LegCo 2012: Thanks for the Update

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(I originally wrote a much longer LegCo post, but felt that I was making two different points, so I separated them. The other post is about the public expectation of LegCo to be about “debate”, and the response from concerned citizens on Twitter about the relevance of issues raised.)

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As a young opinionated citizen with no background in politics, I would like to share my personal opinions and observations regarding the ongoing 8th Legislative Council proceedings in Brunei.

I write without having ever sat in a LegCo proceeding (yet!), or being in the shoes of a Minister.

I am also secretly (cough, cough) a civil servant.

Here goes. Read more…

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Mar 2012
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LegCo 2012: Word of the day is “Expectations”

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(I originally wrote a much longer LegCo post, but felt that I was making two different points, so I separated them. The other post is about LegCo becoming a platform for updating on progress, and I felt that I would prefer more meat to such updates.)

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This year, the 8th Legislative Council (LegCo) session got a Twitter hashtag: #legco8As noted on ProjekBrunei.com, the Bruneian Twitterverse was keen to take up on this. The comments in the #legco8 feed on Twitter this year show concerned citizens being skeptical, snarky, sometimes appreciative, but most likely frustrated with the reports on the LegCo proceedings.

I have a feeling that there may be a disconnect between what the Government expects LegCo to be, and what the public expects it to be.

Expectations of “Debate”

There is a perception that LegCo is about “debate”. From the official website of Jabatan Majlis-Majlis Mesyuarat, the functions of LegCo are given as:

  • Merundingkan dan meluluskan undang-undang
  • Mengenakan sekatan-sekatan kewangan
  • Meneliti polisi-polisi Kerajaan dan lain-lain perkara berkaitan dengan perjalanan Majlis Mesyuarat Negara

(Source: Fungsi Majlis Mesyuarat Negara)

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Mar 2012
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Checklist for sharing Brunei Events online

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One day, after seeing a number of events in Brunei being promoted online and feeling dissatisfied with the information available, I wrote out a checklist for those tasked with promoting events online.

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Feb 2012
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Mini-Project: #brunei Complaints

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On Oct 01, 2011, I tweeted:

What if all the public complaints in Brunei for the last 7 days could be compiled and we actually tried to do something about it? #Brunei

(Who would’ve thought that I’d ever <blockquote> my own words? Ahem.)

This turned out a lot longer than intended, so here’s a teeny Table of Contents for you:

BackgroundThe ListConclusionsNotes [Separate Page]

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Wishlist for Government Swimming Pools

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I would be particularly pleased if the two pools in the vicinity of the National Stadium in Berakas could kindly take note.

  • Fix those outdoor showers and reduce the rush and queuing for showers at 6.00pm.
  • Please don’t tell me that there are “no more” locker room keys. Devise effective penalties to those who don’t return their keys.
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Feb 2011
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