LegCo members give CaP thumbs up

James Kon

Legislative Council members expressed support and approval over the implementation of the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020 yesterday which will be enforced from August 1.

The Exit and Entry Charges Order will require citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam intending to leave or enter the country through the land control posts (checkpoints) either via vehicle or as pedestrians to pay Caj Perkhidmatan (CaP) at a rate of BND3 per person for a one-way trip. A return trip will cost BND6 per person.

In an interview following the roadshow on CaP of the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020 yesterday, Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit said, “As a citizen of Brunei Darussalam, this is a good move 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’s Government and is well received by the public.”

Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli said, “This will help increase income for the government. These new charges will also help reduce the number of citizens and residents of the country travelling overseas through land and will result in reduced spending outside the country.”

During the COVID-19 situation, he said, “The blessing in disguise is that we have seen a reduction in the number of people travelling overseas while the spending has increased within the country. As a citizen of Brunei Darussalam, I welcome the introduction of CaP and hope that the process of implementation will take place smoothly on August 1.”

Legislative Council members Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Wahab bin Apong and Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Acting Controller of Customs and Excise at the Royal Customs and Excise Department Haji Muhsin bin Haji Ahmad

Meanwhile Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Wahab bin Apong said, “As a member of Legislative Council and Penghulu of Mukim Tanjong Maya, I welcome the implementation of the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020 and the CaP. We can see the positive impact of the new regulation and one of them is increase in cash flow within the country and not out. Secondly, this can help increase economic activities for Brunei Darussalam. Previously, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent overseas by citizens and residents of the country. With the implementation of the new order, the monies will be circulated within the country boosting the country’s economy.”

Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Wahab said, “I have heard people of the Tutong District approve and support the introduction of CaP.”

Acting Controller of Customs and Excise at the Royal Customs and Excise Department Haji Muhsin bin Haji Ahmad advised the public intending to leave or enter Brunei Darussalam via the land control posts to register and submit their application to the Royal Customs and Excise Department via the Exit and Entry System (EES) from https://login.bdnsw.gov.bn/ees.

The public is reminded that travelling documents must be valid for at least three months before the travel date as required by the Immigration and National Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs. Vehicle licence or road tax must be valid while travelling through the
control post.