MORE than 200 candidates are vying for 123 Chinese new village chief posts in Johor this year.
State health and unity committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said the list of candidates who had been interviewed were being vetted by the authorities such as the police, to ensure they were fit for the position.
“More than 200 candidates were interviewed by a panel formed by the district office after an advertisement on the vacancies was published.
“Some new villages had two or three candidates while others had only one,” he told reporters when met after the Johor state assembly sitting in Kota Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri.
Earlier in the state assembly, Ling said the move to raise the monthly allowance of Chinese new village chiefs was being discussed with National Unity and Integration Ministry.
He said the current allowance was RM900, of which RM500 was from the Federal Government and RM400 was borne by the state.
He was responding to a question from Tan Eng Meng (BN-Pekan Nanas), who wanted to know the status of Chinese new village chief appointments and whether there were any plans to raise their allowance to meet the new national minimum wage of RM1,500.
Ee Chin Li (PH-Tangkak) highlighted that the Chinese new village chief positions in Johor had been left vacant after all 123 of them resigned in 2020.
“As I understand, village chiefs can apply for an RM100,000 allocation from the ministry for the development of their villages.
“What happened to the funds since the positions were left vacant?” he questioned.
To that, Ling, who is also Yong Peng assemblyman, said the positions had been left vacant because of political instability prior to the March 12 state election.
“It is true, each new village is entitled to an allocation of RM100,000.
“However, funds that are not used are returned to Finance Ministry,” he explained.