Council ‘too big to discuss small matters’

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THE State Legislative Council's speaker, Yang Amat Mulia Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Hj Kemaludin ibni Al-Marhum Pg Bendahara Pg Anak Hj Mohd Yassin, yesterday called for Council members to bring forward less-important issues and concerns directly to the relevant ministries or departments, saying that the Council "is too big to discuss small matters".

Since the meeting began last week, Council members representing each of the four districts in the sultanate have brought forward issues and concerns affecting residents of their respective districts, such as workplace bias, food security, reducing domestic help, raising overseas study allowances, paying power bills, medicine shortages and others.

However, YAM Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Hj Kemaludin advised Council members yesterday to make suggestions or pose questions that are "truly complex."

"There are a lot more issues to be discussed. There have been days where the issues and concerns that were brought up were too insignificant for this Council. Then there will be less time for us to discuss whatever needs to be discussed in this meeting," said YAM Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Hj Kemaludin.

The Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Dato Setia Hj Mohd. Taib, said that he shared the same view.

Addressing the Council, he said, "As we conduct discussions in this Council, it has Standing Orders which need to be abided by."

"We need to maintain the dignity of our Council, so all members have to comply with the standing orders in front of us," said Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman.

"If we don't, then we (the Council) will become a Council that has reduced value to our country."

The Brunei Times