SIBU: Lanang MP Alice Lau is not in a rush to set up Village Community Management Councils (MPKK) as her constituency has a large number of longhouses.
According to Lau, there are more than 200 longhouses in the constituency but only 100 of them are registered.
“Those not registered with the relevant authority are those who are not qualified as these longhouses have fewer than 10 doors. Only longhouses with more than 20 doors have to register with the authority, ” she explained.
Lau said it would take time to set up MPKK in every qualified longhouse was a tedious process.
“We are not asking the tuai rumah (longhouse chief) to be the chairman of their respective MPKK. According to the criteria, the tuai rumah must have at least a PMR or PT3 education. This is because we don’t want to appoint those who are unable to do the work and cannot read or write, ” she said.
The chairman of every MPKK at longhouses with more than 20 doors gets a monthly allowance of RM500 while the secretary receives RM300. The council can also apply for a RM10,000 development fund.
The money is for them to carry out community activities.
The MPKK can have 13 committee members who would receive a meeting allowance of RM50 each if they conduct meetings up to a maximum of seven times a year.
The arrangement for longhouses with fewer than 20 doors is slightly different as only the tuai rumah would get a monthly allowance of RM300.
On the claims that longhouse chiefs had not been receiving their RM500 monthly allowance from the government, Lau clarified that it was a misunderstanding on their part.
“Many people think that every longhouse chief receives a monthly allowance. This is not the case as only those whose longhouses have more than 20 doors qualify, ” she said.