New incentives to be given to Rukun Tetangga members

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/9/28/nation/20060928151851&sec=nation

Thursday September 28, 2006

New incentives to be given to Rukun Tetangga members

KUALA LUMPUR: New incentives will be given to Rukun Tetangga (RT) members with the aim to get more people to volunteer their services.

For setting up patrolling units, the Cabinet approved two weeks ago to increase the allowance from RM2,500 to RM5,000, monthly grants are up from RM400 to RM600.

We are also setting up an insurance scheme for all those who patrol, Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili told the press on Thursday.

He said this after chairing the Round Table Discussion on Crime Prevention here, organised by the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF).

Of the 3,272 RT units we currently have, 500 of them run patrol units.

We want to continue this spirit of volunteerism, without using the act to make it compulsory, he said.

He added that new RT units will only be approved if they will do patrolling.

We have not gone to the extent of invoking the law to make RT compulsory as if we invoke the law, we will have to give patrollers an official leave the next day after patrolling for four hours, he said.

So far, the 500 patrol units have done very well as the activities of these units have reduced the crime rates as much as 50% in their areas, he said.