Village leaders in Sabah will be stripped of their posts if they are found to be abusing their power or condoning corrupt practices, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Jaujan Sambakong said today.
Jaujan said leaders at the grassroots level, which comprise village chiefs, Village Community Management Council (MPKK) members and native chiefs, should always carry out their responsibilities with integrity.
"The role of grassroots leaders is important because it helps the government know the problems faced by the people and to find solutions.
"Do not be like the grassroots leaders before this (during the previous administration), where many people's problems were not known.
"The appointed grassroots leaders should know their roles and responsibilities towards their respective villages, ensure the villages are clean, and know what is needed there," he said.
Jaujan, who is also the state local government and housing minister said this after handing out letters of appointment to the MPKK members and leaders in Semporna today.
He said that favouritism, and giving preference to family ties in channelling assistance should be avoided, and a leader should instead be fair and listen to the problems faced by all the residents.
Earlier, he said the appointed grassroots leaders should also play a role in enhancing the capabilities and development in their respective areas.
"There is no shortcut to improving our outcome and capabilities but hard work and continuous effort. Do not, as leaders, be ignorant of any situation in our districts or villages.
"We need to get up early and get ready (to work) before the rest, because even the top-level leaders rest for only an hour or two a day in order to serve the people"
At the function, Jaujan presented letters of appointment to leaders from the Sulabayan, Senallang, and Bugaya state constituencies.