PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have flooded a special website on the upcoming Budget 2017 with their thoughts on what should be addressed by the Government.
Responding to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s call for suggestions, Malaysians contributed their ideas on https://bajet2017.najibrazak.com for 15 topics over the past 15 days.
Among the popular requests were for reconsideration of new projects, with some suggesting that funds be allocated for maintaining and protecting existing tourist spots and heritage sites.
The 15 topics opened for suggestions are culture and tourism; taxation, business and finance; employment; environment and agriculture; public facilities; social welfare; youth and sports; public safety and transparency; education; economic development; rural development; transport and infrastructure; healthcare; housing and urban living; and cost of living.
For the social welfare topic, contributors Victor Sun and Mohd Azmil Abd Rahim suggested that the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) scheme be automatically given to disabled Malaysians registered with the Welfare Department, regardless of household income.
“A new category must be formed to cater to them, like for the youths. The disabled may also have dependants, so BR1M will help them,” said Sun.
“Many among the disabled would have health problems too, and there may still be other financial issues,” said Mohd Azmil.
The Prime Minister had on Sept 5 invited members of the public to contribute ideas in preparation of the 2017 Budget on the website, which will be open until Sept 19.
Contributors also touched on the Taman Tugu project, a Khazanah Nasional Bhd corporate social responsibility initiative behind the Tugu Negara, saying the RM650mil project was not a priority for the time being.
“Please spend the budget wisely, for instance, to make pedestrian friendly crossings, widen roads in areas with high traffic flow and upgrading infrastructure in tourist spots,” said Evie Ong.
Engku Ahmad Muzhaffar, hoped the project would not be continued at a time when the rakyat was being burdened by rising living cost.
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