| Hj Mohd Said Arshad |
THE roles upheld and implemented by village heads are comprehensive and cover not only the welfare of residents but also the livelihood affairs in physical, community, economic, social, security, religious and cultural aspects. Society holds a high expectation of them and as leaders, they are tasked with facing major responsibilities and challenges that lie ahead.
This was highlighted by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr Hj Abdul Manaf bin Hj Metussin during the certificate presentation ceremony for Hj Sulaiman bin Hj Nasir, the new village head of the Kg Labu Estate at Mukim Labu in Temburong yesterday at his residence. Awg Hj Sulaiman later signed and read the village head pledge.
“With the credibility and good leadership skills of Village Heads as grassroots leaders, these challenges can be overcome. In establishing and maintaining unity, understanding and instilling the spirit of togetherness, cooperation, unity and understanding between grassroots leaders and the society are crucial.
“It is undeniable that due to modern trends, some adopt selfish attitudes and are not aware of their surroundings or not practising the village livelihood spirit. This attitude must be eliminated and instead, promote the harmony, unity and prosperity of the village.”
Also at the event were YB Awg Hj Sulaiman bin Hj Ahad, member of the Legislative Council; Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Awg Haji Muhammad Sunadi bin Hj Buntar; Temburong District Officer, Awg Hj Abdul Hamid bin Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah, senior officers, village chiefs and members of the Village Consultative Council and residents of Kg Labu Estate. Kg Labu is situated about 20km away from Bangar town with 137 people and comprises a multi-ethnic group namely Malay, Murut, Chinese and Dusun. Awg Hj Sulaiman, 51, previously worked as a Warrant Officer (1) for the Royal Brunei Navy for 25 years from 1981 to 2007.