Brunei minister holds dialogue with legislative council members

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ ANN) - Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Lailaraja Major General (Rtd)  Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof held a dialogue with Legislative Council (LegCo) members at the Youth Development Centre yesterday.

The minister began by stating that the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) has prioritised the implementation of projects and programmes in the areas of culture, community, youth and sports through outreach, engagement and the integrated actions of the Brunei Government.

“This includes the implementation of integrated actions in cultural and community sectors, starting with the opening of the Bistari Community Centre which encompasses all aspects of the institutional functions of a mukim and senior citizens’ activity centre under one roof, as well as the alignment of existing assistance programmes and the creation of new ones to bring about changes in mindset, habits and practices among the community to be more independent and financially self-supporting,” he said.

He noted that this year’s celebrations for National Youth Day demonstrated local youths’ capacity in excelling in volunteering activities.

He also highlighted Brunei Darussalam’s sporting achievements at regional competitions, such as the 2017 SEA Games and Asean Para Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“For a small country, Brunei Darussalam is capable of producing athletes with the potential to win medals,” he said, adding that the MCYS is working together with other ministries to promote running and recreational cycling events as national hobbies.

He also outlined his ministry’s main aspirations in promoting culture to the public, encouraging progressive community development, assembling a beneficial development approach for youths and utilising sports as a mechanism to foster the spirit of unity among the populace.

Stressing the importance of the implementation of the MCYS’ responsibilities in planning, leading, organising and management, the minister said, “The priority is on multi-level mechanisms for consultation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the programme with the further cooperation of ministries, departments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector for greater success.”

On the subject of national development and the Brunei Vision 2035, the minister said, “A high level of commitment is required from civil servants and the general public. Support from LegCo members is admissible, especially in terms of partnership recommendations and joint venture proposals to support the ministry’s programmes and initiatives, which are being planned and implemented.”

Briefings on culture, community, youth and sports were delivered by Permanent Secretaries at the MCYS Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil and Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Juanda bin Haji A Rashid.

The dialogue is intended as a platform for the exchange of ideas and open discussions for a more effective planning of programmes and activities, as well as to improve the welfare of the local community.