Best postman almost misses award, fears parcels won’t be delivered

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THE Postal Services Department yesterday handed out Best Postman and Most Improved Postman Of The Year awards to commemorate World Post Day.

Thirty-eight-year-old Daneel Alun told The Brunei Times he was quite surprised by the honour as he had no prior knowledge of being named the Best Postman Of The Year.

“This morning they told me to go to the ceremony, but I was hesitant because some of my colleagues were off and we had a lot of parcels coming in. But when I arrived there, they started congratulating me. I had no idea,” Daneel said.

He added that he will continue to be better and fulfil his duties.

Daneel has been working at the Lamunin Post Office for over 15 years.

On why Daneel was chosen for the award, Postmaster General Hj Mohamad Manan Hj Lakim cited several occasions.

“For example, when it’s raining, Daneel would use his car instead of the motorcycle to send the mail. And if his friends’ motorcycles broke down, he would help fix them.

“He would also help around the office and cut the grass. His self-efficacy is not limited to just office work and that makes him a very outstanding postman,” the postmaster general said.

Meanwhile, the department awarded 35-year-old Hardeeman Laiman from its Gadong branch as the Most Improved Postman.

The award takes into account the individual’s improvement in behaviour, attendance, punctuality and completion of tasks.

The postmaster general said he greatly appreciated the awardees’ efforts in givin the best postal service, while facing a variety of obstacles and challenges on duty.

He called on everyone in the department to continue giving their best to achieve excellence in service.

During the ceremony held at the Ministry of Communications’ in Berakas, Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat ato Seri Setia Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat also handed out awards to winners of the letter writing competition in which secondary school students were required to write a letter to their future selves.

Husnaa Haaniyah Mohd Sahid, 14, from the Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains) won the overall prize for her letter.

“My letter is like a time capsule where I keep my youth for my future 45-year-old self. I asked some things about my future, how the world will be in the future, if the 17 global goals were achieved, and if the 31 years have changed me or not.”

The Brunei Times