The government takes seriously on safety issues at Pulau Muara Besar. In response to the query by Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman; Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy and Industry, explained that monitoring measures by a number of safety agencies will continue to be improved, taking into account developments at Pulau Muara Besar. Yang Berhormat also shared that as of the end of February, 8,496 workers are at Pulau Muara Besar.
Yang Berhormat said that a committee has also been set up specifically for the safety and well-being of workers at Pulau Muara Besar, comprising 16 security and enforcement agencies as well as stakeholder agencies such as the Royal Brunei Police Force, Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Internal Security Department to continuously monitor the matter. Among the measures taken by security and enforcement agencies to ensure the country's laws are adhered to include placement of a permanent 24- hour police control post at Pulau Muara Besar. The Royal Customs and Excise Department as well as the Immigration Department also have posts at Pulau Muara Besar to control the entrance and exit of goods and people. The Marine Police also patrols the waters surrounding Pulau Muara Besar. Apart from that, under the workplace safety and health order 2009, Pulau Muara Besar is classified as a work place and is a non-alcohol zone.
Touching on employment opportunities for locals at Hengyi Industries Sendirian Berhad, Yang Berhormat explained that currently, the company has placed 180 locals, which is 37 percent of 444 workers. Yang Berhormat added that Hengyi in a joint venture with University Brunei Darussalam has offered a scholarship programme for UBD's chemical engineering programme undergraduates, to further their studies at Zhejiang University in the People's Republic of China for one and a half years. To date, 68 UBD students have been offered the scholarship from Hengyi, apart from that the company has employed 43 competency framework for industry graduates through the HNTec Plant Engineering programme. The company has also pledged one hundred and fifty conditional offers of employment through the capacity building centre to be employed as plant operators. On the employment of locals from the capacity building centre after the Hengyi construction phase is completed, a roll-over process will be practised with the company, which is the placement of the workers in other companies including foreign direct investment companies or in the general construction sector after the contracts with Henyi are over, to ensure job security. The roll-over process will be conducted by Department of Energy and Industry, apart from being dependant on the local workers performance.
Source: Radio Television Brunei