We hope netizens will be clear on the payment of allowance to our Ketua Kaum, covering the Tuai Rumah (longhouse chieftains), Ketua Kampung (village headmen) and Kapitan (Chinese community leaders).
The Federal government will be paying the allowances of RM500 per month from October to December 2018 via a letter issued by the federal Ministry of Rural Development on 5th December 2018.
The State Government will top up their allowances to RM900 per month. Hence, the allegation that the Pakatan Harapan Federal government paid 70% of their allowance is not true at the time this post is written.
As for the allowances of our Ketua Masyarakat, covering the Temenggong, Pemanca and Penghulu are paid fully by the Sarawak Government.
Sarawak Chief Minister YAB Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has until 2021 to call for a state election. But some political pundits say it is now or never.
Source: Philip Golingai at The Star.