Ban on use, sale of fireworks stands

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE complete ban of sales and use of fireworks stands, said the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).

THE RBPF said that no permits have been issued to any companies in Brunei for the sale of fireworks.

The move, said Acting Director of Operation Senior Superintendent Pg Hj Muhammad Pg Hj Metali, was to further ensure the safety of the people during the upcoming Hari Raya celebration.

Fireworks played late at night also disturbs the community’s peace, he said, as there may be people who need the silence to rest from their fatigue or illnesses.

In a press conference held at the RBPF Headquarters yesterday, the acting director reminded members of the public that the selling, owning or importing of firecrackers and fireworks is an offence under the Chapter 58 of the Firearms and Explosives Act.

“It is an offence liable to a jail term of not less than five years and not more than 15 years, and a minimum of three strokes and maximum of 12 strokes of canes, as well as a fine up to $3,000 if found guilty,” he said.

The acting director of operations also reminded the public to remain vigilant during the Raya festivities to prevent any unwanted incidents from happening.

He advised the public to always ensure that their homes are properly locked before going out to visit their relatives, not to put their valuables outside their houses and to always switch on their lights, especially at night.

“It is also advisable to inform the neighbours, village heads or nearby police stations or posts if the house will be left for a long time,” he said.

The Brunei Times