Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the #Bajet2014 site on Aug 28 to encourage Malaysians to share their input and ideas for the upcoming Budget. The site allows users to agree or disagree to any ideas pitted on the site.
iMoney wades through the ideas galore and brings you the most agreed ideas according to categories.
1) Study smart
The highest voted idea on the site is by user, Muhammad Hafizi Abdul Halim, posted his idea on providing assistance to teachers in public school to help them in administrative works. With teachers focus fully on teaching, the quality of education will inadvertently be raised.
2) Everything is too expensive
Category: Cost of living
The rising cost of living is a common concern among most Malaysians. The Government is urged to control and review the prices of housing, petrol, toll & Internet to aid Malaysians’ burgeoning burden.
3) Give me a job
According to user shahrael, there are currently 15,000 unemployed trained teachers in the country. His suggestion to the Government is to urgently place these teaching graduates in schools to reduce unemployed teachers.
4) I need a roof!
Category: Housing & urban living
Many young working adults are having difficulties in purchasing their first property, especially in the urban areas. The top suggestion on the site, under the housing and urban living category is for the Government to reduce housing prices in urban areas to make them more affordable for young working adults.
5) Boss, more housing allowance!
Category: Public service
Civil servants have been getting RM180 a month as housing allowance. However, due to the rising property prices, it is suggested for the allowance to be increased to RM400 a month.
6) Driving woes
Category: Transport & infrastructure
Malaysians are thronging the site to request for an expressway between Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan to ease long distance traffic and reduce accidents.
7) Aid for the sick
Due to the long queue at Government’s dialysis centres, a user suggests that discount cards to be given to kidney patients to get treatment from private hospitals and medical centres.
8) More tax rebates
Category: Taxation, business & finance
Increase the tax rebate to maximum of RM7,000 for unemployed spouse (currently at RM3,000), and for children under 18 to be at RM4,000 (currently at RM1,000).
9) No hand-outs! Work for it
Category: Economic development
Some Malaysians are asking for hand-outs, such as BR1M and smartphone rebate to be discontinued. Instead, used the budget allocated to create more job opportunities and increase quality of life.
10) Welcome to Malaysia
Category: Culture & tourism
Kelantanese want to make their state a tourism hub for East Coast.
11) Handicap friendly
Category: Social welfare
Basic food necessities, such as rice, sugar and oil, are asked to be provided to disabled Malaysians for free to ease their burden. The single disabled community is also asked to be given priority in purchasing low and medium cost housing.
12) Limited connection
Category: Rural development
Free Wi-Fi is suggested to be made available at flats and apartments to reduce social ills among children and youths.
13) Let’s be known for food
Category: Environment & agriculture
More emphasis on food safety and to boost Malaysia as a global “safe food” exporter.
Will these wishes made by the rakyat be realised in the Budget 2014? What’s your say?
All information is obtained from http://www.1malaysia.com.my/bajet2014/ as of October 4, 2013.