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Establishing Strict Laws On Sexual Harassment At The Workplace
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa bin Pehin Datu Perdana Manteri Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Ibrahim
March 8th, 2018 | 11:12 AM | 124 views
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At this morning's deliberations, a number of questions that were given notice were raised covering various issues, among other matters, on sexual harassment at the workplace, unemployment and job opportunity issues. Touching on the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace raised by Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Awang Haji Ash'ari, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa bin Pehin Datu Perdana Manteri Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Ibrahim, Special Advisor to His Majesty and Minister at the Prime Minister's Office in his response stated that Brunei Darussalam has allocations in several specific laws that lists the types of offences and sentences. This includes Shari'ah Penal Code Order, Chapter Four, Section 197, under the subject Immoral Behaviour and under the General Order, on government officers under the subject, Behaviour and Disciplinary 1961, Regulation 29.
Yang Berhormat Pehin said that if a government officer or staff was found to have behaved in a manner that is an offence under the Brunei Darussalam Laws, therefore the Permanent Secretary or head of department must freeze half of the salary and all allowances of the officer or staff member, as well as immediately suspend the offender from his position's duties and obligations from the date of receiving of the report on the officer's involvement in the criminal case from the relevant government agencies. This action is according to the Prime Minister's Office Circular Number 19/1998. This action does not only give an appropriate penalty to the offender, but if he or she is found guilty under the Brunei Darussalam Laws and Acts depending on the disciplinary supervisor, the offender will be terminated.
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