| James Kon |
GRASSROOT leaders and the community have a vital role to play in working with the government in maintaining peace and security in the villages.
This was emphasised by Tutong District Officer, Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, during a meeting with the penghulus and village heads of Tutong District. The meeting was held to discuss the establishment of Village Consultative Council Security Bureau and neighbourhood watch.
The Tutong District Officer explained that the Ministry of Home Affairs has instructed that each village should establish a Village Consultative Council Security Bureau that functions as a platform to help the village head to look at matters relating to the security of the village and the villagers.
The bureau, he said, “plays an important role in helping government agencies, especially the law enforcement, to channel information to the villagers through various programmes like briefings, roadshow and workshops to maintain the peace and security of the community in the villages”.
In addition, he said, “through the presence of the bureau’s members and patrols, it can increase the confidence in the country’s security and reduce crime in the villages as well as strengthen the unity among the people in the mukims and villages.”
Also attended the meeting were representatives from Royal Brunei Police Force that talked about the re-establishment of neighbourhood watch. Other programmes that are in the pipeline are security awareness programmes, publishing a guideline, sharing information and strategies in combating crime as well as bolstering welfare and social activities.