Shorter terms for grassroots leaders

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THE Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) is looking at reducing the terms of grassroot leaders to ensure the effectiveness and capacity of the consultative councils in all districts.

Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong said, during yesterday’s 12th Legislative Council session, that the ministry is looking to reduce the terms from five years to two or three years.

The minister said they will select replacement grassroot leaders and village heads based on the new guidelines under the ‘Service Scheme for Penghulu and Ketua Kampung’.

The scheme took effect in April, 2015.

From the ministry’s current observation, YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar said there are nominees who did not qualify under the guidelines as they did not meet expected academic qualifications, age and others.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar said currently the ministry may not make changes to the scheme as it was recently introduced.

“The ministry will take in the concerns and will monitor any vacant positions of grassroot leaders and village heads so it would not affect the administration and management of the mukims,” he said.

The minister went on to say that the ministry, along with the district offices, have taken the initiative to conduct “talent scouting” to identify residents who could be considered or nominated for the positions.

The Brunei Times