Harden receiving a souvenir from residents.

SRI AMAN: Longhouse residents have been urged to be thankful for their leaders’ services.

Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis said, “Longhouse residents should be thankful for the services of leaders who truly help them.”

Harden, who is Simanggang assemblyman, said this at the closing ceremony of the 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) programme on Tuesday at Rh Ritie Ganja, Empadi Batu Anchau, Batu Lintang Undop.

He added that in Simanggang, the leaders had worked hard  to ensure that the people had access to infrastructure such as roads, bridges, halls and buildings, playgrounds and provided allocations to associations and JKKKs.

On another issue, he reminded every Tuai Rumah and longhouse resident to think carefully about accepting new organisations such as the Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP).

“The establishment of the federal government-sponsored MPKKP is aimed at breaking the harmony of the longhouse and village communities.

“This is because the committee in MPKKP is promised allowances and allocations.

“We cannot accept the reason for the existence of the MPKKP platform to channel federal allocation grants because the existing Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) is still functioning well and is a bridge connecting the people with the government,” he said.

Harden receiving a souvenir from residents.

On the issue of land consolidation under Native Customary Right (NCR) Section 6 and Section 18 of State Land Code. he said the government had no intention of taking the people’s land.

“If taken for commercial purposes and the construction of new roads, it will be compensated.”

On the 3R programme organised by the Sri Aman District Council’s community development section, he said it emphasised environmental cleanliness and recyclable waste management systems.

This was to ensure that all communities were responsible for environmental sustainability.

The benefit of practising 3R would teach the community to prevent mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever, malaria and rodent infections.

At the ceremony, Harden approved the Minor Rural Project (MRP) allocation for 2020 amounting to RM3,000 to the JKKK and RM2,000 to the Rh Ritie Women’s Bureau, Empadi Batu Anchau, Batu Lintang Undop.