THE Sarawak government will maintain the RM900 allowance for Village Development and Safety Committees (JKKKs).

Deputy Chief Minister and Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed this in his winding-up speech yesterday.

“I regret to note that on November 6 this year, Baru Bian (Works Minister and state PKR chairman Baru Bian) announced that from next year onwards, Sarawak will not be receiving the RM500 that PH promised for the payment of JKKK chairman allowance.

“Nevertheless, the Sarawak government decided to maintain the RM900 monthly

allowance,” he said.

“I wish to assure all the JKKK chairmen not to be worried by that decision because the Sarawak government will continue to pay the RM900 per month from the state budget.

He recalled that in June 2018, the PH government decided to change the name of JKKK to MPKK while at the same time, Sarawak government conveyed its decision to maintain the JKKKs.

Uggah said there was no valid reason to change the name to MPKK and the federal Ministry of Rural Development had agreed at that time that Putrajaya allowed Sarawak to maintain the JKKKs as they played similar functions.

“I wish to emphasise here that the JKKKs have always been playing their roles very effectively.”