Village leaders were urged to develop One Village, One Product (1K1P) products in accordance with current trends, business climate and consumer preferences.
Speaking yesterday at the launching of a two-day leadership workshop for mukim penghulus, acting mukim penghulus, village heads and acting village heads at the Civil Service Institute, Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong said, “We have been conducting the 1K1P for more than 20 years, but on the whole, it has not met its objective to increase village revenue.
“No doubt, we have achieved success in penetrating the local market. But with the ever-changing economy, business climate and consumer preferences, we should give serious attention to this matter and to review, coordinate and adapt it to suit present trends by way of products, operations, and so on.
“Given the present changes in demographics, with youth accounting for 60 per cent of the population, it is vital for them to be involved in the implementation of village and mukim consultative councils (MPMK) plans as members, or to be engaged actively in any MPMK programmes.”
“We have witnessed the active involvement of youth in several village consultative council projects, which have inspired villagers and changed the MPMK format with economic and welfare activities.
“Towards this, we should explore the best approaches to invite more youth into the MPMK programmes.
“As quality leaders, we should strive to boost our skills from time to time, and this workshop caters to such a need. Leaders should also build on knowledge and skills that are ever-changing, in addition to exercising them and making lifelong learning a cultural value.”
Also present at the launching ceremony were Permanent Secretary (Municipal and District) at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) Salminan bin Haji Burut; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Municipal and District) Abdul Walid bin Haji Matassan; district officers; and senior officers of MoHA.
Organised by MoHA, the two-day workshop features briefings on effective communication, the Service Scheme for mukim penghulus and village heads, General Orders and Financial Regulations, as well as talks by various agencies.
The workshop also strives to emphasise leadership qualities, credibility, integrity, and work etiquette, in addition to boosting the participants’ knowledge in terms of handling village residents and their active involvement in the implementation of community affairs.