Vow on locals’ job security

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE government will continue to ensure job security of locals in the oil and gas sector amid the gloomy global economic situation, said the minister of energy and industry at the Prime Minister’s Office.

In his closing remarks at the 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar urged locals employed in the hydrocarbon industry to come forward if they are facing unresolved issues.

“The government will do its best to defend the job security of locals despite the challenging economic climate. This is because the government is very concerned with this matter.

“Our government is striving to meet and listen to the voices of our locals at various oil and gas companies to see the reality of their situation,” said the minister, adding that many locals in the sector had been assisted in the matter.

The minister went on to say that the government has reviewed the issues in a “comprehensive and holistic manner involving all parties” to avoid one-sided views.

He said locals must ensure they maintain their work performance and good discipline as these are important aspects to keep their jobs.

At the same session, Second Finance Minister YB Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim said the 2016/2017 fiscal year is the “most challenging” fiscal period to date.

“Our focus must be directed at developing the business and investment so the private sector will become the agent of economic growth that can contribute to capital formation and spur more employment opportunities for our locals as the majority of employment is still shouldered by the government,” he said.

The Brunei Times