Temburong - The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Hazair bin Hj Abdullah made a working visit to the Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam (OBBD), Batang Duri Camp, Temburong District yesterday to observe the training conducted by the trainees of the Pilot programme from the Third Programme Khidmat Bakti Negara (PKBN).
During the visit, the minister witnessed 'cordage rope' training, which involved 'wall climbing', 'abseiling', a 'high rope challenge' and a low rope challenge', as well as a kayak challenge.
The OBBD programme for the PKBN trainees is intended to test their physical and mental toughness. With such programme, it is hoped to shape more disciplined and responsible youths, as well as improve teamwork among the trainees.
The area of focus for the conducted activities is on one of the four components of PKBN, which is 'Identity Development through Adventure'.
The trainees have undergone training in OBBD since December 30, 2012 and will continue their outreach activity in the area before returning to PKBN Camp at the Games Village, Bandar Seri Begawan on January 5.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Hazair's working visit highlighted the commitment of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in providing support and encouragement to the trainees and the trainers.
"OBBD was chosen as the venue for it is an established institution that is known for its tough training, which is conducted by highly-trained professional coaches," said the minister during an interview session with local media.
He added that with the experienced guides, "We hope the trainees will be able to obtain survival experiences and physical endurance in tackling these challenges... and it is important that they work well together in groups.
"PKBN is a programme that challenges the endurance of every trainer," said the minister before adding that, PKBN trainees must have the patience and determination coupled with the commitment towards the programme.
The minister also noted that the trainees will have trouble adjusting to the new routine for the first three weeks of the programme, but once they learn to adapt, they will hence be more independent.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin