Prisons Department promotes 111 officers in Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - One-hundred-and-eleven officers from the Prisons Department were officially promoted yesterday in a promotion and confirmation of position ceremony held at the Silaturrahim Hall of the Prisons Department’s Training Centre.

By the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the promotions and confirmation of positions are effective from January 11, 2018.

Out of the total of promoted officers, five were promoted as Prison Superintendant; four were promoted as Assistant Prison Superintendent; seven were promoted as Chief Prison Officer; 12 as Prison Officer; 17 as Chief Warder; 27 as Sergeant Warder; and 39 as Corporal Warder.

The guest of honour was Director of Prisons Haji Ismail bin Haji Murat.

Others in attendance were Deputy Director of Prisons Poh Eng Hua; Senior Special Duties Officer (Deputy Legal Advisor) at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Haji Ahmad Nizam bin Dato Paduka Haji Ismail; as well as other senior ranking officers, guests and family members.

Pengiran Mohammad Safuandi Shah bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Tahir, one of the several newly promoted officers, expressed his gratitude for the recognition.

"Throughout all my 16 years of work, I’ve seen the Prisons Department face various challenges and changes. In today’s ICT era, the department is utilising a lot of IT systems," he said. "I have also had many experiences with prison inmates, such as engaging in conversations with them, advising and guiding them while they are serving their prison terms and letting them know that I hope they will not recidivate once they are released from prison."

Another promoted officer, Sergeant 493 Siti Habibah binti Haji Mahrub, an ICT officer working under the Public Relations and International Affairs Section of the Prisons Department, said, "In the 18 years I worked with the Prisons Department, I have gathered many memories. A notable one was this year when I was awarded the Excellent Employee Award in conjunction with the 64th anniversary of the establishment of the Prisons Department."

On what advice she would give to other prison officers, she said, "They need to have strong understanding of their duties and to carry out their duties with high discipline and integrity, as well as honesty and sincerity."

Meanwhile, Chief Warder 421 Shoran binti Haji Ismail, who works at the Prisons Department’s Training Centre, said that she felt "thankful to Allah the Almighty for the recognition given to her", adding it gives her "more motivation to carry out my responsibilities in the best possible way".

She continued, "As an officer working in the Prisons Department, we always provide advice and guidance to the inmates so they can learn from their mistakes and not repeat them again. I would like to advise my fellow prison officers to continue motivating themselves, do their work diligently, strengthen team’s effort, and seek blessings from Allah the Almighty."