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YANG BERHORMAT PEHIN DATU SINGAMANTERI COLONEL (L) DATO PADUKA HAJI MOHAMMAD YASMIN BIN HAJI UMAR , DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENCE

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, SMB, BSc (Hons), MSc, C Eng, MIEE, fadc, psc (+) was born on 23rd April 1956 in Brunei Darussalam.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin graduated from the University of Wales on 12th July 1979 with a BSc (Hons) in Electronics. He went further to pursue a Masters course in Digital Communication Systems at the University of Loughborough and graduated on 1st December 1981 with an MSc from the faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin was later awarded the certified Chartered Engineer (C Eng) insignia from the Institute of Chartered Engineers on 25th June 1986. He is also presently a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, United Kingdom.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin enlisted as an officer in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and was commissioned as a Lieutenant on 9th November 1981. He has held a range of appointments in the areas of logistics, strategy, corporate management and policy. Initially an Engineering Officer, he was first assigned as Weapons Engineering Officer with the Royal Brunei Navy. On 1st April 1988, he was appointed as the Senior Engineering Officer to head the Naval Engineering Department.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin became the Head of Research at the Defence Minister's Office and Directorate of Strategic Planning (DMO/DSP) on 14th September 1990. Two years later he took on an appointment at the Directorate of Logistics as Staff Officer Grade 1 Maintenance where he was responsible for developing the maintenance policy for Armed Forces assets. On 2nd May 1994, he was posted back to DMO & DSP to fill in a Staff Officer Grade 1 post. On 14th July 1995, he was appointed as the Director of Intelligence and Security, a post that he kept until December 1998.

It was during his tour as the Director of Intelligence and Security when His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam conferred him the Honorary Title - "Pehin Datu Singamanteri". On 15th July 2003, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin was conferred the Most Honourable Order of Paduka Seri Mahkota Brunei, Second Class, which carries the title "Dato Paduka". Presently, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin is both the Permanent Secretary (appointed on 24th January 2003) and the Director of DMO/DSP (appointed on 04th of January 1999).

On 06th September 2004, His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam appointed Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin as an Official Member of the Legislative Council. On 24th May 2005, His Majesty appointed him as the Deputy Minister of Defence.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin has attended courses, seminars and workshops in the United States of America, Australia, Japan, Republic of Singapore and the United Kingdom. Amongst them are the Command and Staff Course in Singapore in 1986; the 22nd Army Staff Course Division 1 at the Royal Military College of Science (RMCS), United Kingdom, in 1987; the Defence Research Fellow Exchange Programme at the National Institute of Defence Studies, Japan, in 1991; and the Defence College, Australia, in 1999.

On 5th August 1983, he married Datin Hajah Noryasimah binti Abdullah and has been blessed with one daughter. (source: www.mindef.gov.bn)

 

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