158 receive MinDef long service awards

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ONE hundred fifty-eight former and current civilian officers at the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) received the Pingat Kerja Lama in recognition of their long service at the BRIDEX Exhibition Centre in Kg Jerudong yesterday.

Speaking on the sideline of the event, the award recipients told The Brunei Times that although a career in the ministry has been a rewarding experience for them, they advised jobseekers with the ambition of working for the ministry not to underestimate the scale of the jobs they are applying for as working for the ministry is not an easy undertaking.

One of the recipients, 54 year-old Hjh Noraini Abdullah Chin, said she was happy and appreciative of the award and encouraged young people to pursue careers at the ministry but advised them not to take the job lightly.

“It is not an easy job, actually, and the job comes with big responsibilities but nevertheless I am proud to have served and worked for the ministry for so long as at the end of the day, it has been a fruitful career for me,” said the administrative officer who joined MinDef in 1986.

“I think people outside do not realise that working at this ministry is quite challenging at times but I advise those wishing to join MinDef, which I wholly encourage, to work with sincerity, integrity and above all, to have durability in the job,” she said.

Another recipient, 49 year-old Mohd Salleh Hj Manaf who works as a chef in the Officers’ Mess at the Third Battalion in Lumut, advised future personnel of the ministry to give their best as working and serving at the ministry requires a lot of energy.

“I have experienced many high and low points throughout my service and all I can say to potential candidates (for a job at the ministry) is to be ready to offer a lot of your time and effort at times when serving in order to do your job the best way you can,” he said.

“Although rewarding, a career here is tough but definitely doable if you try your best and I hope that potential candidates would be wise enough to study for the highest qualifications as only the highly qualified can go further up in their careers here,” he said.

The 158 MinDef civilian officers and staff received the service awards in conjunction with the birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in the last two years.

One hundred five award recipients were for 2014 while 53 award recipients were for 2015.

The Deputy Minister of Defence First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz Hj Mohd Tamit officiated the awarding to the recipients, all of whom had served in the ministry for at least two decades, as the event’s guest of honour.

The ministry said in a statement that the award was given in recognition of the contributions, work performances and services rendered by the recipients to the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam who have “demonstrated impeccable and tireless commitment”.

Also present during the ceremony yesterday were Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah, members of the Defence Executive Committee and senior officers at the ministry.

The Brunei Times