COVID testing for transport operators, travellers under spotlight

Daniel Lim

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong made an impromptu visit to Sungai Tujoh Immigration Control Post in Kuala Belait yesterday.

The visit served to assess the mandatory Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) programme on transport operators and essential travellers crossing the land border in Belait District.

The programme for transport operators and essential travellers at all land borders in the country began on July 26.

The visit was following the conclusion of the celebration for 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 75th birthday.

The minister visited the immigration facilities of the control post, met with the officials and staff from the Ministry of Health (MoH), Immigration and National Registration Department, Royal Customs and Excise Department, and Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF); to learn about their work.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) remains vigilant in preserving the nation’s peace and health with precautionary measures as COVID-19 continues to spread through most parts of the world.

Through the programme, MoH staff administer COVID-19 tests to individuals to screen for SARS-CoV-2 presence – the results ready within 10 minutes. It is mandatory for all transport operators and essential travellers to show a negative COVID-19 test on the day of entry, prior to entering the country.

Permanent Secretary (Security, Welfare, and Law) at the MoHA Mohd Amir Hairil bin Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Security and Welfare) at the MoHA Azmi bin Haji Hafneh, and Acting Director of the Immigration and National Registration Department Liza Suriani binti Haji Ibrahim were also present.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong during the visit. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM