Fresh blood for kampung

Helping local communities: Dr Wee (seated sixth from left) posing for a group photograph with representatives from Chinese temples, churches and Buddhist organisations after presenting them with grants to carry out their activities.

THE MCA wants more youths to sit in the Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) in Chinese new villages, said its deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

He said this was necessary as the party needed to engage the young to regain the support of the community.

“Presently, 92% of JKKK committee members are over 40 years old.“We need more youths or those below the age of 40 to sit in these committees if we wish to get their support," he said after holding a dialogue with MCA members and the community in Seremban.

Dr Wee said MCA would, however, find ways to continue to engage the young.

Earlier, he gave away allocations totalling about RM100,000 to representatives of 56 Chinese temples, churches and Buddhist associations in Negri Sembilan.

He said the funds which came from the Prime Minister's Office was to allow the management of the temples, churches and associations to carry out their activities.

“The MCA will also work with the local community to identify the place of worship and organisations that needed funds to operate.

“We will have a separate list every year to ensure more people will benefit," he said.

On a separate matter, Dr Wee, who is also in charge of new villages, said every JKKK in the state would receive RM1,000 aid soon to kick-start their activities.

“We want them to be active and help us identify things that need to be corrected in their areas.

“I hope they will give us ideas on how best we can assist them," he added.

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