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05.10.20 His Majesty Unscheduled Visit
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During the unscheduled visit to the Immigration and National Registration Department and Labour Department, Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday morning, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam took a closer look at sections under the departments. His Majesty first visited the Immigration and National Registration Department.

As a department orientated to public service, the Immigration and National Registration Department plays a role in determining the Citizenship Status as well as carrying out registrations related to births and deaths, citizenship, identity cards and adoptions. Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Awang Mohd Amir Hairil Bin Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary for Safety, Welfare and Law at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Awang Azmi Bin Haji Hafneh, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Smart Card Identity Section was among the sections first visited by the monarch.

The Birth, Death and Adoption section also gained the monarch's attention. The section is responsible in processing registrations for births, deaths and adoptions, issuing copies for birth, deaths and adoption certificates.

The Visa, Visit and Diplomatic Section is responsible for receiving and processing visas among them visit pass applications; professional visit visa and pass; Business Visa and Pass, Student Visa and Pass as well as approval for Brunei Darussalam's citizens or permanent residents who intend to marry a foreign national.

His Majesty continued the visit by taking a closer look at the Foreign Workers' Pass Section, which among other things is responsible for receiving and processing employment passes and visas; re-entry visas for employment pass holders, dependant visa and pass;  re-entry visa for dependent pass holders, employment passes and employment pass extensions.

The Entry Permit Section also came under the scrutiny of His Majesty. This section is responsible for processing Brunei Darussalam Permanent Resident applications and issuing re-entry permits and visas.

The Law Enforcement Section is responsible for enforcing laws and regulations to prevent and eliminate immigration offences for the harmony, well-being and security of the country.

From the Immigration and National Registration Department, His Majesty continued the visit to the Labour Department. Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Awang Muhammad Saufi Bin Awang Haji Ibrahim, Acting Commissioner of Labour. The Labour Department among other matters plays a role to administer and enforce the Employment Order 2009 to ensure that standards are met to a satisfactory level.

Among the sections that caught His Majesty's attention was the Labour Standards and Employment Agency Division. The Labour Standards Unit is responsible in ensuring consultations are inline with labour standards. Meanwhile, the functions of the Employment Agency is to issue licenses to employment agencies operating in the country and monitor as well as supervise employment agencies' activities in the country.

Also visited by the monarch was the Occupational Health and Safety Section which plays a role in ensuring employers are reporting any workplace accidents and injuries as well as assess and calculate the employee's reparation rights.

His Majesty then visited the Foreign Workers Division which is responsible in issuing foreign workers licenses for companies and individuals.

The Information Technology Section, Prosecution and Consultation Section also came under the focus of the monarch's visit. Organised management of workers in the private sector to fulfil the country's requirements is the vision of the Labour Department.

His Majesty ended the visit with a closer look at the Administration and Finance Section, Apart from facilitating the workforce requirements in the private sector, the department also fulfils its commitment at the regional and international levels such as membership in ASEAN and International Labour Organisation.

His Majesty visited the two government departments in October last year. His Majesty's visit is to ensure that the Immigration and National Registration Department as well as the Labour Department, Ministry of Home Affairs are enculturing work with a core of responsiveness and integrity which are key to public sector human resource empowerment in the country.

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
Photo courtesy of InfoFoto


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