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District Officers can establish JKKKs from January: With approval of Minister
Published on: Friday, December 01, 2023
By: Jonathan Nicholas
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District Officers can establish JKKKs from January: With approval of Minister
Kadzim said the enactment - cited as the Rural Administration (Amendment) Enactment 2023 – will come into force on Jan 1, 2024.
Kota Kinabalu: District Officers (DOs) or local authorities can soon establish Village Development and Security Committees (JKKKs) for assistive purposes with the approval of the State Rural Development (KPLB) Minister.

This comes after the amendment to Part IIIA of the Rural Administration Ordinance was passed in the State Assembly sitting on Thursday.

Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Kadzim Yahya said the enactment - cited as the Rural Administration (Amendment) Enactment 2023 – will come into force on Jan 1, 2024.

DOs and local authorities must appoint the JKKK chairman for a specified term but can revoke the appointment, including committee members, at any time with the Minister’s approval.

Members of the committee may be paid allowances determined by the Minister. They can resign with a three- month written notice.

“District Officers shall include assistant district officers where the committee is established in a sub-district.

“Any committee established for the same purposes before the Enactment is deemed to have been established under Part IIIA of the Rural Administration Ordinance until dissolved.

“This Bill will involve the State Government in extra financial expenditure, the amount of which cannot at present be ascertained,” Kadzim said.

KPLB Minister Datuk Jahid Jahim said the JKKK, an administrative body at village level, is the driving force behind development and security.

“The JKKK is an intermediary and liaison between the Government and the people or the villagers. It is a complaint centre, especially in terms of the welfare and safety of villagers.

“This Bill related is to further strengthen its functions in carrying out its duties. It also serves as a source of authority for District Officers and local authority’s disciplinary control over JKKKs.

“With this, we will be able to speed up the appointment of the JKKK committee with the cooperation of all political party leaders in support of the State Government,” he said.

In support, Kapayan Assemblywoman Jannie Lasimbang said the decentralised approach ensures responsiveness to local challenges, empowers citizens while instilling a sense of ownership and accountability.  

She recommended that the Ministry of Local Government request the Institute for Development Studies to conduct a study on election of the JKKK, including a comparative study of other counties.

Jannie went on to question if the quota for women JKKK chairperson and members is still at 30 per cent, which was set in 2018.

“I am proud to say that in Kapayan, I now have 7 out of 16 or 44 per cent of women JKKK chairpersons.  

“These women JKKKs are equally competent and if given the support and confidence can be trailblazers in the district.

“Under this amendment, I hope the appointments and approvals will be free of excessive political interference, resulting in delays of appointments as we have seen in the past,” she said. 

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