I AM an expatriate doctor who had been working in Brunei as a medical officer for nearly two decades. I was very happy when His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam announced the new scheme for doctors with effect from October 9 in 2010.
I was also happy to know that papers were being processed and many doctors got into the new scheme and backdated arrears were paid to them.
Whenever I enquired , I got the reply that my papers and other doctors’ papers were under process and it was a slow process. However, all doctors are entitled for the new scheme and my arrears will be paid in retrospect.
I finished my contract with the Ministry of Health in the middle of this year. Before I left, I reminded the Office of the Director General of Medical Services that my retrospective payment (which is rightfully mine) has not come yet. I was made to understand repeatedly that my papers will be processed soon and all outstanding payments will be made.
But a few weeks before I finished my contract, I came to understand that the secretary was told not to process my papers for no apparent reason.
I have now left Brunei and back in my country. My outstanding arrears based on His Majesty’s titah on October 9, 2010 will amount to tens of thousands of dollars. Will the MoH pay me this money? If not, isn’t it against the wishes of His Majesty’s good gesture?
I also understand that many doctors who left service had not been paid their arrears due to them.
Can the MoH look into this?
– Seeking justice