| Faza Suraj |
WE, as global residents in a world without borders, are urged to be aware and more sensitive to threats and challenges to safety – such as terrorism, transnational crime and the negative influences and effects of media – which could affect the morals of a community and also change the landscape of a country.
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Md Yussof said this yesterday during the launch of the Belait District Security and Social Performance Roadshow at the Liang Lumut Recreation Club (LLRC).
Hosted by Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, the four-day roadshow is held as a means to improve overall security and educate the public on issues related to security and social matters. The primary objective, however, is to enhance understanding and working relations between Brunei LNG and various government enforcement and environmental agencies, the oil and gas industries within Belait and non-government organisations (NGOs).
Aside from Brunei LNG, the roadshow also sees the participation of non-government and government agencies actively involved with the aspects of safety and social matters of different areas that include religious, marine, labour, transportation, oil and gas, wildlife preservation, domestic and foreign matters.
The agencies include the Anti-Vice and Gambling Suppression Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Investigation and Traffic Control Department, Marine Police, OCPD Belait, Marine Department, Ports Authority, Land Transport Department, Narcotics Control Bureau, Royal Customs and Excise Department, Labour Department, Syariah Religious Council (Enforcement Division), Fire and Rescue Department, Fisheries Department Wildlife Division, Brunei Shell Petroleum, Brunei Methanol Company and BruWild.
The deputy minister, in his capacity as guest of honour, commended Brunei LNG for organising the roadshow, noting that it plays a critical role in raising awareness on public safety.
“I hope the outcome of efforts such as this will bring benefits and effects that will help us all in defending the safety and peace of our country from being successfully invaded by threats, foreign or even domestic in nature,” he said in his speech.
Meanwhile, Brunei LNG’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mohamad bin Haji Awang Damit noted that from a holistic point of view, efforts made by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company, Brunei LNG, TOTAL and Brunei Methanol Company and other related agencies are aligned with the Brunei Vision 2035.
“To achieve this (Brunei Vision 2035), it needs a national strategy that covers economic stability and the relevance of defending the Sultanate’s interests to ensure that Brunei will continue to relish prosperity.”
The public is welcome to visit the roadshow until Saturday between 9 am and 4pm, except for a break from 11.30am to 2pm on Friday to allow for Friday prayers. Brunei LNG’s Communication Office will also be answering calls for enquiries at 3378016/8988070.
The day also saw the Wildlife Division releasing two turtles as a part of its ‘Program Pelepasan Anak Penyu’ demonstrating efforts to preserve wildlife.
The Hawksbill Turtle and Olive Ridley Turtle are two of the three most common turtles in Brunei Darussalam, with the other being the Green Turtle. Since the start of the Turtle Preservation Programme in April 2000, 6,000 turtles have been released.
Speaking to the Bulletin from his booth, Senior Fisheries Assistant Hariel Hj Simpol noted that preserving wildlife is crucial to keep the balance of the ecosystem.
“If we don’t do this, one day our children will not even know the sound made by birds that are common to us. It is the responsibility of everyone to take care of the animals around us.”
He also touched on how a Hawksbill turtle had been rescued.
“The turtle was caught in a net by fisherman, and we were immediately called to take a look. To ensure that it was safe to release it back into the wild, we quarantined it and gave it medical care.”
The release of the two turtles, aged between seven and 10, marked the end of the ceremony.