Thursday, August 18

‘Big no to setting-up of MPKKP in Bidayuh areas’

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Austin (seated, third left) and Henry, on his left, join other Bidayuh community leaders in a photo session, held after the council’s meeting.

KUCHING: The Bidayuh Council of Elders objects to the establishment of the Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP) in Bidayuh areas.

According to Bidayuh Council of Elders chairman Temenggong Austin Dimin, the present system of village security and development committee (JKKK) is already serving its key purpose as the link between the government and the village folk.

“The existing structure and mechanism of JKKK have been working well in organising and running events, as well as coordinating projects for the government, all these years.

“The JKKK also has the ‘Ketua Kaum’ (village headman) as the chairman, who is the guardian of our customs, culture and traditions. But to have another entity like MPKKP in the same village, will only cause split among the people and divide them, and this is not good for the community. Therefore, the Bidayuh Council of Elders object to the setting up of MPKKP,” he told the media here yesterday.

Earlier, Austin had chaired a meeting with members of the Bidayuh Council of Elders, during which the main issue discussed was the MPKKP.

In attendance were his deputy Temenggong Henry Bujang Sadok and Bidayuh community leaders holding the posts of Pemanca and Penghulu in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions.

Stressing further, Austin pointed out the importance for the Bidayuh community to remain united in order to move forward with others.

“We must maintain the unity and solidarity that we have in our community. If we are split and divided, we would not be able to move forward,” he added.