MoHA to introduce agency to manage upkeep of buildings
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) is looking to introduce an agency that will act as a centre to control and manage affairs of buildings, including its maintenance, safety and cleanliness.
Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong, during yesterday’s 12th LegCo session, said MoHA is reviewing a proposal to introduce the Central Management Policy (CMP) which will require owners of building complexes to be united so buildings in Kg Ayer can be managed more efficiently.
This was a response to a question raised by Yang Berhormat Hj Zulkifli Hj Abdul Hamid on the current development and progress of Kampong Ayer.
The MoHA minister said in beautifying Kampong Ayer and to ensure local residents in the area remain safe, a plan is being reviewed for the suitability of the original plan in transforming Kampong Ayer into Brunei’s centre of heritage by the year 2035.
He said after the reviewing, focus will be given to initiatives that will generate economic activities and provide jobs to locals.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Abu Bakar also added that issues on buildings located at the Kampong Ayer area are controlled through the Minor Offences of Kampong Ayer Buildings Act, in which construction of houses built in Kampong Ayer should be based on the guidelines that are approved by the Act.
The minister said to prevent the spread of house fires, houses in Kampong Ayer should be built in a way that is safe and should be spaced 20 feet from other houses.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Abu Bakar said there are existing houses which were built before the introduction of the said Act, but noted that the Act only applies to houses built after its introduction.
Regarding the issues of dilapidated and collapsed houses in Kampong Ayer, the home affairs minister assured that the Brunei-Muara District Office, in collaboration with grassroot leaders and village heads, are actively assessing the affected houses and identifying the sources of its damage.
This includes conducting a population census and discussions with home owners to take necessary actions, so relevant authorities can decide whether to demolish or repair the houses, said YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Abu Bakar.
The Brunei Times