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  • Saturday, 11 Oct 2014

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein

“An increase of RM1.7bil or 10.35% for Defence Minis­try is apt as we are looking to give more importance to the security aspects especially in Sabah.

We are planning to bring our Hawks aircraft, upgrade the airports in Labuan and Lahad Datu, and also build a camp in Lahad Datu. All these show our seriousness in handling the threat along the Sulu Strait.

Secondly, the increase in the allocation will also allow for transformation. In the case of National Service, we will be stressing on providing skills training to our youths to help them get jobs.”

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

“The Prime Mi­­nister has given focus on construc­ting housing quarters for police personnel. This is a motivation for them because the condition of the houses is rather disappointing.

Police stations and headquarters will also be upgraded and rebuilt. The Rela force will also be increased as the allocations allow us to hold programmes to train more members.”

Women, Family and Community Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim

“We will give special training for women who want to return to work after opting out. Women of all stages in life have been addressed in this Budget.

I understand that the PM cannot give in 100% to our demands, but my ministry is not just women, so we are fighting very hard for the disabled. One of their major requests is to increase their allowance to offset the higher cost of living. It has increased by RM50, which means for unemployed OKU it will be RM200, and the OKU allowance will be RM350.”

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim

“There is no pay rise for ministers and deputy ministers. We ac­­cept this, even if in our hearts we may feel sad. But we accept it and let others, especially leaders in the parliamentary level be given a change of grade from 54 to Jusa C. It is not a big change but now at least MPs may employ researchers and assistants.

Now, a researcher and assistant reasearcher is paid around RM1,000 to RM2,000. Perhaps in Kuala Lumpur, the pay may be up to RM3,000. If an MP in Kuala Lumpur takes on both a researcher and assistant, they will have to pay about RM6,000 a month and will have nothing left. The basic salary for Jusa C is about RM7,000. This issue should not actually be a big polemic but sometimes, these are the stories that are most enjoyed.”

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah

The details of the proposed re­­­vamp of the fuel sub­­sidy scheme will be announced in a few weeks. We have got the plan ready, waiting for implementation so let the Prime Minister to make the announcement.

The revamped fuel subsidy scheme will be rolled out in two phases, beginning with commercial vehicles and followed by personal vehicles.

Malaysia is also on track in reducing the budget deficit to 3%.

The projection this year is 3.5% and next year we it will be 3%, then it will be 2.5% in the subsequent year and by 2020 it’ll be zero per cent.”

Rural and Regional Development Minister and Semporna MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal

The construction of the Pan-Bor­neo Highway will enable the people living there to bring their produce to sell. It will also enable the people to integrate and interact better with each other. The value of the land in the areas surrounding the highway will in­­crease and this is good for the residents there.

I hope they will continue to develop their lands and keep it for their future generation.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP, DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua

The good is there were a lot of goodies announced and a lot of targeted spending at groups that we ourselves want to help lower and middle income groups.

But what we are disappointed with is that there was no announcement on how the government will improve the efficiency as well as the transparency of spending. For example the implementation of open tender for all projects, all the highway projects that have been announced, for example. none of them are going to be tendered openly.

Number two, there is no mention on how the Government is going to deal with debt in this country.

Especially the household debts which is in excess of 80% for Malaysians and the Federal Govern­ment debt, which is close to RM570bil as at June 2014.

Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam

The RM23bil al­­lo­cated to the ministry will enable us to create 22,000 new jobs; build two more hospitals and over 30 1Malaysia clinics.

The allocation will also provide opportunities for Ma­­laysians to seek specific treatment such as for cancer and kidney failure.

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