AGC launches new publication to enlighten public

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) launched a new publication yesterday as part of its efforts to give the public a glimpse of how it functions behind closed doors.

Attorney General Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hjh Hayati POKSDSP Hj Mohd Salleh, who also contributed to the publication, officiated the launch at the Public Officers’ Law Seminar: ‘Understanding The Law 2016’.

She said the publication, entitled Musings from Chambers: Chambers Decoded, is meant to be ‘light-hearted’. It shares various experiences and lessons learned by top level officers at the chambers.

These include former solicitor general Naimah Md Ali and Alice Khan Ahmad Khan, a senior official from the AGC who is also the publication’s chief editor.

Alice Khan said Musings from Chambers: Chambers Decoded comprises a personal collection of jottings and musings with a pinch of humour from senior management at the AGC.

The Public Officers’ Law Seminar, which kicked off yesterday and will conclude today, is being held for the first time for government officers.

It is organised by the AGC in collaboration with the Civil Service Institute of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Solicitor General and chairperson of the organising committee, Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Juanda Hj A Rashid, in his welcome remarks, said the seminar is one of the many platforms for the AGC to showcase to the public the legal aspects in dealing with their day to day duties and obligations.

He noted that it is important to stay ahead of the times and respond to challenges posed, adding that public duty officers must stay updated not just in their own job scope but also in other areas so that policy gets the desired outcome.

“Such is the duty of public officers in keeping abreast with variables and factors not only within their scope of jurisdiction but also taking account of others which may very well have an impact on their desired policy outcome. Characteristically, (it means) to be able to anticipate and be ready with contingency plans that are viable if the situation calls for such measures to be taken,” he said.

“Public officers will (also) need to take heed of the legal principles within their scope of duties and to perform such with ‘due diligence’ in ensuring that identifiable issues can be dealt with accordingly.”

He also hoped that all participants at the seminar would be able to adopt the knowledge gained from the event and effectively perform their duties while being aware of their legal responsibilities.

The Brunei Times