His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzadin Waddaulah, the Sultan And Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, has consented to award the State Honorary Medals to six hundred and fifty four people. The medals were awarded in conjunction with His Majesty’s 59th Birthday Anniversary.
The ceremony took place Tuesday morning at the Istana Nurul Iman. His Majesty the Sultan And Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was represented by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office. The Pingat Jasa Kebaktian, PJK, was awarded to seventy-four people comprising members of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Home Affairs.
Three hundred and fifty three people from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and Ministry of Communications received the Pingat Indah Kerja Baik, PIKB. Another two hundred and twenty seven people were awarded the long service award, the Pingat Kerja Lama.
To qualify for the awards, one must show an undivided loyalty to His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and has a clean government record of service. To bless the occasion, doa Selamat was read by the State Mufti, Pehin Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Abdul Aziz.
(22nd Feb 2006)