Lo (third left) presenting a certificate to one of the association’s members. Also seen in the picture is Shukarmin (fourth left).
KUCHING: Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang agrees that areas under the jurisdiction of the council should have more community leaders due to the increasing population in the district.
Lo was reacting to a proposal by Persatuan Ketua Masyarakat dan Tuai Tumah Kaum Iban Bahagian Kuching (Pemaik) that more community leaders for the district be appointed to serve the increasing number of people there, which he said he fully supported.
“You just give me the recommendation letter and I will fully support the proposal. I see this as a good move because they (community leaders) play an important role in linking the government and the grassroots.”
Lo was speaking at a dinner hosted by the association on Wednesday to present certificates to its members.
The association’s advisor Kuching Resident Shukarmin Chasemon, chairman and organising chairperson of the event Pemanca John Tambie Awat and Temenggong Datuk James Jimbun Pungga were among those attending the dinner.
Earlier on, John in his speech, suggested for the appointment of a Pemanca, three Penghulu and 13 Tuai Rumah to add to the present number of community leaders in the district.
“Currently there is no Pemanca under MPP area and only two Penghulu. We need more community leaders so that the people can be served efficiently,” he said.
On other note, Lo said the best way to select a community leader is through election.
“This is the most effective way to select someone who really can work with the people on the ground and is committed to serve the people.
“Elected representatives are selected by the people whom they know want to lead them and this will facilitate them to work together,” he said.
The Batu Kitang assemblyman announced a grant of RM2,000 for the association.