The second day of the 16th Legislative Council (LegCo) Meeting came into session yesterday which saw several Legislative Council members delivering their Motion of Thanks where they also took the opportunity to raise several issues which will be discussed further throughout the meeting.
Among the LegCo members who spoke yesterday was Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, who highlighted that many positive changes have come along with the increasingly challenging economic development, which makes for a very exciting achievement, but there are still a number of initiatives that still need improving in developing the country, as well as a need to discuss and highlight some major issues even if they have been raised before.
“This is because we still have not seen any changes or improvements that have been made, even though they are often raised, mainly in addressing the economic and unemployment problems that are ever increasing,” said the LegCo member.
Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty also said that integrity or transparency between the government and the people is important, and that it is not limited to the implementation of acts or guidelines, but also the purpose of information dissemination, community programmes, government initiatives and planning of existing and future plans by the government.
Welcoming the Ministry of Finance and Economy’s initiative to implement the Fiscal Consolidation plan through the Whole of Government approach, the Legislative Council member also hoped that other ministries will be able to achieve its balanced budget as it will help control the country’s spending, further mentioning the significant improvements and achievements of the government that include engagement of partnerships with public and stakeholders in the dissemination of information, strategic plans, local business development plans by the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, and the Ministry of Development to keep the public and stakeholders aware of what the government wants to achieve and target.
Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty further hopes that through the Legislative Council, any views or proposals raised will be meticulously monitored as they are an important step in enhancing capabilities and achievements towards the Vision 2035, reminding that there are only 15 years left in achieving the National Vision.
“We must be wise in organising efforts and initiatives in various fields, especially in education and strengthening clusters under the Ministry of Finance and Economy’s focus, so that we can move forward in achieving the goals of Vision 2035,” she said.
Addressing the recent announcement by the Ministry of Health on the positive COVID-19 case in the Sultanate, the LegCo member said that it is important for the public to be alert and take precautions and keep abreast of the latest information released by the Ministry of Health, including Standard Guidelines on Cleaning Disinfections for schools, workplace, hotels and housing on infectious disease outbreak.
Prior to ending her Motion of Thanks, Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty also wished the women present at the LegCo Meeting and all over Brunei a Happy International Women’s Day, highlighting that we are all part of the global community and our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can greatly impact society, and do what can be done to make a positive difference for women around the world.
“I want to take this opportunity to remind all women that they have their motivation waiting to be developed in their own confidence,” said the LegCo member.
Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii in her Motion of Thanks highlighted the digital transformation strategy and the need to ensure the preparation of the public in understanding and implementing the digital transformation, and that under this topic, several definitions of digital transformation have been described, but it is generally understood as the integration of digital technology across all areas of operations, fundamentally changing the way we operate and deliver value.
“It is a cultural change that requires organisations to continually challenge the status quo, experiment and be responsive to adaptive learning,” said Yang Berhormat Hafimi.
The Yang Berhormat also cited the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2017 and McKinsey 2018 researches that listed key issues that enable digital transformation and demonstrates five key success factors, such as having good digital leadership, building future workforce, empowering people to work in new ways, providing digital tools daily, and communicating regularly through traditional and digital methods, which the Yang Berhormat hoped can be integrated in the Economic Blueprint Initiative under the Digital Economy Council.
Moreover, as a step towards Brunei Vision 2035, Yang Berhormat Hafimi said that the national initiative of whole of nation must have an impact and must be driven as well as implemented by its key customers and support partners from the government, the private sector and civil society with the guidance and strength of the country’s executive and legislative framework, taking into account the National Welfare System (SKN) which will be launched soon as an example of one of the initiatives that embodies the whole of nation.
The LegCo member also suggested two other initiatives, such as the Health Inclusive Volunteer Exchange (HIVE), that can be initiated through a digital platform with a focus on the impact of government medical and health centres with the aim of becoming a voluntary system to fill the shortage of human capacity from time to time in health services especially for non-medical related posts or service in line with keeping up with the key performance indicator to support the second objective of the National Vision, as well as a digital peer learning platform as it is one of the most effective ways to enhance skills, promote trust, community and unity.
“A platform such as this can be started on a voluntary basis, and enables increased access to quality educational support for those in need,” said the Yang Berhormat.
Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pendikar Alam Dato Paduka Seri Haji Hasrin bin Dato Paduka Haji Sabtu touched on the country’s economic landscape, highlighting that the infrastructure to facilitate the digital economy of the country is being implemented, and human resources that include the people of Brunei now have the skills, experience and expertise to help drive the digital economy, while the government is always ready to play the role of facilitator.
“The only remaining question is whether the people of Brunei, especially the youth, are willing to take on the challenge of exploring and seizing opportunities from this borderless global trade?” said the Legislative Council member. “If these challenges are not emphasised properly, the country could be lagging behind particularly in the international economic competition.”
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pendikar Alam Dato Paduka Seri Haji Hasrin also emphasised the importance of enforcing existing laws and regulations in order to maintain and create order and peace in the community.