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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 inaugural Command and Staff Course in Brunei from November 2010 to August 2011 including attending 13th Executive Development Programme in 2016.

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.

 

CHRONOLOGY: LEADERSHIP OVER THE YEARS

Nov 2015 to Present

Lt Col Hajah Suriani binti Haji Junaidi
MINDEF Spokesperson

Nov 2013 to Oct 2015

Maj Muhammad Kasim bin Haji Awang Yusof
MINDEF Spokesperson

Dec 2012 to Aug 2013

Lt Col Haji Salleh bin Haji Suhaili
MINDEF Spokesperson

May 2010 to Dec 2012

Lt Col (U) Norudin bin Salleh
MINDEF Spokesperson

Jan 2009 to May 2010

Lt Col (L) Rahaimi bin Haji Abd Karim
MINDEF Spokesperson

Feb 2008 to Apr 2008

Lt Col (U) Ali bin Haji Sabar
MINDEF Spokesperson

Sep 2006 to Sep 2007

Maj Haji Salleh bin Haji Suhaili
MINDEF Spokesperson

Oct 2005 to Jul 2006

Lt Col (L) Haji Aznan bin Haji Julaihi
MINDEF Spokesperson

Jan 2005 to Oct 2005



Lt Col Ramli bin Hadis
MINDEF Spokesperson

Sep 2003 to Dec 2004


Lt Col (U) Sallehin bin Haji Taib
MINDEF Spokesperson

1987 to Sep 2003

Hajah Fatimah bte Haji Hassan
Senior Public Relations Officer



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HISTORY


1st January 1987 marked the early inception of the Public Relations Section under the Directorate of Politics and Organisation, Ministry of Defence that was headed by a Director. The Directorate comprised of four main Sections namely Legal Section, Public Relations Section, Research Section and Administration Section.

Initially, the Public Relations Section consisted of a small team of civil servants that included a Senior Public Relations Officer as head of the section, a Public Relations Officer, and a clerk. The primary function of the Section was to coordinate incoming and outgoing VIP visits.

Since then, the Public Relations Section underwent significant reforms. 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.

The section was later renamed as Public Relations Unit and directly reports to the Permanent Secretary II, Ministry of Defence.



In 2003, the Unit underwent further changes with the installation of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) Spokesperson post as Head of the Public Relations Unit. Meanwhile, the Senior Public Relations Officer acts as the Deputy to the MINDEF Spokesperson, who is assisted by two Public Relations Officers.

The incorporation of more military personnel into the unit marked a significant shift in the establishment structure and signaled the start of its expanding role. In 2006, more military posts were installed to assist function in administration, graphic design and multimedia.

The year 2017 signifies the Public Relations Unit 30th anniversary since its inception in 1987. Today, the Public Relations Unit, manned by 20 staffs, reports directly to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence. The Unit’s roles have expanded and redefined to cover publicity management (print, broadcast, and online), editorial governance, media collaborations and media competency development.

VISION
“To reinforce the positive image of a robust, responsive, and resource efficient armed forces”

MISSION
“To shape perceptions and raise confidence of stakeholders on defence through effective media collaborations and publicity strategy”



ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

1.    Manages and facilitates defence overall publicity strategy and activities
2.    Manages collaborations with media partners
3.    Coordinates updates and review of defence website with relevant stakeholders
4.    Acts as focal point for public inquiries and complaints
5.    Supports Brunei Government overall branding aspirations and activities



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