Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has introduced another initiative for vendors to sell their products during Ramadhan, employing a pre-order and pick up system via drive-thru at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, slated to commence on May 1.

Speaking during a press conference, Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong explained that the initiative will be opened to vendors who employ food trucks.

The concept, he added, will be held at several areas of the national stadium adding that other parties who are interested to take part in the drive-thru initiative may contact the Department of Youth and Sports at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

A vendor at the previous gerai Ramadhan located at the parking area of the national stadium. Image: The Bruneian

Meanwhile, vendors under the District Department and the Municipal Department can also contact the two departments should they show the same interest.

“Evaluation will be based on a number of factors including safety aspects,” said the minister, adding that the concept may be introduced to other areas in the sultanate such as residential areas with food stall facilities, provided they are able to adhere to the guidelines provided.

Addressing questions from the media, YB Pehin Hj Abu Bakar, said that the new initiative is a supplementary alternative for vendors who may find it difficult to adapt to the digital marketplaces that have mushroomed in the past few weeks.

He added that the District Department and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) have been working hard to disseminate information on the online platforms to business owners nationwide.

A vendor at the previous gerai Ramadhan located at the parking area of the national stadium. Image: The Bruneian

“However, we understand that a number of these business owners find the online system difficult to grasp, due to their unfamiliarity with the concept,” the minister continued.

YB Pehin Hj Abu Bakar went on to say that MoHA will be working with AITI to come up with another alternative that will enable businesses to send their products at a designated location, which will then be sent to customers via runners.

No other details regarding the initiative was provided, however, the minister assured the public of its latest development in the nearest future.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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