The Youth and Sports, Education and Health Ministries received a good package of allocation comprising various benefits from the Budget 2017 tabling on Friday.
The Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Najib Razak for allocating RM1.2 billion for nation’s sports development programmes next year.
Najib announced a total of RM450 million to be spent on the 29th Sea Games and 9th Para Asean Games in Kuala Lumpur.
“There were many things that were announced today. The ministry’s main agenda next year is definitely the Sea Games and Para Asean Games.
“As host, we want to be the best and also emerge as overall champions.
“I must thank our prime minister for trusting us with this big responsibility,” said Khairy.
The Football Academy in Pahang will receive RM50mil while Podium Programme will benefit RM70mil to prepare elite athletes for international sports events.
Najib said an additional RM122 million was allocated for constructing and upgrading sports facilities and another RM54 million for sportsmen development programmes which includes the Athlete Preparation Programmes and Paralympic Athlete Preparation Programmes.
Moving on to the Education sector, its minister Mahdzir Khalid said the Budget 2017 was quite “satisfying”.
“I realise the Prime Minister was quite fair for the underprivileged especially in taking care the welfare of school enhancements in both Peninsular and Borneo.
“Thanks to the PM for the allocation on early childhood, national schools and vernacular schools,” he said at the parliament lobby on Friday.
Mahdzir said Najib gave importance to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in Malaysia.
“The TVET is another stream that focuses on a different workforce such as skills enhancements besides academic achievement.
“I believe the Prime Minister is moving towards an all-rounder education with such allocation for TVET,” he added.
During the tabling, Najib also announced RM90mil to extend the English language proficiency in schools through Cambridge English, Dual Language and Highly Immersive programmes.
An allocation of RM600mil to the Special Fund for Improvement and Maintenance of Schools were also announced out of which RM250mil was for national schools, RM100mil for vernacular schools (national-type Chinese and Tamil), RM50mil for Religious schools and remaining ones for different types of schools such as Sekolah Pondok, MARA, government-aided and fully residential types.
Meanwhile, Najib announced a total of RM25 billion for four healthcare programmes.
Firstly, to build and upgrade new hospitals and clinics in Perlis, Kuching, Mukah, Jempol, Muar and Johor Bahru.
Najib also announced to upgrade hospital facilities with an allocation of RM536 million.
This includes provision of cardiology treatment equipment for Serdang Hospital, Pulau Pinang Hospital and Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru as well as purchase of 100 ambulances.
For the operations of 340 1Malaysia Clinics, 11 1Malaysia Mobile Clinics, 959 health clinics and more than 1,800 existing rural clinics RM 4.5 billion is allocated.
On top of that RM4 billion for supply of drugs, consumables, vaccines and reagents to all Government hospitals and health facilities has been allocated.
Besides that, Najib also announce RM110mil to establish the private haemodialysis centres and RM80mil to implement initiatives to prevent contagious diseases such as dengue and Zika virus.