Selangor village head recognised for community service

Amirudin (second from left) presenting a mock cheque to Mohamad Hanafiah (third from right) in the presence of Rizam (in blue) and other guests.

MOHAMAD Hanafiah Hussin beamed with pride as he was named Traditional Village Head Icon in recognition of his community service and efforts to promote tourism in Selangor’s Hulu Langat district.

The head of Kampung Kuala Pangsu received RM300, a certificate and plaque as a token of appreciation from the state government at the Village Community Management Council (MPKK) Appreciation Ceremony in Shah Alam.

“This award will spur me to better serve my community.

“My primary objective now is to help promote Gunung Nuang and the surrounding area as a tourism destination.

“I will work closely with non-profit and tourism associations in the state,” he told reporters at the award ceremony.

The event celebrating 373 MPKK heads from nine districts was attended by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari and state rural development, unity and consumers committee chairman Datuk Rizam Ismail.

The event also recognised Best Traditional Village at district and state levels.

Meanwhile, Best Overall MPKK Traditional Village Special Award, with a RM1,500 cash prize, went to Kampung Sungai Apong in Sabak Bernam.

Amirudin said village heads played a crucial role in communicating the state government’s initiatives to their local communities, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic and floods in 2021.

“They help to ensure that any support and assistance doled out by the state government reaches its target audience,” he added.

Rizam said cooperation from village heads was vital to mobilise welfare programmes at grassroot levels.

“Only with support from them can any effort made by the state government be fully realised.”

Also present were state exco members Izham Hashim and Fahmi Ngah, and state Deputy Speaker Mohd Kamri Kamaruddin.

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