The afternoon session of the 19th Legislative Council (LegCo) session continued with LegCo members delivering their motions of thanks to 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.
First to deliver the speech was Yang Berhormat Hajah Rosmawatty binti Haji Abdul Momin followed by Yang Berhormat Lau How Teck, Yang Berhormat Chong Chin Yee, Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Isa bin Pengiran Haji Aliuddin, Yang Berhormat Amran bin Haji Maidin, Yang Berhormat Haji Salleh Bostaman bin Haji Zainal Abidin, Yang Berhormat Haji Daud bin Jihan, Yang Berhormat Zainol bin Mohamed, Yang Berhormat Lawi bin Haji Lamat, Yang Berhormat Mohamad Ali bin Tanjong and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Defence II Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof.
Yang Berhormat Lau How Teck congratulated and thanked LegCo Speaker Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamed Taib for his guidance and chairing of the 19th LegCo session.
He said he fully supports the suggestions made by the Special Advisor to His Majesty and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Diraja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa bin Pehin Datu Perdana Manteri Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Ibrahim.
Yang Berhormat Chong Chin Yee expressed her appreciation for the efforts by stakeholders such as the Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC), the Manpower Industry Steering Committee (MISC) and the Lifelong Learning Centre in tackling the structural unemployment issue which is an important issue among youth and jobseekers.
The new initiatives, namely the HSE Competency Apprentice programme, the Construction and Energy and SkillsPlus, are a step towards solidifying the country’s human resources.
She also highlighted the importance of taking note of the ever-challenging world becoming more advanced and the presence of automation, artificial intelligence and other technologies rebuilding skills needed to succeed in the global economy.
“Although the government plays an important role, the youth need to adapt and contribute. “As the youth grow up in the era of progress rapid technology, it is up to them to educate themselves and apply creativity and productivity to stimulate change and improvement in society while being resilient and diligent in facing the challenges in communicating benefits from the advancement of technology.
“Under the education programme and training, it is also important to emphasise on labour market inefficiencies, being voiced out, so employees are well-versed of their rights and fair work practices while employers will be driven to comply with labour rules and regulations,” she said.