| Ishan Ibrahim |
WITHOUT due regard to the rule of law, society will cease to function and will not be respected. Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman said this yesterday at the launch of the enforcement roadshow and briefing held at the Ministry of Development.
The minister was reiterating a point made by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a 2010 titah, in which the monarch had expressed concern over the welfare and safety of the public being threatened by a section of the community that willfully conducts actions that go against the rules and regulations.
This has necessitated the need for enforcement agencies to be strong in enforcing the law, and a lack of commitment will only burden the nation as a whole.
Consequently, the Ministry of Development has taken necessary steps to strengthen enforcement procedures, the minister said, before he went on to list several government agencies and their jurisdictions.
PBYLKK (Penyelarasan dan Penyatuan Kawasan kawalan Pihak Berkuasa Yang Layak Kawalan Kemajuan) is the government agency responsible for the developmental aspects of the nation. This government agency has its own role to play in the enforcement of regulations and acts relating to the development of land and buildings. Permission for such development can only be granted by PBYLKK or the Municipal Board, based on site location.
PBYLKK is the agency responsible for advertisement placement/display. Regulations 3(2) Town and Country Planning (Development Control) 1972 Act, namely the Town and Planning Regulations (Advertisements Control), states that any display of advertisements or signage has to first be granted written permission from the relevant authority.
The construction and installation of entry roads, drainage systems and public utilities, the minister pointed out, fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Roads, Public Works Department.
Meanwhile, the Fire and Rescue Department had been given the mandate (under PBD 12 Regulations) to be the enforcement authority associated with fire and rescue guidelines and regulations.
The Department of Electricity is authorised (under the Electric Act Section 71) to enforce laws in connection with illegal installation of electrical wiring that violate the guidelines.
The Department of Environment, Ministry of Health, is responsible for environmental health issues, and is tasked with ensuring the general impact of development does not threaten the well-being of the environment and its inhabitants.
“Necessary steps must be taken to ensure regulations are duly followed. Enforcement agencies should also have relevant information to avert from taking action based on weak facts.
“These agencies are responsible for the compilation of data that are relevant, accurate and backed by pictures and information that can be utilised for the sake of a fair and just conclusion,” the minister explained.
He later called on the general public to adhere to the stipulated rules and regulations, and for the penghulus and village heads to ensure the right information is fed to the public.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Development Hj Muhammad Lutfi bin Haji Abdullah also emphasised on the need for the public to abide by the rules in place. The day later saw personnel from the Town and Country Planning Department, Housing Development, Department of Roads and the Land Department holding briefings for the attendees which comprised penghulus, village heads, community leaders and Ministry of Development personnel.