Najib: 2018 budget to be balanced on govt’s promises and commitments

“The Supreme Council feels that the much-awaited 2018 Budget would bring a positive impact to the country’s mood”

KUALA LUMPUR: A special allocation for Islamic religious schools will be announced in the 2018 Budget, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.




Sectors that contribute to the nation’s growth, particularly the gross national income and welfare of the people, would also be given consideration in the budget, he said.

Najib who earlier tonight chaired the Umno Supreme Council meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre here said the government will not be a populist budget and instead, it will be tabling one that is balanced based on its promises and commitments.

“We have to continue to honour those commitments. We have to be prudent but at the same time there are certain programmes that concerns the welfare of the people that we must try to include in the budget.

“At the same time certain sectors that we need to give impetus we will announce in the budget. Those are the sectors that can contribute towards our growth, our GNI, the people welfare,” he said.

Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional chairman and Umno president, said the double celebration of the recent Kuala Lumpur Sea Games 2017 and the National Day celebration, as well as the current political development and the launch of a modern transportation system has given a positive momentum to the BN.

“But as always, in politics we will ensure that this momentum continues.

“The Supreme Council feels that the much-awaited 2018 Budget would bring a positive impact to the country’s mood.”

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He added that the Supreme Council had given their views and suggestions for the upcoming budget announcement, set for Oct 27.

“I will study (the suggestions) further, as I did with suggestions from the public,” he said

Source: NST Online



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