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News: Hajah Siti Zuraihah Haji Awang Sulaiman / Photo: Mohammad Hatral Hazmi Awang Abdul Hamid
Translated by: Hajah Apsah Haji Sahdan/Shadan / Cleared by: Ruhil Amal Faridah Awang Yahya
BERAKAS, Monday, April 1. – The 1st of April marked the historic moment for the Department of Information, Prime Minister's Office celebrating its anniversary.
The Doa Kesyukuran Ceremony in conjunction with the 67th anniversary celebration was held at the Setia Negara Hall of the Department of Information.
Present at the ceremony was the Acting Director of Information, Awang Mawardi bin Haji Mohammad.
The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and followed by Surah Al-Waqiah and Surah Yaa Siin led by Information Officer, Awang Mohammad Hisyam bin Idris.
Meanwhile, the reading of Tahlil and Doa Tahlil was led by Assistant Editor Grade III, Awang Muhammad Khairul Hisyam bin Jaya and the Doa Kesyukuran was read by Awang Mohammad Hisyam.
One of the officers attending the event also shared his experience while serving in the Department of Information.
Pengiran Ikram bin Pengiran Haji Ahmad who is currently the Assistant Information Officer joined the Department in 1990.
During his 29 years of service, he has gained a lot of experience and changes in past and present tasks.
"I started in the Information Department as Information Field Officers and was assigned to the Temburong District Branch for seven years before being transferred to the Department of Information Headquarters and assigned to the Community Unit.
Throughout my service I have been assigned to several units and currently I'm Head of the Support Unit, Administration and Finance Division, "he said.
During his tenure as Information Field Officers, he added that he was involved in handling Movie Show in the early 1990s which is one of the services provided by the Department of Information in the past and also the most effective forms of dissemination of information to the people in this country, as well as entertainment to the public.
One of his most meaningful experiences some time ago was joining the Flying Doctor Service on helicopter to hold a Personal Contact programme to meet with the villagers, distribute publishing materials to them and to find out any problems and so on.
"The Personal Contact programme is still ongoing until today, but the Flying Doctor's service is no longer used as there are now road connections and facilities," said Pengiran Ikram who will retire next year.
In addition, he was also involved in the Liaison Officer (LO) and Media Service Officers (MRO) at state events and involving royal relatives such as the SEA Games 1999, the ASEAN Summit Meeting, the Silver Jubilee andGolden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne.
Meanwhile, one of the new officers in the Department of Information, Haji Muhammad Syafiq bin Haji Lamat, joined in April 2018 as Office Assistant, under the Administration and Finance Unit.
According to him, his duties and responsibilities are delivering letters, mailings and filing.
Currently he is the acting Assistant Information Field Officer at the Temburong Branch and is in charge of conducting programmes under the Community Relations Unit and the Nationhood Unit.
"Alhamdulillah I am very grateful to be able to work with this department where I get a lot of information especially regarding the services provided by the Department of Information to the public," he said.
The Department of Information was formerly known as the Information Services and was set up on April 1, 1952.
Among the main roles of the department as the eyes and ears of the government in delivering information and news on government policies, activities and programmes and hear current issues, as well as understanding the mass media agenda.
In addition, the department also handles the management and affairs with the media as well as organising publicity and promotion activities for national events.
The Department of Information also publishes the official newspaper of Pelita Brunei every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, which can be accessed through the www.pelitabrunei.gov.bn website, while the Pelita Brunei e-Paper can be downloaded via a smartphone or tablet on the website 'www.epaper.pelitabrunei.gov.bn'.
Department of Information continues to move forward in competing in the borderless world for effective dissemination of information by adopting new media strategies.
In conjunction with its 65th anniversary, the Department of Information launched the Information Department Mobile App InfoDept.BN.
Members of the public can also get updates on the activities and programmes of the department by following their social media sites on the Department of Information Facebook, Instagram @ infodept.bn and Twitter @infodept_bn.