President of the state village heads committee Sukiman Jalil said he received consent of former menteri besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali on March 21 to speak to the 814 village heads and get them to quit.
"All village heads are Umno members and were appointed by the previous administration under Tajol Rosli,” Sukiman said. “Now we have Pas, Keadilan and DAP in the new state government and it is definitely not appropriate for the BN-appointed village heads to remain in their positions or to cooperate with them," he said today.
Sukiman was calling for the resignations to "save the honour of the village heads and Umno".
He said the committee would collect the resignation letters by March 29 and hand them over to Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin on March 30. The resignation would take effect on May 1.
"In the meantime, please do not attend any official functions organised by the new state government even if they invite you. Please respect this committee's decision not to cooperate with them," Sukiman told the gathering.
Sukiman and his committee would meet Rural and Regional Development Minister Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib to discuss the issue of allowances.
Sukiman said the committee would ask the federal government to continue paying RM600 in allowances to all the BN-appointed village heads in the state even after their resignation.
Perak MB Nizar promised the village heads and penghulus in the state that they could remain in their post until the end of the year and that no one would be forced to resign.
Nizar said the selection of new village heads would be carried out beginning next year when the village folk would choose their leaders.
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