Frontliners, civil servants grateful for being included

I am thankful for the RM600 special allowance for civil servants, says Muhammad Syahir.

FRONTLINERS and civil servants have lauded Budget 2021, describing it as a people-centric Budget that meets the needs of the people, especially those in the B40 group who have been affected due to the current pandemic.

Fire and Rescue Department off icer Muhammad Syahir Jamaludin, 29, said the Budget presented by the Government was vital in ensuring that the country can overcome the uncertain economic situation.

“Through this Budget, I can see that the Government is steadfast in assisting frontliners, even in this trying time.

“We as frontliners do not ask much but an appreciation like this is enough for us to fulfil our duty to the best of our ability for the sake of the people.

“I am thankful for the RM600 special allowance under the Budget from the Government to civil servants, ” he said when met at his staff quarters at the Jalan Perak fire station in Penang.

Syahir, 29, said he was grateful that his wife, who works as a nurse, also benefits from the Budget when the Government announced a one-off RM500 payment to Health Ministry staff.

Syahir, who has been serving as a fireman for the past 11 years, also lauded the RM30mil allocation for the setting up of child care centres at government buildings, especially hospitals.

“I have two children aged four and seven.

“This move will surely help me and other frontliners who have children at home, ” he said.

Policeman Mohd Zamri Ab Ghani, 38, praised the Government for giving out cash incentives to civil servants even though the country was facing an uncertain economic phase caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I can say that it is a Budget that listens to the needs of the people, especially us frontliners.

“I am satisfied with the other goodies presented during the Budget and hope the country will perform better next year, ” he said.

Civil servant Edmund Lee, 32, said the Budget prioritised healthcare and the people’s welfare, especially in view of the current pandemic.

He, however, said the move to allow EPF members to withdraw money from Account 2 for insurance products was not timely.

“If they withdraw now and buy insurance, it is not good, especially now.

“Maybe the Government can extend the initiative when the economy is better, ” he said.

Lee added that those with an average household income without any children should also be given a one-off payment to ease their burden.

He said the current scenario affects everyone and he hoped those without children could also be entitled for the money.

“Nevertheless, the Budget does look at every aspect of the cost of living, especially those who fall under the B40 group, ” he said.

Another civil servant, Mahfuzah Ahmad Jalaludin, 34, said she supported the idea of setting up childcare centres at work places as now many parents have to go to work.

“The setting up of a childcare centre is something that I have been waiting for. It is a good move, ” she said.

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