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BUDGET 2022

More skills training for Orang Asli community to strengthen human capital

15/05/2022 01:10 AM

BANGI, May 14 (Bernama) -- More skills training will be given to the Orang Asli community to strengthen human capital following the advancement of technology and as the country prepares to enter the endemic phase.

Deputy Rural Development Minister l Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad said the ministry would ensure that the latest training modules would be applied in line with the aspirations and focus of the country, especially in heading towards digitalisation through the implementation of MYDESA.

"MYDESA is a training programme designed for the chairman and secretary of the  Village Development and Security Committee (JPKK) which also involves the JPKKOA (Orang Asli Village Development and Security Committee) in strengthening the role and duties of JPKKOA through face-to-face learning and training sessions.”

“Apart from basic infrastructure facilities for the Orang Asli community, social amenities will also be expanded, human capital development and an increase in the income rate of the community is also given focus," he said at the closing ceremony of the MYDESA JPKKOA Leadership Course here tonight.

The three-day programme which began yesterday at the Institute of Rural Development (INFRA) in Bangi involved 60 participants comprising the chairmen and secretaries of JPKKOAs from Pahang.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman said to date, there were a total of 276 JPKKOAs throughout the country that managed and implemented the development, progress and security of the villages, while at the same time acting as mediators for the Orang Asli community and the government.

“A total of RM274 million has been set aside in Budget 2022 for the Orang Asli community and at the same time, it is believed to be able to implement the development agenda and progress of the rural community through the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) and the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA),” he said.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman also presented a mock allowance cheque worth RM1.29 million to the representative of the Pahang JPKKOA chairmen and secretaries.

Also present at the event were JAKOA director-general Sapiah Mohd  Nor and INFRA director Noraina Masduki.

-- BERNAMA

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