MUAR: The Johor MARA has called on all its officers to be closer to the people in their commitment to help the rakyat, especially those in the rural areas.
State MARA deputy director Mohd Ahkar Nawawi Hamim said they should not limit their roles to help the people only in education, but provide aid during disasters.
He said this was why the Johor MARA had sent 40 of its staff to help clean up and repair 10 houses which were damaged during the recent floods in Bukit Kepong.
“We have been providing skill training courses to the youths to meet demands from the job markets and we also build training institutions.
“The rakyat should continue to support us as we cannot move alone in helping the government,” he said at a community service programme in Kampung Sungai Meda near Bukit Kepong.
Mohd Ahkar said that apart from repairing damaged home, MARA also presented cash and educational aid to the flood victims.
Commenting on the effort, Bukit Serampang assemblyman Tahir Taar said the people’s support could be seen by their participation in government programmes.
He added that said at the same time, government departments and agencies had continued to organise programmes to raise the living standard of the people.
What the Johor MARA had done, added Tahir, should be acknowledged and commended, especially in the field of education and skill training courses.
“At the same time MARA is also involved in helping the community in social-related development programmes.
“We hope MARA staff will make such involvements as a work-culture and play proactive roles to help the people during disasters,” he added.