His Majesty attends Sovereign's Parade
by James Kon

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Minister of Defence and also Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), yesterday consented to officiate the Sovereign's Parade Ceremony for the 5th Intake of Officer Cadets at the Parade Square of the RBAF Officer Cadet School in Sungai Akar Camp.

This year, a total of 24 Officer Cadets have successfully completed 42 weeks of military training.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by the Deputy Minister of Defence, Dato Paduka Awang Hj Mustappa bin Hj Sirat, and RBAF Commander Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.

After receiving the Royal Salute, His Majesty inspected the Sovereign Parade that comprised 18 male and six female Officer Cadets of the 5th Intake. Following the inspection, His Majesty witnessed the slow and fast march past by the Officer Cadets of RBAF Officer Cadet School.

After His Majesty delivered a titah, the monarch conferred awards on the Best Officer Cadets from the 5th Intake of RBAF Officer Cadet School.

The prestigious Sword of Honour bestowed by His Majesty went to 19491 Officer Cadet (U) Awang Muhammad Adib bin Haji Hashim.

19491 Officer Cadet (U) Awang Muhammad Adib possesses a high level of discipline, thinks maturely and was committed during the entire duration of the training. He performed excellently in all the tests held during the training.

The award of Best Military Skill went to 21631 Officer Cadet (L) Dayang Sa'adatul Hayah binti Hj Mat Yassin. She managed to get an excellent score in the entire military skills subject based on accumulated percentage, which is 83.3 per cent.

The Best Academic award went to 19488 Officer Cadet (U) Awang Emad Hamdi bin Hj Sawal. The officer cadet displayed critical thinking and intellectual ability, sharp and creative thinking, as well as high level of concentration in studies.

19498 Officer Cadet (L) Eddy Sahrany bin Emran grabbed the award of Best Physical Endurance Training. He is described as a man who has high physical endurance and who will not give up easily. He has consistently scored high percentage in physical endurance tests.

His Majesty later proceeded to the Officer's Mess where His Majesty received a pesambah designed with the theme "Our Values, Our Strength", which displays the pure values that have been instilled in each officer cadets.

His Majesty received another pesambah about the journey of Officer Cadet School. His Majesty also cut a birthday cake to celebrate His Majesty's 65th birthday.

The monarch then met the 24 Officer Cadets and their families personally before moving on to sign the Royal Parchment and a 'Book of Journey'. At the end of the event, His Majesty consented to have a group photo taken. - Borneo Bulletin (29th July 2011)