MCYS plans to improve Pusat Bahagia Temburong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE government plans to improve Pusat Bahagia Temburong for the convenience of the special needs students and their trainers, said the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yussof said during yesterday’s 12th Session of the Legislative Council (LegCo) that Pusat Bahagia Temburong, the centre for special needs people in the district, must have a conducive environment.
He was responding to a question from LegCo member YB Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahad on the ministry’s long-term plan on Pusat Bahagia Temburong.
YB Hj Sulaiman asked whether the centre, which was established in 1989, should have its own building as the current centre has limited rooms to accommodate trainers and special needs people.
“This ministry is aware of the centre’s importance and our long-term plan is to provide a more conducive infrastructure that meets the requirements of trainers and students,” the minister said.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Halbi said the ministry is currently revising its long-term plan, which includes scouting for better location to make access easier for trainers, students and their families.
The minister noted he was aware that the centre should have been fully renovated through the budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year.
However, the initial plan to fully renovate the entire building in 2013 was withdrawn to maintain the heritage of the building, the minister said.
The initial plan was to build and design more rooms for activities, exhibition galleries, mini-meeting room and store rooms, YB Pehin Dato Hj Halbi said.
“However, the renovation plan was discontinued to maintain the heritage of the building as any expansion work is feared to affect its original design,” YB Pehin Dato Hj Halbi said.
“Therefore, the budget for 2014/2015 only focused on repairing the fences around the building and fixing damaged toilets (in the centre),” the minister said.
According to a 2013 report posted at the website of Radio Televisyen Brunei, Pusat Bahagia Temburong had only seven student trainees when it was established in 1989. The centre is under the Community Development Department (JAPEM), an agency under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Pusat Bahagia Temburong was established to guide and train people with special needs to communicate and become productive members of the community.
The Brunei Times