Here are the highlights of the 2017 Budget proposals announced on Friday by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak:
* Effective 2017, the Government proposes to introduce a one-off increase of the existing RM500 incentive to RM1,000 to PRS contributors. Minimum accumulated investment of RM1,000 during the two years. For this, an allocation of RM165mil will be provided.
* RM400 million will be allocated, among others for clean air and ecotourism initiatives
* Govt-linked investment companies will set aside up to RM3b to fund managers to invest in potential small and midcap firms
* Capital Market Research Institute will set up Capital Market Development Fund with initial funding of RM75m
* Stamp duty on instruments of transfer of real estate worth more than RM1m to rise from 3% to 4% from Jan 1, 2018
Broadband incentives for rakyat
* From January 2017, fixed line broadband service providers will offer services at a higher speed for the same price.
* A subscriber of 5 mbs per second package at RM149 will enjoy a package with twice the speed, which is 10 megabytes per second. Within the next two years, for this package, the speed will be doubled with the reduction in prices by 50%.
* BR1M’s assistance for 2017. Households with monthly income below RM3,000, raised to RM1,200
* For households earning RM3,000-RM4,000, the BR1M allocation increased from RM800 to RM900
* Government will provide nearly RM10b for fuel subsidies including cooking gas, toll charges, public transport
* For the purchase of reading materials, PCs, sports equipment be combined as lifestyle tax relief up to RM2,500 from 2017
*Govt vacant lands at strategic locations will be given to GLCs and PR1MA to build 30,000 houses. The selling price RM150,000 to RM300,000.
*Govt to build 10,000 houses in urban areas for rental to eligible youths with permanent job, Rental up to 5yrs, below than market rate
* Rakyat-Centric projects will be continued through Private Finance Initiative with allocation of RM10b
Taxi drivers, Uber
* Taxi drivers to get Govt grant of RM5,000 to buy new vehicles, individual taxi permits, RM60m allocation
* For ride-sharing drivers who don’t own car, down payment can be made using BR1M, rebate RM4,000 to buy Proton Iriz