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Clarification on salary reduction

Monday, 14 March 2016 - The Prime Minister’s Office would like to refer to some of the articles published in local media on the discussion in the Legislative Council, in which certain statement as reported seems to imply that the government is exercising a general salary reduction for its employees, as has been widely commented through social media and the general public. The articles have attracted negative attention from social media as well as international media. In this regard, the Ministry of Finance had issued a statement to clarify the matter.

 The Prime Minister’s Office wishes to reiterate that the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam never issued such a statement. Any statement concerning salary reduction across the civil service is baseless and unfounded.

Local media are advised to be more responsible in providing accurate and credible reports to the public so as to avoid any ‘misunderstanding’ locally and internationally. In receiving and before imparting any information, print media and social media users are reminded to ensure the information received is accurate and verified.