"Do you have a sound idea and want to contribute towards #Bajet2017?"
PM Najib Razak wants to hear your thoughts and ideas that could contribute towards the tabling of Budget 2017.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak posted a tweet on Monday, 4 September, asking for suggestions from Malaysians in preparation for the tabling of Budget 2017 this year.
The tweet explained that the ideas can be submitted via a micro site, Bajet 2017 from 5th till 19th September.
You can submit your ideas based on different categories such as costs of living, healthcare services, transportation and infrastructure, economic development and education to name a few.
The interactive site allows you to submit ideas, share, like, and dislike other suggestions.
Based on that, here are some of the most popular and thought-provoking views submitted based on the categories provided:
1. Cost of living
a) Channel the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) funds into more useful things like offering free education, scholarships and healthcare assistance:
b) Abolish or reduce the GST rate to 3%. Also, lower the public transportation fares and the price of goods:
c) Start giving out unemployment allowance for those that are unemployed and also give tax exemption to employers that hire locals:
2. Housing and urban living
a) Adopt a universal healthcare system like Sweden's that is mostly funded by taxpayers and is relatively cheaper compared to other parts of the world due to the heavy subsidy:
b) Upgrade the services and infrastructure of government hospitals and clinics:
c) Provide more dialysis centers in hospitals and clinics located in rural areas:
4. Transport and infrastructure
a) Reduce the price of wired internet broadband services:
b) Provide free Touch 'n Go cards to school students to educate the younger generation on the importance of using public transportation:
c) Reduce the tariff for electricity and tol rates:
6. Public facilities
a) Standardise the amount of annual bonus for civil servants:
b) Provide employment opportunities in the government sector for individuals with only SPM or vocational certification qualifications:
c) Increase the number of youths in the government sector:
8. Rural development
Do you think the government will take these ideas into serious consideration? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!