Matunggong Folk Urged To Not Repeat Mistake Of 2013 At GE14

Ongkili presenting the letter of appointment to one of the Matunggong’s new village heads, here, on Thursday.

MATUNGGONG: “Respect is earned” – a simple-yet-stern reminder to village heads and leaders here from Dr Maximus Ongkili, the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament.

Urging community leaders to be fair when handling tasks entrusted on them, he said in a statement Thursday that this group of people should also act as the eyes and ears of the government.

“You are being paid by the government to disseminate government policies. At the same time, you are expected to be fair in sorting out conflicts pertaining to customs and native laws, as well as when making decisions.

“Work diligently and be a good role model to other villagers. These are the good qualities of a community leader. But if you feel it is tough or failed to carry out your duties, I suggest you resign,” Ongkili, who is also the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, warned.

Speaking at the premier gathering of native chief, native chief representatives and village heads here, Ongkili also stressed that being government appointees, all community leaders must ensure that the government gets the support from the grassroots in the coming general election.

“The 14th general election is not a laughing matter. It is the biggest indicator for the future. I believe after being under an opposition representative in Magunggong in the last five years, you must have learned your lessons.

“It is time again to make another big decision, and I believe, there is a change. Let’s not repeat the mistake, five years of bitterness is a long time,” he said.

At the event, Ongkili also presented appointment letters to new native and village chiefs.