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'DON'T LET THE NATION CRIPPLED, WEAK'

Sunday, March 18, 2012
IN THE zeal of making requests and suggestions in the form of additional aid for government consideration, it may not be realised that the attitude of too much dependence on the government is being encouraged and this can lead to a nation that is "crippled, weak and backward".

Speaking at the last day of the Eighth Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting yesterday, the Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said that issues and suggestions brought forward during the hearing needed to be reflected upon for evaluation in terms of strategic focus.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim (pictured) in his closing remarks raised questions regarding the raised issues (from LegCo members) and requests for additional government aid.

In one of the questions he asked if the raised issues and requests for additional government aid would actually increase the capability of the nation in striving to contribute towards development and the country's socio-economy.

"The suggestions given, if accepted and implemented, would it make Bruneians work harder, more responsible, civic minded and always caring for one another and not becoming a community who only relies on the government for solutions to their problems?" he said.

The Minister of Finance II then asked, "must aid or government funding be the best solution especially when financial responsibility of the government is already high in terms of provision of public goods and social welfare that is comprehensive, from cradle to grave?"

"Maybe, we do not realise, in the zeal of making requests and suggestions for additional aid for the consideration of the government, we are actually encouraging the attitude of selfishness, hoping too much, being too calculative and not knowing how to be grateful towards the comfort that has been and still being given by the government," said YB Pehin Dato Hj Abdul Rahman. "Without even realising it, indirectly, we are encouraging the people to be crippled, weak and backward," he added.

Pehin Dato Hj Abdul Rahman then said: "because we are inculcating a 'hard mentality' among the community, we are asking too much and hoping too much for government hand-out as a solution for every problem, including individual or personal problems without considering how it would affect our self-identity, dignity and empowerment of the nation."

Towards the end of his closing remarks, YB Pehin Dato Hj Abdul Rahman urged for all to learn and be grateful with all that have been given.

-Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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