‘Appointment of village heads done transparently’

The appointment of village heads in Johor should not be politicised as it was done transparently and openly.

State Umno treasurer Datuk Md Jais Sarday said the process involved application forms being issued by the state government through district offices.

“Upon completion of the interview and vetting of scores, the district offices will propose the names of eligible candidates to be brought up at the state executive council meeting, ” he explained.

Only after this would the candidate be offered a position and an oath-taking ceremony conducted, he elaborated.

He noted that one of the criteria required to be a village head was the candidate’s involvement in local community activities such as those pertaining to mosques, schools, charities and non-governmental organisations.

“It is important for a candidate to also live in the same village area and be respected by the local community, ” Md Jais said, highlighting that this criterion had been well-established among grassroots Umno members because the party was concerned with the responsibility of managing a community.

He was asked to comment on recent remarks by local Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia leaders who were unhappy with Umno over the appointment of village heads in Johor.

The Bersatu leaders claimed they were not consulted and that most of the heads were from Umno.

Md Jais advised Johor Perikatan Nasional leaders not to politicise the issue of village head appointments.

“The people of Johor do not politicise all things for the benefit of certain parties alone, ” he added.

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier that MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong felt that such appointments should be discussed among the various partners.

Dr Wee said he believed that Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad would be able to resolve the issue.

He said MCA had also submitted its list for new village heads and negotiations were ongoing.

“We cannot be appointing heads just for the sake of filling the quota.

“We also cannot appoint a head from Village A to Village B when the person does not live there, ”

he said, adding that when people needed help, they would have difficulties reaching the village head.

Dr Wee stressed that fundamental issues needed to be resolved before these appointments were made.

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