Jaujan, who is also Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister said this after handing out letters of appointment to the MPKK
members and leaders in Semporna here today.
The convention was the first to be held and was attended by 800 MPKK
chairman and secretaries of Chinese villages throughout the country.
'At the state level, what we will do is to encourage Felda residents who have private grants to set up their own MPKK
which is under the Rural Development Ministry,' he said.
'Therefore, at the state level, what we can do to help is to encourage Felda residents who have been issued with private ownership grants to establish MPKK
which is under the Ministry of Rural Development.
The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) does not interfere in the appointment of the Village Community Management Council (MPKK) members as the selection is fully determined by the state government, said its minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.
She said it was entirely up to the state government through the Mentri Besar or Chief Minister to decide on those eligible to lead the MPKK which is an important institution to manage the village's progress and to act as liaison between the government and the residents of the area.
'At the ministry level we only regulate MPKK policies and management procedures,' she said when commenting on the issue of 100 Amanah members leaving the party believed to have been dissatisfied with MPKK selection process.
According to reports, Kampung Paya Rumput Hilir, Tangga Batu MPKK chairman Jalalludin Mulot, left the party after he claimed there were inference by other parties in the MPKK's appointment.
Village Community Management Council (MPKK
) chairman, Wan Jais Mohamad said the villagers were cut off when the Kampung Sri Bayas bridge connecting the village with other villages nearby was flooded.
Rina explained that while the government has allocated RM100 million for the development of villages, the scheme, which will be applied by the newly formed Village Community Management Council (MPKK), will be based on a first come, first serve basis.
The MPKK was formally known as the Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK), which was abolished in May by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over complaints of political interference by the previous government.
Rina assured that the MPKK will be an apolitical organisation that will not face any political intervention for the ruling government.