KLUANG: The appointment of village heads in Johor should not be politicised as it is done transparently and openly.
State Umno treasurer Datuk Md Jais Sarday said that the application process was done with application forms issued by the state government via district offices.
"Upon completion of the interview and scoring process, the district offices proposes the names of eligible candidates to be brought up at the state government executive council meeting," he said, adding that only after that would the candidate be offered a position and an oath-taking ceremony conducted.
He added that among the criteria to be a village head includes their involvement in local social activities such as mosques, surau, schools, charities and NGOs.
"It is important for a candidate to also live in the same village area and is respected by the local community," he said, adding that this criterion has been well-established among grassroots Umno members because the party's doctrine was not merely political for certain positions, but more concerned with the responsibility of managing the community.
He was asked to comment on recent comments from 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 most of the heads were from Umno.
Md Jais advised Johor Perikatan Nasional leaders not to politicise the issue of the appointment of village heads.
"The people of Johor do not politicise all things for the benefit of certain parties alone," he added.
Earlier, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong had said that such appointments should be discussed among the various political partners.
Dr Wee said he believed that Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad would be able to resolve the issue.
He said that MCA had also submitted its list for new village heads, and negotiations were ongoing.
"We cannot be appointing heads just for the sake of fulfilling the quota.
"We also cannot be appointing a head from village A to village B when the person does not live there," he said, adding that when people need help, they would have difficulties reaching the village head.
Dr Wee stressed that fundamental issues needed to be resolved before these appointments were made.