Village council looks to grass cutting as way to help unemployed
THE Village Consultative Council (MPK) of Lorong 3 is trialling grass cutting as a way for its unemployed community members to earn income, according to its village head.
Hj Sadin Hj Ibrahim recently said that his MPK, with the support of the Mukim Consultative Council (MPM) Seria, dipped into their council's pockets to purchase a grass cutter for an unemployed 46-year-old who is supporting eight children.
Given Lorong 3's residential population well over 5,000, Hj Sadin and his council is hopeful that there will be “plentiful opportunities” for residents to be served as customers.
“We had been discussing this move for quite a while. Instead of just providing hand outs, we thought how can we provide someone with a tool or ability which will help them stand on their own two feet,” said Hj Sadin at MPM Seria's Chinese New Year celebration last weekend where the grass cutter was formally presented to resident Esmadi Osman.
The village head said the council will wait to see if Esmadi's endeavours pay off, before purchasing more grass cutters for its unemployed and underprivileged community members.
Esmadi said that he was eager to get started, after being unemployed for several years, during which he sold coconuts to make ends meet.
“I'm thankful to receive this tool from the MPK, and I am ready to get to work to support my family,” he said.
MPK Lorong 3 and MPM Seria already offer monthly donations of basic living supplies to a select group of four select families, with the recipients shuffled every six months, based on the council's latest findings of those who are most in need.
The supplies are funded by prominent businessmen from the council, who were amongst those attending last weekend's Chinese New Year celebration held at the Seria District Office building.
The Brunei Times