Be efficient leaders, community leaders told

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Dennis (right) strikes the gong to declare open the seminar. Looking on are Orang Ulu community leaders.

Dennis (right) strikes the gong to declare open the seminar. Looking on are Orang Ulu community leaders.

MIRI: Orang Ulu community leaders, especially those from the Kayan community, must be able to bring their people towards progress.

This advice came from Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, who reminded village headmen and village security and development committees of the community to be always up to date with happenings and government programmes so as to be relevant to their community and be efficient leaders.

“The Orang Ulu community leaders, especially Kayans, must be equipped with relevant and up-to-date information on the needs of the people on the ground,” he said at the opening ceremony of the ‘Seminar Pemerkasaan Ketua Masyarakat, Ketua Kaum dan JKKK Kampung Kaum Kayan Kawasan Baram Siri Ke-11’ held at Dynasty Hotel here yesterday.

The two-day seminar is jointly organised by Pejabat Temenggong Kayan Bahagian Miri, Telang Usan Service Centre and Majlis Adat Istiadat Negeri Sarawak in collaboration with Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.

Present were organising chairlady Temenggong Elizabeth Deng, Temenggong Joseph Mgau Lian, Persatuan Kayan Miri chairman Philip Ngo and speakers from Adat Istiadat Negeri Sarawak – former senator Ding Sling and Anthonious Sindang.

Dennis also reminded the community leaders that as the eyes and ears of the government they should be proactive in approaching the people so that they know their problems and needs and bring them up to the authorities.

“This is important for the progress of their community,” he said.

At the same time, he urged the Kayans to continue working closely with other communities for their mutual benefit and advised them not to be easily influenced by the propaganda of the opposition parties to smear the good name of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth brushed aside allegations by certain quarters that the objective of the seminar was to campaign for Dennis.

She clarified that the seminar was to change the mindset of village headmen and their JKKK in order to be proactive and set a target for each longhouse to progress.

“The KPI target is important for any community to progress,” she stressed.

Community leaders from 24 villages in Telang Usan are attending the seminar.