Security ‘main priority’ for government: Minister

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

THE country’s security is the main priority for the government, as it is part of the efforts to maintain the welfare of the country.

The assigning of Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) personnel to patrol duties at the borders is one such example of these efforts.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud made these points in response to Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Hanapi bin Mohd Siput querying whether there will be additional police personnel assigned to the Brunei-Malaysia border at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti explained that police officers are assigned to patrol duties for 24 hours a day at the forenamed location.

He added however to eradicate crime, security efforts need to not only be centred at the border areas and be shouldered by police personnel, but also involve the cooperation of other law enforcement agencies and the public.

To monitor and tackle cross-border criminal activities, the RBPF carries out joint operations with various law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Immigration and National Registration, Royal Customs and Excise Department, Narcotics Control Bureau, and the Religious Enforcement Section of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, among other agencies.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti also shared that the RBPF has plans to reopen the Panaga Police Station as part of efforts to further develop the force to keep up with the needs of society.

“Assigning more police officers to the Sungai Tujoh Immigation Control Post is not the only solution to deal with cross-border criminal activities, as there are also many other critical factors when it comes to addressing the issues,” he added.