ONE YANG BERHORMAT last Saturday questioned the Yang Berhormat Minister of Religious Affairs on such a petty issue of Haj Pilgrimage passage allowance for civil servants after 15 years of service i.e. seeking for an increase!
I believe such an issue could be discussed within the Public Service Commission/Public Service Department framework under the Prime Minister’s Office discretion – no big deal! 😉
Oh come on, YB.. There are about 300,000 Bruneians who are not entitled to such ‘privileged’ allocation, please! For crying out loud, some three hundred thousand Bruneians or “Rakyat Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam” who are not working in the Civil Service are being deprived of their rightful Social Security, Continuing Education, Unemployment rights, etc to be included in the Annual Budget BUT YET THE ‘APPOINTED PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVES’ (“YANG BERHORMAT WAKIL RAKYAT“) ARE NOT FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS IN THE STATE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (“MAJLIS MESYUARAT NEGARA“) as they should! 😦
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in his “Titah” marking the Opening of the 2010 LegCo Meeting has time and time again reiterated that menial issues should not be highlighted during the national LegCo sessions.
<blockquote>”In every issue discussed, you must really consider the benefit of the people and the country, (and) not issues that are not important. It must be taken seriously, not flippantly,” His Majesty said.
Some people just didn’t listen, did they?! Look, the 40,000-odd civil servants have been ‘spoon-fed and pampered’ with all kinds of fringe benefits already. They can surely try to set aside a few dollars per month to be deposited in their TAIB ‘Haj Savings Account’, can’t they?
But what about those small-paid private-sector employees (save for certain established companies’ staff) and self-employed or unemployed Bruneians who are living hand to mouth on a daily basis almost? Some of these unfortunate poverty-stricken Bruneians may not be able to perform the Haj (an Islamic obligation at least once in a lifetime) even… 😦
I personally had worked for eight years with the Civil Service before I joined the Private Sector for another nine years and didn’t benefit from the Free Haj Passage Scheme since I made the sacrifice to become ‘independent’ from being a salaried worker. Still I’m thankful that I’m being ‘tested and challenged’ by the Almighty to try to perform the Haj out of my own hard-earned money which I honestly pray and hope that I could save up in time, Insya Allah (God Willing). 🙂
Instead of asking the good old Yang Berhormat to raise the ‘Free Haj Fare’ issue in the Dewan Majlis, the civil servants should be thankful to Allah (“bersyukur kehadrat Ilahi”) that they’re entitled to free trips to the Holy City of Mekahtul Mukaramah in Saudi Arabia — courtesy of His Majesty’s Government (for both husband and wife). Period. 😛
I think the representation of the people in the State Legislative Council is not adequate enough to fully address the people’s needs for their welfare and JUSTICE! I rest my case… 😦