On Friday 23rd October 2015, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is also Finance Minister unveiled Budget 2016 focusing on ensuring Malaysia remains a competitive economy without sacrificing the people’s needs and interests.
The Budget 2016 is to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth in the years leading to 2020 when Malaysia aims to be a high-income, advanced economy. This budget is the first of five annual budgets under the 11th Malaysia Plan. RM267.2bil will be allocated under Budget 2016, compared with the revised RM260.7bil in 2015.
The theme for the Budget 2016 is “Prospering the Rakyat” which is based on five priorities as follows:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also Finance Minister, unveiled 2015 budgets in the Parliaments on Friday, 10th October 2014. The theme for 2015 Budget “Accelerating Growth, Ensuring Fiscal Sustainability and Prospering the Rakyat.”
In 2015, economic growth is expected to remain strong between 5% and 6% while the fiscal deficit is projected to further decline to 3% of GDP.
The 2015 budget is formulated with focus on the people’s economy and outlines seven main strategies:
First Strategy: Strengthening Economic Growth;
Second Strategy: Enhancing Fiscal Governance;
Third Strategy: Developing Human Capital and Entrepreneurship;
Fourth Strategy: Advancing Bumiputera Agenda;
Fifth Strategy: Upholding Role of Women;
Sixth Strategy: Developing National Youth Transformation Programme; and
Seventh Strategy: Prioritising Well-Being of the Rakyat.
The following are 2014 Budget highlights for Personal Finance and Investment.
As highlighted in 2012 Budgets, households who earn less than RM3,000 per months are eligible to claim for one-off cash assistance under “Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M)”.
For those who are eligible, the registration will be opened until 10th February 2012 (extended date) at various locations including schools. Registration form we be distributed via newspapers and also can be downloaded from Ministry of Finance website.
An action will be taken against people who claim the one-off RM500 aid, but not qualify & submitting false information.
Below are the eligibility criteria,