RURAL and Regional Development Ministry appreciates and recognises the efforts of village leaders and people through the Anugerah Desa Perdana competition every year.
Having witnessed the dynamic growth of some villages in the country, Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said it was only apt to reward their proactive and innovative efforts.
It was the government’s plan to encourage the involvement of traditional and orang asli villages in leadership through the competition, he said.
“This year’s competition involves 568 traditional villages and 20 orang asli villages around the nation.
“We have three very clear objectives – to materialise the sustainable village transformation programme, instil patriotism among villagers and improve the social economic status of villages,” he said in his speech.
Alexander represented Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the awards presentation for the Northern Region at the Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah in Behrang.
Previously known as Anugerah Desa Sejahtera 1Malaysia, the award also promotes sustainable development for villages and strives to ensure that villages can have high-income earners in the years to come.
The award involves all the states in Malaysia and have three categories – Traditional, Orang Asli and Long House, for Sabah and Sarawak.
During the ceremony, Kampung Kuala Slim was selected as the best traditional village in Perak while Kampung Wang Ulu in Kangar won the Perlis award, Kampung Sungai Itau in Langkawi was the Kedah champion and Kampung Paya Kongsi became champion of Penang.
For the Orang Asli Perak category, Kampung Ulu Bekor in Kuala Kangsar was the winner.
The state-level champions received RM12,000 each and also certificates from the ministry. The will now compete in the national-level competition.
The award emphasises on several aspects – patriotism and social work, leadership and administration, education and training, economy and entrepreneurship, improving youth’s function, information technology and telecommunications, cleanliness, health and joy and also basic infrastructure monitoring.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to attend the national awards in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 22.
During the event, Alexander highlighted that 16, 534 villages were benefitting from the ‘iDesa’ app, which shares basic information about villages.
He said the app was meant to boost the development of villages especially in infrastructure, village product promotions and village economic sources.
“It fulfils the duty of the JKKK, who acts as the eyes and ears of the government in sending the message to the people through correct channels.”
“At the same time, the Village Safety and Development Committee (JKKK) will have to play an important role in forwarding information about the plans of the people to the government,” he added.