Sarawak community leaders told they are ‘eyes and ears’ of govt

Community leaders should see themselves as representing the government at the grassroots level, says Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah. (Bernama pic)

SPAOH: Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas today warned community leaders against being “used” by the opposition to spread lies and disunite the people.

He told leaders of the Temenggong, Pemanca and Penghulu communities, as well as the longhouse chiefs, village chiefs and local councillors that they were part of the government machinery.

“You are the eyes and ears of the government on the ground. Your tasks are to unite the people and bring them into mainstream development,” he said at the launch of a community policing programme here.

Uggah described as “disturbing” that one or two community leaders had deemed social media to be a platform for the solution of problems.

“The issues posted are mere allegations or lies against the government. When they have gone viral, the fake news can cause uneasiness and concern among the more gullible folks,” he said.

He advised the community leaders to learn about the government’s development programmes and plans, especially in modern agriculture, and inform their communities on ways they could improve their livelihood.