LegCo members meet with community leaders
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A LEGISLATIVE council member yesterday held a meeting with heads of Zone 4 villages of Brunei-Muara district at the Brunei-Muara District Office yesterday to discuss their problems and issues that could be brought to the coming Legislative Council session in March.
The villages involved were all of the 27 villages under Mukim Pengkalan Batu, Mukim Lumapas, Mukim Sengkurong and Mukim Kilanas.
In his opening speech, Yang Berhormat Hj Jumat Akim who is also head of Kg Putat said that among issues and concerns to be taken note of include efforts and suggestions to improve the economy of villages and mukims that could provide a steady and sustainable income for the community.
Issues that were discussed during the closed door meeting also included efforts to address problems of poverty and welfare, environment, natural disaster and its effect to the community and to fight against smuggling especially of government-subsidised goods.
Head of Kg Tanjung Nangka Hj Lamat Nawang told The Brunei Times that during the meeting, among the suggestions and concerns forwarded was the state of the village’s drainage which could be considered faulty, and could cause flooding should there be heavy downpour.
He also said that recurring suggestion brought forward includes raising the pension monies received by senior citizens per month, which was categorised within the welfare concerns of the people.
YB Hj A Ahmad Hj Husain also held similar meeting in December last year where grassroots leaders of Mukim Berakas “A” and Mukim Berakas “B” Zone 1 were brought together at the same area.
Issues discussed at the time include the problems of stray dogs roaming around villages, road construction and the installation of traffic lights around roundabouts.
YB Hj Jumat in his opening however, noted that issues to be suggested and brought forward should take note of its national importance both in short and long term.
Present to observe the meeting was the Acting Brunei-Muara District Officer Mislee Hj Abd Karim.
The Brunei Times