RBPF holds prayer for IMT member

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) held a religious ceremony yesterday to pray for the success and safety of one of their senior officers who will be taking part in the 13th contingent of the International Monitoring Team (IMT-13) that will be heading to Mindanao.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Wan Firdaus Hj Md Aminuddin will be the seventh member of the RBPF taking part in the Malaysian-led IMT since Brunei became a member of the peacekeeping mission in 2004.

In an interview with local media, ASP Wan Firdaus said he felt honoured to have been chosen to represent the RBPF in the IMT-13, adding that the experience and exposure gained through the mission will improve his services to the sultanate.

The IMT’s main task is to maintain the ceasefire agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), who have been fighting since 1970 for an autonomous homeland.

Among the IMT’s responsibilities is to monitor the ceasefire and maintain the security of the civilian population that resides in Mindanao.

“What I can bring to the table (during the mission) is my experience in the area of communication, as well as establishment of rapport with members of the public, (and) hopefully I will be able to do the same with the community (in Mindanao),” he said.

ASP Wan Firdaus, who has been in service with the RBPF for eight years, said that in moments of crisis, the relationship between the police force and the public is crucial to ease the transfer of information that will ensure the public’s safety.

Present at the ceremony was RBPF Commissioner Dato Paduka Seri Hj Mohd Jammy Hj Muhd Shah Al Islam, along with senior officers and personnel from the force.

The ceremony began with mass _Sunat Hajat _prayers followed by the recitation of _Surah Al-Fatihah _and a _Doa Selamat _for ASP Wan Firdaus and Doa Peliharakan Sultan.

The ceremony ended with mass _Asar _prayers.

The Brunei Times