Over 600 new jobs offered during COVID-19 outbreak, says minister

Azlan Othman

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah welcomed positive signs during the COVID-19 outbreak whereby over 600 new jobs have been created and filled.

“Businesses in the Sultanate are not as bad as we fear due to the COVID-19 outbreak as most businesses are still operating as usual with the exception of restaurants that can only provide take away service,” the minister said during a press conference yesterday.

“The most heavily impacted sector is still the tourism industry and gymnasium operators. Businesses are still running close to normal. The number of people losing their jobs is not
that big.

“Based on what we have monitored at Employees Trust Fund (TAP) and other indicators, the country is experiencing minimal impact as we also insistently call for companies to hire more locals. As of today, local companies have offered some 272 jobs to locals, whereby over 150 positions match their qualifications,” the minister added.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew added the i-Ready programme is also being offered to HND and TVET students. “The companies in Brunei have shown interest in hiring 340 people under this scheme. If we put it together, it means that we have filled over 600 jobs and it is a positive sign.”

Asked on the response of deferment on TAP and SCP contributions for private sector employees earning BND1,500 and below in all sectors of the MSME category with employees fewer than 100 offered by the government, Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew said 139 companies with 1,428 employees applied for this.

Meanwhile, 211 MSMEs companies employing over 2,203 locals have applied for a 25 per cent payroll subsidy provision introduced by the government in the effort to maintain job security and to protect the well-being of the locals, especially in the private sector.