Operasi Pulih extended to Oct 31

Azlan Othman

Operasi Pulih control measures have been extended for an additional 14 days while the compound fee for violating the measures will be increased from BND100 to BND500 for each offence, said Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah yesterday.

In addition, a BND500 compound will also be imposed on companies whose workers have been found leaving home during the Operasi Pulih period of 8pm to 4am without a valid authorisation letter for each offence. The names of individuals found to have disobeyed or been in violation of the rules under Operasi Pulih and who have been fined will be publicised through mass media, whether they are names of individuals, or even of companies and workers.

“With the consent of 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 and in consideration of the COVID-19 situation, the Prime Minister’s Office hereby announces that the Operasi Pulih control measures announced during the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) press conference on September 3 and October 1 will be extended by 14 days starting Monday, October 18 until Sunday, October 31.

“The extension is to ensure that the well-being of all parties continue to be safeguarded by reducing movement to minimise the spread of the pandemic in the country.

“Aside from that, the effectiveness of the control measures can be observed after two full incubation periods for the virus, which equates to four weeks.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“Since Operasi Pulih came into effect, several learnings have been obtained throughout the course of the operation. In that regard, the Government of His Majesty wishes to express appreciation to parties and the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam in particular, for the patience in continuing to adhere to the health guidelines and restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

The public can contact the National Coordination Centre for COVID-19, which operates 24 hours a day, to report incidents that violate the regulations or standard operating
procedures (SOPs).

The hotlines are 8176148, 8175148, 8166148 and 8155148. To avoid a recurrence of the matter in the future and to ensure that all parties – whether employers, local or foreign – fully appreciate the Operasi Pulih control measures, the government will issue pamphlets in various languages to be disseminated.

This is to facilitate employers in providing a detailed explanation to the staff. For the public, primarily business owners in Brunei Darussalam, it is the responsibility of every employer, whether company or private employer, to ensure that employees adhere to the rules and regulations in dealing with and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, penghulus and village heads – as the voice, eyes and ears of the Government – also play a key role in ensuring that residents abide by the instructions.

Penghulus and village heads are also expected to oversee residents’ well-being by making sure that they are in good health and in good spirits, while lending a helping hand to those in need.

In the aspect of welfare, those living alone and require assistance may obtain advice and assistance from village heads or by contacting the National Coordination Centre for COVID-19 hotline or Welfare Lina at 141.