Uggah (left) pointing to a map showing the Native Customary Rights lands surveyed by the state government. At right is Anthony.

SPAOH: Community leaders should not allow themselves to become tools by the opposition to sow disunity, distrust and to spread lies among the people.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas doled out this advice when launching a community policing programme for village safety and development committee (JKKK) leaders here on Tuesday (Sept 15).

He said community leaders ― from Temenggong to Pemanca, Penghulu, Tuai Rumah, Ketua Kampong or Councilors ― were part of the government machinery.

“You are eyes and ears of the government on the ground. Your tasks are to unite the people and bring them to mainstream development.

“So whatever problems and issues the people face, please bring them to the government through your elected representatives. Let us come together and discuss amicable solutions.The GPS government is always ready to sit down with you.”

The Bukit Saban assemblyman said it was disturbing that the people saw social media as a solution to their problems.

“The issues posted are mere allegations or lies against the government.

Fake news can cause uneasiness and concern among the more gullible folk,” he said, adding that such action was very unbecoming of them as grassroots leaders.

Uggah, who is Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, advised community leaders to learn about the government’s development programmes and plans, especially in the field of modern agriculture.

At the function also, he presented land compensation to the tune of RM501,749 to 12 people whose land had been acquired for the construction of the Bebuling STOLport here.

Also present were Dr Richard Rapu, a political secretary to the Chief Minister; Betong Resident Friday Belik and Betong Land and Survey Superintendent Anthony Aboi.