Covid-19: Reinstate village community leaders to ensure aid reaches the people, says Warisan


KOTA KINANALU: The new state government should reinstate the current village community leaders as an immediate action to check the spread of Covid-19 in the state, says Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking.

He said the current situation needs experienced Village Community Management Councils (MPKKs) ketua kampungs and native customary chiefs to help the government channel its assistance effectively and efficiently to the people at large.

"The MPKKs play a vital role to assist any state government, especially in any emergency response, such as the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the flash floods which had occurred recently in most of the districts in Sabah,” he said.

The Penampang MP and Moyog assemblyman urged Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor to reinstate the current MPKKs to ensure that assistance reaches the people during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

“It would be most appreciated if the current Chief Minister can immediately reinstate the recently terminated MPKKs and/or to immediately appoint their new choice but mixing the same with the experienced MPKKs to effectively resolve the outstanding demands of the public now,” he added.

He said the immediate termination of MPKKs by the new government would not help in solving the current Covid-19 as these grassroots leaders are experienced to assist the state machinery at the district level," he said in a statement Sunday (Oct 11).

Darell said the new batch of MPKKs would take time to get used to their roles but added that the best move would be if the state kept the current community leaders to efficiently send down the assistance due to the time constraints.

"When Warisan took over the state government in 2018, the new batch of appointed MPKKs in Penampang had at least a year to familiarise themselves with the government's district procedures while at the same time, the existing ones (appointed by the previous government) who had received recommendation from the villagers for good performance, were retained," he added.

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