BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ENFORCEMENT officials need to be consistent in upholding the laws to make way for further developments to the country.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam said that it will be difficult to foster further developments if the laws and regulations are not being properly enforced.
The monarch cited an example out of the law enacted to keep Brunei clean, where individuals or companies found to have littered at public places are liable to a fine of not more than $500.
“And there are people who were fined only for $100 or $200. We are still unsure whether we had properly executed this act – and whether the $100 or $200 fine can give a lesson to the community, especially to the offenders,” said the monarch.
The same goes with the Tobacco Act and other regulations, where they monarch question whether they have been enforced appropriately or there are still inconsistencies in upholding them.
“We do not want people to ridicule our acts because of our weakness; having the acts itself is not enough without proper upholding and implementation – execution is the price for any acts,” he said.
“All of these need to be observed and studied accordingly by related parties,” he added.