Seria leadership to meet pensioners next week

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A MEETING and a rehearsal on a revised pension payment system in Mukim Seria are set for December 18 at the District Office Hall in Seria.

The meeting, to be chaired by the Belait District Officer, will invite pensioners and the Mukim leadership to iron out issues and familiarise themselves with the revised system a week before it trials in next month’s pension distribution. This was announced at yesterday’s emergency meeting held at the Belait District Office in response to pension distribution issues recently reported by the local media.

Led by Belait District Officer Hj Haris Othman, committee members of Mukim Seria’s Mukim and Village Consultative Councils (MPM and MPK) held open discussions with the Community Development Department (JAPEM) and the District Office as all parties attempted to seek practical solutions to public gripes on the numbering system implemented in Mukim Seria.

Mukim Seria Penghulu Hj Jamail Hj Linap said at yesterday’s mee-ting that an alert would be sent out via social media to the pensioners under the jurisdiction of Mukim Seria, Kg Pekan Seria or Kg STKRJ Lorong 3. The MPM foresees an attendance of up to 100 people.

Also present at the discussions was Legislative Council (LegCo) member and Kg Mumong Village Head Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Yusof Hj Dulamin, who shared his experiences of 13 years employing various systems in the distribution of pension payments in his village.

The LegCo member said that despite teething problems faced with the introduction of each sys-tem, the current drop-box and stamped numbering system was well-accepted, with only two days required to complete distributions to just over 1,000 recipients of Kg Mumong.

“Although the issue has been publicly brought up against one Mukim, all of us who are village heads feel the burden of blame because we are one institution. However, we consider this a test… and we will work together to find a solution to the issue,” said YB Hj Mohd Yusof, who advised pensioners not to be aggressive in collecting payments and that gratefulness in receiving His Majesty’s government’s gift would gain more pahala for themselves.

“Personally, I will do my best. Most importantly, all pensioners should receive their payments and are happy with my service… at least we are transparent,” remarked Hj Jamail.

Head of JAPEM in Belait, Noridah Hj Ishak, also reminded village heads to continue monitoring the well-being of elderly pensioners in whichever system would be used for distributions to prevent potential abuse.

Concluding discussions, Hj Haris thanked all stakeholders for acting quickly to resolve the pension distribution issues, particularly in Mukim Seria and hoped that their remedial actions would result in a more comfortable and secure experience for pensioners.

“I ask that people be more understanding… towards a more disciplined society appreciative of His Majesty’s government,” said the District Officer, reiterating the priorities of the district towards safeguarding the safety, peace and harmony of the villages and mukims.

Media representatives were also invited to submit feedback and information based on initial interactions with the public.

The Brunei Times