PASIR GUDANG: The Government will start monitoring activities and programmes organised by the Rukun Tetangga (RT) centres nationwide beginning from next year.
Minister in the PM’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said that the monitoring of the centres would be done by the National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN) via its e-RT system.
He said the objective of the online monitoring would give clearer picture to the Government and the department on the effectiveness of the activities and programmes to reach the target groups.
“We want to know whether they are active or otherwise or else the financial allocation from the Government will be wasted,’’ Kurup said when met at the opening of Taman Tanjung Puteri Resort Rukun Tetangga centre here.
He said it was vital to ensure that the organised activities and programmes were effective in promoting unity and a sense of patriotism among Malaysians of different ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs.
Kurup said apart from monitoring the existing centres and their financial statements, residents planning to set up new centres in their neighbourhood could also register their applications via the e-RT system.
He said as of this November, there were 6,452 RT centres in the country of which 3,900 centres have the patrolling units adding more centres would be opened in new growth areas.
Separately, Kurup said the Government planned to open about 50 new unity kindergartens (Tadika Perpaduan) yearly to provide pre-school education for children from the lower and the medium-low income families.
“Focus will be given to Sabah and Sarawak as these two states need more of the kindergartens,’’ he said adding there were 1,781 unity kindergartens nationwide.
Kurup said the unity kindergartens were the alternative for children from the lower and the medium-lower income groups while those from the middle and the high income families could go to the private-owned kindergartens.
He said the Government would ensure that each of the unity kindergarten would only have 30 pupils to provide better conducive learning environment for children aged five and six-year old.