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Selangor Govt Still Studying Allowance Hike For Kafa Teachers

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SHAH ALAM – The Selangor government is still studying the RM200 hike in allowance for 6,742 religious and personal obligation classes (KAFA) teachers, hence the delay in implementation.

State Islamic Affairs, Malay Customs, Rural Development and Traditional Villages Committee chairman, Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi said the state government was still studying the appropriateness of increasing the allocation which was made during the general election in 2013.

The state coalition government of DAP, PAS and parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in their manifesto for the 13th general election had promised to raise the allowance of KAFA teachers to RM1,500 from RM1,300 a month.

“The State Government has to justify the increase in the allocation for the allowance for the KAFA teachers in the state, hence the delay,” he told the State Assembly siiting here today.

Dr Ahmad Yunus (PAS-Sijangkang) was replying to an oral question from Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei (PKR-Seri Muda) who wanted to know about the development of Sekolah Rendah Agama and Sekolah Rendah Agama Integrasi in the state.

“The State Government must set aside RM18 million to increase the allowance of the teachers by RM200, and, we don’t have any problem on that,” he said.

Yesterday, a Selangor KAFA teacher turned up at the Selangor State Assembly demanding that the State Government fulfil its promise to raise the allowance.

Meanwhile, Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Illegal Factories Committee chairman, Ean Yong Hian Wah said there was no policy in the state banning Muslims from selling alcohol in any business premises including 24-hour convenient stores.

The ban was also not found in conditions for issuance of permits on the sale of liquor, he said in answering a question from Datuk Amiruddin Setro (BN-Jeram).

Ean Yong (DAP-Seri Kembangan) said, nevertheless, Muslims in the state were not encouraged to be involved in any activities to sell alcohol.

Ean Yong said the State Government was exercising self-regulation for the sale of alcoholic drinks to Muslims including the underaged groups.

He also said the State Government had a special committee chaired by district officers to determine if licences for this had to be issued or otherwise in certain places.

“The issuance of licences (for sale of alcohol) by local authorities is supported by the police, Customs Department and Health Department,” he said. – BERNAMA

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