In Bangi, the National Unity Ministry of Malaysia is actively reviewing and planning amendments to the Rukun Tetangga Act 2012 to better align it with contemporary challenges and needs. The announcement was made by the Minister, Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, during the opening of the National Rukun Tetangga Convention 2023.
According to BERNAMA News Agency, a workshop was conducted where various proposals were discussed to update the Act. One of the key suggestions includes extending the term of appointment for Rukun Tetangga (RT) committee members from the current one year to three years. Discussions also covered topics regarding the suspension of members of the Voluntary Patrol Scheme (SRS) and the implications for those obstructing SRS duties.
Speaking to journalists, Aaron further elaborated on the ministry’s goal to strengthen Rukun Tetangga Areas (KRT) as key drivers of progressive communities. The focus of these initiatives will be on several key areas including community safety, lifelong education, economic and livelihood support, creativity, environmental initiatives, leadership, wellbeing, as well as heritage and cultural preservation.
Additionally, Aaron highlighted that Budget 2024 has earmarked an allocation of RM20 million to enhance the role of KRTs. This funding is intended to reinforce their position as social reference points, facilitating service provision, information dissemination, and fostering unity within communities.