Keep defence diplomacy alive: HM


HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday underscored the importance of participating in international operations as a way to develop the capabilities of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

In a titah delivered during the RBAF's 49th anniversary celebrations, His Majesty expressed the wish to see a continuation in RBAF's involvement in overseas peacekeeping missions, especially under the United Nations, as it would benefit Brunei's diplomatic relations with other countries in the field of defence.

His Majesty congratulated RBAF personnel who either served or were currently serving the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Mindanao, Philippines and the United Nations Interim Force (Unifil) in Lebanon.

"Our contributions in these teams have placed Brunei as a contributor to international security," said His Majesty, who is also the Minister of Defence and the Supreme Commander of RBAF.

These contributions must continue as it would not only benefit the involved personnel and RBAF, but also the nation in the field of defence diplomacy, His Majesty added.

The monarch also said that RBAF personnel should improve the quality of their services by undergoing joint exercises between RBAF's services at all levels.

On individual growth, His Majesty announced that a new course named "Kursus Maktab Turus", will be introduced as a component in RBAF's Defence Academy beginning November this year, in line with its life-long learning policy.

These methods and approaches were encouraging, the monarch said, adding that the Ministry of Defence and RBAF should be lauded for the achievement.

"With these sort of overall improvement targets, Insyallah, we will be able to witness the capabilities of the Ministry of Defence and RBAF in carrying out their responsibilities and duties that have been entrusted on them," His Majesty said.

His Majesty also reminded RBAF personnel that complacency within the organisational structure of the nation's defence could bring misfortunes to the country.

"However, be reminded that our (RBAF's) main enemy that lurks all the time is complacency," he said, adding that the slightest feelings of complacency could lead to disaster or misfortune.

The monarch explained that the main role of RBAF was to maintain the peaceful state of the country, which His Majesty observed has become a reality.

His Majesty added that all methods of administration must be mastered, such as balance scorecard, performance budgeting and capital budgeting, the latter of which the monarch said would be introduced in due course. "All these must be executed accurately and consistently," said His Majesty.

His Majesty went on to say that behind the peace that the nation was currently enjoying, there were still uncertainties in the form of unexpected threats that might possibly arise.

In light of this, it was evident that awareness and vigilance were fully required from all RBAF personnel, the monarch added.

His Majesty also wished all RBAF personnel and retired army officers a happy 49th anniversary.

The Brunei Times

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