The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah yesterday received a courtesy call from visiting Malaysian Director-General of the National Service Training Department, Datuk Mohmed Asri bin Yusof, at his office in Jalan Kebangsaan.
The Malaysian Director-General was on a one-day visit to the Sultanate which ended in the afternoon. During the courtesy call, the Minister and the Malaysian Director-General discussed issues of mutual concern between the two countries related to the National Service programmes.
Datuk Mohmed Asri stated that there are similarities between the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) in Malaysia and the National Service. Programme (PKBN) in Brunei, and there are several operations that they wish to improve for the programmes in both countries.
Adding on, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports explicated, that Brunei is very much interested in sharing and learning from Malaysia’s experience in the transformations of their PLKN’s curriculum as Brunei would like to review PKBN’s curriculum.
“Another area we would like to incorporate is the alumni of PKBN as it is important for them to remain active because we don’t want them to lose their discipline, training and experiences,” said the Minister.
Datuk Mohmed Asri has extended an invite to the minister and his team to visit Malaysia for further cooperation in the future with the government of Brunei Darussalam.