In fulfilling responsibilities in the public domain, one needs proper planning and a comprehensive approach that serves the interests of the organisation and nation in the long term. This was emphasised by Awang Abu Sufian bin Haji Ali, the Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence in his opening address at the opening ceremony of the Ministry of Defence’s 12th Executive Development Programme 2015.
The ceremony took place at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Ministry of Defence. According to Awang Abu Sufian, in facing and tackling current and future challenges in the strategic environment, a high level of preparedness and readiness is necessary for the defence and security of the country.
He added that managing the change process demands a pragmatic, systematic and multi-disciplinary approach; one that takes into consideration of the limited available resources and also improve the process in its effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.
An introductory remark on the course was also delivered by Dr. Adrian Kuah, Executive Director or Executive Education of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. This three-month programme aims to equip participants with the conceptual framework and cutting-edge tools needed for continual success in service.
Also attending the ceremony were Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Mohamad Jammy bin Haji Mohamad Shah Al-Islam, Acting Commissioner of Police, and First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohamad Tamit, Deputy Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.