Brunei pledges social welfare support

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THE government has spearheaded efforts to protect and promote social welfare, which is available for the needs of all citizens, the culture, youth and sports minister said.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yussof said the government was developing society towards prosperity, through strategies to change attitudes and increase capabilities.

According to the minister, social welfare which is aimed to care for those in need is based on five core principles — protection, rehabilitation, prevention, development and integration.

The minister said children, the differently-abled, senior citizens, troubled families, those in poverty and disaster victims are the main target group when it comes to enabling situations or atmospheres that will allow them to enjoy their right as citizens and prosper.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi was speaking during the ninth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (AMMSWD) in Jakarta yesterday.

The meeting, which was themed ‘Strengthening Social Welfare Development in Pursuing ASEAN Community Vision 2025’, saw participating ministers approve the 2016-2020 Action Plan for rapid progress in targeting a satisfactory standard of life for the ASEAN Community to prosper in a peaceful region.

The meeting was chaired by Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawansa.

Meanwhile, during the fifth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development Plus Three (AMMSWD+3), YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi expressed appreciation to China, Japan and South Korea for consistently holding projects and cooperation programmes that have provided both benefits and experience to ASEAN.

According to a Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports press statement, the minister’s speech was read out by Bruneian Ambassador to Indonesia Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Hj Yussof Hj Abdul Rahman, during the fifth AMMSWD+3. 

The Brunei Times