Crown Prince bestows medals on 678 recipients
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
HIS Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office presented medals to 678 recipients in a ceremony at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.
The Crown Prince presented the medals as the personal representative of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
A total of 68 recipients received the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) or Meritorious Service Medal while 610 were awarded the Pingat Indah Kerja Baik (PIKB) or Excellent Service Medal.
The PJK recipients comprised staff from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Ministry of Defence (MinDef). The recipients were awarded for their loyalty to the monarch, nation and religion.
Accompanying the Crown Prince was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.
The annual ceremony, which usually takes place over several days, was held to mark His Majesty’s 68th birthday celebrations.
Earlier this month, 1,253 people had received their honorary medals over the course of two ceremonies.
Out of the PIKB recipients yesterday, the Ministry of Religious Affairs accounted for the highest number of recipients totalling 175 followed by Ministry of Defence with 152 people.
Other recipients were from PMO, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Home Affairs Ministry, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), Communications Ministry and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The recipients were recognised for impeccable long-term track record in their service to His Majesty’s Government.
Some of the recipients of the Excellent Service Medal interviewed by The Brunei Times said receiving recognition from His Majesty for their work has further fuelled their drive to contribute more to the country.
Abdul Azim Hj Abu Bakar from the Islamic Studies Department said he had been in the civil service for 21 years.
Overjoyed that his service was recognised, Abd Azim said he would remain committed, honest and trustworthy in his line of work.
Meanwhile, Hirman Hj Abu from MPRT’s Agriculture and Agrifood Department said he was grateful for the recognition after working 13 years with the government.
“I believe any member of the civil service must be sincere and honest in their everyday duties as our work benefits society in different ways,” said Hirman.
Religious education teacher Rapiah Hj Mohd Salleh, one of the PIKB recipients, said teamwork and respect for colleagues are an important aspects in providing excellent service.
The Brunei Times