| Hakim Hayat |
THE entire government machinery is required to work together to bridge the digital gap to ensure that our people, especially the youth, are fully geared for the changes brought about in this rapid era of digital transformation, a transformation that has already shifted many aspects of life, said two young Legislative Council (LegCo) members yesterday.
In response to the 15th LegCo session opening titah by 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 in which His Majesty underscored the need for the youth to spearhead our future development agenda particularly in this fourth industrial revolution era, LegCo member Yang Berhormat Iswandy bin Ahmad in an interview with the Bulletin on the sidelines of the ceremony at the LegCo building on Jalan Dewan Majlis expressed his utmost support for the call by His Majesty.
“This is where the country needs to work together in sprucing up our digital economy, especially in acknowledging the impacts of the fourth industrial revolution,” he said, adding that although the issue has already been in extensive discussion in the past year, a plan needs to be devised immediately.
“Now it is a matter of putting the idea into action and this is something I am looking forward to seeing this year and also to hear what the initiatives from the relevant ministries are, and eventually the output from this LegCo session.”
LegCo member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman echoed similar sentiments and acknowledged her support for the titah delivered by His Majesty yesterday.
“There is still a big gap [in what the country needs to do and where it aspires to be in this aspect], but it can be achieved because this approach is only quite recent and we can already see a lot of developments and improve-ments going on, but the thing is we need [actions] to be so much faster,” the LegCo member said, highlighting that transparency and a whole of nation approach by the government is crucial to achieving this vision.
Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty added, “The question remains on how fast Brunei can adapt to the changes brought about by the fourth industrial revolution.
“It is not just about one kind of thing and not just about the internet of things (IoT) but we must also take into account our education system… is it geared towards this future? A lot of things need to be done and transparency is one thing.”
She said that this is the push that His Majesty wanted, noting that this is where the youths’ voice must be heard, especially on the challenges the country will encounter.
“It really depends on how the government can support this and how policies are appropriate for today’s youths who are important seeds of change. His Majesty has been paying particular attention to youth development in recent times,” Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty said.
“We all hope that this LegCo session can be not just a venue to discuss and review the budget, but also [a platform] to discuss where the budget can help our community through capacity-building programmes.
“I also hope the session can induce a more significant impact in our collective efforts to develop the country holistically and openly, and help catalyse efforts in enhancing the development and resilience of the country, not just in terms of economic growth but also in the areas of community and education.”