KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional MPs are confident that Budget 2016, which is set to be tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Friday, will address the concerns of the various income groups.
Describing it as â€œchallengingâ€, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong nevertheless said he was certain the budget would address the rakyatâ€™s concerns.
â€œBased on the feedback we have received, the cost of living is among the main issues highlighted by the people,â€ he said, adding that the Government would aim to increase personal relief based on fiscal conditions.
Chuaâ€™s views were shared by Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.
â€œI am sure the Prime Minister will focus more on the middle income group who is feeling the pinch of high cost of living,â€ said the Masjid Tanah MP when met in Parliament on Tuesday.
Minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department Nancy Shukri also expressed her hope for a people-oriented budget.
â€œMy hope is to have a budget which is very people-oriented. Especially in helping the young couples to have new houses.
â€œWe will try our very best to help minimise whatever challenges they face in terms of house prices,â€ said Nancy.
The Batang Sadong MP said that other targeted groups which she hoped are given priority are senior citizens and the disabled.
Veteran lawmaker Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah meanwhile said he hoped the budget could help those who are facing difficulties due to the value of the ringgit.
â€œI donâ€™t know how far the fall of the ringgit will negatively affect the public, but it all depends on the actions of the Government.
â€œI believe that the Government is aware and like it or not, this is dependent on the confidence of domestic and international investors and in the confidence of the public on the Governmentâ€™s policies.
â€œHopefully the Government can lighten some of the negative effects felt by the public, especially those in the lower income group,â€ said the Gua Musang MP.
Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan added that he hoped the Government would look into how to assist more students financially.