LegCo member: Seize the opportunities to do business’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A COMMUNITY leader called for villagers to actively take part in efforts to increase economic development in the country such as by promoting business activities.
The call was made by Yang Berhormat Hj Jumat Akim, a member of the Legislative Council and head of Kg Putat, on the sidelines of a ‘Campaign Promoting Free Transport on Public Bus Number 46 for Mukim Lumapas Residents’ on Monday.
“The opportunity to do business in Brunei is wide open, now that facilities such as fast approval for business licenses is available,” said YB Hj Jumat.
“It is now all up to the country’s residents and citizens to seize the opportunities presented in response to the titah of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, to improve the livelihood of the people in the country,” he said.
This includes the important role of each village consultative council (MPK) in promoting the government-led One Village One Product (OVOP) initiative.
The OVOP initiative aims to develop and encourage economic projects and local businesses within the villages. Since 2009, the initiative has progressed rapidly and has encouraged villages to come up with their own products.
He cited Kg Putat as an example. Kg Putat has been featuring its crispy tumpi ( a local type of pancake), kuih baulu pelangi (rainbow baulu cakes), various handicrafts and the village’s recreational herb garden which is located close to the Brunei and Limbang border.
He hoped that the products by various MPKs can be promoted, not only in the country, but also in the international arena.
Meanwhile, commenting on the flood prevention efforts in the Lumapas area, he said that a number of sewage or drains have been constructed by the Ministry of Development.
In the last few years, the severity of flooding has been reduced with the improvement of waterways of rivers and the widening of drains, he said.
“Alhamdulillah, the problem of flooding has been reduced. We can’t 100 per cent stop flooding but we are making the efforts to reduce its impact,” he said.
So far, although it rains heavily, it has not resulted in flooding. This is because the waterways have been cleared of debris and drains are widened since 2010, he added.
He urged the villagers to maintain the cleanliness of the environment by not throwing rubbish into the river and along the roadside.
The Brunei Times