PMO budget to focus on crime busters, security initiatives
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A NUMBER of measures to combat crime were suggested during the afternoon proceedings yesterday in reaction to the budget allocation for the Prime Minister’s Office.
Delivered by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim, the Second Finance Minister at PMO, a huge chunk of the budget will go to combatting crime as well as improving the capabilities of enforcement agencies in handling national crisis as well as transnational crime.
Yang Berhormat Hj Jumat Akim, a LegCo member cum village head of Kg Putat said that the authorities should give attention to the pressing issue of smuggling of subsidised goods such as diesel fuel and sugar, which often occurs in places near the nation’s borders.
He added that the relevant authorities should consider providing new mechanisms that will prevent such smuggling activities.
Similarly, Yang Berhormat Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahad, the village head of Kg Belingos, also gave suggestions regarding the conduct of Immigration Control Posts at Labu and Ujong Jalan.
He said that a designated lane for vehicular inspection should be established at the Immigration Control Posts mentioned, adding that currently, vehicular inspections are done in lanes used by the general public.
Therefore, he said, vehicles that are being inspected due to suspicions of carrying contraband are within the view of the public, which he added, may have negative social implications.
He also suggested the establishment of a Police Control Post in Mukim Bukok as the previous one he said, has long been demolished as it was no longer safe to be used.
“In my opinion, due to the rising population of Mukim Bukok, it really needs a new Police Security Post to replace the previous one,” said YB Hj Sulaiman.
As the proceedings went on, it was announced by YB Pehin Dato Hj Abdul Rahman that there were certain topics in relation to certain departments under PMO, such as the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), were deemed to be “sensitive”.
As a result, two LegCo members, Yang Berhormat Hj Gapor Karim and Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Yusof Dulamin retracted their inquiries.
Concerns regarding the neighbourhood watch programme were also raised, namely by Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah Hj Mohd Ja’afar regarding the lack of neighbourhood watch groups in the Tutong district.
He also added rounds made by the RBPF should be done more often, and if possible, on a daily basis as it will ensure the safety of the public as well as better the perception of the public towards the RBPF.
All of the inquiries that were made in relation to crime was then addressed by YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office.
In his response, he declined to address the inquiry made by YB Hj Sulaiman, adding that to answer will implicate the operational affairs of the BKN.
Regarding the Police Security Post in Mukim Bukok also suggested by YB Hj Sulaiman, YB Pehin Dato (Dr) Hj Mohd Yasmin said that currently the mukim does not require a security post as the crime rate is low and controlled by the authorities.
In response to YB Hj Abdullah, he said that the RBPF are already ready in establishing neighbourhood watch groups in the Tutong district, however he added, “it would seem that the residents of Tutong are not ready for it.”
The Brunei Times