Special Lane for Cyclists on Highways
The first meeting of the 15th Legislative Council Session today approved the budget for the Ministry of Development for the Financial Year 2019/2020 amounting to 218 million 38 thousand dollars. The council also deliberated on the proposed budget for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Earlier, in the morning session, the council deliberated on several questions that have been given notice. Among them was the query on the short and long term plans to provide a special lane for cyclists on the highways raised by Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit. In responding to this, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Info-communications explained that several efforts are being carried out by the government and relevant parties to facilitate cyclists in the country. This includes 'Share the Road' campaigns and initiatives headed by the National Road Safety Council, MKKJR and their strategic partners.
Towards Zero Road Fatalities
In 2016, nine accidents involving cyclists were recorded, 15 accidents in 2017 with one fatality and 8 accidents last year. The statistics were obtained from the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Brunei Insurance and Takaful Association, BITA. The accident statistics is at a low rate and has decreased almost 50 percent in comparison to the previous year.
Road Traffic (Bicycle) Regulations
The Department of Land Transport together with other stakeholders have reviewed the Road Traffic (Bicycle) Regulations 2006, to be updated, specifically from the aspect of cycling safety and activity on the road to be more organised and regulated. The Minister of Transport and Info-communications also shared on the Road Traffic (Bicycle) Regulations.
Development of 4th Industrial Revolution
The development of basic construction and public welfare is should be prioritised before focusing on the 4th Industrial Revolution. These issues and the use of suitable technology for the country's requirement, need to be think of so that the country's resources are used strategically, prudently and with focus. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, the Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry stressed the matter to answer a question raised by Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit on the development of 4th Industrial Revolution in Brunei Darussalam.
Manpower Issue in Industry Revolution 4.0
The Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry has planned for the establishment of an Industry Sharing Community in efforts to generate industry-driven manpower. The Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry said its committee comprising of the Ministry and relevant educational institution as well as regulators. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein stated the matter in response to the question that has been given notice by Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit.
Facilitating Issue in Exporting MSMEs Products
The ability of local products or enterprises to dominate the export market was among matters clarified by the Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry. Yang Berhormat said several programmes have been prepared by Brunei Darussalam Enterprise, the National Standards Centre and several agencies to achieve production capacity, product quality, packaging and certification that conform to the export market. The matter was explained in reply to a query from Yang Berhormat Dayang Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii.
GS1 Brunei Darussalam Facilitates Supply Management
Among the efforts that will be implemented by the National Standards Centre in contributing to and supporting the digital transformation process, a blockchain technology system will be introduced through GS1 Brunei Darussalam. The Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry said in line with the 4th Industrial Revolution development to assist on the preparedness of all shareholders including industries supporting the 4th industrial revolution. The matter was explained in response to the query raised by Yang Berhormat Dayang Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii in tracing the manufacturing of food products.
Climate Change Issue
Responding to a query on the issue of climate change from Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Awang Haji Ash'ari, the Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry explained the will not be spared from experiencing the effects of climate change. According to Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mat Suny, the government realises that control through mitigation actions and climate adaption should be implemented in a consolidated and balanced way at the national level.
Bruneiasation Directive to Be Extended To All Employment Sectors
The oil and gas sector's Bruneiasation Directive will be extended to other sectors as one of the measures to maximise employment opportunities for locals at all levels. At the same time, the provision of programmes to equip locals with industry required skills is currently being implemented especially in sectors with a large number of foreign manpower. The Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry stated this in response to the issue of foreign workers voiced by Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Abdul Wahab bin Apong.
Enforcement Issue on Halal Logo
The enforcement of Halal Logo was also given due attention at this morning's session. In explaining the matter, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs shared that there are also complaints from the public on the misuse of Halal Logo and has been taken an action.