‘Know the legal aspects of your job to perform well’

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THE Attorney General yesterday called for government officers to understand more about the legal knowledge and principles within their scope of duties to ensure effective performance of their jobs.

Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Paduka Hjh Hayati POKSDSP Hj Mohd Salleh said this yesterday in her keynote speech at the Public Officers’ Law Seminar: ‘Understanding The Law 2016’ held at the Civil Service Institute.

The attorney general hoped the two-day seminar can serve as a platform for civil servants to understand general legal principles that are relevant to public officers in order to promote an effective performance of duties that involves those within the bounds of the law.

“You may rightly ask: ‘Why me? Why can’t I just leave the law to the lawyers or my ministers or my heads?’ However, the legal ‘know-how’ is one of the key components in ensuring desired results are attained,” she said.

“This seminar isn’t just about us in chambers but more about you and us in public service. It’s designed to endear you to us in the sense that it serves as an introduction to the basic and general legal landscape that you are likely to encounter in the course of your day to day work in the hope that we can understand each other better and work with each other better.”

She stressed the need for government workers to be informed on the legal process and legislation that is relevant to their respective organisations including what steps to take if one has been summoned to court, what kind of procurement rules an individual should know and to what extent documents and data can be shared.

“If you or your agency are given some powers under the law, to what extent should you exercise your discretion? What should we do when we receive poison letters? What should we prepare when there are appeals to my minister? Brunei has ratified the treaty and our minister signed the memorandum of understanding — what now?”

She said civil servants have different roles and different talents but all are entrusted by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to serve the nation.

YB Datin Seri Paduka Hjh Hayati said the monarch has reminded the public in various titah to be progressive, proactive and efficient and to uphold the integrity of public service to ensure that it earns trust, adding this is key to social and economic progress.

The Brunei Times