for multi-sector effort to empower rural community
Sunday, 17 October 2004 (Source:Bernama)
KOTA MARUDU: Minister in the Prime Minister's
Department Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili has called for a multi-sector
collaborative effort to train and equip rural folk with
education and technical skills.
This is to provide
the platform for a change in mindset among the rural people
in order to improve themselves and not become dependent
on government assistance.
development is not the sole responsibility of the government.
The inculcation and promotion of self-reliance spirit among
rural communities require intervention of the government,
support of the private sector and encouragement from Non-Governmental
Organisations," he said.
Speaking to a
unity programme organised by the newly set up Samparita
neighbourhood committee (RT), some 50km from here, Ongkili
who is Kota Murudu MP said rural folk need knowledge and
technical skills especially in agriculture and cottage industries.
and skills will enable them to upgrade themselves through
economic and technological changes," he said.
He urged members
to be always united and committed to the goal of empowering
the community through mindset change and self-help programmes.
This can be done
by pooling together resources of the people through activities
such as gotong-royong and cooperative initiatives.
can be a powerful tool for rural change even among the poor
because it facilitates the pooling of resources and thereby
empower otherwise marginalised groups to help chart their
own economic destiny," he said.
is one of 13 newly set up RT in Kota Murudu district.
function also saw distribution of food to 40 elderly members
of the community recently.
voluntary organisations like Mercy Malaysia and other NGO's
who contributed to rural development by providing services
to the poor or less fortunate."
volunteers comprising four medical doctors and nurses were
in Samparita Saturday and Sunday to provide medical treatment
as well as conduct health seminars to women groups.