Course participants visit enterprising Temburong MPKs

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SEVERAL village consultative councils (MPKs) in the Temburong District yesterday received 35 government officers and staff members as part of the ongoing Civil Service Institution course.

Members of the MPKs shared their successes at developing individual village products in the district.

The visit began with a briefing on the importance of the village and mukim institutions, delivered by Senior Special Duties Officer at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Hj Matusin Orang Kaya Sura Hj Tuba.

In the briefing held in the Muafakat Hall of the Government Department Complex in Bangar, Hj Matusin spoke of the development of specialised village products across the district under the national One Village, One Product (OVOP) scheme, which aims to improve the quality and variety of local products and services.

Course participants, who are about to enter retirement, were then brought to visit the Senukoh MPK to observe the process of yellow noodle production under its Women’s Bureau, before proceeding to Batu Apoi MPK to witness the production of ambulong (sago).

The trip then continued to the Belais dan Buda-Buda MPK, which won national renown for garnering the Bronze Medal during the Excellent Village Awards of 2009.

They ended the visit at Puni MPK, famed for their salted egg processing.

According to Hj Noor Husseini Hj Mohd Hussein, Acting Training Officer as well as Retirement Preparations Course Coordinator for the Civil Service Institution, the course visits aimed to expose the participants who were about to enter retirement to the importance of their participation in village activities.

It is expected that such visits can inspire those about to end their civil service to increase their efforts and social spirit so that they may be able to continue their contributions to the nation through their villages, non-governmental organisations and takmir (mosque management).

Hj Noor also hoped that keeping themselves busy in future retirement will contribute to a happier, more meaningful and organised life.

Course participants also visited several successful small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in various locations throughout the eight-day course.

The Brunei Times