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It’s time to fix what needs to be fixed: Minister

Izah Azahari

This is the time for us to tidy up what is not tidy and improve what needs to be fixed as touched on in 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 titah yesterday. The Ministry of Development (MoD) keeps an open mind and accepts suggestions submitted by the Legislative Council members and the public.

This was said by Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar during the second day of the First Meeting of the 17th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday, adding that infrastructure preparation and implementation in Brunei Darussalam is the MoD’s responsibility, with numerous projects in the National Development Plan (RKN) having already been implemented.

The minister said this is proof that the Government of His Majesty continues to be committed towards the development of infrastructure in the Sultanate.

“It has had a huge impact not only in improving the lives of the people, but also serves as a catalyst for economic growth, attracting foreign investors to invest in the nation,” said Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi.

The minister added that these infrastructure projects aim to ensure the prosperity and well-being of the people and the country is continuous and guaranteed. The minister also underlined the preparation of roadmaps for projects that need to be included in the 12th RKN (RKN12) as touched on in His Majesty’s titah – using the whole-of-nation approach in ensuring Brunei Vision 2035 is realised.

“The MoD will always be ready to support the strategic implementation of each ministry and department concerned in the provision of infrastructure development, and to ensure that it is implemented according to priorities, needs and close monitoring according to the schedule,” said the minister.

On implementing infrastructure development projects, the minister said not all projects can be implemented as planned due to obstacles and challenges faced. But through experience and taking lessons from previously implemented projects, he said the ministry will continue the plan to implement projects that can ensure the well-being of the people and residents of the country.


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