By the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the ‘Sistem Kebajikan Negara’ or National Welfare System, SKN will be utilised starting the 15th of July 2020, and those who wish to apply for the monthly welfare assistance, BKB under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Brunei Islamic Religious Council, MUIB’s tithe distribution for the poor and destitute. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy informed that currently, those who have registered with the Department of Community Development, JAPEM and MUIB can use the said system to update their respective information starting the 15th of next month.
According to Yang Berhormat, the SKN can be accessed through the website at www.skn.gov.bn either through the computer or smart phones. At this stage, the online application is only open to citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam who wish to apply for the monthly welfare assistance under JAPEM and MUIB. Application for other assistance can be submitted to JAPEM and MUIB manually. Yang Berhormat said that by Allah’s will, the other applications can be submitted via online as soon as the SKN is upgraded in stages.
The established system for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports was the result of cooperation between the Ministry of Finance and Economy and other agencies such as the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Education. The aim of the system is to synchronise the process of giving out aid managed by the said agencies. The SKN will also improve cooperation in information sharing through the establishment of a centralised database that can be used to improve the efficacy of assistance programmes in the country in the government’s effort to help assistance recipients to escape from the poverty gap. At the same time, it is also to ensure that the provided assistance are distributed to those who are truly eligible, and help to government to make a more transparent assessment to ensure that there is no misappropriation on the distributed assistance.
Yang Berhormat stated that the SKN will utilise the national criteria as a baseline to synchronise in calculating and qualifying the people to receive assistance. This includes synchronising the system usage procedure and minimum cost of basic necessities calculation or KMKA to evaluate the poverty level of every recipient.
Source: Radio Television Brunei