Govt spending, COVID-19 discussed at LegCo

Azlan Othman

Government spending curbs and measures to tackle the spread of COVID-19 were among the topics discussed on the second day of the 16th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Awang Naim bin Haji Kamis called on government agencies to reduce official activities and confine to necessary ceremonies in a bid to cut government spending.

He also urged public servants against using “no budget” as an excuse in dealing with the private sector. Instead, he said, officers should be more business-oriented and seek ways to ensure projects are successfully carried out.

Amid the worldwide spread of COVID-19, Yang Berhormat Awang Naim called for the implementation of the Health Act and laws to be enforced.

Meanwhile, YB Pengiran Haji Ali bin Pengiran Maon believed that leading a healthy lifestyle is key to curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country, thus reducing government expenditure on healthcare.

LegCo members also urged for preventive measures to be intensified, such as postponement of travels and heightened vigilance at checkpoints.

They also called on business owners to encourage employees to take time off work should they be infected by treating these cases as outside of the purview of sick or annual leave.