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Nation 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

Environment gets the cold shoulder second year in a row

FOR the second year in a row, the environment was left out of the national budget allocation.

Community 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

Ride-sharing services not welcome by cabbies

TAXI drivers here fear that in future there will be no more cabs on the road following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement that the Government will encourage the B40 group’s participation as Uber or GrabCar drivers.

Nation 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

No change in GST rate despite the rumours

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will remain at 6% for 2017.

Nation 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

Vulnerable groups get more financial aid

VULNERABLE groups were not forgotten in Budget 2017 with more than RM1bil allocated for them.

Nation 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

Bottom income group gets aid under new programmes

THE plight of the bottom 40% (B40) income group continues to receive the Government’s attention through the introduction of various programmes and initiatives.

Nation 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

A rail boost with focus outside the Klang Valley

FOR the first time in years, the Budget’s allocation for public transport moved away from the Klang Valley, with allocations going into growing rail services in other parts of Peninsular Malaysia.

Nation 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

Bumiputra agenda will be upheld

The Government has given assurance that the agenda of empowering Malays and bumiputras will continuously be upheld.

Nation 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

New option to ease queues in govt hospitals

MALAYSIANS who cannot afford expensive healthcare services but dread the long queues at government hospitals will soon have another option.

Nation 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

Sports gets RM1.2bil boost

Sports has received a massive boost under Budget 2017. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak kept his promise that more money will be pumped into sports, after the Malaysian athletes’ overwhelming success at the Rio Olympics in August and Paralympics in September.

Nation 22 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

Increase in allocation to ensure proficiency in language

THE increase in the allocation for the English language strengthening programme clearly indicates the Government’s commitment in enhancing the language proficiency among students, Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim says.