MinDef wheelchair lends mobility to bedridden veteran

Saturday, April 2, 2011

REACHING out to former military personnel, the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) with the Brunei Ex-Army Personnel's Association yesterday presented a wheelchair to an ex-staff sergeant who survived a stroke in recognition of his service.

Staff Sergeant (Rtd) Brayam Badar, who served 20 years in the Special Task Platoon (STP), 2nd Batallion of the Royal Brunei Land Force, received assistance from MinDef in the form of a wheelchair, presented by Major (Rtd) Hassan Tengah, Senior Officer for Ex-Servicemen Affairs at the Directorate of Administration and Human Resources.

In 2008, 12 years after his retirement, the 56-year-old veteran had suffered a stroke that partially paralysed his body and now survives with the help of his family.

Expressing his gratitude, Brayam said the wheelchair would help with his mobility in the house, as he would otherwise be "bedridden".

He also shared that he was pleased to be living with his family who would be able to assist him further while enjoying better mobility.

The wheelchair was handed over in a small ceremony held at the ex-army man's house in Kampung Pak Bidang, Ukong, Tutong.

MinDef and Royal Brunei Armed Forces staff were present alongside members of the Brunei Ex-Army Personnels Association.

Asked whether the donation was part of the 'Titian Amal' or "Heart and Mind" project that reaches out to retired officials from RBAF with donations, Hassan told The Brunei Times that it wasn't, it was "a one-off thing (for an) urgent matter".

The Brunei Ex-Army Personnel's Association learned of Brayam's case earlier in the year after an application was filed.

Hassan further said that 10 more wheelchairs would be donated to RBAF veterans under the Heart and Mind project in April to coincide with RBAF's 50th anniversary.

The Brunei Times