KUCHING: Payment of monthly allowances to the People Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel must not be delayed.
Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said the process to disburse allowances for the personnel involved in the movement control order (MCO) should be simplified and done as soon as possible.
“I hope that the account department of the relevant agencies will study and make due consideration to facilitate the payment of allowances to the members involved.
“The improvements made should be aimed at facilitating the work of Rela and not denying their rights to the allowances.
“I hope all parties can cooperate with each other in addressing the problem so that all procedures can be carried out smoothly to ensure that Rela member allowances can be paid on time,” he said in a Facebook post.
Tiong said many families were in a financially difficult situation as their income could not cover their monthly expenses and any delay in the payment of allowances would put additional pressure on them.
“Therefore, the relevant parties must overcome all procedural obstacles and bureaucracy as well as process payments as soon as possible. This is to ensure they can earn a stable income every month,” he said.
The MP reminded Rela personnel to be strict in managing hotel quarantine following complaints that some quarantined individuals were seen leaving the quarantine centres.
“I hope all Rela members will continue to help us fight the pandemic in Bintulu by educating the community on proper awareness to prevent infections in order for the district to achieve zero Covid-19 case,” he said.
He revealed that his parliamentary service centre would distribute 350 food baskets under Pemulih to Rela members to ease their burden.