Follow government directives, avoid mass gatherings

The opening of the Temburong Bridge has allowed the public to drive to the Temburong District directly rather than going through Limbang or via boat.

This will allow the public to cut their travelling time between the Brunei-Muara and Temburong districts. For this, I would like to thank the Government of 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 for this amenity.

However, I would like to raise my concern on the issue of people going in droves to the Temburong District. With the current situation of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has stated that mass gatherings are not permitted to limit the spread of the virus.

I understand that it is exciting to use the new bridge to drive to the Temburong District, but I find it baffling that the public are going en masse to the district and creating mass gatherings.

Economically, it is a boon for the Temburong District’s economy but from a health point of view, this has only created a hotspot for the COVID-19 to spread. A person who is asymptomatic and has not been tested could be there and endanger the public safety.

I hope that the public can be socially responsible and patient and wait till the COVID-19 situation has died down and become manageable before visiting the Temburong District.

It is disappointing to find that because of the action of a few the Temburong Bridge’s operating time has been shortened and that the tamu in the Temburong District closed.

I hope that the public will cooperate with the government to tackle COVID-19 by complying with the advice and measures issued by the Ministry of Health.

Baffled

File photo of the Temburong Bridge. The writer hopes the public will fully cooperate with the government to tackle COVID-19 by complying with the advice and measures issued by the Ministry of Health. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR