Extra RM100 goes a long way for family of seven

Krishnan and his wife Rathana Dewi Maniam, 40, helping their daughters (from left) Lily Rupawathy, eight, Joy Annal, 11, Joisse Luisse, six, Annal, 13, and Emimal Rose, five, with homework at their house in Jalan Datuk Keramat, Penang.

CLEANER D. Krishnan in Penang is all smiles as his monthly salary of RM900 will be raised to RM1,000 effective July 1 next year.

“The extra RM100 may mean nothing to most families but it will certainly come in handy for me.

“It will help my monthly expenditure since my wife is not working and we have five children to raise.

“The increase in the minimum wage is a good move as we are the ones who need a pay rise the most,” said the 47-year-old.

He has five daughters aged between five and 13.

In the Budget 2016 announcement yesterday, the minimum wage will be increased from RM900 to RM1,000 in west Malaysia and RM800 to RM920 in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan starting July 1.

When met at his house in Jalan Datuk Keramat, Krishnan was also happy to hear that the BR1M payment had been increased from RM950 to RM1,000 for households earning less than RM3,000.

He was also glad that there would be zero Goods and Services Tax (GST) for 95 brands of over-the-counter medicines including treatment for 30 types of illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

“One of my daughters is diabetic while my wife is suffering from thalassaemia.

“Medication which is not GST-free is expensive and it burns a hole in our pockets every month.

“I am glad these things are taken into consideration in the new Budget,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation Penang chairman Datuk Syed Jaafar Syed Ali said he hoped Penang police would get a fair amount of motorcycles and police cars under Budget 2016.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, while tabling the Budget 2016 in Parliament, said RM35mil had been allocated to add 500 Motorcycle Patrol Units and 500 police cars.

Syed Jaafar said: “We need more police patrol cars and motorcycles on the road, especially during festivals and public holidays, to maintain peace and public order.

“Penang, as the second largest city in the country, has been enjoying rapid growth.

“Hopefully, the vehicles and motorcycles will be made available to the state.

“Some of them could be sent over to crime hotspots like Bukit Mertajam,” he said when contacted.

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