MCYS budget reduced by 14.9%

National 2 minutes, 2 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) yesterday proposed a budget of more than $85 million for 2016/2017 which is about a 14.9 per cent reduction compared to the 2015/2016 fiscal year allocation.

The minister, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof said that the proposed budget which is $85,131,230 would cover salaries, recurring expenses, and special expenditure.

He said that the proposed budget will be spent strategically following the ministry’s priorities that include efforts to uphold the Malay Islamic Monarchy ideology and Wawasan 2035, the ministry’s core programmes, improving the productivity of the country’s people through sports and recreation as well as capacity building of youths, alleviating poverty and strengthening the institution of the family.

“The MCYS will continue routine programmes and explore new initiatives,” said the minister on how the ministry would centre its spending based on the 2016/2017 fiscal year theme of strengthening the economic conditions of the country.

These initiatives would have a spillover effect to the culture and arts field in generating economic activities, he said.

A total of $50,000 was proposed for projects to empower reading culture where the ministry plans on strengthening its book fairs and carnivals.

“There are also plans to set up ‘district museums’ in a move to promote cultural heritage and increase the number of Mukim Buku (community libraries).

For youth programmes, a proposed amount of $1.5 million was put forward for the National Service Programme or PKBN while $200,000 would go towards the Program Belia Berdikari (Independent Youth Programme).

The ministry will continue its national sports agenda, said the MCYS minister who proposed a sum of $4 million be allocated on the maintenance of its assets alongside a sports bank account to the tune of $208, 000.

For the Department of Community Development (JAPEM), the ministry will continue to empower vulnerable members of society especially those facing difficulties, said YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi.

“The ministry through the National Council on Social Issues (MKIS) is looking at steps that is more reasonable and sustainable to help empower these groups of people to be more self-sustainable in improving their financial status and for them to leave the midst of poverty,” said the minister.

Skill training programmes to empower those receiving welfare and to deal with issues of poverty will receive $60,000 of the proposed budget while programmes to strengthen the institution of the family and non-government organisations will each get $250,000 and $200,000 respectively.

The Brunei Times