Ministry holds Hijrah talk
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism yesterday welcomed the new Islamic year 1438 Hijrah by organising a religious talk that touched on how a Muslim nation like Brunei Darussalam can develop and diversify the economy.
The talk entitled “Hijrah and Economic Development” was presented by the Deputy Dean of the Economics and Islamic Finance Faculty of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Dr Kamaru Salam Yusof.
He said that if Bruneians truly looked into the teachings of Islam and embodied the Islamic values that encourage its followers to work hard, it will enable the country to strengthen the economy through high productivity, especially within the primary industry.
The primary industry is the sector of the economy making direct use of natural resources and this includes agriculture, fishing, forestry and mining.
“We may be a small country (but) we do have the capability of high production, if done right.
“Farmers in Brunei should strive to explore agricultural technology that the world has to offer (and) implement them here,” he said.
Furthermore, he said that the Muslim population in the country should also understand that pahala or blessings are not only attained through ibadah because working hard and working sincerely will also bring blessings.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Apong said in agriculture, farmers should always have the mindset of increasing production.
“It is not enough (for farmers) to produce enough just to sustain themselves, it’s not only about attaining profit, it’s about enabling the industry to penetrate the export market (and) contribute to the country’s GDP,” he said.
Also present at the event were Permanent Secretary, Dr Hj Abd Manaf Hj Metussin and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism), Wardi Hj Mohd Ali.
The event was held at the Setia Pahlawan Hall, in Berakas and was also held to welcome back three members of the ministry who returned recently from performing the Haj.
The Brunei Times