Be up-to-date with matters of national interest, LegCo told

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THE Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday was urged to equip itself with data that is constantly up-to-date to avoid insignificant and trivial dialogue during the annual proceedings.

At the very least, the council should have its very own library which is vastly comprehensive with information on matters of national interest so that its members are able to conduct accurate and specific research.

The proposal was voiced out by Yang Berhormat Datin Paduka Hjh Zasia Sirin in a bid to make the annual parliamentary session more productive.

YB Datin Hjh Zasia suggested that the library can be used by the appointed members who are diversely skilled and professional in their research.

In her vote of thanks, she explained the proposed database or library was part of efforts to steer LegCo deliberation towards issues of strategic importance.

While many constructive ideas were put forward during the annual parliamentary session over the years, some members have also raised repetitive or ill-researched questions that eat into valuable discussion time.

During the LegCo session in 2015, a member inquired whether there were any incentives to entice local employees to stay in the private sector. Second Finance Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim responded by reminding the council that the issue of private sector incentives had been discussed at length in previous proceedings. In her vote of thanks yesterday, YB Datin Hjh Zasia said the questions and views voiced at LegCo should be for the benefit of the people and the country.

She further pointed out the council needed additional manpower to ensure proposals can be followed-up following the proceedings, but she also acknowledged the suggestion was unlikely to be approved given the current economic downturn.

“We shall leave it to the wisdom of concerned parties, and it is also hoped the ministries will extend their support and cooperation in realising these recommendations,” she said.

The Brunei Times