Kg Lorong Tiga welcomes new village chief

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KAMPUNG Lorong Tiga in Seria welcomed their first village head in a decade yesterday after he was officially given his letter of appointment.

57-year-old Hj Saidin Ibrahim, a former assistant head technician at the Department of Electrical Services branch in Lumut, is the first to assume the position since Orang Kaya Indera Perkasa Hj Zulkeflee Abdullah passed away in 2004.

Addressing a crowd of over 100 guests at his home, including Belait District Officer Hj Harris Hj Othman and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) Dr Hj Abd Manaf Hj Metussin, Hj Saidin promised to look after the interest of the 5,121 people under his care.

“With the mandate I have been given, InsyaAllah with full dedication I will carry out the task of village head to the best of my ability, and to show full commitment in whatever the circumstance.

“I also hope for all residents to give their full support with participation and ideas for any future activities, so that our village can truly excel,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary at MoHA also took the opportunity at yesterday’s appointment ceremony to call on village heads and penghulus throughout the country to use their position as community leaders to co-ordinate efforts to mitigate crime through programmes such as the neighbourhood watch, which sees grassroot leaders working closely with law enforcement agencies.

“To ensure that villages are free of any threats and crime, a closer partnership between residents through the village and mukim consultative councils and the Royal Brunei Police Force needs to be forged.

“Illegal immigrants are crimes that can be targeted by running a public safety programme as well. More serious crimes such as drug use and distribution are of concern as well,” he said.

To keep a better track of those residing within each village, Dr Hj Abd Manaf advised that statistics on the community’s population be updated at least once every six months.

He also encouraged village and mukim consultative councils to promote economic activity through programmes such as One Village One Product to “mitigate unemployment and a culture of being overly choosy” which he said is prevalent amongst some local youth.

“All villages and mukims across the country should try to develop strategies for development within their communities whether at the micro or macro level; not only individual efforts but also considering the possibility of establishing companies under the guidance of the village and mukim consultative councils,” said Dr Hj Abd Manaf.

The Brunei Times