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COVID-19 Brunei: Follow rules or face consequences, runners told (2020)

BY James Kon

Runners in the country will face legal action and their permits cancelled if they have been found violating guidelines for runners issued by the Government of 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.

This was stated by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) on Friday after reports of runners violating MoH guidelines.

The minister said the MoH has received reports that some runners did not comply with the guidelines issued.

These include not wearing face masks, gloves, personal protection equipment (PPE) such as aprons, raincoats or poncho when handling goods.

He added, “Any person found not following these guidelines may be subject to legal action and cancellation of their permits.”

On May 6, 2020, a guideline for business and transport companies using registered commercial vehicles in Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia (transport operators and runners) was issued with the consent of His Majesty, the Prime Minister’s Office in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications.

The guidelines have been updated for business and transport companies using commercial vehicles registered in Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia or transport operators intending to cross the borders through land control posts.

This also includes introducing new guidelines for companies or individuals providing delivery or freight services, commonly referred to as runners during the COVID-19 to pick up and deliver goods for personal or commercial use.

The updated guidelines are intended not to affect the movement of goods while ensuring economic activity and operation of the supply chain in Brunei Darussalam during the border crossing restrictions.

It is a government initiative to reduce the negative impact on the source of revenue for business runners. The comprehensive guideline can be found on Ministry of Finance and Economy website at www.mofe.gov.bn.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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