Budget allocation for PM’s dept at record high – RM20.3 billion!

(source: Malaysiakini)

(source: Malaysiakini)

More for PM’s office in Budget 2016, less for key sectors, says DAP

The Budget 2016 tabled yesterday saw shrinking resources for key development sectors, even as the Prime Minister’s Department (PMO) received a RM1.1 billion boost in allocation, DAP lawmaker Steven Sim (pic, below) said.

The Bukit Mertajam MP said it was an “austerity” budget prompted by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s long years of financial mismanagement, and now ordinary Malaysians have to suffer for it.

“Overall, Budget 2016 is an austerity budget which shrinks the resources for key sectors, such as education, skills development, industry development, public transport sector, welfare, women’s health, youth etc.

“Together, these form an important lifeline for ordinary Malaysians, especially in view of the current slow economy coupled with our high indebtedness, high youth unemployment and overall underemployment, low women’s labour force participation rate, and the new unpredictable forces facing our local market under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA),” Sim said in a reaction to Budget 2016 which was tabled in Parliament yesterday.

He said the higher education ministry faces a budget cut of RM2.4 billion, with resources to all public universities reduced by RM1.4 billion, despite a projected increase in enrolment in most of the institutions.

Under the human resources ministry, the budget for the Skill Development Fund Corporation, which provides skills training loans, was reduced by more than 67% from RM15.3 million to RM5 million, Sim said.

He added that this was despite the number of applicants expected to increase from around 7,400 in 2015 to 8,300 in 2016, he added.

Under the same ministry, the budget for an important component to enforce labour law, deal with workers’ complaints, establish harmonious industrial relation and to assist in job search was slashed about 24% for the operation in Peninsular Malaysia, said Sim.

Overall for the whole country, the allocation for this component was reduced by RM14 million or 14%, he said.

Sim said that under the international trade and industry ministry, key industrial and trade support agencies such as Mida, MPC, Matrade, and SME Corp all received a cut in supply totaling RM104.8 million, with Matrade having their budget cut by nearly 44%.

“Matrade’s role includes promoting and supporting Malaysia’s export sector,” said Sim.

Meanwhile, the youth and sports ministry, the development budgets for youth development and youth economic development were slashed by 28% and 24%, respectively, he said.

“Under the women, family and community development ministry, women’s health was totally set aside with a 100% cut in resources for HPV vaccination and mammogram programme, something which had already been cut by 90% last year.”

He said that while these key sectors faced budget cuts, the PMO saw billions of ringgit being allocated to “pork barrel” funds to be distributed at the sole discretion of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“Budget 2016 only demonstrates the prime minister’s continuing apathy towards the sufferings of ordinary Malaysians and the future of our country. He gave himself a bigger share while he cuts our lifeline. This is absolutely atrocious.

“Thus, once again, I call on my fellow Members of Parliament to do our duty for all Malaysians, vote down Budget 2016 to express our no confidence against the prime minister to lead this country downhill any further,” said Sim. – October 24, 2015.

More for PM’s office in Budget 2016, less for key sectors, says DAP
24 October 2015 – TMI


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