Increased allowance for KEMAS volunteer community development assistants, says PM

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SERDANG (Aug 28): The government has agreed to increase the allowance for Community Development Volunteer Assistants from RM500 to RM800, which will benefit 9,439 employees of the Community Development Department (KEMAS), announced on Sunday August 28. Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Speaking to around 7,000 KEMAS members at the department’s 60th anniversary celebration here, the prime minister said the government had also agreed to increase the living allowance for members of Persatuan Bekas Anggota KEMAS Malaysia (PBKAM ) from 300 RM to 500 RM.

Recalling his meeting with PBKAM when he headed the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, now known as the Ministry of Rural Development, Ismail Sabri said the association applied for subsistence allowance, which was later approved at 300 RM per month.

“Remembering the services of 4,423 PBAKM members, I agree to increase their living allowance to RM500 per month,” he said while appreciating the contribution of KEMAS members in the implementation of various efforts to improve the quality of life of the rural community.

At the meeting, which was attended by Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Ismail Sabri said that the government also approved an allocation of RM8 million for the digitization program for 800 KEMAS (tabika) kindergartens.

In his speech, the Prime Minister said that the government also agrees with some of the suggestions put forward by Mahdzir regarding improvements in the KEMAS service program, particularly involving contract staff and KEMAS district officers.

Among the suggestions made by Mahdzir in his previous speech were to shorten the qualification period of contract staff for appointment to permanent positions from 15 years to 10 years, and to relax the conditions for contract staff who have served more than 10 years but less than 15 years. be appointed to permanent positions.

There is also a proposed two-grade promotional jump for Community Development Assistants from grade S19 to grades S22 and S26; restructuring the service program for KEMAS Tabika and Taska educators and skills assistants and community workers by providing opportunities for promotion from grade S29 to S32 and S38.

Ismail Sabri then instructed Director General of Civil Service Datuk Seri Mohd Shafiq Abdullah, who was also present at the rally, to take immediate action on the matter.

The Prime Minister said that being on the front line, KEMAS members could be agents of change and act as the eyes and ears of the government.

Ismail Sabri said that KEMAS should be active in collecting feedback on various issues from the community at the local level and extending it to senior management and the ministry, in addition to disseminating information related to government policies to rural communities.

“Right now, we can see many issues being twisted and smears being made. If we let this go unanswered or explained, in the end people will believe it to be true.

“We have to respond to them, and it is the responsibility of KEMAS to provide explanations to the populations on the problems that arise and to transmit information on the policies announced by the government,” he added.

As agents of change, he said KEMAS members should equip themselves with knowledge and skills, especially in areas related to the role and responsibilities of the department.

Furthermore, he said that KEMAS plays a vital role in helping the country develop its human capital, especially in rural areas.

“No party can deny the contributions and services of KEMAS. In fact, its role will continue to be strengthened by focusing on quality early childhood education that can produce a great generation,” he said.

KEMAS was established in 1961 as part of the Adult Education Plan, which aimed to eradicate illiteracy among nearly two million adults at the time.

According to Ismail Sabri, KEMAS was a pioneer in early childhood education through the establishment of tabika in 1970 and taska (nurseries) in 1995.

To date, KEMAS has 10,744 tabika classes attended by 208,347 children and 545 taska classes where 9,973 children receive quality early education, especially in rural areas, including islands and settlements of Orang Asli .

He said that KEMAS has also taken the initiative to introduce the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program, which will be extended to all Tabika KEMAS across the country to nurture the interest of children. for science and technology.

In the meantime, Ismail Sabri wants the Ministry of Rural Development to come up with a clear, long-term plan to improve KEMAS Tabika buildings across the country.

“A lot of KEMAS Tabika are in bad shape, I know that. There are tabika premises which depend on other buildings or raya broom. A lot of things have to change,” he said.

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