James Kon & Daniel Lim
Five local companies and four individuals (three locals and one foreigner) in a Brunei-Muara District as well as a local company in Belait District were issued with compound fines for violating Section 12 (1), Chapter 30 of the Minor Offences Act for disposing garbage in non-allocated areas.
Offences included improper disposal of commercial waste, construction waste, rubbish and cigarette butts in Kampong Bunut, Kampong Pulaie, Beribi Complex, Kampong Serusop commercial areas and Bandar Seri Begawan as well as styrofoam and other materials in an open field at Lorong Bunga Tanjung 3, Kuala Belait.
The offenders from Brunei-Muara District were nabbed by officers from the Law Enforcement Division, Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Municipal Department in a routine patrol while the offender from the Belait District was caught by officers from the Law Enforcement Division, Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board.
According to the officials, a number of companies failed to conduct systematic garbage disposal and piled up waste for over a year in public premises, which could be hazardous, including causing fire by piling up rubbish near electrical wirings and commercial processing compressors, obstructing emergency and rescue work.
The offenders must settle their fines within seven days or face a further BND1,000 fine, or a month’s imprisonment, for the first convicted offence.
For subsequent offences, the penalty is a BND3,000 fine and a prison term of up to three months. The public is reminded not to dispose rubbish in public areas, maintain the cleanliness of public premises, and dispose trash at designated areas such as trash disposal centres at Pasarneka Kuala Belait and Gerai Bunga Simpur.
Contact Darussalam line at 123, email [email protected] or WhatsApp at 8333123 or contact the Law Enforcement Division at 3330780 (ext 215) for
Belait District to lodge complaints on illegal dumping.