CaP roadshow continues in Temburong District

Izah Azahari

The roadshow to disseminate information on Caj Perkhidmatan (CaP) continued in the Temburong District yesterday at the Community Hall Complex of the Temburong District Office for mukim penghulus and village heads.

Among those present was Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Emran bin Haji Sabtu in his capacity as the Penghulu of Mukim Bokok.

Yang Berhormat Haji Emran commended and welcomed the implementation of CaP which he believed will aid the country financially as well as control the entry and exit at control posts, especially those on land.

“It is hoped that the public will cooperate. In the early stages we are sure to run into some issues as it has been introduced only recently. The relevant parties will be able to help and show how to use the system, especially for the elderly and those who are not literate with the Internet and computers,” the Legislative Council member said.

Yang Berhormat Haji Emran said the CaP system is simple with the addition of indicators on what a person needs to fill in.

Penghulu of Mukim Batu Apoi Matzin bin Haji Awang said as it is a government policy, the citizens and residents of the country should abide by what has been approved by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Emran bin Haji Sabtu briefed on the Exit and Entry System (EES) registration. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Permanent Secretary (Performance and Corporate) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Suraya binti Haji Jaidin along with Acting Royal Customs and Excise Officer Muhsin bin Haji Ahmad, Assistant Customs Officer Khairul Bariah binti Ahmad, and Acting Assistant Customs Officer Nurul Hayadatul Amra binti Abu Bakar during the roadshow

“At the roadshow, we heard that payments can be made through banks or credit cards and not through cash. The payments are collected directly into the government finances which will in turn not be misused by any individuals on duty,” said the penghulu.

The Penghulu of Mukim Batu Apoi said everyone should comply with anything carried out by the Royal Customs and Excise Department and the Ministry of Finance and Economy to boost the sultanate’s economy.

The roadshow was carried out by Permanent Secretary (Performance and Corporate) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Suraya binti Haji Jaidin along with Acting Customs and Acting Controller of the Royal Customs and Excise Department Muhsin bin Haji Ahmad, Assistant Controller of Customs Khairul Bariah binti Ahmad, and Acting Assistant Controller Nurul Hayyadatul Amra binti Abu Bakar.

Following the announcement by the Ministry of Finance and Economy on the implementation of the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020, that will be enforced on August 1, this Order gives the Controller of Customs and Excise, Royal Customs and Excise Department the power to charge any person who intends to leave or enter Brunei Darussalam through the land control posts (checkpoints).

The main objective for the implementation of CaP is to standardise the imposition of payments or charges imposed on the public upon either leaving or entering Brunei Darussalam via air and sea.

With the enforcement of this Order, toll charges at Rasau Bridge in the Belait District will be eliminated.

The BND3 charge will not be applicable to persons or class of persons who are occupants in a vehicle which belongs to the Government of His Majesty or a government of another country when it is being used for official purpose; a vehicle which belongs to the military forces of Brunei Darussalam; a vehicle being used for firefighting, ambulance or police purposes; and vehicle when being used for a funeral.

Moreover, the charge will also not be applicable to persons or class of persons who is a Public Officer of the Government of His Majesty in the execution of their official duties; a child of two years or below; consular officers and consular employees as defined in Article 1 in the First Schedule to the Consular Relations Act (Chapter 118) and members of their families; and a diplomatic agent as defined in the Schedule to the Diplomatic Privileges (Vienna Convention) Act (Chapter 117).

The public intending to leave or enter Brunei Darussalam via the land control posts (checkpoints) may register and submit their application to the Royal Customs and Excise Department via the Exit and Entry System (EES) that can be accessed through https://login.bdnsw.gov.bn/ees.

Steps for application are similar to Vehicle Entry-Exit System (VES) that has been implemented before by Royal Customs and Excise Department. However, additional information such as driver’s and passengers’ details along with payment can be made through the online system.

The Ministry of Finance and Economy advised the public who intend to travel via the land control posts (checkpoints) to register, apply and pay through the online system prior to travelling.

Travelling documents must be valid at least three months before the travel date as required by the Immigration and National Registration Department, Ministry of Home Affairs.

The next roadshow for mukim penghulus and village heads will be held tomorrow for the Tutong District at the Main Hall of the Tutong District Civic Centre Complex, and July 14, 16 and 18 for the Brunei-Muara District at the Theatre Hall of the Ministry of Finance and Economy, from 8.30am-10.30am.

The prohibition for the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam to leave the country is still maintained as advised by the Ministry of Health. However, for the public who intend to leave and enter this country and has obtained clearance from the Prime Minister’s Office, the charge of BND3 per person for each one-way trip will be imposed from August 1 with the exceptions to the categories of persons as stated above.

For enquiries, the public can contact Royal Customs and Excise Department, Ministry of Finance and Economy at 2382361 or 8323741 during office hours or e-mail to [email protected]