73 pc 143 construction licences found above board

Izah Azahari

The Ministry of Development in cooperation with the Federation of Brunei Malay Entrepreneurs (PPPMB) began interview processes with owners of contractor companies as one of the pre-requisites for registrations to ensure involvement of local owners in the companies and not as renters of a licence or registration certificate, said Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar during the 17th Legislative Council session yesterday.

He was responding to a query by Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari regarding complaints from the public on construction licences of companies that only function as sleeping partners, including the issue of certificate forgery, especially academic certificates.

The minister added that the matter is under the observation of the Ministry of Development, and the interview conducted has also been extended to the registration of first, second and third class construction.

He shared that as of December 2020, of the 143 companies that applied for registration, 73 per cent were successful while the remaining showed evidence of owning the companies by name, while the actual operators run by foreign nationals.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari during the 17th Legislative Council session. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR