Thursday, August 13th, 2009
Be open to people, community leaders told
MIRI: As representatives of the government, community leaders are urged to be more open to the people to enable them to get feedback on the type of development the people strive for.
Sibuti member of parliament Ahmad Lai Bujang in giving this message said that to bring development to the people under their care, community leaders should cooperate with government departments and agencies and also those people in the private sector.
He said this at the presentation of an appointment letter to Abdul Rahman Fadzail the new Temenggong for the Malay community here yesterday.
To change mindset and perception of the people, you (community leaders) are the first persons to change them because of your closer association with them.
Dont be afraid to change them if change brings about development and progress to the people. Always try something new because if you dont try how would you know that it doesnt work, the MP said.
Community leaders, he said, as representatives of the government, should go down to the ground often in order to have direct interaction with the people, and get to know their wishes and dislikes so that solution could be found for them.
This is a serious job because as community leaders you are actually empowered to look after people at the grassroots level. Their success and development depend very much on you, Ahmad Lai told them. He also reminded them of their responsibilities as community leaders.
Do not accept the post if you are thinking of getting something in return or want to be treated as somebody who must be respected in the community.
You have been entrusted by the people and the government as the bridge between the two parties. You are the eyes and ears of government and people in your areas. Every problem should be directed to the proper channel, he added.
On the slow implementation of development projects in their areas, Ahmad Lai explained that there was limitation in the budget, among others.
Project implementation depended on the urgency and priority.
He however assured the people that the government did not practise favouritism in as far as development projects were concerned.
Also present at the function were Resident Dr Ngenang Jangu and his deputy Abdul Aziz Yusof, and district officer Boniface Intang Apat.