KUCHING – Services to the people by the government will become more effective if community leaders help to deliver the agenda of the government at the grassroot level.
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said confusion arising in society could be cleared if the people were briefed concerning the agenda, programmes and projects of the government.
“This is a commitment of community leaders appointed by the government to tell the people about any government projects. Don’t just keep quiet after attending a seminar but tell the people about what was said by the government.
“So, I see a need for community leaders to tell the people about what the government has done and will be doing,” he said when launching the 2015 Sarawak Grassroot Leadership Seminar here, today.
The first series of seminar organised by the state government with the Rural and Regional Development Ministry via Institute For Rural Advancement (INFRA) was attended by 685 community leaders and secretaries of Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) from Kuching, Bau and Lundu.
Also present were Rural and Regional Development Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu.
Meanwhile, Adenan hoped the existing state government under his leadership would be given the mandate to continue running the state at the coming state election.
The chief minister said he needed at least a term to implement policies and development programmes planned in the state since taking over the helm on Feb 28, last year.
“I announced the lowering of the electricity tariff (when I become chief minister) while it went up in the peninsula. I am also negotiating to abolish the toll in the state.
“So, in conclusion if one loves Sarawak, one knows what one should do so the that the state is safe, successful and progressive in the future,” he said.
At the same event, Mohd Shafie also handed over the 2015 Sarawak JKKK allowance of RM121 million and a house aid programme allocation of RM50 million to the state government.
His ministry allocated RM877.5 million for infrastructure development projects in Sarawak for this year. – BERNAMA