Brunei pledges commitment to welfare of military vets
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI will remain committed to the welfare of its military veterans, said the acting minister of defence yesterday.
Speaking at a gathering of ASEAN military veterans, First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz Hj Mohd Tamit vowed the government will ensure a high quality of life for retired personnel in line with the development goals of Vision 2035.
He said His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, is “very passionate” about military veteran affairs.
The acting minister noted that military veterans continue to be active players and significant contributors to nation-building and social cohesion through the Former Military Personnel Association, which was established in 1992 and led by distinguished members.
“Their experience, knowledge and skill sets make them an important asset to the country even beyond retirement,” he said in his speech at the Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong.
As military veterans possess a lasting sense of responsibility after active service, First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Abdul Aziz pointed out this quality can be harnessed towards advocating the importance of discipline, patriotism and loyalty for the younger generation.
He also said Brunei was honoured to host the 29th Executive Board Meeting and 16th General Assembly of the Veterans Confederation of ASEAN Countries (VECONAC).
With over five million members and efforts spanning three decades, he said VECONAC has become one of the prominent organisations in the region reflecting the aspiration of ASEAN unity and cohesiveness.
“Through the years, the footprints of VECONAC’s work and initiatives have touched the lives and crossed the paths of so many people,” he said.
First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Abdul Aziz believed the members were “unselfishly dedicated” in their passion and commitment towards promoting the critical relevance of veteran welfare, besides continuously elevating the confederation’s regional outreach and profile.
“The strong sense of camaraderie, which is undeniably apparent just by scanning the hall, is the priceless fruit of extraordinary passion and commitment,” he said.
The Brunei Times