PENAMPANG : The State Assemblyman for Moyog and Penampang Parliamentarian, _Darell Leiking,_ had called upon the Chief Minister of Sabah, YAB Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor to consider to reinstate the recently terminated MPKKs & Ketua Adat all over Sabah as an immediate action to overcome the Covid-19 threat which have resurged and grappled the State of Sabah.
He said that the current situation warrants immediate participation of these experienced MPKKs so as to enable Government’s assistance to be channelled effectively and efficiently to the people at large.
“The MPKK(s) plays a vital role to assist any State Government especially in overcoming any emergency response such as the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic and of the flash floods which had occurred recently in most of the districts in Sabah.
These terminated MPKKs have the intrinsic details of those who are in dire need to be assisted and most of all, they would have the experience and knowledge as to how the State machinery within the district level operates,” he said in a statement today.
Darell stressed that his concerns on the planned appointment of the new batch of MPKKs would take time and due to the time constraint, which willEntail that they will need to familiarize themselves with the procedural system, the distribution of the much needed aid to those affected will be hampered and delayed.
“When Warisan took over the Government in 2018, the new batch of appointed MPKKs in Penampang basically had at least a year to familiarize themselves to the Government’s district procedures while at the same time there were existing ones (by previous Government) who had received recommendation from the villagers for good performance were retained.”
Even with that one year experience, some of these MPKKs have had to sweat it out during the handling and distribution of the flooding and Covid-19 aids and assistances to ensure that it reached the targeted group.
If the Chief Minister believes that his new batch of MPKKs who have yet to be appointed can identify each and everyone in his/her respective area and having the ability to understand the district procedural system in a very short period and to perform effectively during this pressing moment, then by all means, appoint the new MPKKs immediately now as people are expecting that quick action,” he explained it.
He also pointed out that the several untimely decision taken by the Chief Minister can cause some repercussion that will not benefit the State.
“Since the State Covid Command Centre had been disbanded and all decisions now have to come from Putrajaya, the Chief Minister must ensure that there is a very clear and specific communication between the State and Federal so as to effectively manage the Pandemic and communication to the masses and *to minimise any federal interference in administering the State.*
This had been the recent issue when even the State Education Department was left in total darkness last when Ismail Sabri announced the schools closure last week._
It would be most appreciated if the current Chief Minister can immediately reinstate the recently terminated MPKKs and/or to immediately appoint their new choice but mixing the same with the experienced MPKK to effectively resolve the outstanding demands of the Public now, he concluded.