| Ishan Ibrahim |
AMONG the key issues that were brought up by the members of the Legislative Council of Brunei (LegCo) during the ‘Muzakarah’ or discussion session at the Ministry of Communications were the need to have pick-up centres fully equipped with amenities to help ease traffic congestion, the status on the renovation and expansion works of buildings and facilities at the Brunei International Airport, as well as other issues relevant to the Land Transport Department and Ports Department.
Chaired by the Minister of Communications, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the conference was held at the Ministry of Communications yesterday.
Thirteen members of the Legislative Council attended the meeting.
YB Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin voiced-out public concerns on heavy traffic on the Brunei roads such as in Jangsak, Berakas and Tutong areas.
Generally, the heavy traffic occurs during school period, especially when parents are sending and fetching their children from school. However, the traffic would usually become smooth during non-peak hours.
YB Pehin Goh suggested providing a pick-up centre which is fully equipped with facilities such as canteen, library, security and much more to allow parents to pick up their children at their own convenient time.
And for each school, he also suggested there should be a shuttle bus provided to pick up and send the students between the school and the pick-up centre with the objective to ease the traffic that would also benefit the public.
The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Abd Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary, Hjh Airah binti Hj Abdullah, heads of divisions, departments and agencies under the Ministry of Communications.
Welcoming remarks by the Minister of Communications began the session, followed by introductory remarks by YB Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah bin Hj Mohd Jaafar as representative of the delegation of the Legislative Council.
A presentation by Abd Mutalib on the Ministry’s initiatives was also held followed by discussions and updates on issues under the purview of the ministry, in particular those brought up during the 10th Legislative Council Meeting in March this year.
The session also provided a platform for the presentation of viewpoints and suggestions on how to improve service quality standards and operational efficiency for all departments under the ministry, with all parties having the opportunity to share and exchange information on relevant issues.
The ‘Muzakarah’ session also echoed the call made by the Speaker of the Legislative Council, YB Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Awg Isa bin Pehin Datu Perdana Manteri Dato Laila Utama Hj Awg Ibrahim in his closing statement during the 9th Legislative Council to hold continuous dialogues with ministries and government agencies periodically.
According to the Ministry of Communications, these dialogues ensure that issues discussed at Legislative Council sessions are further discussed efficiently and effectively.