| Daniel Lim |
MINISTER of Communications Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat visited the Mumong post office at Jalan Dipa Negara yesterday to discuss the current and future development plans of the Postal Services Department in the Belait District.
Accompanying the minister were Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications (MinCom) Haji Azhar bin Haji Ahmad, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MinCom Dr Haji Supry bin Haji Awang Ladi, as well as senior officers from the MinCom and Postal Services Department.
The delegation was taken on a tour of the post office and its various facilities, and briefed on the facilities and history of the two-year-old building by Acting Postmaster General Haji Rozaly bin Haji Saidon.
Haji Rozaly pointed out that the Mumong post office completed construction in 2015 under the 8th National Development Plan and has since been providing various services to the community in the surrounding area. Among these include the usual letter or parcel sending and collection services, as well as service counters where visitors can purchase stamps and renew their vehicle and driving licences.
Meanwhile, an officer at the post office highlighted that there are also plans to further develop the post office to house rooms and facilities for the use of local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
Also brought up at the briefing were the various rooms and warehouses being made available to the general public to rent.
The rental pricing options for these facilities are being discussed among the authorities.
It was pointed out that a fixed monthly rental rate of $2.50 per square feet for the facilities and rooms at the post office had been set.
Other matters discussed included the establishment of a philatelic stamp museum, which will allow the Postal Services Department and the Brunei Darussalam National Philatelic Association to exhibit various stamps the department printed, bringing to the fore Brunei’s rich culture and heritage.
It was also explained to the minister that the Mumong post office is looking at the possibility of allowing potential local businesses – such as those not related to the postal services – to set up their outlets at the post office.
This is part of the post office’s wider initiative to provide ‘value-added services’ for residents and businesses in the surrounding area.