Negative devt threatens stability, says Musa
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman has urged grassroots leaders to assist the Government in explaining and clarifying current issues to the people. He said this responsibility of defending the Government’s image has to be carried out seriously, especially in dispelling rumours and refuting baseless allegations which have become rampant lately. “This negative development if not handled effectively will threaten the nation’s stability and harmony among the people,” he said when officiating at the State level Upper Interior Zone Seminar on Strengthening Integrity for community leaders here yesterday. Musa said community leaders, particularly Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) Chairmen and Village Headmen, have an important role in ensuring the spirit of unity and cooperation among the people continues to be strong. He said such spirit will ensure the people continue to support the various government development programs and policies, including the implementation of the State Development Halatuju, Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) and Sabah Development Corridor (SDC). Musa said the National Integrity Plan (PIN) launched by Prime Minister Datuk Sen Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on April 23, 2004 was an important national agenda which provided comprehensive guidelines for the Government in strengthening the integrity of the people. “Based on the implementation of this integrity policy, the Government has set up Malaysian Integrity Institute (IIM) to ensure integrity is always practised at the best level.” Musa welcomed the JIM’s proactive action in organizing the seminar towards enhancing integrity among community leaders, who are Government representatives at the grassroots level. According to him, in-depth understanding of the implementation of integrity has to be given serious attention. Musa said since PIN was launched and JIM set up, the Government has always worked hard to implement the best approach to countering negative practices among the people. The process of strengthening integrity will not be effective without the involvement of the whole community, he said. Musa hoped that as leaders in their respective areas, the seminar participants will give explanation to the people on the importance practising integrity and other moral values. About 500 community leaders attended the seminar. Present at the function were Deputy Chief Minister cum Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Assistant Rural Development Minister Datuk Haji Sairin Karno, Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Radin Malleh, Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Eliron Alfred Angin, Tenom Member of Parliament Raime Unggi, Bingkor Assemblyman Justin Guka, Kemabong Assemblyman Datuk Rubin Balang, IIM President Datuk Dr Mohd Tap Salleh, Rural Development Ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Ghulam Jailani and District Officer Haji Zulkifli Nasir.