“Waiving the stamp duty for the purchase of first property below RM500,000 is a much needed move to spur the property market. This will help states with a smaller property market to stimulate housing sales. The government should also give more assistance to the secondary property market and the waiver of the Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) for the consumer market of up to three properties until Dec 31,2021 should also apply to commercial properties.”
Tony Khoo Boon Chuan, Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Rehda) Malaysia national council member
“The increase in honorarium to a maximum of RM400 will encourage more volunteers to take part in the Welfare Department’s Home Help Services Programme. I am touched by this increase from RM150 as this showed the government recognises us as volunteers.”
V. Mahesh, Home Help Services Programme volunteer
“THE entire construction industry will be lifted with the MRT3 project under Budget 2021. The MRT value and supply chain covers over 1,800 enterprises and will provide at least 35,000 jobs to Malaysians. The multiplier effects on the economy are substantial. Not only is MRT3 a mega infrastructure project for economic stimulus, but it is also a stand-out environmental, social and governance (ESG) project. Its implementation will complete the Klang Valley’s existing public transport network, enabling the government’s vision for a 40% public transport modal share (the number of travellers using a particular type of transportation). ”
Datuk Ubull Din Om, managing director of Gamuda Engineering
“The RM50,000 for Senior Citizen Activity Centres (PAWE) operations will help us organise better activities for senior citizens and care for their well-being.”
Gan Chee Biow, Seremban PAWE chairman
“I fully support the government’s initiative to allow the rakyat to withdraw their savings from EPF in Budget 2021. I believe the savings are their own hard-earned money and they should have the right to withdraw it. I have been operating my business for over 30 years and I am also affected since the implementation of the movement control order. I will withdraw my savings from EPF that I have contributed all this time when I need to."
Rosnah Ismail, 59, food stall ” owner in Kuala Lumpur
“ I believe when the rakyat have more money in their hands, they can help support street vendors and small businesses. So, I support the initiative the government has introduced, which is allowing the rakyat to withdraw their savings from EPF Account 1 and 2. Aside from that, I also hope the government will continue to support small business owners like me with more assistance."
Farizal Sufri, 27, burger stall owner in Kuala Lumpur
“ It’s good to have the option to withdraw from our EPF Account 1. It will be especially beneficial for those with small children as they need extra money to buy essentials like diapers and milk formula.”
Lim Chian Hui, 27, businesswoman in Johor
"I think the government has done well to allow withdrawals from our EPF Account 1. Cash-in-hand is better in these unpredictable times. However, I would recommend it only as a last resort. "
Nurul Shazwani Suhaimi, 24, platform experience associate
“ As a small eatery operator and contributing to EPF, I will use the money from my EPF account to invest in my business. Besides that, I also want to repay loans and debt which somehow will reduce my financial burden. By having this business and using the money to expand it, I would be able to support my husband who works as a civil servant. ”
Fauziah Sallih, 47, food stall operator in Melaka
“ Budget 2021 is a people-centric budget that alleviates a lot of hardship faced by the people due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As unprecedented times require unprecedented action, the budget’s success will depend on its implementation. While the government is seeking to strengthen initiatives to attract investments related to vaccines, medicines and production of medical devices, it should absorb all the contract healthcare workers who are risking their lives.”
Dr Raj Kumar Maharajah, Medical Practitioners Coalition Association of Malaysia president
“ Although there was no announcement of salary increment or additional bonus, we welcome the focus given to improve the civil service delivery system and welfare of civil servants. The government has heard the views of the civil servants and Budget 2021 is reflective of that. This can be seen in the RM600 special allowance, RM500 allowance for Health Ministry frontliners and RM310mil for civil servants’ housing, among others. These will benefit civil servants whose household income is badly affected by the pandemic, especially those with monthly income below RM5,000."
Adnan Mat, Cuepacs president