Belait determined to fill village head posts
THE Belait District Office remains committed to finding village heads for the national housing schemes of Lorong Tengah, Lumut and Panaga as well as Mumong B despite lacklustre turnouts for the new posts.
Belait District Officer Hj Haris Othman said recently that his administration will continue to roll out advertisements for the four approved posts in the government news publication Pelita Brunei until qualified candidates are identified.
Last year’s openings in March, September and November failed to turn up any qualified candidates.
The creation of the village head posts for the four areas is instrumental to the District Office’s rezoning initiative which seeks to divide villages and classify newer residential areas that have exceeded the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MoHA) prescribed village population of between 3,000 to 5,000 residents.
Belait District representative to the Legislative Council and Mumong Village Head Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Yusof Dulamin supported the rezoning but admitted that finding good candidates is a challenge.
“Mumong has around 11,000 residents, so dividing it into areas (Mumong ‘A’ and ‘B’) is a good initiative that supports more efficient administration and distribution of welfare,” said YB Hj Mohd Yusof.
“But it’s easier said than done. Not just finding the right qualifications (on paper) but finding people who are committed, interested and share a purpose to serve the people. Many still think of the post as too burdensome or one that’s not important.”
Stricter academic requirements for village heads under the Service Scheme for Penghulu and Ketua Kampong 2013 approved last year now mean that those without a minimum of two GCE O-Levels or its equivalent will not be eligible to run for the post.
The age bracket for those seeking their first term has also been revised from 30-60 to 45-55.
The Brunei Times