Resolve community leader issue in Serian

Martin Ben

THE Sarawak government is urged to address issues pertaining to community leaders and village chiefs (KMKK) in Serian Division.

Martin Ben (PBB-Kedup) said KMKK played a crucial role in bridging the gap between the community and the government.

“To maintain this effective conduit, I urge the government to quickly address the appointment of Temenggong and Pemanca for the Iban and Malay communities.

“These positions have not been filled since the creation of Serian Division in 2014. I hope the government can fill up these positions in order to speed up the resolution of various community issues,” he said this when debating on the Supply (2021), Bill 2020 in the august House today.

He also appealed to the government to consider the request for better remuneration for Bidayuh community leaders.

“I have received a copy of a resolution of the annual general meeting from the Bidayuh Community Leader Association urging the government to review their allowances.

“While they appreciate the recent increment, they felt that it does not commensurate with the increase in workload. Though I appreciate their concern, I leave it to the government to duly consider.”

Meanwhile, on the development of Kedup, Martin asked that a rural growth centre be considered in the constituency.

“This will be as a catalyst to spur more robust growth to various existing agricultural activities. With this, more job opportunities will be created to increase the living standards of the people.”