By SURAIDAH ROSLAN & ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick has assured that the monthly allowance of the Village Community Management Council (MPKK) will be paid until the end of this year.
He said the RM30 million allocation provided under the Sabah Covid-19 Assistance Package would be used to pay the allowance of MPKKs across Sabah from March to December.
He said only allowances for January and February would be paid by the federal ministry.
“I was made to understand that all of the district offices across Sabah have processed the allowance of their respective MPKK.
“If any among the MPKK, particularly the chairmen and secretaries, have not received (the allowance), please inform me,” he said during an interview with Borneo Today after attending a briefing session at his office here, Monday.
The minister also assured that there will be no changes in the structure of MPKK in Sabah as the state government has authority over the appointments of MPKK.
“We still maintain the existing appointments despite the change of federal government.
That is why we want all the MPKK chairmen and their respective committees to continue serving until the end of their appointment period, which is the end of this year,” he said.
According to Ewon, the ministry is also in the midst of processing payment warrants for the allowance from March to June which then will be handed to the district offices.
“I would also like to inform that the allowance for managing meetings for last year have been channelled to the respective district offices… But I was told that many of the MPKKs did not send their reports for the district office to process their allowance payment.
“Therefore, I urge all MPKKs that had their meetings last year to check with the district office on the status of their allowance, after the movement control order (MCO) is lifted,” he stressed.
An allocation of RM30 million for the payment of MPKK allowance was announced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal last Wednesday. It is part of the RM670 million allocation provided by the Sabah government in the Sabah Covid-19 Assistance Package.