Native chiefs told to stay clear of graft
Published on: Monday, April 15, 2019
By: Hayati Dzulkifli

BELURAN: Newly-appointed community leaders in Sugut have been warned to reject any form of graft practices when serving the people in their respective areas.

Sugut Assemblyman Datuk James Ratib said their posts would be relinquished if there are complaints and evidence that they are involved in corruption.

He said it is imperative for them to uphold integrity and be transparent in discharging their duties and responsibilities to the people.

“I am calling on all the 97 people appointed as District Chief, village heads, Native Chief, Native Customary Chiefs and representatives of Native Chiefs under my constituency to heed the Prime Minister’s call to refuse bribery that could destroy their integrity and people’s trust on them.

“Be honest and committed to the posts given to you as well as performing well the tasks you are entitled to do,” he said.

James said this when handing over letters of appointment to 97 people holding various community leader posts held at a community hall in Kg Butition, Paitan, Saturday.

He noted throughout his two-term period as Sugut assemblyman, he never received any complaint from the grassroots about community leaders involved in corruption.

James also advised newly appointed Native Customary Chiefs to be prepared in exercising their duties and responsibilities to the people.

“If any of the Native Customary Chiefs fail in their duties, he or she will be asked to resign from their position immediately. 

“That is why we thoroughly screen candidates shortlisted for the post so that the appointed Native Customary Chiefs would not bring in the work culture under the previous government as they need to change to be in line with the transformation and changes under the new government,” he said.

In a related development, James, who left Umno and joined Upko on May 16, last year, assured that the grassroots in his constituency would continue to support Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the Chief Minister although his (James) state seat is not represented by its assemblyman from Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan).

He said the differences in political ideologies are not a hindrance because his (James) relationship with the current Chief Minister has been solid when they were in the same political party before.

Through such strong ties, James said his constituency were able to benefit various development infrastructures for the people’s success and wellbeing.

“Although our political struggles were different after the 14th General Election (GE14), the struggle to uphold and defend the people’s rights and State’s interest including in Sugut, has not changed.

“We will solidly support Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and his leadership for the sake of developing the people and resolve various problems and issues at grassroots level,” he said.

Also present were Sabah Native Affairs Council (MHEANS) President Datuk Sa’adilah Abdillah, Beluran Assistant District Officer (Operation) Leprus Giswa and Communiy Development Leader for Sugut, Jalil Atang.


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