Spruce up legal knowledge, skills urges minister

Hakim Hayat

The public sector needs to spruce up its knowledge, skills and competencies in legal matters, to help in the mitigation of current issues in the face of a complex and fast changing global landscape, coupled with the rise of the digital economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0).

This was highlighted by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud at the opening ceremony of the Law Seminar jointly organised by the Security, Enforcement and Law Division of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) yesterday.

He said civil servants must ensure that their roles and responsibilities are carried out meticulously without delay, on any legal implication of decisions made.

“In formulating and implementing strategic plans, ministries and government agencies must be constantly reminded to highlight legal matters, by ensuring that all plans are implemented in line with laws in terms of principles, to ensure that existing laws can manage any issues,” he said.

“This can be achieved if all ministries have the workforce with experience and knowledge in legal matters, even if they don’t specialise in it.”

Officials from ministries and government agencies are attending the two-day law seminar comprising 10 sessions presented by AGC officials.

The minister said the seminar ensures that all government officers can take full advantage of current development trends, as Brunei strives to achieve its goals for Vision 2035.

“Some initiatives include the assignment of legal officers in several ministries, which helped them handle day-to-day legal issues,” he said.

“Apart from forging closer working relationships within the public sector in legal matters, the seminar also discusses the relevance of existing laws, which can then be replaced or amended, which will help ministries to have their own legal capacities in the near future.”