Several issues, views, proposals and suggestions were raised during the final day of the 17th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.
In the closing speeches made by members of the LegCo, it is hoped to bring significant changes and positive impacts by fulfilling the responsibilities assigned by respective parties despite the uncertain global economic climate and prevailing pandemic situation.
Yang Berhormat Haji Naim bin Haji Khamis touched on the importance of identifying best practices and establishing a mechanism for development projects under the National Development Plan.
He encouraged the authorities to properly review any infrastructure developments prior to drafting or proposing policies according to local laws.
Apart from developments, Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Wahab bin Apong highlighted the importance of revitalising tourist attractions and potential tourism products in the country.
He believes that this would be a suitable period to upgrade or further develop key areas to boost tourism development before the re-opening of borders.
Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arsad put his focus on strategic alternative programmes to ensure sustainable economic development and further boost the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
He expressed hopes that youth will be supported continuously by stakeholders including financial institutions, while also highlighting the need for more platforms for young entrepreneurs to thrive.
Even with all the positive growth and development, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pendikar Alam Dato Paduka Seri Haji Hasrin bin Dato Paduka Haji Sabtu emphasised the importance of family institutions in shaping future generations.
He reiterated that the strengthening of the family institution with a family-friendly social environment has always been a part of the Sultanate’s development agenda as reflected in Brunei 2035 along with the National Development Plan.
“The creation of such an environment would enable members of society to further harmonise and strengthen their work-family balance as well as sharing the responsibilities of raising children and supporting families at a social level,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Haji Mohimin bin Haji Johari @ Jahari stressed on the need to provide young entrepreneurs the foundation to grow and sustain their businesses, enabling them to create jobs, build communities and transform lives.
He believes that young people are the future and therefore, a youth cooperative society for the demographic must be established.
These cooperative enterprises can contribute to tackling employment-related challenges and increasing the capacity of youth by carrying out activities and providing assistance to all forms of cooperatives or enterprises.
LegCo members also praised LegCo Speaker Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamed Taib for leading the session with patience, providing a fair share of time for all LegCo members to raise questions and make suggestions as well as enquiries despite the limitation of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
Members also thanked all Cabinet Ministers who promptly provided answers and comments on suggestions and questions put forward by LegCo members.