BUDGET 2020 must emphasise youth welfare as many of them cannot afford to buy a house or car, say Putrajaya folk.
Presint 11 Pr1ma Residents’ Association chairman Muzammil Arif Kamaruddin, 33, who is also Federal Territories Residents Representative Council member hoped Budget 2020 would have schemes to help them.
“There is a need to look at hire purchase policies so they can benefit. Perhaps a longer loan tenure, lower interest rate and tax exemption will be good.
“The government should also give incentives to colleges that provide technical and vocational education training as they are helping to produce employable graduates.
“They should also study the relevance of courses offered in universities to address to address rising unemployment among graduates.
“To encourage reading, perhaps the allocation for university students to buy books could be increased, ” he suggested.
Presint 8 Rukun Tetangga (RT) member Rozieh Musa, a 48-year-old single mother, said the needy should be offered more financial help.
“The majority of Putrajaya folk are civil servants who do not earn much. I can judge their financial standing based on my sales.
“The first 10 days after salary is good. This gradually slows down, ” she said, adding that business is bad during the last 10 days of the month.
Ruzieh said many of those who received Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia do not qualify for Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) now.
“Despite being a single mother with three children in university and one still in school, I was denied BSH because I had a company under my name, which is not active, ” she said.
Rozieh added that runs a food stall to make ends meet.
“I hope Budget 2020 will look at at things on a case-by-case basis and not have a blanket ruling when giving financial aid, ” she said.
Ruzieh also suggested that the government look at the affordable housing scheme.
“Affordability varies and for the poor, the price tag is still beyond our reach.
“Many have to rent. We can only dream of owning a home, ” she added.
Presint 14D RA former chairman Megat Iskandar Megat Zaharuddin, 40, said Putrajaya needed more parking.
“The population in Putrajaya is increasing but parking is scarce in almost all commercial areas and government buildings.
“The police and local authorities are quick to issue compounds if we park illegally but we have no choice.
“However, I am grateful that the planners built this city to be disabled-friendly. I have a disabled child and taking him around here is easy, ” he said.
Megat said public transport in the administrative capital also needed an upgrade as it was not reliable, forcing families to own cars.
“The Nadiputra bus fare is only 50sen but the service is not reliable, ” he said.
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