Minister responds to runners declaration fee charges

Syazwani Hj Rosli

All charging arrangements between runners and clients are being established through commercial means, said Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof.

The minister was responding to public concern on runners charging declaration fees of up to BND20, during the press conference yesterday at the Ministry of Health (MoH) building.

“The runners are actually registered now, and this is to control their movements,” he said.

“Administrative registration was already done from the Royal Customs and Excise Department and the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC). But although registered, we must understand that the runners sector is not actually a regulated one.

“Because of this unregulated nature, through the control, we are also made to understand that all of the charging arrangements are being made and agreed upon between the runners and clients – in other words, a commercial arrangement.

“The MTIC is collaborating with agencies such as the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), to review the policy on how far we can go in terms of regulating the runners sector, from what we call a ‘light-touch regulation’.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof at the press conference. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS