National Service Programme
The National Service Programme, commonly known as PKBN (from Malay 'Program Khidmat Bakti Negara'), is the national service in Brunei for the youth citizens of 16-21 years old. The programme lasts three months and enlistment is on voluntary basis. The programme started in December 2011 as a pilot programme and is eventually made permanent in 2014. It is managed under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
|National Service Programme|
|Program Khidmat Bakti Negara|
|Active||September 2007 - present|
|Type||national service, military service|
|Motto(s)||Bersedia, Berkhidmat, Berbakti!|
|Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah|
|Commandant||Major (Rtd.) Mohammad Bin Dollah|
The idea to establish a national service programme in Brunei began in September 2007 when His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah consented for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport to lead in the implementation and introduction of PKBN as Brunei Darussalam National Service Programme.
To undertake the task, a PKBN Task Force was formed with members from Prime Minister Office and the following Ministries: Defiance, Finance, Education, Health, Industry and Prime Resources, Development, Communication, Home Affairs, Religious Affairs, Culture Youth and Sports as well as Attorney General’s Chamber.
PKBN is a unique youth development program (Calak Brunei) aimed to awaken the potential and give consciousness to youth to become members of society who is strong, strong self-esteem, disciplined, insightful, decorum, a believer, volunteerism and entrepreneurial spirit, love for country and king and support the concept of MIB, Wawasan Negara 2035, realising a State of Zikir and Implement Sharia Law.
Objectives of PKBN are to develop and enhance the spirit of patriotism, commitment and resilience in youths, to enhance the spirit of solidarity and unity, to develop positive characteristics among younger generation through good values, to instill a spirit of caring and volunteerism, to produce healthy, confident, responsible and virtuous youths and to produce excellent Bruneian youths in line with the Goals of National Youth Policy.
"The state wants to see coaches serve as role models, encouragement, mentoring, and a catalyst in the development of families, communities and countries which include social welfare, society, entrepreneurial and religious," as described by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Haji Hazair during the Council Session Meeting with former trainees and trainers PKBN.
Trainees play a role in maintaining peace and stability in the country and care on community welfare. Implementation PKBN is intended to be a national youth development program with extensive filling and create a vibrant patriotic youth, love of the king, race, religion and country.
Former PKBN trainees is a pioneer (pioneer) and mentor to new trainees. The presence of former PKBN trainees and availability of a large number of them to return to training camp PKBN to voluntarily working with coaches and supervisors in the township PKBN is clear evidence that PKBN have successfully established identity, discipline, commitment and character of youth willing to serving the community. Indeed, young graduates PKBN is 'Pride of a Nation' and be able to lift the image of the country as youths disciplined, caring, insightful and patriotism.
The PKBN's 3 months training process train the trainee in the form of discipline, nationality, spirituality, entrepreneurship, community and understanding the concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy and did not stop once the trainees graduated and left the training camp PKBN. In the end, the trainee were urged to continue to practice and to contribute to the family, community and country full with the knowledge and skills and experience learned and earned during training.
New Base Training Camp
The current PKBN Base Training Camp is at the Sports Village in Berakas, near to the Indoor Stadium and the Sports School. In 2014, a new $26 million camp for Programme Khidmat Bakti Negara (PKBN) was built in Kampong Batu Apoi in Temburong District. The construction completed on June 2014.
- "National Service Programme, PKBN Training Camp | Brunei News Gazette". www.bruneinewsgazette.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- National Service Programme official website (in Malay)