The National Unity Ministry is planning to revive and strengthen the role of Rukun Tetangga (RT) groups in all states to perform better and enhance unity among Malaysians at the grassroots level.
National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said the ministry would come up with a special module to rejuvenate the RT programme to attract more community participation and strengthen unity among the country’s multiracial communities.
“An action committee will be formed to monitor the 8,274 RT groups nationwide and help them operate effectively.
“We want to give RT a new image.
“Some suggestions received so far include uniforms and an office for them to operate in their respective areas, ” said Halimah at the 2020 Unity Aspiration programme at Persada Johor International Convention Centre in Johor Baru.
“One of the aspects we want to see implemented this year is the representation in the RT groups.
“Each must comprise people of all races and gender, with equal opportunities given to women and young leaders to contribute their ideas, ” she said.
“The efforts to unite the multiracial society should not depend on the government alone and the communities should share the responsibility, ” she added.
Also present were her deputy, Senator Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker and Johor unity, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr Chong Fat Full.
To help RT, Halimah announced an additional allocation of RM500 each, totalling RM38.1mil.
“If a very active RT group received RM6,000 previously, it will get RM6,500 this year and a moderately active KRT receiving RM2,000 will get RM2,500 this year, ” the minister elaborated.
She said an office cabin would be provided to selected groups as there were budget constraints in providing a building or an office for now.
She noted there were 974 inactive RT groups in the country currently and that the action committee headed by Ti would get to the root of the problem.
“Either the community is not interested in the RT programme or lack initiatives.
“We will find out the problems affecting them and help, ” said Halimah.
Dr Chong said Johor government was pleased with the additional allocation for the RT.
“We have 814 RT groups in the state and the ministry has agreed to allocate RM3.2mil to help run their programmes this year.
“These are some of the issues that Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad and I discussed with Halimah, ” he said.
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