Brunei: Time to review current laws: PPKB President.
Asia Africa Intelligence Wire | May 28, 2003 | Copyright
(From Borneo Bulletin)
Byline: Rosli Abidin Yahya
Brunei Darussalam's political party spoke out in total support towards the suggestion proposed by the outgoing president of the Brunei Appeals Court that the laws and regulations of this country need to be amended.
The president of Parti Perpaduan Kebangsaan Brunei (PPKB), Hj Mohd Hatta bin Hj Zainal Abidin said in a press statement that the amendments of laws and regulations are much needed now being a free and democratic nation.
The suggestion proposed by the outgoing president of the Brunei Appeals Court, Sir Denys Roberts had specifically said there should be provisions in the state's laws to sue the government as one way to attract foreign investors. While not mentioning the specific words of Sir Denys Roberts who spoke on the needs of a provision to sue the government, Hj Mohd Hatta said it is time for a review of the state's current laws with intent to amend them in line with the national needs.
"The suggestion of Sir Denys Roberts for the state laws to be amended is proper if we want to further improve the government administration system as well as provide confidence to the local population and foreign investors to protect their interests," he said.
He added PPKB also looked seriously at the suggestion of the former Chief Justice for the public to be able to take legal actions against the government if they felt they had been subjected to unfairness.
"The population should not take opportunities in being able to sue the government just because of misunderstandings between the two parties. However such a change in the laws should be viewed positively which would benefit the nation in this era of globalisation, electronic economy and trade liberalisation," he said.
He added PPKB also hoped for a total review that would also include the syarie laws, should there be any shortcomings so that all members of the population should be duly protected and not one-sided.
"It is hoped with such review the nation could further develop in line with other developing nations especially our neighbours," he said.
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