In reference to the article 'Noise Pollution' published in the Opinion column of the Borneo Bulletin dated November 24, 2012, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) would like to inform and remind the general public that any complaints of such nature could be directed to the police by calling the hotline number 993 or contacting the nearest police station.
The RBPF would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that it is an offence to play loud music which is likely to cause public disturbance under Section 20 of the Minor Offences Act Cap 30.
The law prohibits anyone from playing noisy instruments within the limits of any town or village between 11 pin and 6 am or in any public road at anytime without the written permission of the Commissioner of Police.
If found guilty, offenders can be fined up to $500 and the police are allowed to give warning to stop the noise either by removing the instruments or by dispersing people assembled at the area concerned.
In this instance, the RBPF further reminds that the behaviour of provoking the breach of peace can be dealt with under Section 30 of the Public Order Act Cap 148.
Offenders of the Act, if found guilty, are liable to an imprisonment for one year and a fine of B$1,000.
The Royal Brunei Police Force would like to remind the public, especially those who have been granted permission by the police to organise functions, to abide by the conditions set out in the permits.
The public is also advised not to disturb their neighbours by playing loud music beyond 12 midnight. In the event that a police complaint is lodged by any member of the public, the RBPF has the right to stop any function or event before the permitted deadline regardless a permit is granted.
In this regard, the RBPF would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to refrain from hanging around outside certain commercial complexes in the late hours while playing loud music from their cars or using their mini compo sets.
The public is also advised to be considerate as to not create any disturbances or danger to their neighbours or to the public in general.
The Public Relations Unit of the RBPF welcomes and encourages the public to give constructive criticism and feedback in order to improve its services to the public.
For any complaints or to seek further assistance, the public may contact the police by calling the hotline number 993 or contacting the nearest police station.
Head of Public Relations Unit
Secretariat's Office of Commissioner of Police
The Royal Brunei Police Force