MinDef awards 6 scholarships

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Defence yesterday awarded scholarships to six Bruneians, up from four last year.

With the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Defence Minister and Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Supreme Commander, the students were granted scholarships at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies.

The RBAF Supreme Commander Scholarship was awarded to four students, while two students received the RBAF scholarship.

According to Director of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic StudiesMuhammad Shahrul Nizzam Umar, 106 students have been awarded the MinDef scholarships since its introduction in 2005.

Other than undergoing their education at the best institutions in the world, the director said the students will also take part in a leadership development programme for character-building.

He hopes the students will apply what they have learned abroad to help lead changes in enhancing the country’s defence.

Sarohakim Hj Mohamed Salim @Sarohakim Goeting said he is happy to be awarded the RBAF Supreme Commander Scholarship.

“I worked really hard because I believe the scholarship is a very prestigious scholarship in Brunei,” said the former Sayyidina Ali Secondary School student.

The 18-year-old, who will study biomedical engineering at University of Sheffield, plans to contribute to the country and the armed forces by improving military personnel’s performance.

“In MinDef, I will be working at the Performance of Optimisation Centre where I will better the performance of the soldiers when they are equipped with their instruments,” he said.

Filzah Nadiah Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid, who received the RBAF Supreme Commander Scholarship, also vowed to contribute to the ministry by providing her knowledge and skills in medicine.

The Jerudong International School (JIS) student is currently taking her A-level exams, which she has been predicted to achieve two A* and two As. After completing her A-levels, she will study medicine at Cardiff University.

“I feel privileged because this is one of the most prestigious scholarships given out in Brunei,” said the 18-year-old.

After completing her studies, Filzah Nadiah said she will work at the ministry as a medical doctor.

Noorhazimah Azma Abdul Aziz, who received the RBAF Scholarship said she will read law. Currently, the 18-year-old JIS student is still awaiting an offer from one of the top universities in the world.

The recipients inked their contracts with MinDef in a ceremony yesterday.

Other RBAF Supreme Commander Scholarship recipients were Lim Chai Tze from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College and Hong Zi Ling from Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College, while Ak Mohd Amirrul Syafiq Pg Kasmirhand from Jerudong International School received the RBAF Scholarship.

Signing on behalf of the ministry was Permanent Secretary Datin Paduka Hjh Suriyah Hj Umar, while RBAF Commander Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohd Tawih Abdullah represented RBAF.

Deputy Minister of Defence First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz Hj Md Tamit presented the recipients with the scholarships.

The Brunei Times