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Dato Paduka Haji Sufian started his career as a Staff Officer at the Internal Security Department (ISD) in 1994. He held a number of key appointments at the ISD including as Deputy Director (Operations) before being transferred and promoted as the Deputy Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in 2017. 

On 25 July 2020, Dato Paduka Haji Sufian was transferred and promoted as Director of the Internal Security Department. 

By command of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Dato Paduka Haji Sufian was appointed Permanent Secretary (Security, Enforcement and Law), Prime Minister’s Office on 31 July 2021, while holding the concurrent appointment as Director of ISD. In this capacity, Dato Paduka Haji Sufian chairs the National Committee on Trafficking in Persons at the Prime Minister’s Office. He also heads the secretariat to the National Security Committee.

On 15 July 2021, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam had consented to bestow the Most Honourable Order of Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei Second Class (D.P.M.B.) to Dato Paduka Haji Sufian.

He is a graduate of the University of Brunei Darussalam and completed his postgraduate education at the University of Keele in the United Kingdom. He also attended the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore as part of the Executive Development Programme for Senior Government Officers (EDPSGO). 

Dato Paduka Haji Sufian is married to Datin Suriati binti Haji Abang and is blessed with three children.