Communities urged to get involved in govt programmes

Morshidi (seated centre) during a photo-call with participants after closing the KomunitiKU Lab Project 2018 event at a hotel in Kuching.

KUCHING, April 14: The development of a community depends on their participation and involvement with the various programmes initiated by the government.

Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) principal assistant director Morshidi Ahmad said with this in mind, grassroot leaders should play a role to ensure that their community members always actively involved in the various development programmes carried out by the government.

He added that not only would they not miss any opportunities, but they would also be able to improve their livelihood and income.

“When their livelihood and income get better, other communities will follow, and thus these communities’ (overall) standard will be developed,” Morshidi said during the closing of the council’s KomunitiKU Lab Project 2018 event at a hotel here this evening.

He said youngsters would particularly benefit from these programmes as they have room to learn and a lot of time to see the programmes through to enjoy their fruits.

The KomunitiKU Lab Project, initiated by Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in 2001, was to provide opportunities to members of ‘Kejiranan Mesra’ to pitch their development, social or economic project ideas to DBKU.

A team representative presents their ideas for the economic development of their community.

The best project ideas would be selected from the many proposals and the council will provide some funding to the various teams to implement their respective projects, with the hope that it would be able to improve or develop a community in terms of social and economic wellbeing.

During this year’s Lab Project, five teams came up with their own ideas for projects based on their areas; namely Pantai Damai, Demak Laut, Tupong, Semariang and Satok.

The top three teams will be picked and would receive an allocation of RM15,000 each from DBKU to start their projects successfully before the end of this year. The selection will be announced at a later date.

On this, Morshidi said teams who were not selected should not give up as there would be other programmes and agencies that might be interested in them.

He also suggest that teams diversify their ideas which include working together with the various agencies and the local governments.

“Villagers can set up plant nurseries planting decorative trees or grass, and maybe can become suppliers for DBKU. There are endless possibilities,” he said. — DayakDaily