBPF.

Excellent Service Medal recipient Zainab Hj Awang Bini, assistant script writer for national broadcaster Radio Television Brunei (RTB), said individuals have to be committed and dedicated in their professions.

Zainab will be retiring in January next year, after 30 years of service at RTB.

She began her career as a production assistant and worked her way up to assistant script writer.

“Hopefully, RTB will continue to move forward in its coverage for digital TV broadcast nationwide. I hope RTB will become a preferred channel for viewers in Brunei,” she said.

The Brunei Times