Changes proposed for Excellent Village Award

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

DISTRICT representatives of the State Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday suggested changes be made to the Excellent Village Award (AKC) and lauded the concept of the nationwide competition in assisting with the country's development.

Kampung Belais dan Buda-Buda of Mukim Bokok in Temburong District won the competition in February and awarded the bronze, the highest prize awarded this year.

Belait representative Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad said district officers should not be on the judging committee as they may be biased or a conflict of interest could arise.

Home Affairs Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof replied that the judging panel also comprised ministrial representatives .

However, he added, "We will review and improve by conducting a post-mortem regarding the adjudication process, particularly the membership of the committee.".

Brunei-Muara representative Hj Bakar Mansor proposed that every mukim (sub-district) be given an annual budget to help develop the village products within the mukim, with the budget based on to the mukim's population.

On this, Pehin Dato Hj Adanan said the government this year had allocated some $200,000 to develop domestic "economic activities".

He added that a further $220,000 was made available to mukim and village consultative councils taking part in the AKC.

Temburong District had many products under development, such as ambulong and handicrafts, amd hence were given some $28,000 by the ministry, Pehin Dato Hj Adanan said.

The minister also said that Brunei-Muara District was given $13,998 for similar development.

Meanwhile, about $5,000 was given to the Belait District to develop their chilli products and handicrafts, while Tutong had received $3,080, he added.

He said these funds were given based on the district's requests.

The Brunei Times