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Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Haji Abdul Rahman Taib, Minister of Education


The Minister has served the Government of Brunei Darussalam since 1966. Rising from the ranks, the Minister held various senior Government posts including, Director of Establishment, Senior Administrative Officer at the Office of the General Adviser to the Sultan and State Secretary of Brunei Darussalam. With his vast experience in public service and administration, he has successfully steered newly constituted Ministries to productive and efficient operations.

As Minister of Development (1984 - 1986)

The Minister spearheaded the preparation of the first Brunei Darussalam National Master Plan, in line with the aspirations of the newly independent and sovereign nation.

As Minister of Education (1986 - 1988)

Concurrently vice- chancellor, University of Brunei Darussalam

Under his stewardship of the newly constituted Ministry of Education, programmes of education advancement, organisational modernisation and curricular improvement were undertaken.

As Minister of Industry and Primary Resources (1989 to 2005)

In 1989, the Government's thrust for industrialisation and economic diversification culminated in the creation of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources As the Minister, he spearheaded the preparation of the National Industrial Development Plan. He is also charged with the development of the local industries and regional and international trade.

As Minister of Education (2005 to present)

On 24th May 2005, His Majesty reappointed the Minister as Minister of Education, a job he first held from 1986 to 1988.

As Head Member of National Policy-Making Councils

By virtue of his position as a Cabinet Minister, the Minister is a member of the Council of Ministers as well as a member of the Privy Council. T

Title, Decorations and Awards

In recognition of the Minister's services and contributions to the nation, His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, on 3rd December 1981, bestowed the Minister with the title of "Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan". In addition, the Minister has also received several other decorations, namely:

Darjah Paduka Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia - Darjah Pertama (PSYB)
The Most Blessed Order of Paduka Setia Negara Brunei - First Class

Darjah Paduka Seri Laila Jasa Yang Amat Berjasa-Darjah Ketiga (SLI)
The Most Distinguished Order of Paduka Seri Laila Jasa - Third Class

Pingat Hassanal Bolkiah Sultan - Kelas Pertama (PHBS)
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Medal - First Class

Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK)
Meritorious Services Medal

Pingat Kerja Lama (PKL)
Long Service Medal

Furthermore, in recognition of his achievements in the public service, the Minister was conferred:

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (University of Hull, England - 1991)
Doctor of Letters, honoris causa (University of Brunei Darussalam - 1996)

The Minister is a keen sportsman and especially likes golf.


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