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JKKKJKKK, The Government’s “Eyes” And “Ears”

Engkilili is administered by the Daerah Kecil Engkilili Office which is founded in the 1950s and located in the district of Lubok Antu. Initially, the district office was situated in a settlement belonging to Lubok Antu District Council before relocated to Pekan Engkilili in the 1960s. Its administration is managed by an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer and assisted by two Administrative Assistants, a Junior Administrative Assistant as well as 10 General Workers. According to the Administrative Officer, Barayan Lenya, the Daerah Kecil Engkilili Office is the agent for the state and federal governments in developing the surrounding villages. It also acts as a platform for the Federal Government and the State to channel the various allocations to the people and for the latter to forward their problems to the government.

Various functions which involve the participation of the JKKK and villagers are organised by the Lubok Antu Member of Parliament, YB William Nyalau Anak Badak, as a means of fostering relationships among the villagers. As an example, the “Program Kursus Ummah Bersama Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas” (JASA) was officially launched by YB William at the Engkabie House in Engkilili in 2009. During the course of the programme, allocations of RM10,000 and RM3,000 for the development of the Rural Small Projects (MRP) was handed to the Kampung San Semanju Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) as representative of the long house residents in Engkilili. Through the allocations channelled by the government, the JKKK acts as the motivator to social activities besides the government’s eyes and ears for development allocations. According to Barayan, the JKKK is tasked with the responsibility of evaluating the requirement needed prior to the channelling of allocations by the government for the construction of roads, community hall, repairing homes and other facilities.

Besides that, a Temenggung heads the administration of Engkilili. He administers and performs the roles of a community leader by representing the various races, especially the Iban, Chinese and Malay. Representing the Sri Aman area, the Temenggung will forward reports on problems besides briefings on the development that will be undertaken by the Office of Daerah Kecil Engkilili. The Temenggung is assisted by a Pemanca, Tay Ban Cho, who represents the Chinese community in Lubok Antu. The Pemanca, also known as the Village Head, acts as the intermediary between the villagers and district office. In fact, the Pemanca is assisted by nine headmen whereby seven positions are allocated to the Ibans and one position each for the Chinese and Malay. The functions of the headmen are to oversee, control and channel the village information to the administration authority as well as to preserve the culture and customs of the respective races.


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