Belait residents hope for more TV coverage

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BELAIT

SOME Belait residents hoped for more TV coverage of the State Legislative Council meetings so that the public will be able to keep up with the latest issues raised at the meetings.

Hj Morsidi, 49, who works at a private telecommunication company, said that it was a good stepping stone that our country is setting up a parliament, but TV coverage on the State Legislative Council sitting was insufficient.

"I've only heard of the State Legislative Council meeting through my colleagues and by reading the daily newspapers," he told The Brunei Times.

He added that Radio Television Brunei (RTB) needs to play a bigger role in creating greater awareness on current local issues among the public.

There is a lot of competition between the local channel and cable television such as Astro, he said.

"People seem to prefer foreign channels, so RTB needs to find a way to get the interests of Bruneian viewers. That way more people will be more aware on the developments during the LegCo sessions," he added.

Hj Morsidi hoped that the ministers will consider issues pertaining to future planning, especially in the areas of economy and development.

He said that the meeting should be a platform to discuss workforce problems facing the country, as human resources play a vital role in the development of the country.

A 19-year-old pre university student, who declined to be named, also agreed that there is a lack of broadcast media coverage on the legislative council.

"Although newspapers publish the issues discussed during the meetings, I still feel that it is not enough," she said.

"My suggestion is that RTB should start a new channel just to provide full length coverage on the sessions," she added.

She also hoped that members of the council would find constructive solutions on the problems brought up during the meetings.

Hjh Hasnah, a 49-year-old Brunei Shell Petroleum employee, said she tries to keep up to date with news on the State Legislative Council meeting and their discussions through the newspaper and television.

"The most interesting topics so far were regarding SMEs and medicine shortages," she said.

She added that she would like to see more discussions on environmental issues and infrastructure development of the country, particularly in the Belait district.

A female education officer in her 30s, who also did not want to be named, made an interesting suggestion.

She said that an official website or forum should be set up so that not only residents in KB, but also in other parts of the country, can log on and read about the issues at any time.

The Brunei Times