‘Greater synergy vital to face transnational security threats’
HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, has called for greater multi-agency cooperation in tackling the emergence of transnational security threats.
The Defence Minister and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) yesterday said the world is facing a multitude of security challenges across international boundaries.
In a titah at the 55th RBAF anniversary celebration, the monarch said the sultanate is “not exempted from the possibility of encountering” traditional and non-traditional security threats such as terrorism, maritime and cyber security as well as natural disasters.
His Majesty further underscored the need for cooperation not only among security agencies in the country, but also at the international level.
“It is, therefore, imperative to review the procedures and best practices as well as sharing of knowledge and skills through bilateral and multilateral exercises to ensure its relevance at all times,” said the Sultan during the event at the Defence Academy in Tanah Jambu.
As one of the hallmarks of the RBAF, His Majesty explained the new infrastructure is tasked with producing young officers equipped with fundamental leadership and military knowledge.
“The academy must continue to plan and broaden the scope of its teaching towards developing quality military officers at tactical, operational and strategic levels. All these are vital in facing the challenging and uncertain contemporary operating environment,” said the monarch.
His Majesty also cautioned against complacency following RBAF’s procurement of “sophisticated and state-of-the-art” military equipment.
“This should not stop us from making further improvements... The Ministry of Defence will need to continue to adjust the direction of development planning and research according to requirements and priorities,” added the Sultan.
The Brunei Times