Sunday, October 12, 2008


KDCA revamp will boost effectiveness: Pairin


The Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) says it will review its structure in order to enhance its services. Its President, Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan, said this could be done by placing the right people in the right place according to their talents and field of expertise. When asked by reporters what he meant when he said KDCA would be reviewing its structure, Pairin said it means taking time off to think of ways to make the Association more effective and attractive as well as acceptable to the younger generation. “We have to think about what kind of activities we should do in order to achieve our objectives as well as incorporate them into the programmes that the younger generation enjoy,” he said when met after officiating KDCA’s 11th triennial delegates conference here yesterday. According to Pairin, KDCA leaders felt that in order to involve more youths, the Association must revamp its line of thinking, its focus and usefulness. “It is true KDCA is a cultural organisation but we have to look at ways to widen our scope and horizon including in the economic and educational dimensions. We must also focus on people development, especially leadership and skill empowerment to the members,” he said. He added that it was, the Association’s plan to conduct leadership development and training programmes in all districts beginning next year. Pairin also urged the members to participate in the Koperasi Koisaan Berhad (KKB) which was set up for them. To a question if KDCA will be setting up a youth movement, he replied that most KDCA members are youths as the older members are not very active. “The youths therefore should feel that this is their organisation,” he said, citing the need for KDCA to refocus so that the youths understand that it is actually their Association. He also called for the setting up of a Goodwill Advisory Council through which the ideas, proposals and plans of the members can be scrutinised, analysed and discussed. “It will be like riding on a train which is passing through a long tunnel and during this time, the discussions are conducted so that when we come to the light at the end of the tunnel, we will be ready with our decisions,” he said.