Lack of interaction between leaders, public block progress
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ISSUES requiring urgent attention should be dealt with immediately instead of waiting for the next meeting to highlight the nature of the problem, said the Minister of Home Affairs.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman said that there seems to be a ‘communication breakdown’ in getting attention and assistance for issues that require immediate attention.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs and the department within it will always welcome any Legislative Council member to get feedback on the welfare of the people and citizens.
“If issues of such nature can be solved at a district level, do not wait for the Legislative Council to meet to finally discuss those issues,” asserted the home affairs minister.
“Especially for Village Heads, I am puzzled with the issues voiced. It is as though there is a communication breakdown between the village heads and the district office? This is an issue that I will look into,” he added.
This was addressed by the minister in response to Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Maharaja Kerna Dato Paduka Seri Hj Yaakub Pehin Orang Kaya Maharaja Diraja Dato Paduka Hj Zainal regarding the potential dangers associated with boat jetties that are not equipped with hand railings for the elderly or facilities to assist those with special needs.
Other issues that were brought up by district level representatives included an allowance for village heads for delivering old age pension, to immediately fill up vacant village head posts instead of having another village head temporarily take over responsibility for the village, and misplaced and absent village signage amongst others.
The Brunei Times