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YANG BERHORMAT PEHIN DATU SINGAMANTERI COLONEL (Rtd)
DATO SERI SETIA (Dr) AWG. HAJI MOHAMMAD YASMIN BIN HAJI UMAR

MINISTER OF ENERGY AND INDUSTRY AT THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, SPMB, DPMB, SMB, BSc (Hons), MSc, C Eng, FIET, PUJA (Fellow), fadc, psc (+) was born on 23rd April 1956 in Brunei Darussalam.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) 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 was later awarded the certified Chartered Engineer (C Eng) insignia from the Institute of Chartered Engineers on 25th June 1986. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), United Kingdom since 28 April 2008. Fellowship of the IET is known to be awarded to members who have demonstrated successful leadership over an extended period.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) 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 (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) 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 (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohammad Yasmin was conferred the Most Honourable Order of Paduka Seri Mahkota Brunei, Second Class, which carries the title "Dato Paduka". Yang Berhormat Pehin was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence on 24th January 2003 and he is also currently 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 (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohammad Yasmin as an Official Member of the Legislative Council, and on 24th May 2005, by the command of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Yang Berhormat Pehin was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Defence. On 15th July 2006, Yang Berhormat was conferred the Most Honourable Order of Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei, First Class, which carries the title "Dato Seri Paduka". On 15th July 2010, Yang Berhormat was conferred the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Medal, First Class. On July 2011, Yang Berhormat was conferred the Distinguished Service Order (Military) by Singapore. On 15th July 2011, Yang Berhormat was conferred the Darjah Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia 1st Class – P.S.P.N.B carries title “Dato Seri Setia”.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) 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 13 May 2008, he was decorated with "Grand Cordon of Istklal (Order of Independence [First Degree] by His Majesty King Abdullah II King of Jordan.  He was also decorated with the the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross by President Republic of Philippines the Honourable Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which he received on 24 August 2008. The latest addition to his honours and awards list was when Yang Berhormat Pehin was awarded Fellow of Pertubuhan Ukur Jurutera & Arkitek (PUJA) Brunei on 1st May 2010.

Since 29th May 2010, by the command of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Yang Berhormat Pehin is appointed as the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office.

On 5th August 1983, Yang Berhormat Pehin married Datin Hajah Noryasimah binti Abdullah and has been blessed with one daughter.