431 MoE officers, staff receive long service medals

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FOUR hundred and thirty-one civil servants from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and its departments under it received Long Service Honorary Medals yesterday in a ceremony held at the Main Conference Hall at the International Convention Centre.

The ceremony was held to mark the 68th and 69th birthday celebrations of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, for the years 2014 and 2015.

Presenting the medal during the ceremony was the Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.

In his speech he congratulated and thanked the recipients for their service and encouraged them to continue work and train the newer officers and staffs.

“The knowledge, ideas and experiences that we possess are assets to the organisation we serve and cannot be substituted. Our younger colleagues, to whom we have to set an example, will respect us for having the right approach and our willingness to share our experiences.

“The ‘veteran’ status which represents maturity, wisdom and an outstanding track record should be well protected till the end of our service. Let us etch our good name as outstanding and reliable officers and staffs as the example for the generation to come,” he added.

The minister also said that there was a need to adopt an adaptive strategy by continuously adjusting and inspecting the processes, procedures and operation systems being used to ensure that it remains relevant with the current times.

During an interview on the sidelines of the event, Zaleha Luang, a teacher at Penapar Primary school said that she has been teaching Malay and MIB for 26 years and was proud and excited that she received the award.

“This award serves as a motivation for me. I enjoy teaching because the personality of students are always different as time moves on. Now they are more tech savvy and it is always exciting to meet new challenges,” she said.

Meanwhile, Paul Turton, a senior lecturer teaching Programming and Electronic at Universiti Teknologi Brunei said that he has been teaching since he arrived in the sultanate during His Majesty’s birthday in 1988.

“Teaching has been good and I enjoy it. What kept me interested in teaching was the variety of students, they are very keen, polite, good to teach and it’s just a very pleasant place to be,” said Turton.

According to a press statement, the Long Service Honorary Medal Awards represents Brunei’s homage and appreciation to the recipients for their service to the Sultan and the government.

The Acting Director of Administration and Services at MoE Pg Hj Rosli Pg Hj Halus and chairman of the ceremony in his opening remarks added that the awards and recognition indirectly increases the morale and motivation of the officers and staffs.

Present at the event were Deputy Minister of Education Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar, Universiti Brunei Darussalam Vice-Chancellor Datin Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Awg Abdul Aziz, Universti Teknologi Brunei Vice Chancellor of Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman, Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali Rector Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal as well as government officials and officers under MoE.

The Brunei Times