MoHA launches card payment for passports

James Kon

The public can use their debit or credit card to pay for the application fee of the travel document (passport) under the Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD) starting tomorrow.

The new facility was launched by Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) Open Day at The Mall, Gadong yesterday. The latest initiative is among INRD’s efforts to make it easier for the public to make payments.

The minister also officiated the new product logo ‘INSAF’ from the Prisons Department. The new product rebrands products by the Vocational Section, especially products by inmates undergoing rehabilitation at correctional institutions. INSAF denotes the journey to self-awareness and redemption and is designed locally as a recognisable and unique emblem for the inmates’ efforts in rebuilding their lives beyond prison walls.

The Prisons Department’s guidance for inmates in their rehabilitation programmes extends to both spiritual and physical development including providing vocational training to equip them with job skills.

It is hoped that the public will recognise the efforts and support the Prisons Department’s rehabilitation programmes by purchasing INSAF products.

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong launches the card payment facility of Immigration and National Registration Department. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Legislative Council Member Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman officiates the Open Day while Permanent Secretary (Municipal and District) at the MoHA Salminan bin Haji Burut looks on
Members of the Legislative Council visit one of the 1K1P booths

The minister also launched the ‘One Village, One Product’ (1K1P) website which contains products from all four districts.

The 1K1P website aims to promote and further expand the product line to the local and international markets. The website contains pictures of the products as well as pricing and entrepreneurs’ contact details.

At the two-day Open Day event, the minister visited the exhibition that included departments under the ministry, namely Brunei-Muara District Office, Tutong District Office, Temburong District Office, Belait District Office, Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Municipal Board, Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board, Tutong Municipal Board, Immigration and National Registration Department, Fire and Rescue Department and the National Disaster Management Centre.

The Open Day was officiated by Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman, who is also the Head of Kampong Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun and Pelumpong.

Permanent Secretary (Municipal and District) at the MoHA Salminan bin Haji Burut said the ministry’s Open Day programme is an initiative to further improve the quality of delivery of services by providing opportunities for the community to become more aware of the functions, roles and responsibilities of the ministry and the departments under it.

Such programmes also provide an opportunity for the ministry and departments under it to disseminate updated information related to services and initiatives that will be or are being carried out or have been implemented towards achieving the vision of the ministry which is Masyarakat Bersatu Padu dan Dinamik ke arah Negara Brunei Darussalam yang Selamat dan Sejahtera, he said.

Salminan said, “The Open Day is also a platform for public engagement to listen and share information as well as exchange views or ideas with the relevant parties so that the ministry and departments under it would be more aware of the needs and wants of the community and relevant in planning for policy, programmes or projects suitable to raise effectiveness of providing services to the public.”

The public can know more about the roles and functions of the ministry and departments under it at the Open Day from 10am-8pm today.

Also present at the ceremony were Legislative Council members, Acting Permanent Secretary (Safety, Welfare) at the MoHA Ajman bin Haji Meludin and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Municipal and District) at the MoHA Abdul Walid bin Haji Matassan as well as senior officials from the ministry and departments under it.