RM5 mln grants for RTs statewide

Fatimah (second left) and Rukun Tetangga Area RPR Siol Kanan/Taman Sukma chairman Andrew Affendi Shukri (third from left), who is representing Sarawak KRT, at the ceremony.

KUCHING: Some 951 eligible Rukun Tetangga areas statewide will receive a grant of RM6,000 each.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (KWKPK) Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said this would bring the total amount to RM5,706,000.

“This grant is given to achieve the Rukun Tetangga Community Leadership Strengthening Plan.

“This plan aims to create a harmonious nation-state, with its own identity and bridge the gap in social relations guided by the Constitution and Rukun Negara.”

She pointed out that KWKPK would help achieve this endeavour by becoming a strategic partner to the Ministry of National Unity.

“We are committed to be the prime movers in the implementation of this core and empowerment plan.

“KWKPK will work intelligently and strategically with the Sarawak Department of National Unity and National Integration (JPNIN) for this purpose.”

According to Fatimah, among the approaches taken would be strengthening and activating the structure of the movement and grassroots leadership such as Rukun Tetangga.

“This can be done by instilling awareness and a sense of community leadership responsibility through Rukun Tetangga while strengthening community unity.

“This also includes the wellbeing programmes and activities as well as increasing the active involvement of the community in volunteerism.”