Saturday September 30, 2006
RT scheme extended to villages
By STEPHEN THEN
MIRI: The Rukun Tetangga (RT) neighbourhood voluntary patrol unit programme has expanded to rural and sub-rural districts to help in crime-prevention in villages and longhouses.
Miri Division is the first region in Sarawak to go rural in the RT scheme.
RT units were recently set up in Batu Niah district (120km south of here) and also in Marudi district (250km from here), to complement the existing RT scheme that has been in operation in the Miri district for the past three years.
Leaders of some 32 RT units from Miri, Batu Niah and Marudi recently held a brain-storming session here to draw up more aggressive crime prevention programmes.
Miri MP Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui chaired the meeting, which was also attended by senior government officials.
Chin, who is Minister for Plantation Industries and Com-modities, said it was vital for the RT scheme to spread its wings to rural and sub-rural districts so as to tackle increasingly spates of social ills and minor crimes in these areas.
Due to increasing social and economic activities in these regions, there is bound to be an increase in migrant workers and outsiders.
This increase in population inevitably brings along increases in security and safety concerns.
These RT units will go a long way in helping the police to maintain law and order at the ground level, he stressed.
Chin promised to help secure funds to help equip the rural RT units with proper facilities such as bicycles for patrolling, uniforms and other necessities.
He said each RT unit would be given an annual grant to function properly.