KUALA LUMPUR: The government will give more emphasis to the cost of living and housing issues in Budget 2018 in an effort to improve the standard of living and well-being of the people while taking into account favourable macro figure growth.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the Barisan Nasional (BN) Supreme Council, which met today, felt that the government needed to address not only macro figures, but also focus on people’s economy.
“We also talked about our country’s economic position by taking into account several favourable macro-factors, including the second-quarter growth rate this year which reached 5.8 per cent.
“We’ve achieved the largest amount of international reserves in our history… and also for the past two days we’ve seen the strengthening of the ringgit becomes a reality,” he told a press conference after chairing the BN Supreme Council meeting at Menara Dato’ Onn here today.
The ringgit closed at a 10-month-high of 4.2080/2110 against the US dollar on Thursday from 4.2370/2400 on Wednesday, amid encouraging and conducive domestic economic data.
Malaysia’s international reserves also rose to AS100.5 billion (RM431.7 billion) on Aug 30, 2017 compared with US$100.4 billion (RM431.0 billion) on Aug 15, 2017
Najib, who is also BN Chairman and Finance Minister, said the strengthening of the ringgit, as well as economic growth showed that the policies adopted by the government were on the right track.
“And this gives greater positive impact and momentum on the country’s economy,” he added. – Bernama