Putrajaya seeks RM3.1b boost to budget

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 ― The government today sought Parliament’s approval to supplement the federal budget by an additional RM3.1 billion.

Of the amount, RM2.2 billion is for statutory funds, RM297 million for the Education Ministry, RM215 million for the Transport Ministry and RM128 million for the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

RM104 million will be channelled to the Health Ministry, RM24 million to the Foreign Affairs Ministry and RM62.7 million to the Election Commission (EC).

The Education Ministry requested additional funds for land purchases and capital aid.

The Transport Ministry needed supplementary funding for repair and construction works between the Kuala Krai and Kuala Lipis train stations, compensation payout and land premium under the ministry, construction and repair work for the Jabatan Laut Semenanjung jetty and the Industrial Collaboration Program (ICP).

The Women, Family And Community Development Ministry requested the additional funds to develop its destitute patients home and for a special rehabilitation centre for young offenders.

The Health Ministry’s funds are meant for managing medical supplies at its headquarters and other states.

The Foreign Ministry’s RM24 million fund is for multilateral affairs, representatives’ offices abroad, and for building maintenance and repair works.

The RM62.7 million fund for the EC is for expenditures incurred during last year’s Sarawak state election, which includes emoluments and supply and services.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last year announced a RM267.2 billion federal budget for 2017.

Source: www.themalaymailonline.com