Groups list hopes for Budget 2020


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Sep 2019

PETALING JAYA: With two weeks to the tabling of Budget 2020, groups and associations across different sectors have prepared their wish lists for Pakatan Harapan’s second budget as the Federal Government.

Malaysia Retail Chain Association president Datuk Seri Garry Chua hoped to see measures that would allow businesses to remain competitive in the increasingly challenging global economy, including lower electricity tariffs and a delay in the minimum wage increase from RM1,100 to RM1,500.

“For recruitment of foreign workers, employers are now not allowed to deduct levies from their workers’ salaries. We urge the government to revert to what was practised before this, ” he said.

The Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia hoped to see more funding to scale the dual language programme and the Trust Schools Programme.

“We’d like for the National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Centre to develop into an institute, including catering for jobs related to the science disciplines, and for institutions of higher learning to offer all science-

related degrees to be in the English language, ” said its chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim.

The Trust Schools Programme is a public-private partnership programme by LeapEd designed to develop holistic students with 21st century learning capabilities.

Klima Action Malaysia urged the government to declare a climate emergency and mobilise funds and policymaking to mitigate climate change impacts.

“We are at the start of mass extinction. If we don’t act now, we will face non-reversible damage that will have catastrophic consequences for Malaysia’s existence, including the social, political and economic sectors, ” said its co-founder Ili Nadiah Dzulfakar.

“We also propose a larger allocation for climate research and education. How can the government propose any sound policy when the data is not available?”

In its Budget 2020 memorandum to the government, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) proposed that the government offer retrenched workers full tax relief to compensate for the loss of employment.“There is a need to incentivise EPF contributors to make higher contributions, in order to have more savings upon retirement, ” it said.MEF also suggested that personal income tax relief for contributions to EPF and life insurance should be based on total actual contributions and not be capped at RM4,000 and RM3,000 respectively.

The public are encouraged to share their suggestions for the upcoming Budget via a survey on the Budget 2020 website (http://belanjawan2020.treasury.gov.my).

The survey, consisting of 12 questions about the public’s priority for Malaysia’s development, is available until Oct 6.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is scheduled to table Budget 2020 in Parliament on Oct 11.

The total allocation for Budget 2019 was RM314.5bil. Of this amount, RM259.9bil was set aside for operating expenditure while the remaining RM54.7bil was allocated for development expenditure.

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