Sunday, October 3, 2010

Taib: Good leadership is vital

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KUCHING: Leadership, which starts from the grassroots, acts as a base for development and without it, our community will be like a ship without its captain.

“Leadership at the community level, starts with the village headman, community leaders and the Temenggong all playing an important role to change the community to a better and proper community,” said the Chief Minister, Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He said that to be a leader, one must learn to understand the problems of other people, and they must first learn to solve the small problem before they go on to the next problem which is surely bigger and harder to handle.

“A country will not be able to be successful and developed if it ignores the leadership aspect,” Taib said.

“As leaders in our own areas, we should try to familiarise our people with the new knowledge so that they can think in a new way,” he added.

“That is why some small areas are unable to change and develop in a short period of time because their community still think in the same way, and this need to be changed,” stressed Taib.

According to him, this is what we call the real development, changing the way of life of our communities, from hard to more comfortable, to be a rich community not only financially, but also from a social aspect.

On the other hand, said Taib, peace and stability should not be abandoned, because these two aspects are very important before we can start to bring changes to our community.

“For Sarawak, the harmony and peace that we see in our land, come from the good and proper understanding between our communities regardless of ethnicity and religion,” he added.

Taib was speaking at the official opening of a seminar on ‘Community Leaders and Headmen in Kuching and Samarahan Divisions’ at Pullman Hotel here last night.

The seminar was attended by around one thousand community leaders and headmen from the Kuching and Samarahan area.

It was organised by the Chief Minister’s Department with the theme, ‘Root Leadership is A Base for Development’.

Seminar participants will also be visiting Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) and Swinburne University to attend talks about education and development training that was offered by the two institution.

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