Brunei Darussalam has been fighting the COVID-19 outbreak for the past two months. Everyone, from the public sector to private institutions to individuals, have been working together to ward off the effects of the pandemic. I am truly impressed by the bravery and professionalism shown by all frontliners.
We are abiding by the government’s measures such as online learning for students and social distancing practice. We are willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure we Bruneians, as well as people residing in the country, are safe. However, as a middle-class individual, I am starting to feel the financial strain resulting from these preventive measures.
Since the measures were implemented, we have been spending most of our time at home, except for work and grocery shopping.
Our electricity bill has gone up by 25 per cent.
As our children are currently learning online, our Internet usage has also increased exponentially.
I’m sure that I’m not alone in my struggle in coping with the sudden rise in expenditure.
In the meantime, I hope the Department of Electrical Services would revise rates to ease our financial burden during these trying times.