| Izah Azahari |
SOCIAL issues remain as one of the main concerns as the nation moves towards realising the Brunei Vision 2035, particularly so with the ongoing modernisation and development of the country. To address this, the National Social Issues Council has rolled out a number of policies and action plans.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman noted this in her speech yesterday during the official opening of the Social Issues Seminar at the Goldstone Ballroom of the Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong.
The council has identified 11 social issues that exist in Brunei. To address these issues, committees have been/are being established, among them are the Special Committee for Issues of Poverty; Special Committee for Issues of Women and Family Institution; Special Committee for Issues of Senior Citizens and Special Needs People; Special Committee for Social Mentality; Special Committee for Immoral Acts; and Special Committee for Crime (Prevention).
With this, a number of action plans have been approved and are currently being implemented, and in place are 43 strategic moves being taken by the each special committee. Meanwhile, issues of dilapidated houses, unemployment and social security are being dealt with by other government agencies.
“Efforts to control social issues require concerted actions from all parties concerned,” she said, adding, “All parties should work together and cooperate not only in efforts associated with treatment, but also in programmes relating to prevention.”
The deputy minister stressed on the fact that social issues are unavoidable, thus making it crucial that we face the matter by strengthening and stabilising family institutions with practices based on Bruneian values of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).