KUCHING: The appointment of leaders as ketua masyarakat and ketua kaum (KMKK) including kapitans is to serve all people regardless of race or boundaries.
Chinese community leader penghulu Ley Kok Lun said KMKK needed to always approach the people and understand their difficulties while also being humble.
He was alluding to a statement by Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarikei branch vice-chairman Wong Pak Ming in which he called for fairness in the appointment of ketua kaum.
Ley stressed that Repok assemblyman Datuk Seri Huang Tiong Sii had often reminded KMKK to serve the people of Sarikei regardless of race, religion or political affiliation.
“Datuk Seri Huang has also advised KMKK to not only be diligent and responsible but also humble as well as to avoid criticising others.”
Ley noted that all the areas in Sarikei are represented by KMKK and that no area was being ignored.
“Kapitan Ling Sien Chuong who is from Kim San Road often moves around the area to serve the people. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that the area does not have a kapitan,” he said.
With regard to the kapitan at Sungai Baji who lives in the town area, he said this was not an issue.
“This is because the journey from the town to Sungai Baji takes only 15 minutes. What is important is the kapitan appointed is diligent in serving the people,” he said.