SEMPORNA: Village leaders in Sabah will be stripped of their posts if they are found to be abusing their power or condoning corrupt practices, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong said.
He said leaders at the grassroots level which comprised village chiefs, Village Community Management Council (MPKK) members and native chiefs should carry out their responsibilities with integrity.
“The role of grassroots leaders is important because it helps the government know the problems faced by the people and to find solutions.
“Do not be like the grassroots leaders before this (during the previous administration), where many people’s problems were not known.
“Grassroots leaders should know their roles and responsibilities towards their villages, ensure the villages are clean, and know what is needed there,” he said.
Jaujan, who is also Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister, said this after handing out letters of appointment to MPKK members and leaders in Semporna here yesterday.Jaujan said favouritism and giving preference to family in channelling assistance, should be avoided.
Earlier, he said the appointed grassroots leaders should also play a role in enhancing the capabilities and development in their areas. — Bernama