Over 10k sign up for e-services

National 2 minutes, 44 seconds

BELAIT

MORE than 10,000 people have applied for an e-Darussalam account, with registrations seeing a recent spike following news that an online job recruitment system would be launched soon, a senior official said.

Siti Zurainah Hj Zainal Abidin, head of e-Darussalam Section at the E-Government National Centre (EGNC), said the number of registrations have surpassed 10,000 since the electronic portal’s launch in July 2011.

Alhamdulillah, we received a positive response to the e-services offered as people are keen to enjoy the advantages of having an account... also the Public Services Commission (SPA) online recruitment system would be launched some time this month. If someone wants to apply for government jobs, they will need to use e-Darussalam as a gateway before accessing the system,” she said.

Siti Zurainah made the remarks during the e-Darussalam Roadshow at Sentral Shopping Centre (KB Sentral).

She also attributed the portal’s quicker and convenient access to services as reasons for the effectiveness of awareness campaigns such as the current roadshow in Belait, which follows similar events in Tutong and Temburong earlier in the year. More than 500 new accounts were registered in those two districts.

“We want convenience to the public... the most frequently used service (on e-Darussalam) is the Land Transport services for renewal of driving licences.

“While renewal is done online and collection is still at the Land Transport (Department offices), but at least there are different queues for that (which cuts waiting time),” Siti Zurainah added.

She could not, however, comment on the period between online renewal and collection.

Commenting on the question of e-Darussalam access in rural areas of Belait, where villagers and senior citizens had little or no access to the Internet, she believed that the relevant authorities would be looking further into connectivity issues in rural areas.

“To me, people in rural areas should have the same access and enjoy the connectivity afforded by online services... perhaps community centres with Internet could be set up and we still need people there to guide them and assist them,” she said.

Suhaibul Hj Ahmad, SPA assistant work officer (Level 1), said the widely-anticipated SPA online recruitment would appeal to the public in favour of a convenient way to apply for jobs in the civil service.

“Even documents that would support your qualifications and experience, such as university certificates can be scanned and uploaded from your home now.”

It was previously reported that the online recruitment system would be operational at the end of this month.

Muhd Zulhusin Mohd Husin, who came to the roadshow with his wife to activate his wife’s e-Darussalam account, said it was indeed the SPA services that prompted them to sign up.

“We registered during a job fair in Bandar Seri Begawan last year and when we heard about the online recruitment for SPA, we were very interested as it would allow us to look for government job vacancies,” said Muhd Zulhusin, who added that he found other online services useful.

Members of the public who missed yesterday’s roadshow at KB Sentral can still visit the booths today for registration and activation at the Grand Seria Bowling Complex. Registration can also be done at home, while activation counters in Belait can be found at the Department of Electrical Services offices in Seria and Kuala Belait.

The Brunei Times