Review criteria to join the Police
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THOUGH recent efforts to strengthen the Royal Brunei Police Force was acknowledged, by raising the standards of entry requirements among potential recruits, however it was called upon to consider the skills and interest of other school leavers who do not meet the entry requirements.
At the State Legislative Council Meeting yesterday Shafiee Ahmad of the Kuala Belait district cited a vacancy advertisement for police recruits early this year stating, among other requirements, that four O-levels were needed.
He raised his issue through his observations of the current condition whereby the number of O-level passes were low, while some do not have enough to meet such criteria.
"The opportunities for our school levers are getting smaller, fuelling unemployment," he said.
He acknowledged the move was to enhance and strengthen the force and supported the move, but at the same time he added that the current situation should still be addressed especially in areas of unemployment.
He suggested that maybe requirements can be reviewed for students who do not meet them, citing that past requirements were Form 3 qualifications.
Another non-governmental member Orang Kaya Maha Bijaya Awang Othman Uking strongly agreed that the new requirements were rigid.
"I sympathise with the situation at the moment, I have received feedback from some of our youth that such requirements were too tight," he said.
Bakar Mansor, a non-governmental member from the Brunei-Muara district also supported the issue raised concerning the youth and added another concern.
"Criminals today are getting smarter with a more global outlook whereby there has been cases of scams through SMS," he said raising the the need to highlight such cases.
Dato Paduka Awang Yunos Mohd Noh, on the other hand highlighted the need to carry out security screenings of all foreign workers ensuring national security.
He said that there were about 75,000 foreign workers in Brunei holding jobs ranging from professionals to manual workers.
"We do know that there is a need to complete medical tests but there should also be some form of criminal-record screening before they come here," he said.
The Brunei Times