Ministry of Development receives over BND433M budget

James Kon

The Ministry of Development (MoD) was allocated a BND433,581,855 budget for the financial year 2021-2022. In support of this year’s budget theme ‘Towards Resilient Socio-Economic Development’, the ministry will focus on providing sustainable and resilient facilities and infrastructures that emphasises on public well-being and economic development.

Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar announced the budget and its focus for the ministry during the ninth day of the 17th Legislative Council session yesterday.

The minister said BND94,355,980 is for staff salary, BND127,769,720 for repeat expenditure and  BND211,456,155 allocated for the 11th National Development Plan for
infrastructure projects.

The minister emphasised the ministry’s commitment in revenue collection and prudent spending to strengthen the government’s financial position. As of February, 87 per cent of the total revenue estimate of BND105.4 million was collected. Efforts to increase efficiency in  revenue collection  were successful, utilising the streamlining process with technology and online payment system.

The minister also touched on the achievements of 2020 and early 2021.

Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

He said, “To support the initiatives of Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), infrastructure projects including Phase 1 of providing infrastructure for commercial paddy plantation project in Kandol, Belait District covering 30 acres was completed. Phase 2 is expected to start this year.

“Ten units of terrace houses in Kampong Rimba National Housing Scheme, 20 units of terrace houses at Bukit Beruang National Housing Scheme and 300 units in Kampong Lambak Kanan were completed.

“The completion of water treatment plant levels 4 and 5 increased clean water supply from 12-18 per cent (33-38 million litres per day).”

He said with drainage projects in strategic places, flooded areas were reduced to 47 per cent. “Sewerage system rose from 92-94 per cent and coastal protection increased to 43 per cent to address sea level rise.”

To increase connectivity and improving road quality, completed road projects included improvement of Jalan Serasa, Jalan Kota Batu, Muara-Tutong Highway to Lugu, Mengkubau Interchange and Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge which connects Brunei-Muara District and Temburong District.

The minister said the ministry is focussing on addressing water supply security and quality; providing housing under the National Housing Plan; opening up government land to support economic growth; resilient infrastructure to mitigate natural disasters and climate change; speed up development like construction of schools and higher learning institutions as well as mosques and government buildings.