Wednesday, December 30

The future Dayak headmen

No one takes much notice of a statement made by Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Fadillah Yusoh appearing on The Eastern Times on 14 December 09, when he said that in future village chiefs and longhouse headmen (Tuai Rumah) including women would eventually be filled by younger people with qualification.

“Over in Peninsular Malaysia, only individuals with at least a diploma qualification are considered for the post. And they are paid allowance based on their qualification.

“In Sarawak, the issue of raising the allowance of Ketua kampung has been discussed, and eventually, when all have been settled and agreed upon, a standard allowance scheme would be applied to all,”
he said.

“But for the posts of Penghulu and Pemanca, we still need the elderly people,” he said.

The Broken Shield comments:

Yusof’s suggestion should be taken seriously as it has far wider implications and should therefore be supported by especially the Ibans. Firstly, we should go further to suggest the creation of a department for community leaders and a special scheme of service complete with salary structure and qualification.

For Tuai Rumah, he must have a diploma of any discipline with a starting salary/allowance of RM1,200 a month; a Penghulu, a Pemanca and a Temenggong should have a degree and should be paid salary/allowance RM1,500, RM1,700 and RM1,800 a month respectively.

They should serve at least six years.

For the Iban community, there are over 7,000 longhouses in the State and this would mean over 7,000 posts of Tuai Rumah and a few thousand posts for Penghulu, Pemanca and Temenggong.

The creation of a department for community leaders will give employment opportunities to our (Iban) graduates since they find themselves unable to compete with Malay or Chinese for government jobs or jobs in the private sector.

While it lessens the unemployment rate among the graduates, it certainly will provide effective services to the people in the longhouses and villages as well as acting as a “bridge” between the people and the government.

Currently, the Tuai Rumah is paid an allowance of RM50.00 from the State Government and RM400 from the Federal Government. Such allowance was introduced in the 2006 State election to induce them to support the BN.

As the appointment of Tuai Rumah is approved by the government, they have often been abused and misused by BN politicians to support the BN.

But with a proper scheme of service, salary, and etc. they are like civil servants and are therefore subject to general orders. In other words, they must remain neutral in politics. And anyone who is active in politics, must resign or has his appointment terminated. – The Broken Shield



Anonymous said...

Aiyah, all these chiefs will be BN balls smoother.

Balau said...

It is just a suggestion. Will not materialise by 2020. Just want to be a popular to introduce a new policy and expect his boss and the public will concur to it.

Anonymous said...

And they never know what they are in there for? A bread crump or so.
Read this:
See what these chiefs get compared to the daughter?

Chakui said...

Pay RM1,200 to a `tuai rumah` or `ketua kampung` a month for what? Ya, a civil servant with a diploma holder is paid with that amount, because he works for the people and he serves the people. And for a tuai rumah, he serves and works for whom? What that I know, a tuai rumah is doing nothing, goes to attend his daily work at 7.00 am and comes back at 6.00 pm.

At present, the tuai rumahs are paid RM450.00 a month by the government just to see that their ` anakbiaks ` in the longhouses still support BN government. True or not?

Banting said...

At the present moment the appointment of a village chief is the state government`s prerogative. He must meet prerequisites like contribution to local activities and social skills and most importantly a loyal to the government which appointed him. Some of the village headmen are illiterates.

It was noted that instead of uniting his people, a village chief is creating cliques and factions, thus making a lot of tension in his village.

I am in the opinion that if headmen chiefs are interested in serving society they may be allowed to join of any voluntary organisations in the country for providing excellent services to the nation. On politics participation, they must stay neutral because their monthly allowances are paid from the fund collected from taxpayers, not the fund of the state government. If they are keen to participate in politics actively, they should resign.

Regarding a suggestion by a Minister that a village chief is to be appointed from graduates, then it should be included in the lists of the public services in accordance with Article 132 of the Federal Constitution, and the appointment should be done by the selection panel of PSC through applications for the posts. As such, a village chief is adhered to the guidelines of his duties and responsibilities and always remains aware of his role and functions as a civil service.

The question is, what are the headman chiefs` basic functions and responsibilities today? What that I know, they are only `ears` and `eyes` of the government of the day, not more that that.

Anonymous said...

in kalimantan, the NGOS-DAD and MADN choose the leaders(TR, Penghulu n so on) which will be fully endorsed by the pemerintah who also pay the salary.

Why are we not looking at this possibility. Dayak must choose thier own leaders, and the govenrnment should accept it. SDNU, SADIA, SIDS, OUNA, DBNA and all should emulate the indonesian.

But i know, the people who will read this comment will say negative things not only about me who coin this ida but also blasting our curent leaders. Stop doing that my friends. Just admit that we are all selfish and refuse to accept repsonsiblity and easily coccoon ourselves in the comforts of our generation's life. pls stand up!!!!!!!
Uncle jetty, nuan nemu sapa aku. Ukai aku arrogant, tapi exactly kati ko ka ngadu,ngidup, ka bansa dayak? peda nuan after this, bisi aja orang begedi meda komen aku tu.