MPKs launch new village products
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
FOUR village consultative councils (MPKs) in Brunei-Muara district yesterday introduced various local products under the government-led One Village, One Product (OVOP) initiative during the opening ceremony of the OVOP Expo at Times Square.
The event saw the launch of dried prawn, smoked fish (ikan tahai) and smoked fish hot sauce from MPK Area 2, RPN Rimba; _tumpi _or a local type of pancake and stingless bee honey from MPK Limau Manis; and traditional delicacies such as kelupis bajalin, dalamu, penyaram and bubur si bujang from MPK Sengkurong ‘B’.
The ceremony also marked the launch of new packaging for seafood products from MPK Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun and Pelumpong.
Present to officiate the expo was Acting Brunei-Muara District Officer Misle Hj Abd Karim.
Acting Assistant Brunei-Muara District Officer Awang Rosdin Hj Abdul Aziz, who is also the chairman of the event, said the expo aims to provide a platform for marketable village products which can help the MPKs in the district generate income and increase economic growth in the villages.
“In addition, each MPK can promote their products and allow the public to place orders during the expo,” said Awang Rosdin in his remarks.
The expo, which is being held for the second time this year, is organised by the Product Development Unit of the Mukim and Village Institution under Brunei-Muara District. He said the first expo took place in February, with two more scheduled also this year.
Speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony, Hjh Rukiah Hj Mohammad Yassin, chairman 1 of the Women’s Association under MPK Sengkurong ‘B’, said about 80 women in the association are actively involved in the making of these traditional delicacies.
Hjh Rukiah said those who want to order kelupis bajalin, one of the famous traditional delicacies from MPK Sengkurong ‘B’, can contact the village head.
Mohamad Hj Kabon, Village Head of Area 2, RPN Rimba, said the production of fish products is meant to help the villagers earn extra income, especially the youth.
“Anyone in the village who is interested in selling the products can come to us,” said Mohamad, adding that the prices range from $3 to $10, depending on the weight.
The expo runs until Sunday from 10am to 10pm but will close temporarily from 12pm to 2pm today for the Friday prayer.
The Brunei Times