PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
Lieutenant Colonel Hjh Suriani binti Haji Junaidi began her career in the military on 7 September 1993 when she was enlisted as a potential officer cadet in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF). She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 14 January 1995 from Officer Cadet School, SAFTI, Singapore.
Lieutenant Colonel Hjh Suriani’s first tour of duty was as a Berakas Platoon Officer and later posted to the Royal Brunei Land Forces as a Staff Officer Grade 3 Logistics from December 1996 to January 2000. In December 1999, she was promoted to the rank of Captain. She was the Staff Officer Grade 3 at the Combat Development and Operational Development (presently Directorate of Force Capability Development) from 2000 to 2001 and later posted as a Training Officer of the Recruit Company from 2002 until 2004.
She was promoted to the rank of Major in December 2003 and later posted to The Royal Brunei Air Force from 2005 until 2013 holding three different appointments; Staff Officer Grade 2 Training, Acting Officer Commanding of Air Technical Training School and Staff Officer Grade 2 Inspectorate, Air Force.
While serving in the RBAF, she had attended several courses both locally and overseas and also attended the inaugral Command and Staff Course in Brunei from November 2010 to August 2011.
Lieutenant Colonel Hjh Suriani was the Staff Officer Grade 2 J7 (Training) of the Joint Force Headquarters from January 2014 to October 2015 before taking over the current appointment as the Military Spokesperson in November 2015.
She was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in November 2015. She has a keen interest in Volleyball.
Amongst the previous MINDEF Spokesmen were:
1. Lieutenant Colonel (U) Sallehin bin Haji Taib
September 2003 – December 2004
2. Lieutenant Colonel Ramli bin Hadis
January 2005 – September 2005
3. Lieutenant Colonel (L) Haji Aznan bin Haji Julaihi
September 2005 - July 2006
4. Major Haji Salleh bin Haji Suhaili
July 2006 – September 2007
5. Lieutenant Colonel (U) Ali bin Haji Sabar
January 2008 - April 2008
6. Lieutenant Colonel (L) Rahaimi bin Haji Abd Karim
January 2009 – May 2010
7. Lieutenant Colonel (U) Norudin bin Salleh
May 2010-January 2013
8. Major Muhammad Kasim bin Haji Awang YusofCurrently,
the post of MINDEF Spokesperson is held by 432 Lieutenant Colonel
Hajah Suriani binti Haji Junaidi, who reported for duty commencing 1st
November 2015 until now.
4 November 2014 - 30 October 2015
HISTORY OF PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
After independence, His Majesty, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam established the Ministry of Defence and re-organized the structure of Royal Brunei Armed Forces. In 1987, the Ministry of Defence was divided into two sections comprising the civilian and military.
The year 1987 also marked the early inception of the Public Relations Unit under the Directorate of Politics and Organisation, Ministry of Defence that was headed by a Director. The Directorate encompassed four main Sections namely Legal Section, Public Relations Section, Research Section and Administration Section.
Early staffing of the Public Relations Section included a Senior Public Relations Officer as head of the section, and assisted by two Public Relations Officers. Other staff members included two clerks and two cameramen.
Amongst the responsibilities of the Public Relations Section at that time were to administer relations with mass media and coordinate visits from inside and outside of the country.
Since independence, the Public Relations Section has evolved. In the year 2002, the Public Relations Section was transferred under the Secretariat Office of the Permanent Secretary II (Finance and Development), Ministry of Defence, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Kani. Since then, the section was renamed as Public Relations Unit and reports directly to the Permanent Secretary II, Ministry of Defence.
In the following year, end of 2003, the Unit saw further changes with the installation of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) Spokesman post to head the Public Relations Unit. This new appointment signaled the rise in significance of the role of the Public Relations Unit as well as the entrance of military personnel into the unit. In 2006, more military posts were installed in the unit, serving as clerks and cameramen. The new staff addition serves to match the expanding responsibilities of the Public Relations Unit.
To deliver a robust, responsive, and resource efficient armed forces.
To shape perceptions and raise confidence of stakeholders on defence through effective publicity strategy.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Manages and facilitates MINDEF and RBAF overall publicity strategy and activities
2. Coordinates updates and review of MINDEF and RBAF website with relevant
3. Manages relations with media partners
4. Acts as focal point for public inquiries and complaints
5. Supports Brunei Government overall branding aspirations and activities