bite for Rukun Tetangga
BAHARU,Nov 25 (New Sabah Times) --- The Rukun Tetangga
(RT) movement in the country is to get a new look and adopt
a new approach if things work out.
for the changes is being compiled and is expected to be
submitted to the Cabinet in the next two months for approval,
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Maximus
Ongkili said here yesterday.
the launch of the Malaysian Solidarity Carnival (Southern
Region) at the Mawar COmplex, he told reporters that among
the changes to be proposed are the installation of fully
equipped new cabins or rental of medium-sized shoplots for
the RT activities.
are RT bases on idle land, then we can consider building
permanent bases on it," he added.
Also in the proposal
is the issue of leave for those who have done the neighbourhood
patrol duty the night before.
recommended that those who have done four hours of patrol
work after midnight should be given leave the next day.
But, at the same time, we know that the private sector employer
is going to lose out in terms of lost man hours if we adopt
"So we have
to seek a fair balance and have recommended that each person
does the four-hour post-midnight patrol once in two weeks
only," he added.
There are now
a total of 3,610 RT bases nationwide, up from the 2,400
three years ago.
number shows that people like the idea of having an RT base
in their neighbourhood, where so many social activities
take place. There is the kindergarten, the sports activities
and, of course, the night patrol," said Ongkili.
Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman told the gathering
that Johor has the most number of RT bases with 478, and
10,000 people providing voluntary service.