Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil

REBRANDING OF VILLAGE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL (MPKK)

KUCHING: Sarawak will not be affected by the recent rebranding of the Village Community Management Council (MPKK) to Village Development and Security Committee (JPKK) by the federal government.

Local Government Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil said for Sarawak, it would continue to use the existing Village Safety and Development Committee (JKKK) for management of its villages.

He said this was recognised by the federal government with JPKK not in effect in the state, and Sarawak being the sole exception to the policy change by Putrajaya.

“Sarawak will not be affected. The federal Rural Development Ministry has agreed that the state will continue to use JKKK.

“We will continue with the existing JKKK structure which has been proven to work well in our administrative systems,” he said when contacted by New Sarawak Tribune on Friday.

Penguang said that the move by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government reflected its understanding and recognition of the state’s Local Government Ordinance under which Sarawak have its own Community Chiefs and Headmen Ordinance 2004.

On Wednesday, Rural Development Minister Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad said JPKK would be implemented in PN states, except Sarawak.

For opposition states – Selangor, Penang, Sabah and Negeri Sembilan, he said the federal government would implement the Federal Village Development and Security Committee (JPKKP) chaired by federal Cabinet members from the states.

He said, the membership structure for each JPKK and JPKKP remained the same, with a chairman, a secretary and 11 committee members and the cost of implementation of the JPKK and JPKKP was RM163 million a year.

Last year, then Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government tried to introduce the infamous Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP) in Sarawak.

This was heavily criticised by state leaders, with Penguang explaining that Sarawak had its own procedures to select community leaders which hds been around for ages.

The proposed MPKKP was also slammed by other state leaders, describing it as overlapping the roles of the existing JKKK.