TAWAU: Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid supports procedures that are against corruption but too many of them may create a red tape situation and prevent projects from being carried out.
She suggested that the procedures should not be too rigid to the extent that it would cause difficulties for the assemblyman to help the people.
As an assemblywoman, she said many of her allocations could not be utilized because of the many procedures. Villagers, she said, get the impression that the assemblymen are stingy when in actual fact they are just following procedures. She said in her area, many projects to help the people were being queried and as a result it had not been approved yet.
"The people do not know this that there are many procedures that had caused a lot of red tape situation" she said after handing out certificates to Tawau Old Folks Activity Centre (PAWE) committee members for 2017-2019 chaired by Cahaya Hj Sulaiman.
Also present was Tanjong Batu assemblywoman Datuk Hamisa Samat.
Jainab proposed for a bureau to be set up by the PAWE to carry out more activities and programs.
For a start, she said a bureau for economy, health, welfare, culture and sport with committee members can be set up and appoint others who are not from the existing 15 committee members of PAWE.
The bureau committee can also appoint members from the younger generation, she said, so that they will understand how to treat older people as they too will get older in time.
She said they can organise programs, have it recorded and sent to her ministry.
Jainab also said a competition will be held next year among the four PAWE centres in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Beaufort and Tawau, so they will have to think out of the box and do something different that can be an example for all.