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Use village committee cash for temp teachers

 | December 13, 2011

DAP thinks the money used for federal-run village committees should be used to keep benefits for temp teachers.

PETALING JAYA: Why spend money on federal-run village committees in Pakatan Rakyat states when temporary teachers are getting their benefits cut, asked DAP.

Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching said more than RM137.8 million had been spent on these “clone committees” since 2008, while the government was cutting out temp teachers’ benefits; saving RM16.8 million a year.

“Just think about this. If the present allocation (for the committees) can be diverted to these temporary teachers, there will be more than enough to cover the cost of their remuneration and basic employment benefits, in addition to maintaining the present scheme,” she added.

The Education Ministry recently converted temporary teachers’ employment status from “contract for service” to “contract of service”, cutting out their benefits.

Teo said the government did not have enough money to pay teachers their much-needed benefits, which included Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions, bonuses, maternity and other benefits.

These benefits, she claimed, came up to RM200 per teacher a month. She then compared the government’s cutbacks to its willingness to spend money on 3,000-plus Federal Development and Security Village Committees (JKKKP) in Pakatan states.

When Pakatan won five states in 2008, the federal government formed 3,231 JKKKP in Perak, Penang, Kedah and Selangor.

After Perak fell to Barisan Nasional in 2009, the JKKKPs there were dissolved. Kelantan then saw 765 JKKKPs set up in 2010.

Teo asked why the federal government needed to set up these committees when the state administrations were already taking care of their own JKKKs.

“Therefore, in Pakatan states, we have a village head, and a ‘federal’ village head. Such an absurd and bizarre situation does not exist in BN states,” she said.


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