The situation now warranted the presence of the Village Community Management Council (MPKK), ketua kampung and native customary chiefs to help channel aid to the people, he said.
“The MPKK plays a vital role to help the state government, especially in an emergency response to situations like flash floods and the resurgence of Covid-19,” he said.
Termination of MPKK by the new government would not help in tackling the contagion as those grassroots leaders were experienced in helping the state machinery at the district level, he said, adding that new batch of MPKKs would take time to get used to their roles.
Due to time constraint, it was best the state kept community leaders to provide aid efficiently, he said.
“When Warisan took over the state government in 2018, the new batch of appointed MPKKs in Penampang had a year to familiarise themselves with district procedures while at the same time, there were existing ones (from the previous government) who were retained based on recommendations from the villagers,” he added.