KOTA MARUDU: The Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) play an important role as the government-change agents at the grassroots level, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
He said the JKKK’s roles are not restricted to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the government but must also play part in responding to negative criticisms and baseless accusations hurled by the irresponsible opposition against the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
“JKKK (heads and members) should know how to reject the propaganda of the opposition who has nothing else to do but criticize the government,” he said in a statement Wednesday, referring to the opposition parties.
He advised the JKKK to not take rumours for granted, particularly those thrown by the opposition leaders, and JKKK should always be alert on current developments that are taking place in their respective villages.
“If there’s a problem or issues that JKKK cannot handle, they should go to the district leaders directly,” Ongkili added.
In delivering his opening speech, he also reminded the JKKK to continue developing their leadership and management skills.
Ongkili also reminded the JKKK to practice teamwork at the highest level in bringing positive development into their communities.
Nevertheless, the JKKK must continue to work hard in maintaining the social harmony within the community, he said to a 300 crowd that was present at the JKKK Leadership Seminar held at Kota Marudu Temple Hall.
The seminar which was officiated by the Kota Marudu member of parliament was attended by JKKK chairman from Tandek and Matunggong.
Also present was Kota Marudu District Officer Arnold Joibi.