Budget 2017: Cheers for civil servants, farmers and fishermen

 |Oct 21, 2016
Budget 2017 will benefit civil servants, farmers and fisherman, announced Prime Minister Najib Razak today.
Prime Minister Najib Razak announced a budget that will benefit civil servants, farmers and fisherman.

Civil servants, farmers and fishermen will see benefits in the Budget 2017 tabled by the Prime Minister Najib Razak today.

Higher housing loans and discounted affordable houses besides quarantine leaves have been allocated for civil servants.

Housing loans have been increased between the range of RM120,000 to RM600,000 to RM200,000 and RM750,000.

“Eligibility for housing loans will be increased, from the lowest RM120,000 to RM200,000 and the highest loan amount from RM600,000 to RM750,000,” the prime minister said in Parliament on Friday.

Civil servants will also enjoy a 20% discount from the market price of the 30,000 units of Perumahan Penjawat Awam 1Malaysia (PPA1M).

The selling price of PPA1M is between RM90,000 and RM300,000.

Civil servants are able to take quarantined leave up to five days without record for unavoidable circumstances.

A new civil servant Grade – 56 – has been introduced between Grades 54 and Premier Grade Groups (JUSA) C for medical and dental specialists.

Najib also promised to appoint the first group of doctors, dentists and pharmacists on contract at the latest by December due to constraints in permanent posts.

This means that nearly 2,600 doctors without housemanship will now serve as contract staff.

Meanwhile, farmers and fishermen will continue to enjoy subsidies and incentives.

Najib announced a subsidy of RM1.3 billion for paddy, seeds and fertilisers besides incentive to registered rubber smallholders.

A total of 440,000 rubber tappers and smallholders will receive month allowance of RM200 for three months (November, December and January) during rainy season.

A total of 57,000 fishermen will continue to receive their monthly allowance of between RM200 and RM300.

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Priya Pubalan has been a journalist for the past three years and counting. She believes in human equality, law and justice. She thinks capitalism should be abolished and mankind should give importance to education.