Public supports 2nd meeting of LegCo
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MEMBERS of the public welcomed the proposal for biannual sessions whereby a second meeting for the 12th Legislative Council was suggested to review budget allocations which have been passed for the new fiscal year.
When interviewed, most members of the public included LegCo members agreed that a second meeting would help the nation in ensuring that projects for the new fiscal year run on schedule.
During the 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) Session that ended last week, Yang Berhormat Orang Kaya Jaya Putera Dato Paduka Hj Muhammad Taha Abd Rauf proposed that the second meeting should be conducted in September or October of this year.
He said that the ultimate aim of the meeting would be to share information on how much of the budget for the new fiscal year has been used and to make sure that the budget is handled well.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad said that the second meeting should solely focus on how the budget for the new fiscal year has been spent.
He added that the suggestion for biannual sessions is not new, as it has been brought up in previous sessions by other LegCo members, however there was never a response by the government.
“If possible, it would be great that in the second meeting that the government would be forthcoming with the details of where the budget allocations go to and how much has been spent,” he said.
Another LegCo member, Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Yusof Dulamin said that the proposed second meeting will show the nation the government’s capabilities in managing budget allocations as well as projects.
Meanwhile, Muhd Afif Afham Zaini, 23, a student who is currently taking his Higher National Diploma at a private institution said that the second meeting should be used to handle delays in projects, should there be any.
“I think the second meeting would be a perfect platform to address any delays before it becomes an issue that will affect residents of the nation,” he said. Muhd Yazid Aji, 24, said that the second meeting should involve related agencies and the private sector that are involved in government projects through tenders. “I think that if representatives from the private sector such as banks or contractors were involved (in the LegCo meetings), they would be helpful in addressing any concerns or problems by the public if there are any issues as they have first-hand experience overseeing the projects,” he said. On the other hand, a Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) who wishes to be known as Ameliana said that a second LegCo meeting is unnecessary. She said that if LegCo members wish to monitor the progress on projects and budget allocations, they should approach the relevant ministries directly. “I think time should be spent on running the projects rather than discussing them, unless there is a crisis that involves one of the projects, the second meeting is not needed yet,” she added.
The Brunei Times