PN gov should ensure unity, not divide the people- Karim

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (NSTP Pic)

By S. Harrish

PERIKATAN Nasional’s act of setting up the Jawatankuasa Pembangunan dan Keselamatan (JPKK) system in Sarawak is seen as confusing and dividing the people in the State.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who strongly objects to the JPKK, said it was exactly the same as  Majlis Pengurusan Komuniti Kampung Persekutuan (MPKKP) except that it has a different name.

“In essence, it is a duplication to the existing Sarawak’s Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK). Why do we need another something so similar to JKKK when it is functioning properly and serving the needs of our people? I strongly object to its setting up in Sarawak as it will serve nothing but confuse and divide our people,” Abdul Karim told DayakDaily.

He said the PN government has introduced JPKK without even consulting the GPS-led Sarawak government.

“They can come out with JPKK and implement it all over Malaysia except in Sarawak because we already have our own JKKK.  They can only come in to Sarawak if Sarawak government agrees and allows them to extend it into Sarawak,” said Karim who is also Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister

“That was the very reason why the Sarawak government objected to the formation of MPKKP when Pakatan Harapan was in power.  And now it is coming back in another name. If the federal government were to set up JPKK here in Sarawak, it would lead to the same effect – disunity and confusion on the ground.

“The JKKK system which the State has managed all these years has been known to be effective in managing longhouses, kampungs and villages. Why the need to ‘rock’ the system and create uncertainty and confusion?”

The Asajaya assemblyman said the role of the government of the day was to ensure unity among the people, instead of creating division or confusion.

On July 9, Rural Development Minister Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad said the ministry will improve MPKKP and rebrand it as JPKK.

He announced that JPKK will be extended to 10 states – Johor, Melaka, Perak, Pahang, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu, Labuan and Sarawak.